Student Conduct

Interim Measures

After receiving a report of prohibited conduct, the University may implement interim protective measures that impact a respondent at any time prior to the conclusion of a conduct proceeding. When implemented, the respondent will be advised on how to raise an objection about the interim measure or request that it be made less restrictive. Interim measures will remain in place until lifted or modified by a University official with authority to do so. If any allegations of Department of Education federal regulations (EDFR) prohibited conduct are included in a case, these measures are called supportive measures and may not unreasonably burden either the respondent or complainant.

Interim protective measures may limit contact between the respondent and others who have been impacted by the alleged conduct. These measures aim to prevent the repetition of prohibited conduct, if occurring, and eliminate opportunities for retaliation against a complainant, an individual who reported, other specified persons, and/or a specific student organization. The specific interim protective measure(s) implemented will vary depending on the circumstances of each report.

If an interim protective measure is implemented, the respondent will be notified. Implementation of any interim measure does not assume any determination of, or create any expectation of, responsibility for prohibited conduct under the conduct code or student policy. A respondent who fails to comply with any interim protective measures may, however, be charged with a failing to comply with the directions of a University official. Interim protective measures typically remain in place for the entire conduct proceeding unless circumstances change such that there is no longer a need for a specific interim protective measure.

Following are examples of interim protective measures:

  1. A Temporary No-Contact Directive
    A no-contact directive is a University directive prohibiting a student from having direct or indirect contact, by any means, with another student, individual, or student organization. In some cases, a temporary no contact directive may be mutual or two-ways in that it prevents both a complainant and respondent from having conduct with the other. A temporary no contact directive is a common interim measure that a conduct officer puts into place. When a temporary no-contact directive is put in place, the parties in the case are notified.
  2. Housing Reassignments
    In accordance with University housing agreements, a student may be reassigned to other University housing under certain circumstances as necessary.
  3. Limiting the Respondent’s Access to, or Limiting Participation in, Identified University-Controlled Buildings, Programs, or Activities
    University employees or others with authority over the building, program, or activity are typically consulted regarding appropriate interim protective measure and/or may implement the interim protective measure.
  4. Changes to Class Schedules, Assignments, or Test Schedules
    This type of interim measure may include moving the respondent to a different class time or section. Efforts are made to avoid an impact on the respondent’s academic progress.
  5. Emergency Suspension
    Authority to place a student on emergency suspension.

Certain interim protective measures may also be put in place as a condition of a disciplinary sanction, and notification of the condition will be incorporated into the initial or final order.

Emergency Authority of the University

Appropriate University officials may immediately suspend a student from participation in any or all University functions, privileges, or locations if:

  • There is reasonable cause to believe that a student’s conduct represents a threat to the health, safety, or welfare of the University or any member of the University community; and/or
  • They believe a student’s conduct poses an ongoing threat of substantially disrupting or materially interfering with University activities or operations.

In such an emergency situation, the University official placing the student on emergency suspension shall issue a written order to be served upon the student describing the terms of the emergency suspension and the reasons for the emergency suspension. The order shall advise the student how to raise an objection about the emergency suspension or request that it be made less restrictive. The University may also put a conduct hold in place during the emergency suspension period.

The order, once provided to the student, shall be effective immediately. The proceeding shall then be referred to the appropriate conduct office and the investigation (and any hearing) shall proceed as quickly as feasible. The emergency suspension shall remain in effect until lifted or revised by a University official with authority to do so or until a final order is entered in the proceeding. Once a final order is entered in the proceeding, any emergency suspension shall be lifted and the sanction, if any, will be imposed.

To the extent permissible under applicable law, the complainant or other member of the University community may also be provided with notice of the respondent’s emergency suspension and any terms of the emergency suspension that directly relate to that individual.