Disciplinary Sanctions for Individuals

Expulsion

Expulsion is the most serious University disciplinary action and means the permanent removal of the student from the University. Expulsion includes forfeiture of all rights and degrees not actually conferred at the time of the expulsion, notification of the expulsion to the student and student’s college, permanent notation of the expulsion on the student’s University records, withdrawal from all courses according to the policies of the student’s college or program, and forfeiture of tuition and fees. Any student expelled from the University must refrain from visiting the University premises except when engaged in official business approved in writing by the Dean of Students. A student who has been expelled may never apply to be a student at Northwestern University again.

Degree Revocation

A student’s degree is revoked. Degree revocation includes forfeiture of all rights and responsibilities associated with the degree, notification of the respondent and respondent’s college, permanent notation of the degree revocation and on the student’s University records, and forfeiture of tuition and fees.

Exclusion

A status in which students are deprived of all attributes of student status and may not register, submit written course work, receive academic credit, attend classes, remain in University housing, or participate in any function or event sponsored by the University or any of its departments, groups, or organizations (unless specifically authorized). A student who is excluded may not reenter the University without acceptance of a formal application by the Office of Admission and approval of the Vice President for Student Affairs, or designee, (and completion of any other conditions that may have been imposed for reentry). A student who is excluded must wait a minimum of two years from the time of exclusion before reapplying to the University.

A student who is excluded after having satisfied all degree requirements will not be awarded their degree until the acceptance of their formal application by the Office of Admission and approval of the Vice President for Student Affairs, or designee, (and completion of any other conditions that may have been imposed for reentry). The student may not participate in commencement exercises until that time.

Suspension

A status, imposed for a minimum of one full academic quarter, in which students are removed from the University and may not register, attend classes, submit course work, receive academic credit, remain in University housing, or participate in any function or event sponsored by the University or any of its departments, groups, or organizations (unless specifically authorized). Suspension may also include the imposition of conditions for reenrollment. The maximum length of a suspension is two years; however, this may be extended to the planned degree completion date of a reporter to ensure that a respondent is not a student at the same time as a reporter.

If a student who has been suspended does not reenroll in the University within two years of the end of the suspension term (or longer if specified), the student may not reenter the University without acceptance of a formal application by the Office of Admission and approval of the Vice President for Student Affairs, or designee, (and completion of any other conditions that may have been imposed for reentry).

A student who is suspended after having satisfied all degree requirements will not be awarded their degree until the period of suspension is over and they have met all conditions for reenrollment or reapplication. The student may not participate in commencement exercises until the period of suspension is over.
In the event a disciplinary suspension and an academic withdrawal occur simultaneously, the two leaves of absence are to be effective consecutively, and not concurrently, unless otherwise determined by the Dean of Students.

Disciplinary Probation

A status imposed on a student for a specific period of time to allow students to reflect upon their choices and behavior and to demonstrate the ability to abide by University policies and expectations. Any policy violations committed during the probation period may result in additional or more serious sanctions, including suspension, exclusion, or expulsion.

Probation will typically include one or more of the following conditions:

  • Restriction on representing Northwestern University in any official capacity
  • Restriction from holding positions of leadership in any University recognized student group or organization or from being hired by University departments to serve in leadership roles (e.g., Community Assistants, Peer Advisors, Teaching Assistants)
  • Restriction from attendance at University events or activities (e.g., Dance Marathon, Dillo Day)
  • Restriction in their use of University resources (e.g., wireless network)
  • Restriction in their entry or access to particular locations, premises, or events
  • Restriction in their contact with another member or group of members of the University community
  • Restriction on ability to study abroad
  • Additional conditions as deemed appropriate by the hearing officer/panel
  • Disciplinary probation may impact other opportunities for which a student’s disciplinary record is considered as a criterion for participation. Examples include study abroad and student leadership opportunities.

University Warning

Formal notice and censure that a student’s actions violated a University policy, that such actions are not acceptable in our community, and that further misconduct, or any other violation of a University policy, may result in more serious disciplinary action. Students are thus expected to reflect upon their decisions and to be mindful of how their future choices and actions may impact themselves, others, and the University community.

Fine

Fines are punitive monetary costs intended to dissuade students from violating the Code of Conduct. Fines collected are used by the University to fund services and programs for students. Failure to pay a fine will result in a registration/graduation hold on the student’s account.

Financial Restitution

Restitution is monetary compensation required of students who have taken, misused, damaged, or destroyed University, public, or private property or services. Amounts charged to students may include cost to repair, replace, recover, clean, or otherwise account for the property or services affected.
Loss or restriction of privileges or activities: The withdrawal of the use of services or privileges as a student or member of the community, or the loss of the privilege to participate in an activity or event.

Restrictions on access or contact

Restrictions or prohibitions on a student’s entry or access to particular locations, premises, or events, or on a students’ contact with another member of the University community.