Student conduct sanctions at the University of San Diego are intended to be educational and consistent with the mission and values of the institution. Student conduct is understood to be a learning experience for students and the community.  When students are found in violation of the Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities, efforts are made to reconcile the student to the community via a multitude of sanction options. In some circumstances a student’s behavior warrants suspension or expulsion from the university. The sanctions listed below may be applied separately or in combination.   Other appropriate sanctions, which would enhance the educational value of disciplinary proceedings, may be applied in a given case.

  1. Warning

    Written or oral notification that certain conduct or actions are in violation of University policies, rules, or procedures and that continuation of such conduct or actions may result in further disciplinary action.

  2. Educational Sanctions

    A requirement to conduct research, complete a reading and response paper, prepare and present a program, attend an educational program, seek counseling or engage in other educational activities related to the violation.

  3. Fines

    Payment of a specific amount of money as determined by the circumstances of a particular case.

  4. Restitution

    Reimbursement for damage to, or misappropriation of property or cost of University resources.   This may take the form of monetary or material replacement not in excess of the loss incurred.

  5. Disciplinary Work Program

    Assignment to work for a specific period of time under supervision as reparation within the community where the violation occurred.  

  6. Loss of Privileges

    Limitation on University-related activities or services for a specific period of time, consistent with the offense committed, including but not limited to:

    1. eligibility to serve as an officer or member of any University organization, to participate in intercollegiate competition or to receive any award from the University;
    2. housing probation;
    3. removal from housing;
    4. restriction from using specific facilities and services;
    5. denial of on-campus use of an automobile;
    6. hold on enrollment;
    7. hold on forwarding personal records to external institution or individuals until satisfactory completion of disciplinary sanctions.
  7. Parental or Guardian Notification

    Parents or guardians may be notified of a violation of the Code and the assigned sanction, if the student is under 21 years of age.

  8. University Probation

    A designated period of time which includes the probability of more severe disciplinary sanctions, including suspension or expulsion, if the student is found in violation of any institutional policy(s) during the probationary period.

  9. Non-Academic Suspension

    A designated period of time during which a student may attend only classes and other academic activities. Academic activities will be defined by the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students or their designee.

  10. Suspension

    Separation of the student from the University community for a designated period of time, which may include specific requirements that must be fulfilled prior to reinstatement within the University community.

  11. Expulsion

    Permanent separation of the student from the University.

In addition to the sanctions imposed under the University conduct system, individual faculty members are vested with the power to lower a student's grade on a paper, exam, or other graded product and for the course as a whole for academic dishonesty.