Interim Suspensions and Residence Hall Separations
In certain circumstances, the Vice President for Student Affairs, or his or her designee, may impose an interim suspension or residence hall separation on an Accused Student prior to the hearing before the Hearing Body.
1. Basis for Imposition of Interim Suspension or Residence Hall Separation: An interim suspension may be imposed upon an Accused Student only: (i) to ensure the safety and well-being of members of the University Community or preservation of University property; (ii) to ensure the Student’s own physical or emotional safety and well-being; or (iii) if the student poses an ongoing threat of disruption of, or interference with, the normal operations of the University.
A residence hall separation may be imposed if a Student’s continued presence will disrupt the academic and social well-being of the residential community. Residence hall separation is the removal of a student from the University residence hall in which he or she resides. Such separation may include a restriction of access to all or designate University residence halls. During the period of the separation, the removed Student shall not be permitted to enter the designated hall(s) as a guest of another resident.
An interim suspension or residence hall separation is not a sanction and will continue in effect only until such time as a hearing on the alleged violation has been completed.
2. Effect of Interim Suspension or Residence Hall Separation: During the interim suspension or residence hall separation, the removed Student shall be denied access to the residence halls and/or to the campus (including classes) and/or all other University activities or privileges for which the Student might otherwise be eligible, as the Vice President for Student Affairs, or his or her designee, may determine to be appropriate.
3. Procedure: The Accused Student shall be notified, either orally or in writing, of the pending imposition of an interim suspension or residence hall separation. Whenever possible, prior to the imposition of the interim suspension or separation, the affected Student will be afforded an opportunity to meet with the Vice President for Student Affairs, or his or her designee. Otherwise, the meeting will be held on the first University Calendar Day that the Student is available.
At that meeting, the Accused Student will be advised of the misconduct charges made against him or her and the information upon which the determination that the Student has engaged in conduct warranting an interim suspension or residence hall separation was based. If the Student denies the charges, he or she will be advised of the nature of the evidence supporting the charges and of the identity of the witnesses against him or her. At that meeting, the Accused Student will be given the opportunity to challenge the reliability of the information concerning his or her conduct, present his or her version of the events giving rise to the charges, and challenge the determination that he or she has engaged in conduct warranting an interim suspension or residence hall separation.
Any Student placed on an interim suspension or residence hall separation will be given an opportunity to appear at a formal hearing on the misconduct charges lodged against him or her in accordance with Section II Part B-5 of this Code within ten (10) University Calendar Days of being placed on such suspension or separation, or as soon as practical after the Accused Student is prepared to participate in such a hearing.