Office of the Dean of Students

Student Conduct Sanctioning

When a student is either found responsible or accepts responsibility for a conduct charge, the student will often receive sanctions.

There are three main types of sanctions in Oberlin’s Student Conduct System: Educational, Status, and Restorative.

The Oberlin Student Conduct system attempts to be educational in nature. Due to administrative costs being associated with some educational sanctions, there can be fees assessed to students. For more specific information about possible fees and their corresponding services, contact a hearing officer or Assistant Dean Thom Julian , director of student conduct and community standards.

Educational sanctions often correspond with the infraction of Oberlin policy. Educational sanctions include but are not limited to:

  • Alcohol or Other Drug Online Workshop and Follow-up Meeting
  • Counseling Sessions
  • Research Papers
  • Educational Bulletin Boards for Residential Education
  • Reflective Papers

A student who is found responsible will often receive a status sanction. Statuses are assigned based on the seriousness of the infraction and a student’s prior conduct history. Status sanctions, in order of levity, are as follows:

  • Verbal Warning
  • Written Warning
  • Deferred Probation
  • Probation
  • Deferred Suspension
  • Suspension
  • Dismissal

A student whom reaches the probation level can apply to have their status reduced via the Probation Adjustment Application .
For more detailed information about this program, please contact Thom Julian, director of Student Conduct and Community Standards.

Finally, additional sanctions can be restorative in nature. Examples include:

  • Letters of Apology
  • Community Workshops or Service
  • Restitution

Please note that this page is meant to provide context and is not a complete list of sanctions. Please view the official Oberlin Student Conduct Procedures for detailed information.