Section 14. College Sanctions

14.0. Introduction

The Director of Community Standards, Office of Student Affairs administrators, the Community Standards Review Board, or the Sexual Misconduct Hearing Board adjudicate most cases involving violations or alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct and are empowered to assign sanctions to Respondents found to have violated provisions of the code. For violations of intellectual responsibility, the instructor is responsible for assessing any course consequence.

Students found to have violated the Student Code of Conduct are subject to one or more of the following sanctions, depending on the nature of the violation and of their prior student conduct record.

14.1. Warning

A written admonition that will be considered in determining sanctions if future violations occur.

14.2. Financial Restitution

Monetary reimbursement to a person or to the College for damage or loss of property or the abridgement of a person’s use or access to the use of property or a service.

14.3. Limitations on Participation or Loss of Privileges

A student may be prohibited from living in residence, accessing particular areas of campus, participating in intramural or intercollegiate athletics, entering Room Draw, campus parking, eating at Valentine and/or participating in other College activities, including attending campus events.

14.4. Community Service and Other Alternatives

The adjudicator of a case can assign particular forms of community work, on or off campus, and a number of hours to be worked. The adjudicator will be responsible for supervising the student’s implementation of the community service. The adjudicator may also require attendance, when appropriate, at educational workshops or similar opportunities suitable to the nature of the infraction.

14.5. Educational Project

A student may be required to complete a project or research/reflection paper.

14.6. Parent/Guardian Notification

At the discretion of an adjudicator, a student may be required to notify their parents/ guardians of the violations or alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct. The Dean of Students or designee may also discuss the infraction with a parent/guardian.

14.7. Residential Probation

This status describes the Respondent as not in good standing with their living unit over a specified period of time. Further violations of housing regulations while a student holds this status may be cause for escalated consequences including disciplinary  probation, residence reassignment, denial of residence on campus, or suspension.

14.8. Disciplinary Probation

This sanction consists of a warning in writing which specifies that further infractions of the Student Code of Conduct during a student’s time at Amherst will, in most instances, lead to suspension, dismissal or, in very serious cases, expulsion from the College. A student on disciplinary probation may be barred from some or all extracurricular activities for a defined period.

14.9. Course Penalties

Acts of cheating, plagiarism, or other forms of violation of intellectual responsibility should result in the student receiving a failing grade. The recommended sanction for a violation of intellectual responsibility is failure for the course, though grade penalties are always assigned solely at the discretion of the instructor. All such acts will be part of the student’s conduct record in the Office of Student Affairs official record. The Community Standards Review Board panel or the Director of Community Standards may assign other sanctions as well, depending on the seriousness of the offense and the student’s previous record.

14.10. Denial of Residence on Campus

A student who violates community standards associated with residential and/or social life at the College or involving respect for persons, or who is found to have engaged in sexual misconduct, may be required to vacate their residence and be denied permission to live on campus, either for a specified time or permanently. Other sanctions may be assigned as well, but if residential denial is the only sanction, the student will continue to be enrolled as a degree candidate and will be allowed to attend all academic exercises.

14.11. Suspension

The rights and privileges of being a student at Amherst College may be suspended for a specific period of time, the minimum of which will be to the end of the current semester. Conditions may be added to a suspension. The student must leave the campus and may return at the end of the period of suspension without petitioning for readmission. During the period of suspension, the student is not permitted on the Amherst College campus, except with advance written permission from the Dean of Students or designee.

14.12. Withholding of Degree

In student conduct cases involving second-semester seniors when probation or suspension might otherwise be assigned, the College may withhold the student’s Amherst 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.

14.13. Dismissal

A student may be required by the Committee on Academic Standing to leave the campus for at least one semester and must petition for readmission at the end of that time. The student may be required to fulfill particular obligations while away from the College and to provide evidence of having done so, along with evidence of their readiness to return to Amherst and to meet its standards. During the period of dismissal, the student is not  permitted on the Amherst College campus, except with advance written permission from the Dean of Students or designee. Dismissals are assigned only by the Committee on Academic Standing. Note: Dismissal is listed in this section to distinguish it from suspension. However, dismissal is not an available sanction to the Community Standards Adjudication Process nor the Sexual Misconduct Adjudication Process.

14.14. Expulsion

Expulsion is the permanent termination of student and degree-candidate status at Amherst College. It may be imposed only in the most serious of cases or when a student has been suspended or dismissed previously and commits another offense judged to be worthy of a second suspension or dismissal. A student expelled from Amherst College is not permitted on campus, except with advance written permission from the Dean of Students or designee.