When a student or student organization is found in violation of the Code of Conduct, any of the following types of sanctions may be assigned. Sanctions should be appropriate to the policy violation(s) for which they are assigned. When considering the sanctions to be imposed, a range of factors may be considered, including the:

  • nature, context, and severity of an incident,
  • developmental needs of the student/student organization,
  • level of accountability and responsibility taken by the student/student organization,
  • level of cooperation from the student,
  • need to stop the misconduct and prevent its recurrence,
  • need to remedy and address the impact or effects of the conduct on others,
  • disciplinary history of the student/student organization,
  • best interests of the University community, and
  • any other aggravating, mitigating, or relevant factors.

A student’s use of alcohol or other drugs prior to or in connection with an incident – even if lawfully consumed – will generally be viewed as an aggravating factor. Participation in high risk drinking or drug behavior, including, but not limited to: the participation in drinking games or other excessive abusive or irresponsible patterns of consumptions are generally seen as additionally aggravating factors.

Where it is reasonably believed that a violation of any University policy has been committed against any person or group because of the person’s or group’s race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, marital status, age, disability, citizenship, veteran status, genetic information, or any other classification protected by law or policy, or because of the perception that a person or group has some such characteristic, sanctions may be enhanced up to and including separation from the University (e.g., University Suspension, Degree Revocation, Expulsion, or Group Dissolution).

Compliance with all assigned sanctions within the time allocated is mandatory. Failure to complete or comply with any assigned sanction, or failure to meet an assigned deadline (if applicable) may result in further disciplinary action, and/or the placement of a hold on a student’s University account. If a student withdraws or takes a leave from Northwestern prior to the completion of their sanctions, they must complete all assigned sanctions before they will be able to reenroll.

Types of Sanctions