Disciplinary Issues

An adviser may be consulted in the case of a disciplinary matter involving one of her/his advisees.  Questions concerning disciplinary violations should be directed to Paul J. McLoughlin II, Dean of Students (ext. 5082).

Relevant excerpts from the Student Handbook, pg. 23:

Students must recognize that violations of College rules and regulations can have serious repercussions. Students are encouraged to recognize their own responsibility for their actions and to realize that intoxication, ignorance of the rules of the College, or such similar evasions will serve as no excuse for violations.

The following disciplinary sanctions may be imposed when a student is found responsible for violating College rules and regulations. The actions listed below may be modified by either the deans, the Academic Progress Committee, the Student Conduct Committee, or the Student Appeals Committee should special circumstances require such modification. Certain offenses may be of such a nature as to justify greater or lesser penalties than these described. The deans or committees reserve the right to treat such situations in whatever manner may be appropriate. The deans or Student Conduct Committee may assess fines or require the payment of restitution in cases involving damage or theft.

When a disciplinary sanction is imposed by a dean, the Student Conduct Committee, or the Academic Progress Committee, it takes effect immediately. However, if a case involving suspension or expulsion is appealed, the sanction is held in abeyance and the student will be placed on Disciplinary Probation Level II until the Student Appeals Committee hears the appeal. In addition, a sanction involving a grade in a course does not take effect until the
end of the semester. Any sanction imposed by the Student Appeals Committee takes effect immediately, even if further appeal is pursued. A list of disciplinary cases indicating sanctions imposed is kept on file in the library and updated at appropriate times during the year.

Warning Probation
Given for a stated period of time for minor misconduct as a warning that further misconduct will not be tolerated. Sanctions of Warning Probation are not eligible for appeal.

Disciplinary Probation Level I
Given for a stated period of time for serious or repeated misconduct. The student’s parents and/or legal guardians are notified of the disciplinary action. Level I may affect involvement in college programs and activities, such as full
participation on sports teams and residing off campus. Specific departments and programs should be consulted for eligibility. Students on Disciplinary Probation Level I or II at either the time of application or the time of departure are ineligible to study abroad. Please refer to the study abroad website for more detailed information. Disciplinary Probation Level I may include additional restrictions, described in the next paragraph, when warranted. Any
subsequent violations of college regulations may result in Level II probation or dismissal from the College (see descriptions below).

Disciplinary Probation Level II
Given for a stated period of time for serious or repeated misconduct. The student’s parents and/or legal guardians will be notified of the disciplinary action. A student on Level II is not eligible to hold office in any student or fraternity/sorority organization or to represent Lafayette College in any official capacity (including study abroad, intercollegiate athletics, or club sports). He or she is ineligible to become affiliated with a living group, and may not participate in extracurricular activities except those of an academic or religious nature or those approved by the dean or committee. Moreover, it is a warning that any further misconduct may result in dismissal from the College.

Suspension
Given for serious misconduct when it is believed that the student should be removed from the College community. Suspension may be for the remainder of a semester or for the following semester(s). Suspension is recorded permanently in the Division of Student Life and is noted on the transcript.

Expulsion
Given for extremely serious misconduct when it is believed that the student should be permanently removed from the College community. An expelled student is not eligible for readmission. Expulsion is recorded permanently in the Division of Student Life and is noted on the transcript.

Disclaimer

Lafayette College reserves the right in its sole judgment to amend any policy or program described herein without prior notice to persons who might thereby be affected. At its sole option, the College may suspend or eliminate courses, academic departments, or degree programs; change curricular offerings, graduation requirements, and regulations on standing of students; alter its class schedule and academic calendar; or make changes of any nature whenever in its judgment such changes are desirable for any reason. The provisions of this publication are not to be regarded as an irrevocable contract between the College and the student. Payment of tuition or attendance at any classes shall constitute acceptance by the student of the College's rights as set forth in this paragraph.