TAMU System: Sanctions

2.8 | Interim Measures

2.8.A | The university may take immediate action to prevent misconduct, its recurrence, and address any effects on members of the community. This includes immediate steps to protect parties before the final outcomes of the investigations. These steps will attempt to minimize the burden on a reporter, witness, or alleged, while respecting the due process rights of all. Interim measures can include, but are not limited to:

i. A hold placed on a student's account, limiting their ability to register for courses, pull transcripts, etc.

ii. Revocation of access to on campus buildings/areas/halls.

iii. No Contact order placed between two parties, which prohibits individuals from contacing one another through any means.

iv. Interim Suspension of a Student: At any point in the process, an alleged may be subject to removal from WT or the program/activity on an emergency basis, provided that an individualized safety and risk analysis (conducted by, or in conjunction with a WTAMU's Behavioral Intervention Team) has determined that an immediate threat to the physical health or safety of any student or other individual arising from the allegations justifies immediate removal. The interim suspension does not replace the conduct process, which shall proceed on the normal schedule. The student should be notified in writing of this action and reasons for the interim suspension.

a. Conduct, on or off campus, which typically results in interim suspension:

i. A significant and articuable threat to the health or safety of a student or other member(s) of the university community. 

ii. Sexual assault, other forms of sexual misconduct, stalking, and relationship violence that create a hostile environment for the victim, and the remedy for the harassment requires a temporary separation.

iii. Criminal felony charges related to weapons, drugs, aggravated assault, and/or terroristic threats.

iv. Severe disruption in the academic community related to erratic behavior, threats, property damage, and/or verbal aggression with another student, where the offending student is uncooperative with staff requests.

v. Violation of a No Contact determination.

vi. Retaliatory harm, discrimination, or harassment.

2.8.B | Resources and Referrals: Referrals and/or resourcves may be offered to students involved in the Conduct Process. These are assessed and issued on a case by case basis. These can include, but are not limited to:

i. Counseling Services appointment

ii. Victim's advocate assistance

iii. Modifications to on-campus housing

iv. Modification to academic schedule

2.8.C | Interim Suspensions of a Student organization: If it is determined that a student organization's actions or activities are detrimental to the educational purposes of the university, and/or not in accordance with the Student Handbook, the student organization will lose its official registration with the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership. The registration of a student organization may be temporarily suspended while an investigation is pending involving an alleged violation of registered student organization rules and regulations, as outlined in the Student Handbook. The student organization will be afforded all due process guidelines as described in the Student Handbook. Conduct, on or off campus, of members of a student organization that may results in interim suspension:

i. Violent or harassment-type behavior.

ii. Organization events and activities resulting in allegations against individual students that may result in individual student interim suspension.

iii. Cease and desist directives from regional or national.

iv. Alcohol/drug rule/procedure violations during recruitment or social events.

2.8.D | Student Conduct Findings: A student conduct officer may impose sanctions, conditions, and/or restrictions as results of an Informal Resolution or Formal Resolution where a student is found Responsible.

i. Sanctions: Sanctions are defined as the primary outcome of the alleged violation.

a. Disciplinary Reprimand: An official warning that the student's conduct is in violation of the WTAMU Student Rules.

b. Social Probation (for organizations): A period of time during which a student group or organization will not be allowed to have, host, or attend social gatherings as an entity of their organization.

c. Disciplinary Probation: A period of time during which a student's conduct will be observed and reviewed. Further violations during this time may result in Interim Measures.

d. Deferred Disciplinary Suspension: A period of time where a disciplinary suspension may be deferred for a period of observation and review.

e. Disciplinary Suspension: A specific period of time in which a student is not allowed to participate in class or university-related activities.

f. Disciplinary Expulsion: Occurs when a student is permanently withdrawn and separated from the university.

ii. Conditions: Conditions are additional components of a disciplinary sanction. A conditions is usually an educational element that is to occur in conjunction with the assigned sanction. Some examples of conditions include, but are not limited to:

a. Personal and/or academic counseling intake session. This condition is attached to the outcome of the intake requiring a certain number of follow-up session to be determined by the intake administrator.

b. Educational conditions and/or programs of educational service to the university and/or community.

c. Residence Hall relocation and/or contract review/cancellation of Residence hall contract and/or use of dining facilities.

d. Restitution or compensation for loss, damage, or injury, which may take the form of appropriate service and/or monetary or material replacement.

e. Completion of an alcohol or drug education program.

f. Completion of personal growth or development education program. For example, Anger Management, Hazing, Stress Management, etc.

g. A specified number of hours of community/university service. 

h. No Contact Order: This is an official directive from WT that two parties not have any contact with one another. This mutual No Contact Order asks both students to refrain from communicating in person, through electronic communications, or contacting one another via a third party.

iii. Restrictions: A restriction is an additional component of a disciplinary sanction. A restriction is to occur in conjunction with the sanction and will usually be time specific. Some examples of restrictions incude, but are not limited to:

a. Revocation of parking privileges.

b. Denial of eligibility for holding office in registered student organizations.

c. Denial of participation in extracurricular activities.

d. Prohibited access to university facilities and/or prohibited direct or indirect contact with members of the university community.

e. Loss of privileges on a temporary or permanent basis.