Sanctions & Remediation

In most cases, and as part of the educational process, some form of disciplinary/learning sanction(s) will be assigned to students responsible for violating the Student Code of Conduct. This policy outlines consequences for conduct violations based on the level of severity and frequency of the infraction.

Minor violations and associated sanctions:

Minor violations are usually treated with an initial verbal or written warning. Repeated minor offenses can ultimately lead to more strict consequences. Minor violations shall be handled at the departmental level, but documentation of the violation will be tracked by the VPO and BIT. Common examples of violations treated as more minor or typically receiving warnings include but are not limited to the following:

  • violation of departmental polices (e.g., attendance, clinical dress code violations)
  • unprofessional behavior/communication with peers, faculty, staff or administration (written or verbal, online or in person)

Major violations and associated sanctions:

Major violations are more significant or escalated in nature compared to minor violations. More aggressive behavior, for instance, could lead to harsher penalties. Written, documented warnings and suspensions are necessary penalties for major code of conduct violations. Examples of violations treated as major violations include but are not limited to the following:

  • multiple minor violations (whether of the same or different nature as the first)
  • theft
  • falsification of time cards, signed forms or other College documents

Severe violations and associated sanctions

Severe violations are often referred to as terminable offenses; violations considered severe normally result in either suspension or separation from the College. Examples of violations treated as severe violations include but are not limited to the following:

  • multiple violations (whether of the same or different nature from the others)
  • valid claims of physical threats made against others
  • bringing a weapon to the College or College sponsored function
  • destroying College property
  • possessing or distributing illegal drugs and/or substances at the College or College sponsored function

Although the following is not an exhaustive list of sanctions, it does provide examples of sanctions that may be assigned:  

  1. Written warnings
  2. Learning projects
  3. Service to the community
  4. Restitution
  5. Monetary fines
  6. Assessment
  7. Referral for prosecution
  8. Restrictions or loss of privileges
  9. Disciplinary probation
  10. Residence hall suspension
  11. Residence hall expulsion
  12. Interim suspension
  13. Suspension
  14. Withholding a degree
  15. Expulsion

More than one of the sanctions listed above may be imposed for any single violation.


Clarkson College does not prescribe to the thought that sanctioning should be exclusively punitive in nature. While punitive sanctions are sometimes necessary and appropriate, the belief is that sanctioning should be approached foremost with the educational interests of our students in mind. We endeavor to employ sanctions that are specific to the individual students who find themselves as participants in the conduct process. The intent of sanctioning a student who has been found responsible for a violation is to help that student better understand themselves in relation to others and grow in their decision-making processes, as well as to reduce the likelihood that the student will violate the code of conduct again in the future.

Based on the violation, the student will perform one or more of the following remediation. The program director will be responsible for choosing what remediation(s) is appropriate and ensuring that the student carries out the remediation(s).

  • Reflective Remediation: Students may be asked to complete sanctions meant to promote growth-oriented self-reflection. These sanctions may come in the form of journaling, writing essays on issues related to code of conduct, or working to seek out new perspectives on these issues in order to more astutely develop a meaningful personal ethic.
  • Community-Focused Sanctions: Students may be asked to complete sanctions that are focused on the development of their community. These sanctions may include a student putting together programs or events for their community, working to inform their community about a particular issue, or galvanizing support from their community to address a certain issue related to the student's violation(s).
  • Referrals to Campus Resources: Students may be referred to others on campus to continue the process of reflecting on how they can make their time at the College more successful. Some of the offices to which the student may be referred are the Success Center (for counseling, support or assessment) or their program director (for career or academic guidance).

Due Process

Code of conduct issues should be resolved at the lowest level possible. However, when a student disagrees with the program director regarding the issue, the student has fourteen (14) business days (not to include holidays or semester breaks) to submit an appeal in writing to the VPO. If the student fails to meet the above deadline for appealing a decision, the standing decision is final. The VPO will convene the Code of Conduct Committee to review the appeal within fourteen (14) business days (not to include holidays or semester breaks) of the request.