Sanctioning Guidelines

Sanctioning guidelines have been adopted by Syracuse University to respond to substance abuse-related and other serious violations of the Code of Student Conduct. Syracuse University seeks to deter students from engaging in conduct that poses risks to the safety and well-being of the individual student and/or the University community as a whole. Sanctioning guidelines are intended to alert students and other members of the University community to the seriousness of the following types of violations:

Sanctions are designed to provide meaningful consequences for violations of University expectations and ensure that students are provided opportunities to access education, counseling, and support. In all cases, the appropriate sanctions will be determined on a case-by-case basis in light of all the circumstances. The presence of substantial mitigating or other appropriate circumstances may result in the reduction or augmentation of sanctioning guidelines.


Sanctioning Guidelines for COVID-19 and Public Health Guidelines’ Violations

All Syracuse University community members are empowered to remind and request adherence to public health guidelines. A successful and safe return to campus for the spring 2021 semester and beyond depends on the actions of the entire University community. Students play a vital role in protecting their own safety and security, and the safety and security of their peers and all other members of the SU community, including faculty, staff and community members in areas off-campus where students reside.

Syracuse University encourages all members of our community to recognize the demonstrated public health benefits of limiting person-to-person contact and avoiding large groups  to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, in compliance with the Stay Safe Pledge and other University health and safety directives.

Incident reports submitted for violations of COVID-19 will be reviewed by the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities to determine if further investigation or conduct charges are warranted. All cases related to health and safety will be adjudicated as expeditiously as possible, typically within 5-10 business days. All cases that are likely to result in a warning or probation will be adjudicated through the informal resolution process. Cases that may result in a suspension or expulsion will be referred to a hearing. Students have the right to appeal in all cases.

Evidence that an individual and/or group has violated the University’s guidance and expectations related to COVID-19 may result in serious consequences. Suspected violations that are deemed to be egregious, such as violating quarantine and/or isolation requirements, may result in an immediate interim suspension, followed by a process on the merits of the case. In addition, multiple violations across different categories – even if they are first-time violations for any category – may result in a referral to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities.

The following behaviors and sanctioning guidelines are in effect for the spring 2021 semester. In all cases, the University will consider all relevant facts and circumstances prior to issuing a sanction, and the sanction may be more or less severe depending on the facts of a particular case.

  • All outcomes listed with ‘COVID PMO’ are overseen and managed by the Syracuse University COVID Project Management Office (PMO). Questions related to these outcomes should be directed to COVID PMO at 315.443.6180 or sucovid@syr.edu.
  • All outcomes listed with ‘OSRR’ are overseen and managed by the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (OSRR). Questions related to these outcomes should be directed to OSRR at 315.443.3728 or studentconduct@syr.edu.
Category1st Violation2nd Violation3rd or Greater Violation
Failing to Comply with COVID-19 Surveillance Testing Requirements (including providing false information and/or withholding information during testing or contact tracing).COVID PMO: Systems block^COVID PMO: Systems block^COVID PMO: Warning; campus ban^; systems block^;
OSRR: referral to OSRR with typical sanction of disciplinary probation.
Other Compliance Violations (e.g., refusing to obtain a flu vaccine, refusal to wear a face mask, refusal to maintain social distance)&OSRR: Referral to OSRR with typical sanction of warningOSRR: Referral to OSRR with typical sanction greater than 1st violation outcomeOSRR: Referral to OSRR with typical sanction greater than prior outcomes issued
Isolation or Quarantine Violation@OSRR: Referral to OSRR with typical sanction of suspensionOSRR: Referral to OSRR with typical sanction greater than 1st violation outcomeOSRR: Referral to OSRR with typical sanction greater than prior outcomes issued
Hosting or attending a Gathering@#$OSRR: Referral to OSRR with typical sanction of disciplinary probation and
COVID PMO: campus ban^

(hosting carries a higher sanction)
OSRR: Referral to OSRR with typical sanction greater than 1st violation outcome and COVID PMO: campus ban^

(hosting carries a higher sanction)
OSRR: Referral to OSRR with typical sanction greater than prior outcomes issued and COVID PMO: campus ban^

(hosting carries a higher sanction)

* A student will be notified that they have 24 hours to comply or the identified process and consequences will proceed.

^ A campus ban means that the student will be prohibited from campus property. A systems block will include the following: access to University systems will be restricted (e.g., disabling of campus WiFi access, disabling of MySlice access, restricted from course registration, and restricted from Blackboard access).

$ Students not wearing masks or maintaining social distance are expected to come into compliance immediately upon request from a University official. Failure to comply with such a request may result in a campus ban and University systems block, and/or referral to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities.

@ Some or all of the campus/systems blocks may remain in place throughout or after the conduct case.

# Throughout the semester, the University will set gathering limits based on state and local directives and guidance, as well as the COVID-19 environment in Syracuse and on campus. These limits apply to gatherings that occur on campus and off campus (including those outside the immediate Syracuse, New York area). Some or all of the campus/systems blocks may remain in place throughout or after the conduct case.

$ Attending a party will result in referral to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Sanctions for attending a party may include disciplinary warning or disciplinary probation.

Amnesty for Reporting Incidents of Discrimination, Harassment, or Violence
The University also wishes to promote an environment where students are not afraid to seek help for discrimination, harassment, sexual violence, and interpersonal violence due to the added fear of disciplinary repercussions for not adhering to our COVID-related standards in the context of the discrimination, harassment, or violence they seek to report. With these priorities in mind, amnesty from formal University disciplinary action related to our COVID-19 community standards will be granted to a student who is reporting sexual violence, interpersonal violence, or other violation of the University’s Sexual Harassment and Assault Prevention policy. To promote the health and safety of the campus and local community, staff may be required to share information about large group gatherings with appropriate University or local officials. However, that information will be shared in a way that protects the privacy of the individual who is reporting discrimination, harassment, or violence to the University.

Nothing in the provision above absolves a student from the responsibility to notify the Barnes Center of a positive test for COVID-19 so that appropriate contact tracing can be conducted.

Finally, please note the University cannot guarantee amnesty from any civil or criminal legal action, or from any legal consequences arising from a student’s violation of local, state, or federal law.


The Following Behaviors and Sanctioning Guidelines were in Effect for Fall 2020:

CategorySanction
I. Evidence that a student intentionally violated public health guidelines (i.e. maintaining social distancing, wearing a mask).Disciplinary Warning or Disciplinary Probation. Appropriate educational sanctions.
II. Evidence that a student or student organization put the Syracuse community at significant health risk due to egregious violation of public health guidelines (i.e. hosting a party or gathering or violating quarantine and/or isolation requirements); repeated violations of Category I.Suspension or Expulsion

CategoryFirst ViolationSecond ViolationThird Violation
Use or possession of alcohol under prohibited circumstances.Use or possession of alcohol under prohibited circumstances
Disciplinary Warning and educational activities including: Community Involvement referral and/or Educational project(s).
Disciplinary Probation and educational activities including: Options Program referral and Community Involvement referral and/or other educational project(s).Suspension
Supplying alcohol to underage person(s).Disciplinary Probation and educational activities including: Community Involvement referral or Community Service project(s) and/or Educational project(s).Suspension
Extreme alcohol intoxication posing a substantial risk to the
health and well-being of self and/or others.
Disciplinary Warning and educational activities including: Options Program referral and Educational assignments.Disciplinary Probation and educational activities including: Options Program referral and Community Involvement referral and/or other educational project(s) Residential relocation.Suspension
Manufacture or sale of alcohol under prohibited circumstances.Disciplinary Probation and educational activities including: Community Involvement referral or Community Service project(s) and/or Educational project(s).Suspension
Driving any motor vehicle while intoxicated or while under the influence of unlawful drugs.SuspensionSuspension or Expulsion
Use or possession of marijuana or marijuana paraphernalia.Disciplinary Warning and educational activities including: Options Program referral and/or Community Involvement; Community Service referral and/or Other Educational project(s).Disciplinary Probation and educational activities including: Options Program referral and/or Community Involvement; Community Service referral and/or Other Educational project(s).Suspension
Use or possession of illegal drugs other than marijuana or controlled substances without an appropriate prescription.Disciplinary Probation and educational activities including: Options Program referral and/or Community Involvement; Community Service referral and/or Other Educational project(s).Suspension
Extreme drug intoxication or abuse-related behavior posing a substantial risk to the health and well-being of self and/or others.Disciplinary Probation and educational activities including: Options Program referral and/or Community Involvement referral and/or Other Educational project(s)
Residential relocation.
Suspension
Manufacture, sale, purchase, or distribution of illegal drugs or controlled substances.Suspension or Expulsion

CategorySanction
Possession of a prohibited weapon or other dangerous object, including, but not limited to firearms, BB-guns, sling shots, airsoft guns, air rifles, explosive devices, fireworks, or any other dangerous, unlawful, or hazardous object or material.Disciplinary Probation, Suspension, or Expulsion. Expulsion from student housing. Community Service and/or other educational sanctions.
Any improper use, attempted use, or threat of use of a weapon or other dangerous, illegal, or hazardous object; any improper use as a weapon of any otherwise permitted object or material.Suspension or Expulsion

CategorySanction
Physical harm or threat of physical harm without a weapon resulting in little or no physical injury to involved persons.Disciplinary Probation or Suspension.

Participation in the Conflict Resolution Program, and the Options Program referral if alcohol or other drugs were a factor in the incident.

Community service and/or other educational sanctions.
Physical harm without a weapon resulting in significant physical injury to another person.Suspension or Expulsion

CategorySanction
Tampering with smoke detectors in on campus residential facilities.Disciplinary Warning, educational projects, and residential probation.
Interference with, improper activation of, or damage to any elevator or safety or emergency equipment, including, but not limited to: fire alarms, fire extinguishers, sprinkler systems, and blue lights; lighting any unauthorized fire on University property.Disciplinary Probation with appropriate educational sanctions or Suspension.

CategorySanction
Sexual harassment including unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and some visual and physical conduct of a sexual nature; Stalking.Suspension or Disciplinary Probation with appropriate educational projects.
Sexual assault, including, but not limited to sexual touching without consent, forcible touching; stalking with threats of harm; use of physical violence in a dating or sexual relationship.Suspension or Expulsion
Sexual intercourse without consent.Suspension or
Expulsion
Retaliation against an individual who has filed a report of gender related violence/ harassment.Suspension or Expulsion or Disciplinary Probation with appropriate educational projects.

CategorySanction
Evidence that the student’s conduct was motivated by bias regarding an individual or group’s real or perceived race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, and/or veteran status may result in more severe disciplinary action through the student conduct process.Disciplinary Probation or Suspension
Evidence that a student’s conduct was motivated by bias and threatened physical health, mental health, or safety of anyone.Suspension or Expulsion

Category Sanction
Assistance, participation in, promotion of, or perpetuation of hazing.Suspension or Expulsion
Knowledge of hazing and failing to report or intervene in a situation that threatens the health and safety of another individual.Suspension or Expulsion