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The following list describes University sanctions that may be administered as a result of violating the WKU Student Code of Conduct. Judicial Actions may be imposed only after a conference at which the student has had the opportunity to review alleged violations, review any evidence, and respond.

Preponderance is the standard of proof used in conduct meetings and formal judicial conferences. For a student to be found responsible for a violation, the evidence must indicate that it is more likely than not that the violation occurred. This is very different from the criminal court system.

Judicial actions may be used independently or in combination depending on the particular circumstance of the violation. Chronic and/or multiple violations during the course of an individual student's college career may increase the level of sanctions applied.

The judicial outcome of suspension and expulsion may be applied only by the University Disciplinary Committee, as designated by the Board of Regents under Kentucky Revised Statute 164.370, for offenses which are of such severity or nature that expulsion or suspension of the responsible student is in the best interest of the University.

1. Warning and/or Reprimand ‑ Official notice to a student that conduct or actions are in violation. The continuation of such conduct or actions may result in further disciplinary action.


2. Creative Sanction‑ A sanction which may be used in lieu of, or in combination with, sanctions numbered three through six below. Creative discipline will be consistent with the offense committed. In some cases, at the discretion of the hearing officer, a student found in violation may attend special educational seminars, classes, or workshops offered in the subject area of the violation or are sanctioned in another way which is directly related to the violation. In these cases, the student must always submit written proof of completion of the sanction to the hearing officer. The University may also contact parents or legal guardians of students found in violation of policy concerning the possession of alcohol or controlled substances if the student is under 21.


3. Disciplinary Agreement ‑ Behavior contract between the University and the student whereby the student agrees, in writing, to correct inappropriate behaviors.


4. Restricted Use of Facilities ‑ Denial of on campus use of an automobile for a specified period of time, removal from a living group, or other privilege including the use of specific University facilities, consistent with the offense committed. Restricted use of facilities may be accompanied by other sanctions.


5. Restitution ‑ Reimbursement by transfer of property or service to the University or a member of the University community in an amount not in excess of the damage or loss incurred. Reimbursement may be accompanied by other sanctions.


6. Restricted University Participation - Exclusion for a period of time from participating in extra-curricular activities including recognized student organizations and/or representing the University in any manner. Classroom attendance will be unaffected.

The following sanction may be imposed upon groups or organizations:

Deactivation – Loss of all privileges, including University recognition, for a specified period of time.


7. Disciplinary Probation - A period of observation and review of conduct in which the student demonstrates compliance with the provisions of University regulations.  Any student found in violation of the Student Code of Conduct while on Disciplinary Probation in the same semester of academic probation may be subject to suspension or dismissal from the university immediately.


8. Deferred Suspension – In some cases, a sanction of suspension may be held in abeyance for a specified period. This means that, if the student is found responsible of any violation during that period, he or she will be subject to the deferred sanction without further review, in addition to the disciplinary action appropriate to the new violation.


9. Separation – an immediate dismissal from the University based on threat or danger to the university community or severe, pervasive student behavior. Students separated from the University are eligible to apply for reinstatement to the University. Readmission is not guaranteed.


10. Interim Suspension – Exclusion for a period of time, prior to a judicial conference, from the residence halls or campus (including classes) and all other college activities or privileges of a University student.

 Interim suspension may be imposed only:

     · To ensure the safety and well-being of Members of the University Community or preservation of University property.

     · To ensure the student’s own physical or emotional safety and well being; or

     · If the student poses a definite threat of disruption of or interference with the normal operations of the University.


11. Suspension - Exclusion for a period of time, generally from one term to one year. A removal from the university is a time away for a number of academic semesters or until certain conditions are met.

In certain circumstances, the Director of Judicial Affairs or the Vice President for Student Affairs may impose a University or residence hall suspension.

All students who reach a level of sanction that includes any suspension may not be eligible to reside in the University Housing System.

12. Expulsion - Dismissal from the University for an indefinite period of time. Any student expelled may not, thereafter, be readmitted to the University except upon application to the Board of Regents through the President.

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 Last Modified 3/11/15