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Outcomes and Sanctions

Disciplinary action is the outcome or sanctions determined for violation of Norms for Community Living and Policies as defined in the Hampshire College Student Handbook. An overview of the conduct processes utilized to determine disciplinary action can be viewed in the Formal Conduct Process section.

Hampshire College values the use of educational and restorative practices in reaching outcomes that engage students in experiential learning. Punitive sanctioning is also utilized where appropriate and may be paired with educational and restorative outcomes. For more information about disciplinary outcomes, visit the Outcomes & Sanctions Definitions section.

In most cases, faculty advisors are notified (and in rare cases families will be notified) of disciplinary action taken against a student. Notifications will be done in compliance with FERPA. See Disclosure of Disciplinary Outcomes for more information.

Determining Sanctions
Some violations have sanctioning guidelines defined within the policy. For policies that do not have specified guidelines, conduct administrators or boards will consider the outcomes in similar cases as well as any previous disciplinary history the student may have. In determining whether or not a student’s behavior meets the expectations defined in the Student Handbook, a “reasonable person” standard may be applied. The term “reasonable person” takes on a different meaning, often depending upon the situation at hand. The reasonable person standard compares how an individual’s behavior in a situation compares with the behavior of a hypothetical reasonable person in the same set of events. This is not the standard used for determining responsibility in a situation, however the reasonable person standard may be considered in determining appropriate sanctions when a student is found responsible for violation of policy.

Note: Disciplinary Exclusion from Student Employment and Elected Office Positions
Students in poor academic standing or on level 2 probation forfeit the privilege to run for or hold elected office. Students who want to appeal must do so in writing to an ad hoc appeals committee. This application must include a statement from the applicant’s advisor. In order to allow time for possible appeals, nominations for any elected office must close at least one week prior to the elections. An appeals committee will consist of the dean of faculty and one faculty member of the Educational Policy Council for matters of academic standing, and the dean of students, the staff advisor to the Hampshire Student Union, and a student member of the Hampshire Student Union for matters of level 2 probation.

Hampshire College employers reserve the right to request information regarding disciplinary standing. While not all offices employing students request this information, employment can be denied based on poor disciplinary standing.