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Advising Handbook

Suspension and Expulsion

Most students who leave UR involuntarily do so for academic reasons. They are separated; details can be found in the section called “Probation and Separation.” Although relatively rare, students may be required to leave UR for disciplinary reasons, either for academic honesty violations or for non-academic misconduct.

Academic Dishonesty

Suspension: The Board on Academic Honesty may impose suspension for one or more semesters. Further information about this penalty, and the procedure for appeal, may be found at www.rochester.edu/college/honesty/.

Students suspended for academic dishonesty are withdrawn from the University. Their general academic standing is determined using the criteria included in the “Probation and Separation” section noted above, 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. The student may request transcripts; during the period of suspension transcripts will be sent with 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.

Expulsions: Students may be expelled for violating the Standards of Student Conduct. Further information may be found at the website for the Center for Student Conflict Management, within the Office of the Dean of Students: https://www.rochester.edu/college/cscm/index.html.

Students expelled for non-academic misconduct are withdrawn from the University. Their general academic standing is determined using the criteria included in the “Probation and Separation” section noted above, 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.

Non-Academic Misconduct Suspensions: Students may be suspended for violating the Standards of Student Conduct. Further information may be found at the website for the Center for Student Conflict Management, within the Office of the Dean of Students: https://www.rochester.edu/college/cscm/index.html. Students suspended for non-academic misconduct are withdrawn from the University after any appeal has been processed. Their general academic standing is determined using the criteria included in the “Probation and Separation” section noted above, 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.

The student may request transcripts. 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 well 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.”