Sanction Assignments and Overview
From the WSSU Students' Code of Conduct
For more detailed information, see our Sanction Overview for Students.
Interim Suspension - Temporary separation of a student from the campus when the Associate Provost/Vice Chancellor for Student Development and Engagement believes such separation is necessary, or from a classroom when requested by a faculty member under the University's Classroom Disruption Policy.
Modified Interim Suspension - The Respondent is temporarily removed from Housing and Residence Life Residence Halls and may not reside within any residential hall rooms associated with any property of Winston-Salem State University until their case has been resolved or appeal approved. The Respondent is allowed to continue with his or her education by completing course work and attending classes, but will only be allowed onto the premises thirty (30) minutes prior to his or her class (es) and thirty (30) minutes after his or her class (es). After Respondent’s thirty (30) minute grace period on the campus is completed, if Respondent is found to be remaining on-campus without being cleared by the Chief of the WSSU Police Department, Associate Provost/Vice Chancellor of Student Development and Engagement, or the Director of Community Standards & Civility, he or she will be deemed in-violation of the terms of their Modified Interim Suspension and therefore, will have his or her Modified Interim Suspension changed to encompass all aspects of an Interim Suspension (immediate temporarily removal from all aspects of the WSSU community). Meaning that Respondent’s ability to continue attending classes will now be suspended and Respondent will be arrested for trespassing if found on the grounds of WSSU or associated property.
Expulsion - Permanent Separation from the University that can only be removed by written petition to the Chancellor accompanied by supporting documentation for reinstatement. No petition for reinstatement made earlier than two (2) years from the date of the expulsion shall be considered.
Suspension - Separation from the University for a definite period of time which coincides with the official ending of an academic semester or summer session. During the timeframe of suspension, student is not allowed onto the premise of WSSU nor any associated premises of the university. Student is only allowed onto grounds, if granted prior permission from the Associate Provost/Vice-Chancellor for Student Development and Engagement.
Deferred Suspension - Is used for offenses found serious enough to warrant suspension, but where the specific circumstances of the case mitigate the offense or for repeated offenses of a less serious nature. Deferred Suspension is a designated period of time during which a student is given the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to abide by the community's expectations of behavior articulated in the Code. During a Deferred Suspension, the student will be officially suspended from the University, but the suspension will be deferred, meaning that the student may continue to attend classes at this time, however, the suspension will be automatically enforced for failure to complete any assigned sanctions by the deadline and/or for any subsequent new infractions while on the open Deferred Suspension sanction, unless the Director of Community Standards & Civility determines otherwise in exceptional circumstances. Students on Deferred Suspension will be limited in their abilities to represent the University on any athletic team, hold an office in any registered student organization, represent the University in any extracurricular activity or official function, participate in the Greek Intake process, or participate in any study abroad program. Deferred Suspension may also include the denial of specific University privileges, including but not limited to, attendance at athletic functions and residence hall visitation for a designated period of time.
Disciplinary Probation - The loss, for a specified period of time, of designated social privileges. Designated social privileges include but are not limited to: Varsity sports, Intramural sports, Band(s) and choir(s), Fraternities and Sororities, Participation in student organizations, Serving in a leadership capacity in any student organization, the right to represent the University in any special activity, and/or Residency in University Housing. Certain stipulations may apply and can be modified at the discretion of the Director for Community Standards & Civility.
Disciplinary Warning - An official reprimand provided in writing that advises of a student's need to conform the student's behavior to the WSSU Students’ Code of Conduct and further advises that any subsequent violation of the any nature by the student within a two (2) year period will automatically result in disciplinary probation.
Permanent Housing Revocation - A student placed on this sanction will not be allowed to live in any of the University-owned Residence Halls on the grounds of Winston-Salem State University nor associated grounds of WSSU. If a the student returns (after a possible suspension timeframe or is a readmit), he or she will not be allowed to apply for housing for the duration of their academic year.
Temporary Housing Revocation - Means that the student(s) will not be allowed to live in any University-owned residence halls on the grounds of and affiliated grounds of Winston-Salem State University for a documented period of time. If the student(s) is found to be violating the stipulation to the sanction, he or she’s Temporary Housing Revocation will automatically be increased to Permanent Housing Revocation.
Deferred Housing Revocation - Means that the student's housing contract will be officially revoked, but the revocation will be deferred. This means that the student may continue to live in the selected residential hall, however, the revocation from the residential hall will be automatically enforced for failure to complete any assigned sanctions by the deadline and/or for any subsequent violations while on the open sanction, unless the Director of Community Standards & Civility, Assistant Dean of Health, Wellness and Prevention Services, and/or Associate Provost/Vice Chancellor for Student Development and Engagement determines otherwise in exceptional circumstances. Further violation of the policies can and will result in the permanent revocation of the student(s) housing privileges and the permanent cancellation of student(s) housing contract indefinitely. At which time student(s) will be removed from housing immediately, responsibly for all remaining charges/fines, and responsible for securing housing off-campus.
Housing Probation - The student will be given an official notice hereby placing them on Housing Probation. The student will need to modify his or her behavior to the Guide for Living on Campus and the terms set forth in the Housing and Residence Life Housing Contract. Further violation of any policies can and will result in the revocation of the student’s housing privileges and the cancellation of his or her housing contract. At which time he or she will be removed from housing and responsible for securing housing off campus.
Disciplinary Warning - An official reprimand provided in writing that advises of a student’s need to conform the student’s behavior to the Code and further advises that any subsequent violation of the same nature by the student within a two (2) year period will automatically result in an increased sanction of Disciplinary Probation.
Mediation - Used in place of traditional model code sanctioning methods when a resolvable dispute comes about. This method of resolving a dispute utilizes a verbal, face-to-face educational conversation amongst the party involved and the Hearing Officer. During the educational conversation, party or parties involved will have the ability to communicate about alleged incident and a recommended solution will be implemented. A notation of the educational conversation will be made within the electronic disciplinary file.
No Contact Order- A mutual "no contact" order is needed when instances of, including but not limited to, bullying, stalking, unwanted behavior takes place, etc. A No Contact Order means that all forms of communication needs to be severed until an amicable resolution between parties takes place.
Restitution - Reimbursement of any cost incurred as a direct or indirect consequence of the student's violation of the Code.
Community Service - Volunteer service to an on-campus department, division, faculty or staff member, or off-campus entity for a specific number of hours within a specific period of time.
Educational Sanctions - Includes specific and/or general reflective essays, participation in educational programming that addresses the violation, mentorships, creative sanctioning that helps to restore the harm done to the community or educate the student from a different perspective.
University Counseling’s Educational Programming - A student who has an infraction associated with infractions pertaining to alcohol, controlled/illegal substances, disorderly conduct, and/or Title IX, can be sanctioned with having to complete an educational session via different electronic/physical programs (ex. Alcohol EDU program, e-Toke Marijuana Screening, e-Chug Alcohol Screening, Drug Education Class, Anger Management/Making Positive Choices Class, Interpersonal Violence & Prevention Class) sponsored through the University Counseling and Wellness Center, the Office of Community Standards & Civility, the Office of Interpersonal Violence & Prevention, and the Office of Title IX/EEO).
Student Conduct Disciplinary Holds - This hold will remain in effect until the student facing possible disciplinary action meets with a Conduct Officer regarding their possible infraction. This means that he or she will not have access to their grades, transcripts, and will not have the ability to register for classes.
Complete description of sanctions are located in the WSSU Students’ Code of Conduct.
Grounds for Appeal
The decision of a judicial body may be appealed upon the following grounds:
Violation of Due Process - Due Process requires notice and an opportunity to be heard. A violation of due process means that the appealing party was not provided the required notice or an opportunity to be heard due to specified procedural errors, or errors in interpretation of university policies or regulations, that were so substantial as to effectively deny the Respondent a fair hearing. Reasonable deviations from the procedures set out in this Regulation will not invalidate a decision or proceeding unless the Respondent can show that, but for the deviation or error, there likely would have been a different outcome in the case.
Material Deviation from Substantive and Procedural Standards - Material Deviation from Substantive and Procedural Standards require that the decision reached be neither arbitrary nor capricious. A material deviation from substantive standards means that there is a lack of information in the record that could support the decision or sanction(s). This does not mean the information presented at the hearing can be re-argued on appeal; rather, it requires a showing that no reasonable person could have determined the Respondent was responsible or could have imposed the sanction that was issued, based on the information in the record. A material deviation from procedural standards means that a lack of information in the record that could support the decision is due to a procedural error that resulted in the proffered evidence or testimony being excluded.
The student's notice of appeal must state at least one of the above grounds or it shall be dismissed without further action. The notice of appeal shall state the facts that support the request and the outcome desired.
A complete description of the Appeals process is located in the Students' Code of Conduct.