Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities

IX. Sanctions: Overview of Sanctions

The following is a list of the most commonly utilized sanctions. This list is not exhaustive and other sanctions may be imposed if determined by PLU in its sole discretion, to be necessary and appropriate.

1. Warning

A notice in writing to the student that s/he has been found responsible for a policy violation. Students who receive a warning are subject to more severe sanctions if future violations of the policy indicated occur.

2. Letter of Mutual Understanding

This is a means by which a student can confirm understanding of a policy and acknowledge awareness of consequences for future violations.

3. Educational Workshops

Students may be sanctioned to attend an educational session relevant to the violation. Students are responsible for follow-up assignments given at educational presentations. These sanctions may not be deferred. Participation in educational workshops will be at the student’s expense.

4. Community Restitution Through Service

A Conduct Body may require students to initiate and complete a supervised and meaningful project on campus or in the community. Results of the project are placed in the student's file. If a paper, survey or poster is required, the Associate Director for Student Rights and Responsibilities may utilize the product for educational programs and/or training. This sanction may not be deferred.

5. Fines/Restitution/Fees

Fines may be imposed when appropriate. Proceeds from all fines will be contributed to a campus health and wellness education fund.

PLU reserves the right to charge students whose behavior involves damage or destruction of university property. Restitution may also be required when an individual's behavior requires university staff or external agencies to perform tasks above and beyond normal work responsibilities. When such restitution is possible, it is expected and required, not as a substitute for, but in addition to, a sanction. PLU will not be responsible for assisting any student in obtaining restitution from any other student or from the university. Fees for classes, assessments, or events assigned as a sanction will be at the student's expense.

6. Removal of Privileges

Certain restrictions may be placed on a student's activities for a specified period of time. Specific restrictions may include, but are not limited to the residence hall (i.e., removal of "loud" stereos or instruments, loss of kitchen privileges, loss of eligibility to participate in hall social activities and exclusion from seeking or holding appointive or elective positions within the residence halls), student employment, and co-curricular involvement (i.e., exclusion from seeking or holding appointive or elective positions in student government or clubs and organizations). This sanction must be stated for a specified period of time and may be deferred.

7. Assessment with Required Recommendations

Consistent with the nature of the violation, a student may be assigned an assessment (i.e., substance use, anger, mental health) to be provided by a state accredited/certified provider. All resulting recommendations from the assessment are required for sanction completion. All costs associated with the assessment and resulting recommendations must be paid at the student’s expense.

8. Disciplinary Probation

This indicates that the student's continued enrollment at PLU is conditional for a specified period of time. It requires the student to demonstrate that s/he can act in a manner consistent with the university standards to which s/he agreed when accepted by the university. Students on Disciplinary Probation are not in Good Standing with respect to Student Rights and Responsibilities. Disciplinary probation may include restrictions or obligations on the student. If restrictions or obligations are to be included, this information will be included in written communication to the student. Examples of restrictions include, but are not limited to, restricting participation in university activities such as athletics, living on campus, studying away, performing in recognized PLU groups, social events, and elective or appointive student offices. Examples of obligations include, but are not limited to, informing faculty or other advisors about the Disciplinary Probation status, and requiring attendance at specified meetings, counseling sessions, or assessments at the student’s expense. The university, in its sole discretion, will decide what restrictions apply in a given case. Should the student fail to fulfill specified conditions, the student shall be referred for further disciplinary action. This sanction may not be deferred.

9. Suspension

Suspension is the separation of the student from the university for a specified minimum period of time, with conditions imposed for the student’s reinstatement to PLU. Suspended students are not in Good Standing with respect to Student Rights and Responsibilities and will not return to Good with respect to Student Rights and Responsibilities until they have met the conditions of their suspension (see below). The conditions may be imposed by the Conduct Body or the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students, and may consist of any requirement it or s/he deem appropriate under the circumstances. The Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students, at his/her sole discretion, will determine whether the conditions have been met prior to reinstatement (see Section IX - subsection 10).

Restrictions associated with suspension include:

  • The student may not attend classes, use university facilities, attend university events or visit the campus except when engaged in official business approved in writing by designated Student Life staff.
  • Students suspended from the university are required to pay all university fees owed for that semester. Refunds for tuition and/or room and meals will not be issued.
  • Parents or guardians of students who have been suspended will be notified as allowed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). A notice of suspension will be placed on the student’s official transcript until s/he is reinstated to Good Standing with respect to Student Rights and Responsibilities. If a student is not reinstated to Good Standing with respect to Student Rights and Responsibilities, or chooses not to seek reinstatement, the notice of the suspension will remain on her/his transcript for three years after the minimum period of time for the suspension has passed.

Only the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students or the university President may impose suspension. The Conduct Body may recommend to the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students that a student be suspended.

Suspension can be deferred when PLU, in its sole discretion, determines that circumstances in a particular case warrant it. Only the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students or the university President may defer suspension. Students on Deferred Suspension are not in Good Standing with respect to Student Rights and Responsibilities. Deferred Suspension may include restrictions or obligations on the student. If restrictions or obligations are to be included, this information will be included in written communication to the student. Examples of restrictions include, but are not limited to, restricting participation in university activities such as athletics, living on campus, studying away, performing in recognized PLU groups, social events, and elective or appointive student offices. Examples of obligations include, but are not limited to, informing faculty or other advisors about the Deferred Suspension status, and requiring attendance at specified meetings, counseling sessions, or assessments at the student’s expense. The university, in its sole discretion, will decide what restrictions apply in a given case. Failure to fully abide by all conditions of deferral within the time frames indicated will result in removal of deferred status and immediate implementation of the suspension.


Reinstatement from Suspension

When the minimum period of time for suspension has ended and the student has complied with the conditions of his/her reinstatement and completed sanctions accompanying the suspension (if any), s/he must submit a letter to the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students requesting reinstatement. This letter must include details of how the student has used her/his time while suspended, reflect upon what s/he has learned and provide evidence that s/he has satisfied the conditions of the suspension.

The Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students may take any of the following actions (without limitation) in his or her sole discretion:

  • Determine whether any conditions imposed at the time of suspension have been met, and identify next steps;
  • Extend the suspension because the conditions for reinstatement have not been met;
  • Return the student to Good Standing with respect to Student Rights and Responsibilities and permit the student to enroll in classes, or
  • Permit the student to enroll in class, but place the student on Disciplinary Probation for a stated period of time.

10. Expulsion

Expulsion is the permanent and total withdrawal of the privilege of attending PLU or participating in the PLU community. Expulsion may be recommended as a result of very serious violations or for repeated offenses.

  • Expelled students may not visit the university premises under any circumstances.
  • Students expelled from the university are required to pay all university fees owed for that semester. Refunds for tuition and/or room and meals will not be issued.
  • Parents of students who have been expelled will be notified as allowed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
  • A notice of expulsion will be placed on the student’s official transcript indefinitely.

Only the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students or the university President may impose expulsion. The Conduct Body may recommend to the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students that a student be expelled. This sanction may not be deferred.

11. Deferred Graduation

A Conduct Body may recommend to the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students that the graduation date of a student be deferred for a stated period of time. Generally, this is done when a senior student commits a violation for which suspension may be justified, and allows the Conduct Body to postpone the student’s eligibility for graduation until after a specified period of time has passed.

12. Permission to Withdraw

A student facing disciplinary action, or with incomplete Student Rights and Responsibilities sanctions, may make a written request to the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students for permission to withdraw from the university. Only the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students may grant such permission. Refunds for tuition and/or room and meals will not be issued to students withdrawing from the university under these circumstances.

Incidents involving students, who withdraw with or without permission prior to the Review Meeting, will be reviewed (without the presence of the student) by a Conduct Body or the Associate Director for Student Rights and Responsibilities. Notification of decisions and sanctions will be made by PLU email.

The Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students may require that students with sanctions complete them prior to withdrawing from the university, or may waive the need for completion. A student granted "permission to withdraw," who wishes to return to the university, must make written application to the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students for reinstatement to student status and to Good Standing with respect to Student Rights and Responsibilities. The requirements for this application are the same as those for students seeking reinstatement following suspension. The Student Life Office shall place a notice of withdrawal, with the permission of the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students, on the student's official transcript. If not reinstated, this notice shall remain on the transcript for three years after the student withdraws from the university. If reinstated, the notice will be removed from the student’s transcript.

Last Modified: December 23, 2013 at 12:59 PM