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Official University Sanctions

This section of the Code of Conduct lists possible sanctions for violations of the Code of Conduct.

4. Official university sanctions

4.1 Sanctions

Sanctions that may be imposed for violation of university regulations include the following:


Reprimand. A written reprimand, including the possibility of more severe disciplinary sanctions in the event of the finding of a subsequent violation of university regulations within a stated period of time.


Restitution. Reimbursement for defacement, damage to, or misappropriation of property. The person or body imposing this sanction may impose another allowed sanction as an alternative if restitution is not made within the time specified.


Fines. Fines may be levied. In no circumstance shall the fine levied exceed $1,000. Failure to pay a fine in the time limit prescribed shall result in further disciplinary action.


Removal from University Housing. Cancellation of contract and requirement to vacate university housing within a specified period of time.  If housing is not vacated within the prescribed time, additional sanctions shall be imposed.


Campus Restrictions. Limitations on the times and/or places where a student may be present on campus.  If said restrictions are not observed, additional sanctions shall be imposed.


Educational Programs. Participation in educational programs, i.e., workshops, seminars, or other educational activities may be required. The person or body imposing this sanction shall impose another sanction as an alternative if the specified program is not completed within the time stipulated, and may impose additional sanctions.


Revocation of the Privilege of being a Registered Student Organization.


Disciplinary Probation. Subjection to a period of critical examination and evaluation of behavior. In addition to any of the sanctions set forth above, the student or organization may be placed on probation for a stated period. Placement on probation may include additional restrictions or requirements, including but not limited to the following:

  1. Withdrawal of the privilege of campus registration of a motor vehicle
  2. Withdrawal of the privilege of membership in a campus organization
  3. Withdrawal of the privilege of holding office in a campus organization
  4. Withdrawal of the privilege of representing the university in any inter-university event
  5. Requirement to complete a specified number of credit hours with a specific grade point average during the current or subsequent academic session
  6. Requirement to complete coursework related to the violation
  7. Withdrawal of the privilege of using computing resources
  8. Completion of work or other service to be provided to the university or other organization within a specified time. The person or body imposing this sanction may impose another allowed sanction as an alternative if the specified service is not completed within the time stipulated, and may impose additional sanctions.
A condition of probation may be that automatic suspension or dismissal of a student or organization shall occur upon a determination (under the procedures set forth in Article 5 herein) that a violation of a condition of probation or any other violation has occurred.


Suspension/Dismissal from an Academic Program. Exclusion from an academic program as set forth for a definite or indefinite period of time.


Suspension. Exclusion from classes and other privileges or activities as set forth for a definite period of time. Suspension may include exclusion from the campus and property belonging to the university for a stated period of time and may require an independent evaluation supporting the student or organization's return, with which CMU concurs.


Permanent termination of student status.

4.2 Additional sanctions

Sanctions in addition to those listed in Article 4.1 may be established by the university.

4.3 Interim measures and temporary suspension


Interim Measures. Should there be reasonable cause, the University may find it necessary to take interim measures before a formal decision is made to mitigate the effects of the alleged misconduct and otherwise promote the safety of University community members. If a student fails to comply with the requirements of the interim measure(s) the University may take any action it deems necessary. Interim measures may include, but are not limited to:

  1. No contact orders
  2. Residential reassignments or removal
  3. Changes to employment assignments
  4. Changes to academic schedule
  5. Counseling
  6. Temporary delay of graduation or other academic progress
  7. Restriction on the student's presence in University buildings, on University property, and/or at University events
Students can request an interim measure review to be conducted. The student's request for the review must be submitted to the Office of Student Conduct in writing and include an explanation as to why they believe there is no cause for the interim measure, or that the cause no longer exists. The student may include additional information not available at the time the interim measure was imposed in their written statement.


Temporary Suspension. The university reserves the right to suspend a student, summarily and without notice, if in the judgment of the President of the university or the President's representative a student's presence would constitute a continuing danger to the student, other persons or property, or that the operation of the university would be seriously impaired. In the case of temporary suspension, the student will be given written notice of the charges against the student following the conclusion of any related investigations and a hearing before a Hearing Officer will be held as soon as possible considering the complexities of the matter and the status of any related criminal proceedings.

4.4 Automatic sanctions for grave offenses

Certain grave offenses require that the sanctions be stipulated in advance and imposed automatically. The following shall be breaches of the student conduct regulations for which the minimum sanction of suspension is mandatory:


Bomb threat or knowingly false bomb warning.


Willful destruction of property worth more than $1,000.


Willful disruption of scheduled university activities.


Violence against persons that results in bodily injury requiring substantial medical treatment or death.


Administering or causing to be administered to any person unknowingly or against the person's will any "Controlled Substance" as defined in the Controlled Substances Act of 1971, as amended.


Sale or distribution of, or aiding or assisting in the sale or distribution of, any "Controlled Substance" as defined in the Controlled Substances Act of 1971, as amended.


Possession of a firearm or any other dangerous weapon as described in Section 3.2.14.


Participation in a riot or civil disorder as described in Section 3.2.20 or 3.2.22.


Urging other persons to commit unlawful acts during a riot or civil disorder, as described in 3.2.21.


Being present at a riot or civil disorder after an order has been given to disperse.


Violations of Sections 3.2.7 (Threat/Endangerment/Assault), or 3.2.9 (Property Damage) during a riot or civil disorder.


Violation of the terms of any injunction regulating conduct in Isabella County or the terms of the Mt. Pleasant Nuisance Party Ordinance during and as a part of a riot or civil disorder.


Violation of section 3.2.33 (Arson).


Failure to comply with a university employee's directive to discard a marijuana product discovered in the student's possession.