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Sanction System

The Center for Student Involvement (CSI) manages a sanction system that holds chartered student organizations (CSOs) and registered student organizations (RSOs) accountable for violating rules, policies, and codes related to student organizations.

There are three types of violations that can occur by a student organization. They are:

  • Student Conduct Code violations
  • CSI operational violations
  • CSI financial violations

While often times violations occur because of the actions of one individual, if the individual was acting on behalf of the organization and/or is in a position of leadership, those violations are the responsibility of the entire organization. Therefore, sanctions are often imposed on the organization as a whole, not just the individual student. In addition, one action -- such as using an unapproved fundraising vendor and lying about it -- might lead to multiple violations with multiple sanctions -- such as a Student Conduct Code violation of falsification of information and a CSI financial violation of using an unapproved fundraising vendor.

A sanction is the required response or action -- as outlined by the University -- that serves as a consequence of an action when an individual or organization is found in violation of a rule, policy, or code. These can range from additional requirements to loss of privileges to the removal of an officer to the dissolution of an organization.

Appeals of official sanctions can be made in writing to the CSI Director for review by an ad-hoc committee made up of CSI advisors.

Student Conduct Code Violations

The Student Conduct Code, found in the Student Handbook (pages 12-14), outlines 19 expectations that apply to all students -- regardless of their engagement in a student organization -- pertaining to inappropriate behavior that may lead to disciplinary action. Student Conduct Code violations that occur within student organizations will go through a hearing process by the Office of Student Life, with support from the Center for Student Involvement. Some of these violations include (but are not limited to):

  • Plagiarism and copyright infringement
  • Falsification of information
  • Hazing
  • Inappropriate or underage alcohol use
  • Intentional obstruction or disruption on campus

CSI Operational Violations

Operational violations occur when certain standards and expectations required of all students participating in student organizations are not met. Operational violations may go through a hearing process or meeting with a CSI advisor. These may include but are not limited to:

  • Failure to comply with or disrespect towards a University official
  • Posting or chalking policy violation
  • Contract policy violation
  • Not registering an off-campus event
  • Event Planning policy violation
  • Bon Appetit food policies violation

CSI Financial Violations

Financial Violations are the most common form of violation for student organizations, which occurs when students do not follow proper procedures regarding finances. Financial violations may go through a hearing process -- but likely organizations will simply receive a letter indicating their violation and sanction -- with the opportunity to meet with a CSI advisor to discuss. Some of these violations include but are not limited to:

  • Late return of petty cash/cash advance
  • Unsanctioned fundraising practices (VenMo, PayPal, GoFundMe, etc)
  • Hosting a bank account outside of the University
  • Purchasing Card misuse
  • Paying under the table (paying others cash and/or without an invoice, contract, etc)
  • Failure to deposit funds (spending cash before funds have been deposited)
  • Overspending fund account
  • Delinquent payments