Sanctions are education and disciplinary measures assigned to a student after they have been found responsible for violating College policy and meant to serve as a way to re-educate students and members of the college community about acceptable behavoir.

Sanctions are based on the severity of the incident in question as well as any previous cases a student may have with the College Judicial System. 

Sanctions for a violation of the Student Code of Conduct range from a formal warning through dismissal from the college. NOTE: All sanctions must be followed. If they are not followed, additional sanctions may be imposed and a hold will be placed on your account preventing you from registering or acquiring your transcripts. 

Sanctions Available Under the Code of Student Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities Include:

Reprimand or warning: Written notice that continuation or repetition of the violation within a period of time stated in the warning may be a cause for more severe disciplinary action.

Social Probation: Restriction from participation in specified college/sponsored activities, events, or use of specified college facilities.

Restitution: Reimbursement for damage or misuse of property or other monetary costs incurred. 

College or Community Service: individuals may be assigned appropriate community or college service. Such service may not exceed 40 hours and may not conflict with the student’s religious or ethical views. 

Disciplinary Probation: Status of student is declared probationary for a specific period of time which shall not be less than three months nor more than one calendar year. Further violation of recognized rules and regulations may warrant immediate suspension or expulsion from the college. This sanction precludes the individual from representing the college in an official capacity such as intercollegiate athletics or student office, and it may include the loss of specific privileges.  

Suspension or Dismissal: The hearing board may recommend to the college president that a student found in violation of this code be suspended or dismissed from the college. Effective June 1, 2004, Buffalo State College will indicate a permanent notation on the official college transcript of any student that is dismissed as a result of either serious and/or repeated violations of the Code of Student Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities. Students dismissed from the College as a result of violations of the Code shall not receive credit for the semester in which the expulsion occurred and will be liable for all tuition and fees for that semester.

Interim Suspension: The college president may suspend a student pending a hearing and determination thereof, whenever: in his/her considered judgment the continued presence of such student would constitute a clear danger to him/herself or to the safety of persons or property or would pose an immediate threat of disruptive interference with the normal conduct of the institutions’ activities and functions, provided, however, that the president shall grant a hearing , within a reasonable period, on the request of any student so suspended with respect to the basis for such suspension. During this period of such a suspension, the student shall not, without prior permission of the president or his/her designated representative, enter or remain on the campus of the State University College at Buffalo other than to attend the hearing. Violation of any condition of the interim suspension shall be grounds for dismissal from the college. The student must leave the campus within 48 hours of notification of the suspension or expulsion unless an appeal is granted or an extension is approved by the college president or his/her designee. The suspended or expelled student may not visit the campus unless prior permission by the college president or his/her designee is given. 

Residence Hall Probation: A student’s resident status is declared probationary for a specified period of time. Residence hall probation is a strict warning against further violation (s) of residence hall/college policies. Further violations may result in loss of a student’s license to live on campus.

Imposed Reassignment: A resident student will be reassigned to an available space on campus to be determined by the judicial hearing board and director of residence life. The student will be required to move to the new assignment within a specified and reasonable period of time or be subject to immediate suspension from the residence halls.

Suspension/Removal from the Residence Halls: The student will be required to vacate the residence halls for a reasonable specified period. The student may apply to the director of residence life or his/her designee to be readmitted to the residence halls following a period of suspension. Any individual under suspension or expulsion from the residence hall is prohibited from entering any residence hall without explicit permission, in writing, from the director of residence life of his/her designee.

 Additional Sanctions

Additional sanctions such as educational classes or events, community service projects, research projects, payment of damages or fines, or other Campus restrictions may be imposed as deemed appropriate.

Behavior that is specific to the residence halls and not of campus-wide significance shall be dealt with under Residence Life disciplinary processes. Students who repeatedly are found in violation of Residence Life policies may be referred to the Office of Judicial Affairs.