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Disciplinary Status Sanctions

Disciplinary status sanctions are the only types of sanctions that result in a student not being in good disciplinary standing with the College. Depending on the severity of a violation or if multiple violations occurred, additional sanctions may also be applied from the other sanction sections. It is not a requirement of the student conduct process that a student receive a deferred status sanction prior to a disciplinary status sanction.

Probation
Probation is given for a specified amount of time as determined by a board or administrator hearing a particular case and serves as a formal notification that a particular behavior or behaviors are unacceptable under the policies set forth in the Student Handbook. A student is considered to not be in good disciplinary standing during the probationary period. A probation status may also be paired with other sanctions depending on the severity of the violation(s) and impact on the community. Students not meeting the expectations of probation may face housing lottery restriction, removal from campus housing, suspension, expulsion, or other sanctions depending on the severity of the subsequent violation(s) and other circumstances.  The College need not impose probation before imposing more severe disciplinary status sanctions, up to and including suspension or expulsion. Depending on the circumstances, the College may impose further restrictions including but not limited to the following:

  • Restriction from serving as an resident advisor (RA) or orientation leader (OL)/coordinator (OC).
    • Students may apply for an OC/OL position while on probation; however their probationary status must end prior to the start date of the position.
    • Students are prohibited from applying to the RA position while on probation; however they may apply to the RA position once the probation period has ended.
  • Restriction from work-study positions while on probation. 
  • Exclusion from participation in Exchange, Field-Study, Short-term Field Study, and any other courses offered through the Global Education Office.  Typically, students may apply for these educational opportunities while on probation; however their probationary status must end prior to the start date of the course.
  • Restriction from holding elected office in the Hampshire Student Union, as Student Trustees, and in other campus-wide committees.

Suspension
A suspension is a disciplinary status sanction issued for severe violations or after multiple violations of policy. Suspension lasts a specified length of time, as determined by the board or administrator hearing a particular case. A student is considered to not be in good disciplinary standing during the suspension period. Suspension becomes a permanent part of a student’s conduct record and is recorded on as student’s transcript as a withdrawal from the College. Suspension will result in notification to parents/legal guardian and College officials in compliance with FERPA regulations.

While a suspension is in effect, the student is prohibited from visiting the College or using any of its resources, attending classes, having contact with an advisor or with faculty, and using community facilities (including the residences). While on suspension, a student is withdrawn from the College and must apply for readmission; refer to the Readmission Policy for additional details. The College may specify additional conditions for readmission after a suspension. Please be aware that if a suspended student completes course work in another program, the time spent in those courses cannot count as a semester of enrollment upon return to Hampshire College.

In those cases where the Dean of Students Office determines that a student’s conduct or potential conduct presents a danger to themself or others, that student may be summarily denied access to the entire campus or specified portions of campus (i.e. residences) pending the Formal Conduct Process. Suspension may be imposed on an interim basis (for a period not to exceed 14 days) by action of the Dean of Student’s Office.

Expulsion
An expulsion is a disciplinary status sanction issued for the most severe violations or after multiple violations of policy. The College severs its association with the individual permanently. The individual is not eligible for readmission. The individual will be permanently trespassed from the campus. Expulsion becomes a permanent part of a student’s conduct record and is recorded on a student’s transcript as a withdrawal from the College. Expulsion will result in notification to parents/legal guardian and College officials in compliance with FERPA regulations.