Disciplinary Sanctions for Groups
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.
Group Conduct Review
Group Conduct Review indicates that a group’s behavior is a significant violation of University policy either because the group has had one significant incident or because the group is beginning to show a pattern of concerning behavior. Conduct Review is imposed for a specific period of time to encourage groups to reflect upon their choices and behavior and to demonstrate the ability to abide by University policies and expectations. During this time, a group’s behaviors will be observed and any policy violations committed during this period will likely result in a heightened level of response and a more significant sanction such as group probation, suspension or dissolution. Conduct Review will be assigned for a minimum of three months and typically a maximum of a year.
A status imposed on a student group or organization for a specific period of time to alert the group to the fact that their choices and behaviors are significantly inconsistent with University policy and expectations. During this time, the group is asked to take active steps toward improving the actions of their group and to demonstrate that they can abide by University policy. Any policy violations while a group is on Disciplinary Probation will result in strong consideration of Group Suspension or Group Dissolution. Group Probation will be assigned for a minimum of three months and typically not more than two years. Probation will frequently be accompanied by a Loss or Restriction of Privileges or Activities sanction.
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 Dissolution is the termination of the group or organization's 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.
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.
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 ActivitiesThe 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. Examples include:
- Restriction on representing Northwestern University in any official capacity;
- Restriction from participation in University-affiliated programs, events, and/or activities;
- Restriction on the group’s use of University resources (e.g., ability to receive University affiliated funding, reside in University Housing)
- Restriction on the group’s entry or access to particular locations, premises, or events;
- Restriction on the group’s ability to host or participate in programs or events;
- Restriction of the group's ability to host programs or events with alcohol;
- Restriction in the group’s co-programming with other groups or organizations on campus; and
- Additional conditions as deemed appropriate by the hearing officer/panel.