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General Sanctions


Typically students will receive one or a combination of the following sanctions for violation of policies (see Alcohol & Other Drug Sanctions section for educational and restorative sanctions specific to AOD violations). Depending on the severity of a violation or if multiple violations occurred, additional sanctions may also be applied from any of the sanction sections.

Behavioral Goal Setting
Students required to engage in behavioral goal setting will meet with an administrator (typically a dean or other staff member designated by the dean of students) to develop clear expectations for behavior in the Hampshire community. This will also provide an opportunity to identify sources of support and resources.

Community Service
Students assigned community service will complete a project as specified by an administrator or board. A specific number of hours that must be completed may also be specified.

Educational Warning
An educational warning is a written notice that a student has been found responsible for violating college policy and a reminder that students are expected to adhere to Hampshire College policies. Educational warnings encourage students to reflect on the policy they violated, its impact on them and the community, and how it affects their personal and academic goals and priorities. An educational warning will be retained within a student's conduct record but is not reportable to any agency or organization outside Hampshire.

Discussion Circle
Discussion circles are used to provide an opportunity for students to engage with peers who may have violated similar policies to have a discussion with a trained facilitator about how their decisions related to the violation that occurred or other similar experiences impact them and their communities. 

Educational Project
Students assigned an educational project will complete a project as specified by an administrator or board.

Fines and Restitution
Fines may be issued at the discretion of an administrator or hearing board and are typically assigned to cover the cost of an article unlawfully removed from the College or moved to another location at the College, or they may require restitution to cover the repair or replacement of any property (belonging either to the College or to an individual) that has been damaged or stolen. The cost of labor in moving, repairing, or replacing an item may be included. Fines will be applied to a student’s account.

Fire Safety Review
Students violating minor fire safety policies will be required to review fire safety information including, but not limited to tips, policy, and educational videos.

Impact Interview
Students assigned an impact interview will be required to interview others and write a reflection based on their personal reflection of a topic and the reflection of others. An administrator or board will specify length and other parameters of the assignment.

Loss of Privileges
Loss for a specific period of time, of privileges such as but not limited to participation in recreational activities or athletics, participation in student groups, holding a signer position in a recognized student group, being able to register a party, being able to register an emotional support animal, being able to register a vehicle to park on campus, participation in social events on campus, etc.

Meeting with Administrator
Students may be assigned to meet with a particular administrator so that they may have the opportunity to reflect on their behavior and experiences around a particular violation or topic.

No Contact Directive
A no contact directive (NCD) is an order directing a student to refrain from contacting another student for a period of time. This applies to communications in-person, online, through phone calls, text messages, third party, and other forms of contact, both on-and off-campus while a student with an active NCD against them is enrolled at the College.

NCDs are issued by the dean of students office, office of student rights and responsibilities, or under the direction of the Title IX coordinator. NCDs may be interim or permanent at the discretion of the issuing administrator. Interim NCDs will be reviewed regularly by the College to assess continued need.

If the directive may have been violated, a report should be made to the dean of student’s office. The report will be reviewed by the dean of students office and/or office of student rights and responsibilities and if there is enough information to suggest a violation may have occurred the respondent will be required to attend a conduct meeting. NCDs do not become part of a student's conduct record unless a student is found responsible for failure to comply with the terms of the directive or as an outcome of a conduct meeting or hearing. If found responsible for failure to comply with a directive a student may face a deferred status sanction or disciplinary status sanction including, but not limited to, suspension or expulsion from the College.

NCDs are not court imposed restraining orders/orders of protection and do not guarantee that designated parties will avoid sightings or passing interactions on the campus, on the PVTA bus system, or in the local community. In some circumstances, a NCD may restrict a student from parts of the campus. The College will ensure all students have access to the academic program in compliance with the NCD. It is a student’s right to seek court orders and other legal protective measures that are enforced by the courts through civil or criminal penalties. The College can provide information for students seeking legal protection.

Research/Reflection Paper
Students assigned a research and/or reflection paper will be asked to write about their behaviors and impact on the community. An administrator or board will specify length and other parameters of the assignment.

Ride-a-Long with Campus Safety & Wellbeing
Students assigned a ride-a-long will have an opportunity to see how campus safety and wellbeing operations work. Students will work directly with campus safety and wellbeing to arrange a ride-a-long.

Trespass Order
A permanent order issued by campus police stating that the person issued the order is no longer permitted on the Hampshire College campus. Violation of this order will result in criminal prosecution up to and including arrest.