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Outcomes and Sanctions

Hearing Outcomes and Sanctions

Once a hearing has been complete, the student(s)/organization(s) involved will be found responsible or not responsible for the alleged violations.  If a finding of responsible has occurred, this information will be helpful in understanding the outcome.


Hearing panels or administrative hearing officers who find a student or organization responsible for a violation of the Community Standards or College policy, will issue sanctions. Sanctions may be issued individually or a combination of sanctions may be imposed. The determination of sanctions is based upon a number of factors, including: the interest of the College community; the impact of the violation on the community, its members or its property; any previous conduct violations; and any mitigating or aggravating circumstances.

Philosophy of Sanctions

Sanctions are tools to assist students in learning via the conduct process, increase accountability, and encourage integrity. When determining sanctions for a specific incident, the goal is to develop a sanction or collection of sanctions that will assist the student in ongoing learning from the incident and making more productive decisions, reduce the likelihood of the events reoccurring and identify consequences if the event/behaviors reoccur.

Range of Sanctions & Expected Outcomes

Sanctions can range from a warning to expulsion. Sanctions may be issued individually or a combination of sanctions may be imposed. The College does not identify standard outcomes that result from specific incidents.  Sanctions are determined on a case-specific basis.  However, the College has determined that certain violations are of such a serious nature that they will likely result in a student’s or organization’s interim suspension, suspension or expulsion from Dickinson College.

Please also refer to the following sections of the Conduct Process.

The Conduct Process   |  Preparing for a Hearing   |  Appeal Process
Student Conduct Frequently Asked Questions