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Sanctions

Students found responsible for violating University policies may receive disciplinary sanctions. The fundamental principle guiding the imposition of sanctions in the student discipline system is founded in the University’s effort to balance upholding community standards with the educational development of its students in addressing individual behavior.

The sanctioning regimen is designed to reestablish order while considering the common good, which sometimes necessitates the temporary or permanent removal of the offender. Mechanism within which offenders can reflect upon their actions and their impact on both themselves and restoration of the offender to good standing within the community provided the safety of the community is not jeopardized by the individuals’ presence or return.  The sanctions listed below is not meant to be exhaustive. 

NOTE: Sanctions imposed through the University discipline system are held in abeyance until the case has been finalized. If a student decided to appeal, his/her sanction(s) will continue to be held in abeyance pending the final outcome.

BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students) is a preventive alcohol abuse intervention program for college students 18 to 24 years old. It is aimed at students who have had negative experiences or other problems relate to alcohol use. The program is designed to help students make better alcohol-use decisions and to reduce their overall risks for alcohol related harm. The program's style is non-confrontational and non-judgmental. The program consists of two sessions with a Student Wellness staff member.

Once you have been sanctioned, you will receive an email in your UNC email account which includes a link to schedule your first BASICS appointment. You must do this within 3 day of receiving the email. If you do not receive an email within the next week, please contact the person who referred you to BASICS. There is a $50 charge for this program.

AlcoholEdu for Sanctions: is an online course designed specifically to help students who have violated alcohol policies make safer and healthier choices - and avoid experiencing problems again. The course provides a strong educational foundation to support the student decision making process. To begin taking the program, click here.

Failing Grade:  Receipt of a failing grade in a course, component or aspect of a course, or on an assignment.

Educational Assignments:  Satisfactory completion of an additional educational assignment, course, or program with or without credit.

Implications for Academic Retention of Graduate or Professional School Students:  In the case of graduate or professional school students, the imposition of an academic sanction in the form of a failing grade in a course shall not in itself be grounds for terminating the affected student’s enrollment in the academic program in which he or she is enrolled, except when the pertinent academic authorities independently determine that such termination is warranted pursuant to pertinent academic rules and requirements.

Penalties of Record:  are reflected both on a student’s academic transcript (during the period they remain in effect) and in a student’s disciplinary records provided under governing policies, including the following:

Drug or Alcohol Suspension including completion of a drug or alcohol education and counseling program, participation in specified forms of community service, and acceptance of such other conditions and requirements as shall be approved by the Judicial Programs Officer.

Drug or Alcohol Probation including completion of a drug or alcohol education and counseling program, participation in specified forms of community service, and acceptance of such other conditions and requirements as shall be approved by the Judicial Programs Officer. A refusal or failure to comply with the terms of a drug or alcohol program, as determined by the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, will result in suspension for the unexpired term of the probation.

Disciplinary Probation for a definite or indefinite period, including probation with associated conditions or requirements. Probation means that a student may remain at the University but may be required to satisfy specified conditions or requirements, report regularly to the Judicial Programs Officer, and be barred from holding any office or participating in any activity in which the student represents the University or University-recognized student organizations either within or outside the University community. The sanction of probation prohibits graduation until the period of probation has ended and the student has complied with all requirements as established by the Honor Court and the Judicial Programs Officer.

Disciplinary Suspension for a Definite or Indefinite Period means that the student is removed from good standing and must leave the University for a definite or indefinite period. Suspension anticipates that the student may eventually return if applicable conditions are satisfied. Academic work completed at another institution during a period in which a student is under suspension from the University may not be transferred toward the degree, but applicable health care or insurance benefits may be continued.

Permanent Disciplinary Suspension from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill means that the student is removed from good standing and must leave the University permanently without an expectation that the student may eventually return to the Chapel Hill campus. A student permanently suspended from the campus is not barred from seeking admission to another UNC system university, if that university wishes to permit such application following disclosure of the student’s disciplinary record at UNC-Chapel Hill. Permanent suspension may only be imposed with the concurrence of the Chancellor and will remain in effect until the Chancellor who imposed or approved the sanction or his or her successor concludes on the basis of the former student’s petition and any supportive documentation that the individual should be given a new opportunity to pursue higher education at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Disciplinary Expulsion if approved by the Chancellor. Expulsion means that a student is removed from the University permanently and may not be admitted to any UNC system university, unless and until the Chancellor who imposed or approved the sanction or his or her successor concludes on the basis of the former student’s petition and any supportive documentation that the individual should be given a new opportunity to pursue higher education within the UNC system.

Other sanctions may be imposed based on circumstances of the individual case, including the following:

A Written Warning: An official reprimand that is formally communicated by a letter giving the student notice that any subsequent Honor Code violation will carry more serious sanctions.

Behavior Management:  Completion of projects, programs, or requirements designed to help the student manage behavior and understand why it was inappropriate.

“No Contact” Orders:  Compliance with orders of no contact that limit access to specific university areas or forms of contact with particular persons.

Community Service:  Completion of up to 60 hours of community service over a period not to exceed twelve weeks under guidelines established by the Judicial Programs Officer.

Restitution:  Where applicable, payment of restitution in an amount determined by the hearing board and paid under guidelines established by the Judicial Programs Officer.

Other Requirements:  Where applicable, taking necessary steps to inform affected parties, correct misrepresentations, or otherwise remedy the effects of misconduct.