Temporary Sanctions

In certain circumstances, the Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management or designee may impose a temporary sanction prior to the start of the Student Conduct Process.  Current designees include the Office of Community Standards & Student Conduct and Housing & Dining staff.

Temporary Sanction(s) Explained:

The temporary sanction is a stop-gap measure.  It is designed to separate a member of the NIU community from either another person, group of people, or property of the NIU campus when there is a need to be concerned for the safety of the person receiving the temporary sanction and the NIU campus community.

The temporary sanction issued will be no more restrictive than necessary to minimize the impact on a student's academic success while still maintaining the safety of the University Community.

Reasons Why A Temporary Sanction May Be Imposed:

Temporary sanctions may be imposed only:

a. To ensure the safety and well-being of members of the Northern Illinois University Community or preservation of Northern Illinois University property;

b. To ensure the Student’s own physical or emotional safety and well-being;

c. If the Student poses an ongoing threat of disruption of or interference with the normal operations of Northern Illinois University.

Under the temporary sanction, a Student or Recognized Student Organization may be denied access to the residence halls and/or to the campus (including classes) and/or all other Northern Illinois University activities or privileges for which the Student or Recognized Student Organization might otherwise be eligible; or the Student or Recognized Student Organization may be banned from contact with another person or group of people.

Administrative Reviews of a Temporary Sanction:

Students or Recognized Student Organizations receiving a notice of a temporary sanction may request an administrative review of the temporary sanction by submitting their request in writing to the Office of the Vice-President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management or designee.

Requests for administrative review of temporary sanctions must be submitted within two (2) academic days of receipt of a notice of temporary sanction. (Temporary Sanctions are sent both electronically to the student's Z-ID email and a paper copy is also delivered by a NIU Staff Member. NIU considers the temporary sanction delivered when an NIU staff member sends electronic notice to the student issuing the temporary sanction.)

The Student or Recognized Student Organization will be given the opportunity to present and justify his/her grounds for appeal. The Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management or designee may then ask questions regarding the situation.

The Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management or designee will issue a decision in writing, normally within two (2) academic days of completion of the administrative review. The decision will be to sustain, lessen (but not increase), or remove the temporary sanction(s), and it will be based on the material from the review and other germane information (e.g., the Student's or Recognized Student Organization’s Student Conduct file). There is no appeal of this decision.

Any temporary sanction that is either upheld or modified by the Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management or designee will remain in effect until the final resolution of the Student Conduct Process.

General Information about Temporary Sanctions:

The temporary sanction does not replace the regular process, which shall proceed on the normal schedule.

Students or Recognized Student Organizations receiving a notice of a temporary sanction will also receive simultaneously a copy of the Student Code of Conduct. As soon as possible after receiving notice of temporary sanction, the Student or Recognized Student Organization shall receive a copy of the Notice of Alleged Student Code of Conduct Violation(s), a copy of any incident report(s), and a copy of any other pertinent case information.

Once issued by the Office of Community Standards & Student Conduct, the Department of Housing & Dining, or the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, temporary sanctions may only be modified or removed by the Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management or designee.

The Office of Community Standards & Student Conduct shall have the authority to remove any issued temporary sanction upon final resolution of a case in which any temporary sanction(s) was issued.