University of Houston-Victoria

Handbook

Sanctions

Factors to be taken into consideration when issuing sanctions include, but are not limited to: the respondent’s motivation for displaying the behavior; the respondent’s disciplinary history; the extent to which the behavior jeopardizes the safety and security of the University of Houston-Victoria community; and, the likelihood of the behavior occurring again. Upon written request, the Hearing Officer will disclose the results of campus disciplinary proceedings to the victim of a non-forcible sex violation or a violence related policy violation.

Upon a finding of a violation of the Prohibited Conduct Section of the Student Code of Conduct, one or more of the following sanctions may be imposed:

  • Expulsion permanently separates the student from the University and prohibits the student from ever attending the University, enrolling in any University courses and/or from being present on University grounds without the permission of the Senior Director of Student Services & Judicial Affairs. Expulsion will be noted on the student’s permanent record. A student who has been expelled from any University of Houston System component shall be ineligible to enroll at any other system component during the period of expulsion.
  • Suspension prohibits the student from attending the University, enrolling in any University courses and from being present on University grounds without the permission of the Senior Director of Student Services & Judicial Affairs for a specified period of time. A student suspended for prohibited conduct is not guaranteed readmission to the University, but shall petition the Senior Director of Student Services & Judicial Affairs to review the student’s eligibility for readmission. Suspension will be noted on the student’s permanent record. A student who has been suspended from any University of Houston System component shall be ineligible to enroll at any other system component during the period of suspension.
  • Deferred Suspension allows a sanction of suspension to be deferred to a specific date in the future. If a student is found in violation of any University rule while under the sanction of deferred suspension, the suspension sanction may be implemented immediately and additional conduct sanctions appropriate to the new violation(s) may be imposed. Students under the sanction of deferred suspension may be subject to additional restrictions identified by the Senior Director of Student Services & Judicial Affairs. Failure to comply with the additional restrictions established by the Senior Director of Student Services & Judicial Affairs will be considered additional conduct violations.
  • Disciplinary Probation is a sanction in which students are considered “not in good standing” with the University. Any further misconduct while on probation may result in additional disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the University. Students under the sanction of probation may be subject to additional restrictions identified by the Senior Director of Student Services & Judicial Affairs. A sanction of probation is imposed for a definite period of time. Probation will be noted on the student’s permanent record during the period of probation.
  • Revocation of Admission and/or Degree may be imposed for fraud, misrepresentation, or other violations of University rules in obtaining admission or a degree, or for other serious violations committed by an applicant or by a student prior to the awarding of the degree.
  • Educational Programs or Assignments are sanctions designed to develop and/or expand a student’s understanding of a University rule or policy and/or support the student’s learning in relation to the rule or policy that was violated.
  • Reprimand is an official written notification retained in a student’s disciplinary file designed to inform the student that their behavior has been unacceptable.
  • Restitution or compensation for loss, theft, deception, damage or injury, which may take the form or appropriate service and/or monetary or material replacement.
  • Warning is a sanction which advises a student that they have engaged in behavior that is unbecoming of a member of the University community. A warning may include a requirement to meet with a designated University official. This sanction remains in effect for a specified period of time, after which, it may be removed from the student’s conduct record at the student’s request. Any further misconduct during a sanction of warning may result in additional disciplinary action.
  • Other Sanctions may include, but are not limited to: disenrollment, referral for mandatory assessment by a qualified licensed professional, no contact orders, restrictions from specific areas in University buildings and/or on University grounds, restrictions from participating in intercollegiate athletics or extracurricular activities, monetary fines, community service, disciplinary room change for residential students, deferred eviction, and/or ban or removal from University housing facilities. Students may also be required to meet periodically with a person designated by the Hearing Officer.