Individual Student Sanctions

This sanction grid identifies recommended sanctions for specific violations of the NIU Student Code of Conduct. Under each charge, of the Student Code of Conduct, is a suggested list of potential recommended sanction for a violation. The decision about sanctions is made on a case-by-case basis, by a trained conduct administrator. Therefore, the information contained in this grid does not necessarily reflect the actual sanctions that a conduct administrator will impose in your case.

The conduct administrator will consider all aspects of the case, as well as prior conduct history for the student. Remember, that violations of the Student Code of Conduct are cumulative, in that the more times that a student is found responsible for a violation, the more signigicant sanctions are imposed. Students always have the right to request a hearing before an administrative hearing officer or conduct board.

Sanctions Imposed on Individual Students

First-Time Offense Second-Time Offense Third-time Offense Fourth-time Offense Fifth-time Offense

Abuse - physical

(With injury, or potential for serious bodily harm)

Includes:

  • Brawling
  • Fighting
  • Use of a weapon
University suspension for one (1) academic semester

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension
University suspension for one (1) academic year

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension
University expulsion

Banishment from NIU campus property
Not Applicable Not Applicable

Abuse - verbal

(Verbal/Threats, or physical abuse without injury or serious bodily harm)

Includes:

  • Intimidation
  • Threatening statements
Probation for one (1) calendar year

Educational Sanction(s)

No contact (direct or indirect) with the victim

Anger Workshop
University suspension for one (1) academic semester

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension

Completion of off-campus anger workshop prior to return
University suspension for one (1) academic year

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension

Completion of off-campus anger workshop prior to return
University expulsion

Banishment from NIU campus property
Not Applicable

Abuse (system)

Includes:

  • Attempts to intimidate or discourage participation
  • Failure to comply with notice
  • Failure to comply with sanctions
Formal written warning

Letter of apology

Research paper
Probation for one (1) calendar year

Community Service
(15hrs max)
Probation for one (1) calendar year

Community Service
(20hrs max)

$50 fine
Deferred university suspension for one (1) semester University suspension for one (1) academic semester

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension

Academic Misconduct

Includes:

  • Cheating
  • Engaging in prohibited behavior
  • Plagiarism
As resolved by faculty

Completion of the Faculty Development Academic Integrity Module
Deferred university suspension for one (1) semester

University disciplinary probation for one (1) year
University suspension for one (1) academic semester

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension
University suspension for one (1) academic year

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension
Not Applicable

Acceptable Usage Policy

Includes:

  • Accessing unauthorized computing resources
  • Falsification of network credentials
  • Use of network resources to commit criminal activity
  • Use of network resources to conduct commercial business
Deferred loss of NIU network privileges

University disciplinary probation for one (1 ) year
Loss of NIU network privileges

University disciplinary probation for one (1) year

Deferred university suspension for one (1) semester
University suspension for one (1) academic semester

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension
University suspension for one (1) academic year

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension
University expulsion

Banishment from NIU campus property

Accessory to Violation

Includes:

  • Encouraging another person to commit a violation of the Student Code of Conduct
  • Providing the means or opportunity for another person to commit a violation
  • Remaining in the presence of a violation
Formal written warning

Community service
(10hrs max)

Research paper
University disciplinary probation for one (1) year

Community service
(15hrs max)

Residence hall system removal
University suspension for one (1) academic semester

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension
University suspension for one (1) academic year

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension
University expulsion

Banishment from NIU campus property

Alcohol or cannabis

Includes:

  • Possession or consumption of alcohol
  • Possession or use/consumption of cannabis
Completion of Substance Use Assessment

$75 fine
Completion of Substance Use Assessment

$100 fine

University disciplinary probation for one (1) year

Parental notification
(if under 21)
University suspension for one (1) academic semester

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension

$150 fine

Parental notification
(if under 21)

Completion of off-campus Substance Use Assessment, prior to return

University disciplinary probation for one (1) year, upon return to NIU
Not Applicable Not Applicable

Cannabis - distribution

Includes: the distribution of cannabis, regardless of whether money or goods are exchanged

University suspension for one (1) academic year

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension

$100 fine

Parental notification
(if under 21)

Completion of off-campus Substance Use Assessment, prior to return

University disciplinary probation for one (1) year, upon return to NIU
University expulsion

Banishment from NIU campus property
Not Applicable Not Applicable Not Applicable

Damage to Property

Includes: Damage to personal or university property

Restitution

University disciplinary probation for one (1) year

Deferred residence hall system suspension
Restitution

University disciplinary probation for one (1) year

Residence hall system suspension

Deferred university suspension
University suspension for one (1) academic semester

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension

$150 fine

Parental notification
(if under 21)

Completion of off-campus Substance Use Assessment, prior to return

University disciplinary probation for one (1) year, upon return to NIU
University suspension for one (1) academic year

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension

$150 fine

Parental notification
(if under 21)

Completion of off-campus Substance Use Assessment, prior to return

University disciplinary probation for one (1) year, upon return to NIU
University expulsion

Banishment from NIU campus property

Drugs (excluding cannabis)

Includes: Possession or use of controlled substances, prescribed medication, and illegal drugs

Excludes: Over-the-counter medications

Completion of Substance Use Assessment

$100 fine

University disciplinary probation for one (1) year

Parental notification
(if under 21)
University suspension for one (1) academic semester

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension

$150 fine

Parental notification
(if under 21)

Completion of off-campus Substance Use Assessment, prior to return

University disciplinary probation for one (1) year, upon return to NIU
University suspension for one (1) academic year

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension

$150 fine

Parental notification
(if under 21)

Completion of off-campus Substance Use Assessment, prior to return

University disciplinary probation for one (1) year, upon return to NIU
University expulsion

Banishment from NIU campus property
Not Applicable

Drugs Distribution

Includes: The distribution of controlled substances, prescription medication, and illegal drugs, regardless of whether money or goods are exchanged

University suspension for one (1) academic year

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension

$100 fine

Parental notification
(if under 21)

Completion of off-campus Substance Use Assessment, prior to return

University disciplinary probation for one (1) year, upon return to NIU
University expulsion

Banishment from NIU campus property
Not Applicable Not Applicable Not Applicable

Dishonesty

Includes:

  • Dishonesty to faculty and staff
  • Providing inaccurate information
Formal written warning

Research paper

University disciplinary probation for one (1) year
University disciplinary probation for one (1) year

Community service
(10hrs max)
Community service
(20hrs max)

Deferred residence hall system suspension
Residence hall system suspension

Community service
(20hrs max)

$50 fine
Community service
(20hrs max)

$75 fine

Deferred university suspension

Disruptive Behavior

Includes:

  • Disruption of the classroom
  • Disruption in the living environment
  • Disruption of university sponsored activities
Formal written warning

Research paper

University disciplinary probation for one (1) year

Educational program

Consider the appropriateness of an Anger Intervention Workshop
University disciplinary probation for one (1) year

Community service
(10hrs max)

Deferred residence hall transfer
$50 fine

Residence hall floor or building transfer

Community service
(20hrs max)
Residence hall system suspension

Community service
(20hrs max)

$75 fine
University suspension for one (1) academic semester

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension

Drones/unmanned aircraft operation


Includes:

  • Failure to receive permission to operate the unit
  • Operation of the unit incongruent with the policy
  • Operation of the unit in restricted air space
Letter of written warning

Research paper about proper operation of drones/unmanned aircraft
University disciplinary probation for one (1) year

Community service
(10hrs max)

Loss of privileges to fly unmanned aircraft for one (1) semester

$50 fine
University disciplinary probation for one (1) year

Community service
(10hrs max)

Loss of privileges to fly unmanned aircraft for one (1) year

$75 fine
University disciplinary probation for one (1) year

Community service
(10hrs max)

Deferred university suspension for one (1) semester

$100 fine
University suspension for one (1) academic semester

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension

$150 fine

Fire safety

Includes:

  • Causing a fire
  • Creation of a fire hazard
  • Failing to comply with life safety devices
  • Fire extinguisher discharge
  • Tampering with fire safety equipment
Educational program

Research paper

Community service
(10hrs max)

University disciplinary probation for one (1) year

Residence hall transfer or residence hall system suspension
University suspension for one (1) academic semester

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension
Not Applicable Not Applicable Not Applicable

Fraud

Includes:

  • Submission or use of fraudulent academic materials
  • Submission or use of fraudulent immunization records
  • Submission or use of fraudulent materials for contracts
  • Submission of fraudulent student loan application materials
Educational program

Research paper

Community service
(10hrs max)

University disciplinary probation for one (1) year
Educational sanction

Deferred residence hall system suspension

Deferred university suspension
University suspension for one (1) academic semester

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension
Not Applicable Not Applicable

Fraud Degree

Includes: Submission of fraudulent transfer documentation

University disciplinary probation for one (1) year

Deferred university suspension
University suspension for one (1) academic semester

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension
University expulsion

Banishment from NIU campus property
Not Applicable Not Applicable

Guest responsibility

Includes: Responsibility for a person who commits a violation of the Student Code of Conduct, when you acted as host to that person

Formal written warning

Educational program

Community service
(10hrs max)

Restitution for damages
University disciplinary probation for one (1) year

Loss of privileges

Community service
(20hrs max)

Restitution for damages
Residence hall floor or building transfer

University disciplinary probation for one (1) year

Loss of privileges

Community service
(20hrs max)
University suspension for one (1) academic semester

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension
Not Applicable

Harassment

Includes: Repeated statements which alarm or disturb a person, based on protected class

University disciplinary probation for one (1) year

Educational sanction(s)

No contact (direct or indirect) with the victim
University suspension for one (1) academic semester

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension
University suspension for one (1) academic year

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension
University expulsion

Banishment from NIU campus property
Not Applicable
Hazing (no harm) University disciplinary probation for one (1) year

Educational sanction(s)

$125 fine
University suspension for one (1) academic semester

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension
University suspension for one (1) academic year

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension
University expulsion

Banishment from NIU campus property
Not Applicable

Hazing (harm)


Includes:

  • Alcohol or drug consumption
  • Called for service at any hour
  • Physical abuse
University suspension for one (1) academic year

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension
University expulsion

Banishment from NIU campus property
Not Applicable Not Applicable Not Applicable

Keys

Includes: Use or possession of university keys to which one is not authorized to have

Restitution for lock change

University disciplinary probation for (1) year

Loss of privileges
Restitution for lock change

University disciplinary probation for (1) year

Loss of privileges

Deferred residence hall system suspension
Residence hall floor or building transfer

University disciplinary probation for one (1) year

Loss of privileges

Community service
(20hrs max)

Deferred university suspension

Restitution for lock change
University suspension for one (1) semester

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension
Not Applicable

Legal

Includes: Violation of any federal law, state law or city ordinance

Educational program

Research paper

University disciplinary probation for one (1) year
University disciplinary probation for one (1) year

Community service
(20hrs max)

Deferred residence hall system suspension

Deferred university suspension
Residence hall system suspension

University disciplinary probation for one (1) year

Community service
(20hrs max)

University suspension for one (1) semester
University suspension for one (1) semester

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension
Not Applicable

Non-compliance with university officials


Includes:

  • Failing to comply with lawful directions of university staff or police
  • Providing false information to university staff or police
Educational program

Research paper

University disciplinary probation for one (1) year
University disciplinary probation for one (1) year

Community service
(20hrs max)

Deferred residence hall system suspension

Deferred university suspension
Residence hall system suspension

University disciplinary probation for one (1) year

Community service
(20hrs max)

University suspension for one (1) semester
University suspension for one (1) semester

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension
Not Applicable

Posting of signage

Includes: Posting of signage incongruent with the university posting policy

Formal written warning Community service
(10hrs max)

Loss of privileges
Community service
(20hrs max)

Loss of privileges

$50 fine
Community service
(20hrs max)

Loss of privileges

$75 fine
Community service
(20hrs max)

Loss of privileges

$100 fine

Retaliation (non-Title IX violation)

Includes:

  • Making threats for participation in a process
  • Taking adverse action against a person for participation in a process
Educational program

Research paper

University disciplinary probation for one (1) year
University disciplinary probation for one (1) year

Community service
(20hrs max)

Deferred residence hall system suspension

Deferred university suspension
Residence hall system suspension

University disciplinary probation for one (1) year

Community service
(20hrs max)

University suspension for one (1) semester
University suspension for one (1) semester

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension
Not Applicable
Sexual Misconduct/Title IX Refer to the NIU Title IX/Sexual Misconduct Policy

Smoking Violation

(Tobacco, Vaping, E-cigarettes)

Includes: Violation of the Illinois Smoke-free Campus Act

Formal written warning

$50 fine or Community service (10hrs max)

Loss of privileges
Community service
(10hrs max)

Loss of privileges

$75 fine
Community service
(20hrs max)

Loss of privileges

$50 fine
Community service
(20hrs max)

Loss of privileges

$100 fine
Community service
(20hrs max)

Loss of privileges

$125 fine

Theft

Includes: Theft of personal or university property

Restitution for unreturned items

University disciplinary probation for (1) year

Educational sanction(s)

Research paper

Residence hall transfer
Restitution for unreturned items

Residence hall suspension

Deferred university suspension

University disciplinary probation for one (1) year
University suspension for one (1) semester

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension
Not Applicable Not Applicable

University policy violation

Includes: Violation of any policy applicable to students, other than the Student Code of Conduct

Formal written warning Community service
(20hrs max)

Loss of privileges
University disciplinary probation for one (1) year

Deferred university suspension
University suspension for one (1) semester

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension
University suspension for one (1) year

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension

Use or possession of prohibited items

Includes:

  • Animals
  • Chemicals
  • Flammable items
  • Nerf guns or other obvious toy guns
Community service
(20hrs max)

Loss of privileges
Community service
(20hrs max)

Loss of privileges

University disciplinary probation for one (1) year
University disciplinary probation for one (1) year

Deferred university suspension
University suspension for one (1) semester

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension
Not Applicable

Weapons (not used in threatening manner)

Includes: Brandishing a weapon

University disciplinary probation for one (1) year

Deferred university suspension
University suspension for one (1) semester

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension
University suspension for one (1) year

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension
University expulsion

Banishment from NIU campus property
Not Applicable

Weapons (used in threatening manner)

Includes: Use of any weapon

University suspension for one (1) semester

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension
University suspension for one (1) year

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension
University expulsion

Banishment from NIU campus property
Not Applicable Not Applicable