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Judicial Affairs

The Office of the Dean of Students oversees all disciplinary matters with students who attend SUNY Canton.  Below is an overview of how disciplinary matters are handled on campus.  This information can also be found within the Code of Conduct.

Every student at the college is assumed to be a mature individual with the ability to accept academic and social responsibility. Students are expected to be responsible for their academic progress and their actions and to be familiar with the rules of conduct that govern their behavior at the College.

Students Have the Responsibility...

  1. To respect the rights of others.
  2. To adhere to campus rules and regulations.
  3. To comply with reasonable requests made by campus officials.
  4. To meet expected campus payment schedules.
  5. To monitor and accept responsibility for behavior of guests.
  6. To report violations of rules and regulations to appropriate staff.
  7. To participate actively in campus and self-governance.
  8. To participate in campus Boards as requested.
  9. To participate in judicial proceedings to determine appropriate standards of behavior.
  10. To contribute positively to the campus community by participating in educational and developmental activities.

Disciplinary Process

Every student has the right to appear before a judicial hearing Board if they choose to exercise it. Students may also elect to be adjudicated through summary action. Summary action means that the accused party and the adjudicating judicial officer can come to agreement on the violation of the Code of Student Conduct and an appropriate disciplinary sanction. The agreed-upon disciplinary action is written up and both parties sign agreeing to the resolution. In so doing, the offender is relinquishing all rights to appeal or a judicial hearing once the summary action form is signed.

Disciplinary Sanctions

Sanctions can range from a formal warning up to college suspension. These potential sanctions are outlined below.

Disciplinary sanctions may be imposed on students or organizations that violate the Code of Student Conduct. Any of the sanctions listed below may be imposed with specific terms and conditions as determined by the College.

  1. Admonition: Written warning that continuation or repetition of misconduct may result in further disciplinary action.
  2. Community Service: The student as part of their sanction may be assigned a community service project which is unpaid work that benefits the College community. The Dean of Students or the Dean's designee will monitor performance of the community service. Failure to complete the assigned community service within the specified period of time will result in an appearance before the original sanctioning body/person and may result in an increased assignment and/or additional sanctions.
  3. Denial of Service: Request to leave a campus office/service for a specified period of time, including social probation (restriction from non-academic campus activities).
  4. Disciplinary Warning: This is meant as a warning that the student’s status at the college is in jeopardy.  Future violations of the code of conduct may result in removal from the residence halls, loss of certain social privileges, or suspension from the college.
  5. Disciplinary Jeopardy: This is meant as a strong warning that the student is in jeopardy at the college. The next incident will likely result in suspension from the residence halls and/or college and loss of certain social privileges.
  6. Disciplinary Probation: This is meant as the student’s final warning. The next incident will result in immediate suspension from the college for a period of one academic year.  Further, the student is not permitted to live on campus for a set period of time and are additionally restricted from the residence halls during that time period. If they are found in the residence halls during that time period, they will be arrested for criminal trespass by the University Police Department.
  7. Expulsion: Permanent termination of student status at SUNY Canton or withdrawal of official college recognition of an organization. Expulsions will be noted on student's permanent record.
  8. Exclusion from Dining Hall: Loss of dining privileges for a specified period of time.
  9. Interim Suspension: While normally no action will be taken against a student/ organization until charges have been heard in accordance with the hearing process established under the Code, a student/organization may be suspended pending a hearing on the charges whenever, in the judgment of the President or the President's designee, the continued presence of the student/organization would constitute a clear danger to the student or to the safety of persons or property on College premises, or would pose an immediate threat of disruptive interference with the normal conduct of College activities.

    During the interim suspension, the student may be denied access to the residence halls and/or to College premises (including classes) and/or all other College activities, privileges, or services for which the student might otherwise be eligible, or as the Dean of Students determines to be appropriate. If suspended in this manner, the student is entitled to an interview with the Dean of Students or his or her designee, in order to outline the process through which the student's actions will be adjudicated through the student judicial process.
  10. Loss of Parking Privileges on the Campus
  11. Restitution: Reimbursement for damages to or misappropriation of property.
  12. Sanctions Against College-Recognized Organizations: The following sanctions may be imposed on college recognized organizations: admonition, community service, disciplinary probation, dismissal from college, interim suspension, loss of use of college facilities or equipment, restitution, and/or suspension from the college. Greek Council Hearing Board can also impose a monetary penalty against Greek Organizations.
  13. Suspension from Residence Hall: Loss of the privilege of living in College residence halls. The imposition of this sanction may include exclusion of the offender from all residence hall facilities and activities for the same period as the revocation of license.
    14. Suspension from College: Termination of student/official organization status for a definite period of time. Suspensions will be noted on student's permanent record.

    NOTE: Failure to satisfactorily complete a disciplinary sanction within the prescribed time frame may result in suspension from college for a minimum of one semester. The suspension would be recorded on the academic transcript.

Parental/Campus Notification

The College is committed to a goal of student maturity and self-direction. The College also recognizes that some students have developed these qualities to a greater extent than others. In some cases, where a student has shown a pattern of irresponsible behavior and has not responded to College assistance or resources, parents/guardians may be notified. When a student is suspended, parents/guardians may be contacted. All parental notification shall comply with the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Students are urged to discuss all conduct violations with their parents or guardians.

The College also reserves the right to notify the appropriate College offices (which may include, but is not limited to:  EOP, Residence Life, Athletics, Counseling, University Police, administration) as well as academic advisors and division deans as applicable when students have been placed on disciplinary warning, disciplinary jeopardy, disciplinary probation, interim suspension, residential suspension, College suspension or expulsion.  All campus notification shall comply with the provision of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

Interim Suspensions

The President or his/her designee may summarily suspend a student/ organization pending a hearing if the student/ organization (Article V, Sec. 7) is believed to constitute a clear and present danger to the safety of persons or property of the academic community. The President or his/her designee shall allow the accused student/organization an immediate explanation in writing with respect to such suspension.

The student handbook outlines Interim Suspension as follows: While normally no action will be taken against a student/organization until charges have been heard in accordance with the hearing process established under the Code, a student/organization may be suspended pending a hearing on the charges whenever, in the judgment of the President or the President’s designee, the continued presence of the student/organization would constitute a clear danger to the student or to the safety of persons or property on College premises, or would pose an immediate threat of disruptive interference with the normal conduct of College activities.  During the interim suspension, the student may be denied access to the residence halls and/or to College premises (including classes) and/or all other College activities, privileges, or services for which the student might otherwise be eligible, or as the Dean of Students determines to be appropriate. If suspended in this manner, the student is entitled to an interview with the Dean of Students or his or her designee, in order to outline the process through which the student’s actions will be adjudicated through the student judicial process.

Regarding academic work/classes: While the student is not permitted to be on the campus or attend classes, he/she is not prohibited from completing assignments or work that can be completed online during his/her interim suspension.  Students are encouraged to speak to their professors to notify them about the interim suspension and to do their best to keep up on their academic work.  We have often suggested that they work through their friends/classmates to have materials/assignments delivered to them off-campus if they stay locally.   The letter the student receives when he/she is placed on interim suspension contains this suggestion, and it is discussed with the student by the judicial officer.  Lastly, if the student’s interim suspension is lifted after a judicial hearing or a meeting with the Dean of Students, we encourage the student to speak to their instructor about any in-class work and exams missed and are willing to work with the student on their re-entry into the class environment.

More information about suspensions and disciplinary processes, as well as information about student judicial hearings, can be found through this link to the student handbook under Article V, Sanctions, Article VI: Adjudication, and Article VII: Disciplinary Hearing Boards/Boards, beginning on page 24.