Disciplinary Sanctions for Organizations

Group Dissolution

Termination of the group or organization recognition by the University. This action is a total separation of the group from the University. This includes total restriction on the organization and its members or supporters conducting any activity on the campuses of the University or at off-campus University-associated events that in any way promote the goals, purposes, identity, programs, membership, or activities of the organization. Once dissolved, a group or organization may only reapply for recognition once all current members have left the University community.

Group Suspension

This action is a total separation of the group from the University for a specified period of time. This includes total restriction on the organization and its members or supporters conducting any activity on the campuses of the University or at off-campus University-associated events that in any way promote the goals, purposes, identity, programs, membership, or activities of the organization. Group Suspension is typically assigned for a minimum of the remainder of the academic year. Once the suspension period is over, if the group has met all other terms of their sanction, they will be allowed to resume activity as a recognized group.

Group Probation

A status imposed on a student group or organization for a specific period of time to allow the group 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 dissolution or group suspension.

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

  • Restriction on representing Northwestern University in any official capacity
  • Restriction from participation in University affiliated programs, events, and/or activities
  • Restriction in their use of University resources (e.g., ability to receive University affiliated funding)
  • Restriction in their entry or access to particular locations, premises, or events
  • Restriction in their co-programming with other groups or organizations on campus
  • Additional conditions as deemed appropriate by the hearing officer/panel

Group Formal Warning

Formal notice and censure that a student group’s or organization’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. Student groups and organizations 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. Fines for student groups and organizations will be assessed to the student group as a whole.

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 student groups/organizations may include cost to repair, replace, recover, clean, or otherwise account for the property or services affected. Financial Restitution for student groups and organizations will be assessed to the student group as a whole.

Loss or Restriction of Privileges or Activities

The withdrawal of the use of services or privileges as a student group or organization or the loss of the privilege to participate in an activity or event.