Sanction Definitions

Below is a list of common sanctions that are imposed through the university conduct system. This list is not all-inclusive.

AA Meeting:

Attend, as an observer, one or more Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

Assessment: Alcohol and/or drug:

Complete an alcohol and/or drug assessment with a professional counselor.

Attend Event:

Attend some form of program or event such as a residence hall program, university sponsored program, community program, etc.

Banned from Building – Conduct:

Banned from a specific hall/s or building/s for a determined amount of time. Violation of this ban may result in conduct action.

Banned from Building – Official:

Banned from a specific hall/s or building/s for a determined amount of time. Receives an official trespass letter from campus police. Violation of this ban may result in conduct action and may result in arrest.

Banned from Campus – Official:

Banned from entire campus for a determined amount of time. Receives an official trespass letter from campus police. May result in arrest for violating.

Bulletin Board:

Create a bulletin board using specific information.

Charge:

Student is billed for the replacement or repair of an item/s he or she damaged or took without permission. Individuals residing in residential life facilities may be billed for community damages where the responsible person is not known or for not following instructions (ex/ improper check-out) or for utilizing a service where there is charge (ex/ lock outs).

Community Restitution:

Student is assigned a designated number of community restitution hours.  The tasks to be completed may be designated by the hearing officer/board or left to be determined by the student.

Counseling:

Student is required to meet with a University or other professional counselor for a specified number of times.

Creative Reflection:

Assigned to create some form of reflection such as artwork, sculpture, project, etc.

Disciplinary Probation:  (usually a minimum of 1 semester)

Status which implies that if any violation or if a specific violation were to occur during specified probation period student may be suspended from the University.  If student is dependent parental notification may be sent.

Disciplinary Warning:

Communication to the student that the behavior is unacceptable.

Duty with Residential Life Staff:

Student is to accompany a community advisor on duty which includes rounds, confronting violations, etc.

Eviction:

Student is evicted from residential life housing facilities and may not receive a refund of any monies. If student is dependent parental notification may be sent.

Expulsion:

Student is expelled from PSU permanently (removed from classes and campus living).  When this occurs he/she is banned from entering university premises. Student may not receive a refund of any monies. If student is dependent parental notification may be sent.

Interviews:

Meet with specified people or types of people to ask assigned questions.

Marijuana Class:

An educational marijuana program instructed by the university’s alcohol and other drug education counselor. (Primary sanction applied for initial marijuana violations.) The class is usually 3 hours in length and the student is billed the cost of the class.

OCTAA (On Campus Talking About Alcohol):

An educational alcohol program instructed by a certified presenter. Class is usually 12 hours in length and student is billed the cost of the class.

Organize Program:

Plan a program or work with others to plan a program in the residence hall or for all of campus. (ex/ social event, educational event, etc.)

Paper:

Type a personal reflection paper or research paper.

Police Ride Along:

Accompany an officer while on duty in order to see what situations may be like from an officer’s perspective.

Reading:

Book, article, website, etc.

Relocation:

Student is removed from their current residence hall or apartment and moved to another residence hall or apartment. If student is relocated he or she may be banned from current hall or apartment.

Residence Hall Probation: (usually a minimum of 1 semester)

Status which implies that if another violation or specific violation were to occur during a designated time period the student may be relocated to another hall or apartment.

Residential Life Probation:  (usually a minimum of 1 semester)

Status which implies that if another violation or specific violation were to occur during a designated time period the student may be evicted from residential life housing facilities. If student is dependent parental notification may be sent.

Suspension: (usually a minimum of 1 semester)

Student is suspended from PSU (removed from classes and campus living) for a designated length of time.  In most cases the student is banned from entering campus premises. Student may not receive a refund of any monies. If student is dependent parental notification may be sent.