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Advising Handbook

Suspension and Expulsion

Most students who leave the University of Rochester involuntarily do so for academic reasons, through separation.  Although relatively rare, students may be required to leave the University for disciplinary reasons, either for academic honesty violations or for non-academic misconduct.

Suspension

The Board on Academic Honesty can impose suspension for one or more semesters. Students suspended for academic dishonesty are withdrawn from the University.

Students’ general academic standing is determined using the criteria included on the probation and separation page, and they are sent a letter of withdrawal saying that they are considered to be either on academic probation or in good standing. They are told when an application for readmission will be considered, and reminded that credit earned during the suspension will not be transferred back to the student’s degree program. The letter does not mention the reason for the suspension.

As with all withdrawal letters, copies go to the student’s parents if the student is under 21, to the student’s official faculty advisor, and to the International Services Office when relevant.

During the period of suspension, transcripts will have the following official comment: “Suspended: academic dishonesty.” In accordance with New York State Law, the date range of the suspension will be added to the transcript and will remain on the transcript until one year after the suspension has ended.

More information about this penalty, and the procedure for appeal, can be found on the academic honesty website.

Expulsions

Students can be expelled for violating the Standards of Student Conduct. Students expelled for non-academic misconduct are withdrawn from the University.

Students’ general academic standing is determined using the criteria on the probation and separation page, and they are sent a letter of withdrawal saying that they are considered to be either on academic probation or in good standing. They are told that an application for readmission will not be considered.

As with all withdrawal letters, copies go to the student’s parents if the student is under 21, to the student’s official faculty advisor, and to the International Services Office when relevant.

More information can be found on the Center for Student Conflict Management website.  

Non-Academic Misconduct Suspensions

Students can be suspended for violating the Standards of Student Conduct. Students suspended for non-academic misconduct are withdrawn from the University after any appeal has been processed.

Students’ general academic standing is determined using the on the probation and separation page, and they are sent a letter of withdrawal saying that they are considered to be either on academic probation or in good standing. They are told when an application for readmission will be considered, and reminded if necessary of any preliminary approval they may need before an application for readmission can be considered. The letter does not mention the reason for the suspension.

As with all withdrawal letters, copies go to the student’s parents if the student is under 21, to the student’s official faculty advisor, and to the International Services Office when relevant.

When a student is charged with a violation of the Standards of Student Conduct, a comment is added to the transcript saying that charges are pending. (If the student is exonerated, that comment is removed.)

When a student accepts responsibility for, or is found responsible for, a violation of the Standards of Student Conduct, the statement on the transcript reads, “Suspended after a finding of responsibility for a code of conduct violation.” In accordance with New York State Law, the date range of the suspension will be added to the transcript and will remain on the transcript until one year after the suspension has ended. That statement remains on the transcript through the period of suspension and for one year following it.

Note: If a student withdraws from the University after conduct charges have been brought but before a finding or acceptance of responsibility, the statement on the transcript reads, “Withdrew with conduct charges pending.”

More information can be found on the Center for Student Conflict Management website.