Summary Suspension Procedures

Summary Suspension Procedures

As provided in Article V of the University Statutes, the University may suspend a student (or take any other appropriate action up to and including suspension) pending a prompt hearing in cases in which the president, a vice president designated by the president, or in cases involving students on a campus outside of Evanston, the dean of a school on that campus, finds that such suspension or other action is necessary for reasons relating to the safety and well-being of students, faculty, staff, or University property. Actions that may warrant summary suspension or action include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Sale, distribution, use, or possession of illegal drugs;
  2. Use or possession of dangerous weapons;
  3. Theft of or damage to property;
  4. Obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration, hearing procedures, or other University activities or of other University-authorized activities;
  5. Physical abuse of any person or action that threatens or endangers the emotional well-being, health or safety of any person (including oneself).

Any student suspended pursuant to the provisions of this statement will be required to remove him/herself immediately from residence halls and/or fraternity or sorority units and will be excluded from University property and University events unless the student’s presence on campus or at University events is explicitly authorized by the University official taking the summary action.

A student subject to summary suspension or other action may request an expedited hearing through the University Hearing and Appeals System (or other designated resolution procedure), which will schedule a hearing within three days of the request or as soon thereafter as possible, but the University retains the right to stipulate that any suspension or action imposed under this procedure remain in effect during the resolution or appeal process or until a final resolution and/or all appeal procedures have been exhausted. Unless the University specifically decides otherwise, a student shall have 90 days to request a hearing; failure to request a hearing within this time shall constitute a disciplinary exclusion from the University, which exclusion shall be recorded in the student’s permanent file in the office of the vice president for student affairs (but not on the transcript) and shall prohibit the student from subsequently enrolling in any school in the University unless admitted through the office of admissions of the appropriate school and cleared by the vice president for student affairs.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, the University retains the right to postpone a hearing and/or appeal through the University Hearing and Appeals System or other designated resolution procedure if the University determines that the student’s presence in the University community would pose an unacceptable threat to the student or others or otherwise would significantly disrupt the educational or other activities of the University community. In such instances the University will make every attempt to speak with the student and give the student an initial opportunity to respond to the concerns. In the event that the University postpones a formal resolution procedure, it will advise the student of the conditions that must be met prior to the hearing and/or appeal through the University Hearing and Appeals System or other designated resolution procedure.

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