Sanctions

This nonexhaustive list of sanctions should serve to alert students to the range of possible sanctions. A record of all educational interventions and sanctions, including verbal warnings, becomes a part of a student’s permanent disciplinary record that is stored in the Office of the Dean of Students for a minimum of seven years.

1. WARNING

A written or verbal (i.e., spoken) admonition may be issued in situations involving minor violations. Though only issued in person, verbal warnings are documented in a student’s judicial record.

2. FINES

Fines may be used in cases of damage to college or personal property. In cases of serious or repeated acts of destruction or vandalism, the imposition of fines may likely be combined with other disciplinary penalties.

3. LIMITATIONS ON PARTICIPATION

A student may be barred from participating in campus or other college activities. A clear rationale for this decision will be presented by the board or judicial coordinator including an assessment of the impact on the student’s educational career.

4. COUNSELING

A student may be required to receive a psychological or psychiatric assessment, and seriously consider any recommendations that may follow from it.

5. CAMPUS/COMMUNITY WORK AND EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS

The Judicial Coordinator or Judicial Board can impose particular forms of community work, on or off campus, and a specified number of hours to be worked, and will monitor the student’s fulfillment of the requirement. The judicial board or judicial coordinator may also require attendance at educational workshops or other similar alternatives suitable to the nature of the infraction.

6. RESIDENCE HALL ROOM CHANGE

A student may be required to move to another room or residence hall.

7. RESTITUTION

Compensation for loss, damage, or injury may be required. This may take the form of appropriate service, monetary, or material replacement.

8. DENIAL OF RESIDENCE ON CAMPUS

A student who violates standards of conduct associated with residential or social life at the college or those involving respect for persons, or who is found to have engaged in assault, stalking, or harassment, may be required to vacate their residence and denied permission to live on campus, either for a specified time or permanently. In the event that a student is suspended or expelled from a campus residence, they will be entitled to a refund only of that portion of the housing bill that is consistent with the established refund policy. Other penalties may be imposed as well, but if this is the only penalty, the student will continue to be enrolled as a degree candidate and will be allowed to attend all academic exercises.

9. PROBATION

A warning in writing which specifies that further infractions of the code during a student’s time at Oberlin will, in most instances, lead to suspension or dismissal from the college. A student on disciplinary probation may be barred from some or all extracurricular activities for a defined period of time. This penalty will become part of a student’s permanent disciplinary record and may be disclosed in response to requests for information with the permission of the student. It will not be a part of a student’s academic record.

10. DEFERRED PROBATION

A notation on a student’s permanent judicial record stating that the student will be placed on probation automatically for a period of time determined by a judicial coordinator in the Office of the Dean of Students if (1) all sanctions imposed are not satisfactorily completed and by a specified date, and/or (2) the student is found responsible for another violation during the deferred probation period.

11. SUSPENSION

The rights and privileges of being a student at Oberlin College may be suspended for a specific period of time, the minimum of which will be to the end of the current semester. The student must leave the campus and may return at the end of the period of suspension without petitioning for readmission. The following will normally accompany this sanction:

a. Parental notification.

b. Restriction from college property for duration of suspension.

This penalty will be a part of a student’s permanent disciplinary record, academic record and transcript for a specific amount of time to be determined by the judicial board. In the event a student leaves the college prior to graduation, the penalty will remain on both the academic and disciplinary records.

NOTE: Normally, suspended students may not earn credits toward their Oberlin degree until after they have been reinstated at Oberlin College. Under special circumstances, a suspended student may be permitted to transfer a maximum of six credits for academic work done at another school—during the period of suspension—toward their Oberlin degree. However, the student must receive permission in advance of taking coursework at another school, and must make arrangements for the transfer of credit prior to enrolling in the courses to be transferred. Students seeking transfer credit must apply in writing to the Dean of Studies providing the following information: title and description of each course; number of credit hours; name and location of institution; an explanation of how each course fits into the student’s Oberlin program; why it is more appropriate to the course(s) while suspended than upon return to Oberlin. For more detailed information consult with staff in the Office of the Dean of Studies, Peters Hall 205, (440) 775-8540.
ANY RECOMMENDATION FOR SUSPENSION MUST BE APPROVED BY THE COMMUNITY BOARD.

12. DEFERRED SUSPENSION

A notation in the student’s permanent judicial record stating that if all sanctions imposed by a community board are not satisfactorily completed by a specified date the student will be automatically placed on suspension for a period of time predetermined by the community board that heard the case.

13. WITHHOLDING OF DEGREE

In disciplinary cases involving second-semester seniors when probation or suspension might otherwise be imposed, the college may withhold the student’s Oberlin College degree for a specified period of time. When this occurs, the student may be permitted to remain on campus to complete the requirements for the degree, although its award will be delayed. Any recommendation for withholding a degree must be approved by the community board.

14. DISMISSAL

This means the permanent termination of student and degree-candidate status at Oberlin College. It may be imposed only in the most serious of cases, or when a student has been suspended previously and commits another offense judged to be worthy of a second suspension. This penalty will permanently remain on a student’s academic record.
ANY RECOMMENDATION FOR DISMISSAL MUST BE APPROVED BY THE COMMUNITY BOARD.

A Note About the Release of Information Pertaining to Disciplinary Records

The Office of the Dean of Students will only release information regarding a current or former student’s disciplinary record to third parties (including, but not limited to law schools, medical schools, and military branches) after receiving a written request from that individual and a signed waiver for the third party. As a rule, the college only reports information pertaining to cases that have resulted in probation, suspension, or dismissal alone or in combination with other lesser sanctions.

Current and former students desiring the Office of the Dean of Students to report disciplinary history that it does not customarily report (such as cases that resulted in deferred probation, deferred suspension, or other lesser sanctions not combined with probation, suspension, or dismissal) may authorize the office to share such information by making a specific written request. Individuals wishing to speak with someone about a dean’s letter or dean’s certification may contact the Office of the Dean of Students at (440) 775-8462.