Sanctions and Disciplinary Outcomes
Sanctions serve as notice that the institution can and will enforce the standards of the university expected of all students, as well as preserve and support the educational mission of the institution. Students are assigned sanctions as outcomes of the IUPUI disciplinary process, when a violation of the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct has been determined by a conduct officer(s) in the course of adjudicating a case.
The Office of Student Conduct aims to provide effective sanctions as a means of restoring or redirecting students towards positive behavior, valuable skill development, and better decision-making. Whenever possible, sanctions will progress the student towards repairing harm previous done through their actions, whether the harm was brought against a victim, a community, or themselves.
Read more about the sanctioning process in the IUPUI Procedures for the Adjudication of Personal Misconduct.
Assigning a Sanction
A conduct officer, when assigning sanctions, will include at least one “standing sanction” and at least one “educational outcome,” unless the sanction is permanent separation from the institution. Because the disciplinary process is progressive, sanctions are generally not repeated or reassigned if a student reoffends. Sanctions are assigned in proportion to the violation committed considering all aggravating and mitigating factors.
Standing sanctions are those that address the standing of the student with the university. There are four standing sanctions to be chosen from:
- Formal Reprimand
- Disciplinary Probation
- Suspension, and
These are categorized into two forms, warnings (reprimand and probation) and separation from the university (suspension and expulsion).
Educational outcomes are specific tasks or exercises required of a student to promote the development of the student in a particular way. They may take on many forms, i.e. research paper, reflective exercise, community service, workshops, etc. Some educational outcomes have prescribed assignment criteria, while others are crafted to address the individual student and specific offense more completely. Educational outcomes are assigned with all sanctions, except in the circumstance where a student is permanently separated from the institution.