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 Student Conduct at 815-753-1571.

Student Code of Conduct Violation

First-Time Offender

Second-Time Offender

Third-Time Offender

Abuse (physical)

(With physical injury or harm to self or others)

University suspension for one (1) academic semester

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension

$25 Student Conduct fine

University suspension for one (1) academic year

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension

$25 Student Conduct fine

University expulsion

Banishment from NIU campus property

$25 Student Conduct fine

Academic Misconduct

Completion of the online academic integrity module NOT APPLICABLE NOT APPLICABLE

Alcohol or Cannabis

Referral for completion of a Substance Use Program

$75 Student Conduct fine

Referral for completion of a Substance Use Program

$100 Student Conduct fine

Probation for one (1) academic year

Parental notification

University suspension for one (1) academic semester

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension

Parental notification

$150 Student Conduct fine

Probation for at least one (1) year upon return to NIU
Drugs
(Excluding cannabis)

Referral for completion of a Substance Use Program

$100 Student Conduct fine

Probation for one (1) year

Parental notification

University suspension for one (1) academic semester

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension

Parental notification

$150 Student Conduct fine

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

Referral for completion of off-campus Substance Use Program, prior to return to NIU

University suspension for one (1) year

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension

Parental notification

$150 Student Conduct fine

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

Referral for completion of off-campus Substance Use Program, prior to return to NIU

Hazing

(No Harm)

University disciplinary probation for at least one (1) year

Educational program

$125 Student Conduct fine

University suspension from NIU for one (1) year

Banishment from NIU campus property for period of suspension

$25 Student Conduct fine

University expulsion

Banishment from NIU campus property

$25 Student Conduct fine

Hazing

(Harm)

University suspension for at least one (1) year

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension

Referral for completion of off-campus counseling prior to returning to NIU

$25 Student Conduct fine

University expulsion

Banishment from NIU campus property

$25 Student Conduct fine
NOT APPLICABLE

Weapons

(Use in a threatening manner)

University suspension for one (1) academic semester

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension

$25 Student Conduct fine

University suspension for one (1) academic year

Banishment from NIU campus property during period of suspension

$25 Student Conduct fine

University expulsion

Banishment from NIU campus property

$25 Student Conduct fine

Updated 08/23/2018

Contact Info

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