Student Conduct Sanctions

When a student is found to be in violation of a student conduct standard some type of sanction will be applied. In general, for a sanction to be effective in a university setting the question of how a sanction will educate the student, restore the victim and/or safeguard the campus community will be considered. The range of sanctions, as listed in the Document on Student Rights and Welfare and as published in The Key, are listed below.  

Note: For informational purposes. Consult The Key Student Handbook for the official and most up to date policies. 

Sanction Definitions 

  • Disciplinary Reprimand

    A formal letter issued when a student's conduct is deemed to be unsatisfactory to the degree that the University makes a record of the incident and warns the student against repetition of similar behavior.

  • Review Period

    A period of time not to exceed one academic year and imposed with the expectation that the student will engage in a relationship with a counselor or staff member and may include a service related to the infraction committed.

  • Educational Activities

    The required participation in a specified activity, service project, community service, educational program, event, assignment or other educational and/or restorative assignment.  

  • Access Restriction

    Suspension of attendance at co-curricular events for a specified period of time. The action may restrict access or visitation privileges to campus facilities.  

  • Restitution

    Payment for replacement or repair for damages to property. Restitution may be applied only once if civil or criminal action is also being applied. In these cases, legal judgments shall take precedence. Restitution imposed by a campus hearing authority will be held in abeyance until civil and criminal charges can be finalized.  

  • Disciplinary Probation

    A status which declares a student to not be in good standing with the University and to be subject to loss of certain participation privileges for a specified period of time not to exceed one (1) year. A student is denied the privilege to represent the University in any organized capacity including intercollegiate varsity, non-varsity or club events or to hold office in any student organization. Such probation indicates to the student that future violations of University regulations will most likely result in suspension or dismissal from the University.  

  • Residence Hall Suspension

    A student may be excluded from campus housing for a specified period of time if held responsible through the student conduct process for a major violation of the Student Code of Conduct, for repeated infractions or a serious breach of residence hall regulations.  

  • Deferred Suspension (University or Residence Halls)

    The student is informed that although the violation of university regulations may warrant a suspension decision (residence hall or university suspension), a suspension is being deferred and the student is required to adhere to specific requirements and conditions imposed by the designated hearing authority. Failure to abide by the imposed conditions may result in the rescission of the deferment. The student is also advised that any subsequent violations may result in the immediate suspension or dismissal from the university and/or residence halls. 

  • Suspension

    A hearing authority may recommend to the Dean of Students the exclusion of student from the University for a specific period of time not to exceed four (4) years. During the period of suspension, the student: is ineligible to enroll or participate in any academic courses or university programs and activities; must adhere to all other terms and conditions of their official sanctions; must not be involved in further student conduct violations during their period of suspension and is required to meet with the Dean of Students or designee and complete the Post Suspension Reentry Form PRIOR to reenrolling at Kutztown University. In addition, the University may restrict or place limitations on a suspended student’s access to campus facilities during this period of time as specified as part of their official sanction.

    Unless a student officially withdraws from the university, the student’s relationship with the university is maintained therefore any alleged disciplinary infraction that occurs while a student is serving a suspension will be adjudicated in accordance with university policy. Violating conditions of suspension subjects the student to additional sanctions including, but not limited to, an extension of suspension and/or dismissal from the university. 

  • Dismissal

    A hearing authority may recommend to the Dean of Students the permanent separation of the student from the University. Under this status, the relationship between the student and the University is terminated and the individual is no longer considered a student. A dismissed student may also be restricted or limited from campus facilities during this period time as specified as part of their official sanction.

    A dismissed student may petition the University, through the Dean of Students, to request consideration for eligibility to return to the university, after a minimum of four (4) years of separation. The individual must show just cause to be considered and must apply and qualify for re-admission to the University. This written petition must be submitted at least four (4) weeks prior to the term in which the former student seeks to enroll.