Sanctions

Introduction
Sanctions

Sanctions for Alcohol Policy Violations
Sanctions for Controlled Substance Violations

Sanctions for Off-Campus Housing Policy Violations

Introduction

In recommending or determining a sanction(s), a hearing board or disciplinary hearing officer will consider all relevant factors, including the nature of the offense, the severity of any damage, injury or harm resulting from the offense, the student's current demeanor, and the student's past disciplinary record, if any. Sanctions are intended to promote student learning, and to aid in the development of the student and the community as a whole.

Students may be asked to sign a statement acknowledging receipt of assigned sanctions.  This document also may stipulate additional consequences if the assigned sanctions are not completed accordingly.

The following are sanctions which may be imposed for a violation of the Code of Conduct.  The disciplinary actions listed in this section are not meant to be all-inclusive, but serve as guidelines which may be imposed in any combination:

Sanctions

Expulsion: Permanent separation from the University. Students who have been expelled may not be on campus without specific written permission of the Vice President for Student Life or designee.

Suspension: Separation of the student from the University for a specified period of time. The student will not participate in University-sponsored activities and may not be on campus without specific written permission of the Vice President for Student Life or designee. Some restrictions may be placed on the student as a condition of his or her return to campus.

Loss of On-Campus Housing: Removal of the student from University housing either on a temporary or permanent basis. Normally, a student who receives this sanction by the appropriate hearing body or disciplinary hearing officer is entitled to five calendar days to vacate his/her University housing facility. If, however, there is reason to believe that the student poses a substantial threat to harm oneself or others, damage University property, or disrupt the stability and continuance of normal University operations and functions, this process can be accelerated.

Loss of Extracurricular Privileges: A student may lose the privilege of participating in extracurricular activities and/or running for or holding office in any student group or organization as part of a disciplinary sanction. This includes, but is not limited to, participation in athletic, music, and dramatic events, programs, groups, and teams.

Disciplinary Probation: A specified period of time during which the student is removed from good disciplinary standing. Any additional violations during the probationary period will result in more severe consequences, up to and including expulsion.

Disciplinary Admonition: A written warning to the student that the cited behavior is not in accordance with the Code of Conduct. The student is warned that further misconduct may result in more severe disciplinary action.

Parental Notification: The Vice President or designee will notify via letter or telephone call the parents/guardians of residents under the age of 21 of a violation of the controlled substances policy or a class two or above violation of the alcohol policy (or any violation of the alcohol policy for students under the age of 18).

Fine: For alcohol or controlled substances violations, the student will pay a fine.

Restitution: In cases of damage, destruction, defacement, theft, injury or unauthorized use of property, restitution to the University or to an individual may be required. In cases of restitution to the University, the charge will be posted directly to the student's account. Payments not received by the deadline will result in late charges being incurred. All Student Accounts policies will apply in the case of restitution.

Educational: The student will complete a research project, paper, community program, bulletin board, etc.

Loss of Contact: Loss of contact may be imposed when a student is found responsible for such violations as harassment, assault or similar offenses against an individual. Students who receive this sanction may not initiate contact with a particular individual(s) in person, by telephone, electronic communication, voice mail, in writing, by friends on his or her behalf, or by any other means, anywhere on campus. This sanction usually is imposed for the tenure of the student found responsible.

No Trespass Notice:  As the result of an expulsion or suspension from the University, a student may be prohibited from being on University property.  A visitor found in violation of our policies may also be prohibited from being on University property.  In such cases, the Office of Campus Public Safety will issue a No Trespass notice, banning the individual from campus.  The Office of Campus Public Safety will notify the University community and provide instructions on how to respond should a banned individual be seen on campus.  Banned individuals are subject to arrest by the Office of Campus Public Safety.

Other Sanctions: Other sanctions may be imposed instead of or in addition to those specified above, including but not limited to the following: community service; mandated counseling or therapy; relocation to another University living area; trespass from specified University premises; loss of specified University privileges; or assignment of a failing grade in an academic course. The imposition of such sanctions must be related to the nature of the violation.

Sanctions for Alcohol Policy Violations

As an educational institution, Aurora University expects its students to behave in a mature and responsible manner. As an alcohol-free campus, intoxicants are not permitted on campus, no matter the student's age. When a student fails to follow the alcohol policy, the University considers such a violation to be serious. The sanctions given for alcohol violations represent a commitment to providing learning outcomes that will help the student to understand the impact of their behavior not only on themselves but also on the University community.

The sanctions listed below do not represent an all-inclusive list. Based on the severity of the violation, the level of cooperation with staff members during the incident, the disciplinary history of the student, and/or any other factors, any Class of sanctions, any combination thereof, or any additional sanctions may be instituted, as deemed appropriate by the disciplinary hearing officer. Residence Life works in conjunction with other areas on campus, such as Athletics, who also reserve the right to respond to student conduct situations with their own processes.

Please note that other policies violated in conjunction with an alcohol violation may result in additional sanctions.

CLASS ONE

  • Disciplinary Admonition. Notification that the student will face additional disciplinary action should he/she be held responsible for future policy violations.
  • Educational. The student will complete the Alcohol.Edu assessment within three weeks.
  • Fine. The student will pay a fine of $100.
  • Parental Notification.  The Vice President for Student Life or designee will notify via letter the parents/guardians of students under the age of 18 of the violation.
  • Supplemental. Additional sanctions as deemed appropriate by the disciplinary hearing officer.

CLASS TWO

  • Disciplinary Probation. The student will be placed on disciplinary probation for a period no less than one full semester in addition to the current semester.
  • Educational. The student will host a screening of an alcohol education video, along with 5-10 friends they will invite. A staff member will facilitate the experience, including a pre-test, a post-test, and discussion questions.
  • Fine. The student will pay a fine of $150.
  • Parental Notification. The Vice President for Student Life or designee will notify via letter the parents/guardians of residents under the age of 21 of the violation.
  • Supplemental. Additional sanctions as deemed appropriate by the disciplinary hearing officer.

CLASS THREE

  • Loss of On-Campus Housing. The student will have their housing contract cancelled.
  • Outside Involvement. The student will be prohibited from representing the University in a leadership capacity.
  • Assessment. The student will complete an alcohol screening assessment through a University-approved resource at their own expense within three weeks and will complete any recommendations within a time period specified by the assessor.
  • Fine. The student will pay a fine of $200.
  • Parental Notification. The Vice President for Student Life or designee will notify via telephone call the parents/guardians of residents under the age of 21 of the violation.
  • Supplemental. Additional sanctions as deemed appropriate by the disciplinary hearing officer.

CLASS FOUR

  • Suspension. The student will be suspended from Aurora University for a minimum of one full semester in addition to the current semester.
  • Parental Notification. The Vice President for Student Life or designee will notify via telephone call the parents/guardians of residents under the age of 21 of the violation.
  • Supplemental. Additional sanctions as deemed appropriate by the disciplinary hearing officer.

Sanctions for Controlled Substance Violations

As an educational institution, Aurora University expects its students to behave in a mature and responsible manner. In accordance with state and federal law, the University prohibits the use, possession, or distribution of any state or federally controlled substance or drug paraphernalia except as expressly permitted by law. When a student fails to abide by this policy, the University considers such a violation to be serious and the student will be subject to disciplinary action. The University also reserves the right to pursue criminal action against the offending student(s). According to state statutes, penalties for the delivery of controlled substances are increased if conducted on school grounds or within 1,000 feet of school grounds (720 ILCS 550/4, Section 5)

The sanctions listed below do not represent an all-inclusive list. Based on the severity of the violation, the level of the student's cooperation with staff members during the incident, the disciplinary history of the student, and/or any other factors, any sanctions, any combination thereof, or any additional sanctions may be instituted, as deemed appropriate by the disciplinary hearing officer. Student Life works in conjunction with other areas on campus, such as Athletics, who also reserve the right to respond to disciplinary situations with their own processes and additional sanctions.

Please note that other policies violated in conjunction with a controlled substance violation may result in additional sanctions.

CLASS ONE

  • Loss of On-Campus Housing (Temporarily Deferred). Further disciplinary concerns/additional violations of University policy will result in the student facing suspension from the residence halls at Aurora University.
  • Probation. The student will be placed on disciplinary probation for the remainder of his/her time as a student at Aurora University.
  • Education. The student will watch the DVD "What's Wrong with Marijuana" and respond in writing to a series of questions.  The student then will schedule assessment meetings with Counseling Services and the Wellness Center.
  • Fine. The student will pay a fine of $200.
  • Parental Notification.  The Vice President for Student Life or designee will notify via letter the parents/guardians of students under the age of 21 of the violation.
  • Supplemental. Additional sanctions as deemed appropriate by the disciplinary hearing officer.

CLASS TWO

  • Loss of On-Campus Housing. The student will have his/her housing contract cancelled, either for a designated period of time or permanently.
  • Assessment. The student will complete a controlled substance screening assessment through a University-approved resource at his/her own expense within three weeks and will complete any recommendations within a time period specified by the assessor.
  • Fine. The student will pay a fine of $300.
  • Parental Notification. The Vice President for Student Life or designee will notify via letter the parents/guardians of residents under the age of 21 of the violation.
  • Criminal Report.  Campus Public Safety will issue a "Notice to Appear" in court or criminal complaint in response to the criminal violation.
  • Supplemental. Additional sanctions as deemed appropriate by the disciplinary hearing officer.

CLASS THREE

  • Suspension/Expulsion. The student will be suspended from Aurora University, either for a designated period of time or permanently.
  • Fine. The student will pay a fine of $400.
  • Parental Notification. The Vice-President for Student Life will notify via telephone call the parents/guardians of students under the age of 21 of the violation.
  • Criminal Report. Campus Public Safety will issue a "Notice to Appear" in court or criminal complaint in response to the criminal violation.
  • Supplemental. Additional sanctions as deemed appropriate by the disciplinary hearing officer.

Sanctions for Off-Campus Housing Policy Violations

Community Disturbance.  Unreasonably disrupting or interfering with the rights of neighbors at off-campus locations, including, but not limited to, failure to abide by applicable University regulations and policies as well as local, state and federal laws.

AU STUDENT/TENANT SANCTIONS

 

Documented underage drinking - NO

Documented underage drinking - YES

1st offense

in either column

Probation; attendance required at the next Good Neighbor presentation (with an additional $100 fine if student chooses not to attend)

Probation; AlcoholEdu; $100 fine per tenant present; attendance required at the next Good Neighbor presentation (with an additional $100 fine if student chooses not to attend)

2nd offense

in either column

Probation to suspension; $100 fine per tenant present; Parental notification; attendance required at the next Good Neighbor presentation (with an additional $100 fine if student chooses not to attend)

Probation to suspension; $200 fine per tenant present; Parental notification; attendance required at the next Good Neighbor presentation (with an additional $100 fine if student chooses not to attend)

3rd offense

in either column

Suspension to expulsion; $200 fine per tenant present; Parental notification; attendance required at the next Good Neighbor presentation (with an additional $100 fine if student chooses not to attend)

Suspension to expulsion; $400 fine per tenant present; Parental notification; attendance required at the next Good Neighbor presentation (with an additional $100 fine if student chooses not to attend)

AU STUDENT/NON-TENANT SANCTIONS 

 

Contributed to community disturbance

Documented underage drinking

1st offense

in either column

Admonition; attendance required at the next Good Neighbor presentation (with an additional $100 fine if student chooses not to attend)

Admonition; AlcoholEdu; $100 fine; attendance required at the next Good Neighbor presentation (with an additional $100 fine if student chooses not to attend)

2nd offense*

in either column

Probation; $100 fine; Parental notification; attendance required at the next Good Neighbor presentation (with an additional $100 fine if student chooses not to attend)

Probation; $150 fine; Parental notification; attendance required at the next Good Neighbor presentation (with an additional $100 fine if student chooses not to attend)

3rd offense

in either column

Probation to suspension; $150 fine; Parental notification; attendance required at the next Good Neighbor presentation (with an additional $100 fine if student chooses not to attend)

Probation to suspension; $200 fine; Parental notification; attendance required at the next Good Neighbor presentation (with an additional $100 fine if student chooses not to attend)

4th offense

in either column

Suspension to expulsion; $200 fine; Parental notification; attendance required at the next Good Neighbor presentation (with an additional $100 fine if student chooses not to attend)

Suspension to expulsion; $300 fine; Parental notification; attendance required at the next Good Neighbor presentation (with an additional $100 fine if student chooses not to attend)

*  A second offense for either tenants or non-tenants will result in the student being restricted from serving in a leadership capacity on campus (e.g. team captain, executive board of a student organization, peer advisor, etc.) 

Dereliction of Property (Violation of the City of Aurora ordinance, article IV. Property Maintenance, regarding property maintenance including):

      AU STUDENT/TENANT SANCTIONS

Improper disposal of trash, including but not limited to, garbage, inoperable vehicles, junk and trash, rubbish, and weeds.

  • 1st Offense:  Good Neighbor violation ticket issued; 24 hours to comply with ordinance
  • 2nd Offense:  Good Neighbor violation ticket issued; 24 hours to comply with ordinance 
  • 3rd and Subsequent Offenses:  Good Neighbor violation ticket issued; 24 hours to comply with ordinance; $50 fine per tenant

Inadequate maintenance of lawn and landscaping including, but not limited to, weeds exceeding a height of eight inches.

  • 1st Offense:  Good Neighbor violation ticket issued; 48 hours to comply with ordinance
  • 2nd Offense:  Good Neighbor violation ticket issued; 48 hours to comply with ordinance
  • 3rd and Subsequent Offenses:  Good Neighbor violation ticket issued; 48 hours to comply with ordinance; $50 fine per tenant

Parking illegally including, but not limited to, parking in prohibited areas, e.g. grass or dirt; parked vehicles in excess of the number allowed for single-family and two-family residential purposes.

  • 1st Offense:  Good Neighbor violation ticket issued; 24 hours to comply with ordinance
  • 2nd Offense:  Good Neighbor violation ticket issued; 24 hours to comply with ordinance
  • 3rd and Subsequent Offenses:  Good Neighbor violation ticket issued; 24 hours to comply with ordinance; $50 fine per vehicle

Other residential ordinances as described by City of Aurora Code

  • 1st Offense:  Good Neighbor violation ticket issued; 24 hours to comply with ordinance
  • 2nd Offense:  Good Neighbor violation ticket issued; 24 hours to comply with ordinance
  • 3rd and Subsequent Offenses:  Good Neighbor violation ticket issued; 24 hours to comply with ordinance; $50 fine per tenant