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Sanction Assignments and Overview

From the WSSU Code of Community Standards & Civility

For more detailed information, see our Sanction Overview for Students.

Interim Suspension - Temporary separation of a student from the campus when the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs believes such separation is necessary, or from a classroom when requested by a faculty member under the University's Classroom Disruption Policy.

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. Student is only allowed onto ground, if granted prior permission, from the Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs.

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, Fraternities and Sororities, Participation in student organizations, and/or Residency in University Housing. Certain stipulations may apply and can be modified at the discretion of the Director for Student Conduct.

Disciplinary Warning - An official reprimand provided in writing that advises of a student's need to conform the student's behavior to the Code of Community Standards & Civility and further advises that any subsequent violation of the same 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. 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.

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.

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.

Education Orientation - Referral for substance abuse counseling, anger management or psychological counseling may be imposed in lieu of other sanctions with the approval of the student. Failure to comply with the terms of the educational sanction will result in a separate violation of the Code of Community Standards & Civility.

Student Conduct Disciplinary Holds - This hold will remain in effect until the student facing possible disciplinary action meets with a Student 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 Code of Community Standards & Civility:

Grounds For Appeal

The decision of the WSSU Student Community Standards & Civility Council may be appealed upon the following grounds:

  • Procedural error sufficient to have altered the outcome of the hearing
  • Discrimination based on the student's membership in a protected class (race, creed, color, sex, national origin, physical disability or age over 40)
  • New, or newly discovered evidence previously unavailable
  • Excessive or inappropriate sanctions
  • Decision or judgment not supported or justified by the evidence

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.

An appeal to the Board of Trustees in the case of a suspension or expulsion or an appeal to the Board of Governors in the case of an expulsion is allowable only on the following grounds:

  • A violation of due process
  • A material deviation from Substantive and Procedural Standards adopted by the Board of Governors.
  • Notice of appeal to the Board of Trustees or to the Board of Governors must be given within ten business days of receipt of the decision leading to the appeal.