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Sanctions for Alcohol, Drugs and Violence

To our new students, welcome, and to our returning students, welcome back:

Student Conduct is the department on campus that enforces the NIU Student Code of Conduct, other governing documents related to students and recognized student organizations, and University policies applicable to students.  As part of this enforcement, the office coordinates and operates the Student Conduct Process, which is outlined in the NIU Student Code of Conduct.

For students who are found “responsible” by a Student Conduct Board or Administrative Hearing Officer, or who accept responsibility for violating the NIU Student Code of Conduct, NIU Community Standards, or other applicable policy, there are consequences.  These consequences are commonly referred to as sanctions.

From time to time, various constituencies within the institution suggest changes to the Student Code of Conduct and to operating procedures within the student conduct process.  With the advice and consent of the Office of the Vice-President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, Student Conduct is introducing new sanctions for students who violate the NIU Student Code of Conduct, specifically in regard to alcohol, drugs, and violence.

Students who repeatedly violate these provisions of the NIU Student Code of Conduct will face progressively more severe sanctions for each subsequent violation.

The table below outlines the minimum sanctions that will be imposed upon students who are found “responsible” for violating specific provisions of the NIU Student Code of Conduct.  The new sanctions are aligned more appropriately with the behavioral expectations of our Community.  Complacency surrounding alcohol, drugs, violence, or any form of injustice will not be tolerated on this campus.  This is the overarching rationale for the change rests upon NIU’s assurance to be a safe and healthy campus learning environment, one that both challenges and inspires students to be academically and personally successful.  To foster such an environment, partnership and commitment on behalf of the faculty, staff, and students to honor and abide by these standards is critical.

If you have any questions about these new sanctions, please contact the Office of Community Standards & Student Conduct at 815-753-1571.

Student Code of Conduct Violation

First Time Offender

(ALL STUDENTS)

Second Time Offender

(ALL STUDENTS)

Third Time Offender

(ALL STUDENTS)

Abuse

(Physical)

1. University Suspension for one (1) academic semester

2. Banishment from NIU  campus property during the period of Suspension

1. University Suspension for at least one (1) academic year

2. Banishment from NIU campus property during the period of Suspension

1. University Expulsion

2. Banishment from NIU Campus Property

Academic Misconduct

Completion of the online academic integrity module

NOT APPLICABLE

NOT APPLICABLE

Alcohol or Cannabis

  1. Referral to Completion of a Substance Use Program

  2. $75 Student Conduct Fine
  1. Completion of a Substance Use Program

  2. $100 Student Conduct Fine

  3. Probation for one (1) academic year

  4. Parental Notification
  1. University Suspension for one (1) academic semester

  2. Banishment from NIU Campus Property during period of suspension

  3. Parental Notification

  4. $150 Student Conduct Fine

  5. Probation for at least one (1) year upon return to NIU
Drugs
(Excluding cannabis)
  1. Completion of a Substance Use Program

  2. $100 Student Conduct Fine

  3. Probation for one (1) academic year

  4. Parental Notification
  1. University Suspension for one (1) academic semester

  2. Banishment from NIU Campus Property during period of suspension

  3. Parental Notification

  4. $150 Student Conduct Fine

  5. Probation for at least one (1) year upon return to NIU

  6. Completion of off campus Substance Use Program, prior to return to NIU
  1. University Suspension for one (1) academic year

  2. Banishment from NIU Campus Property during period of suspension

  3. Parental Notification

  4. $150 Student Conduct Fine

  5. Probation for at least one (1) year upon return to NIU

  6. Completion of off campus Substance Use Program, prior to return to NIU

Hazing

(No Harm)

1. University disciplinary probation for at least one (1) calendar year

2. Educational program

3. $125 Student conduct fine

1. University Suspension for at least one (1) academic year

2. Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension

3. Completion of off-campus counseling prior to returning to NIU

1. University expulsion

2. Banishment from NIU campus property

Hazing

(Harm)

1. University Suspension for at least one (1) academic year

2. Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension

3. Completion of off-campus counseling prior to returning to NIU

1. University expulsion

2. Banishment from NIU campus property

NOT APPLICABLE

Weapons

(Use in a threatening manner)

1. University Suspension for one (1) academic semester

2. Banishment from NIU campus  property during the period of Suspension

1. University Suspension for at least one (1) academic year

2. Banishment from NIU campus property during the period of Suspension

1. University Expulsion

2. Banishment from NIU campus property

Any violation of the Student Code of Conduct

$25 Student Conduct Fine

$25 Student Conduct Fine

$25 Student Conduct Fine

Updated 07/26/2017

Contact Info

Student Conduct
Campus Life Building, Room 280
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: (815) 753-1571
Fax: (815) 753-9289
Email: judicial@niu.edu

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