2020-2021 Student Handbook 
    
    Nov 28, 2022  
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Article VI: Sanctions


Article VI: Sanctions

A. Individual Sanctions

One or more of the following sanctions may be imposed on any student found to have violated the Student Code:

  1. A notice in writing to the student that the student is violating or has violated College regulations.
  2. Probation. Probation can take the form of Conduct, Social, or Residential and is for a designated period of time and includes the probability of more severe disciplinary sanctions if the student is found to be violating any institutional regulations during the probationary period. Students on probation may be ineligible to participate in some activities of the College. For example, students on any form of probation shall not be eligible to participate in Study Abroad.
  3. Fines including previously established and published fines may be imposed. These fines may exceed the cost of repairing or restoring damaged property. In cases of serious and/or repeated acts of destruction and vandalism, the imposition of fines may be combined with other disciplinary penalties.
  4. Limitations on Participation: Denial of specified privileges suitable to the nature of the infraction for a designated period of time. A student may be barred from participating in college activities, room draw, and/or eating in the dining commons.
  5. Social suspension: A student may be barred, for a designated period of time, from attending social gatherings or college activities at which alcohol is served or is present.
  6. Compensation for loss, damage or injury may be required. This may take the form of appropriate service and/or monetary or material replacement.
  7. Discretionary Sanctions: Work assignments, service to the College or the community, research papers that educate the respondent about the consequences of their misconduct as well as other discretionary assignments may be imposed. Particular forms of community work on and off campus and a number of hours to be worked can be established. The hearing panel may also require attendance at drug or alcohol workshops or other similar alternatives suitable to the nature of the infraction.
  8. Residence Hall Suspension or Change: Separation of the student from the residence hall may be required for a designated period of time, after which the student is eligible to return or the student’s place of residence may be changed. Conditions for re-admission to residence may be specified by the Dean of Campus Life.
  9. Residence Hall Expulsion: Permanent separation of the student from the residence halls.
  10. College Suspension: Separation of the student from the College for a designated period of time after which the student is eligible to return. Conditions for re-admission may be specified by the hearing panel or the Dean of Students.
  11. Withholding participation in graduation: Seniors may be denied the privilege of participation in Class Day and Commencement exercises.
  12. College expulsion: Permanent separation of the student from the college.

B. Collections of Individuals

Any sanction from Article VI Section A may be imposed on students charged as collections of individuals. Different sanctions may be assigned to different individuals in the collection.

C. Groups and Organizations

The Judiciary Council may not assign different sanctions to different individuals within the group or organization. The group itself may, however, allow individual members to take a greater share of the sanction (e.g. pay more in fines or contribute more community service hours).

The following sanctions may be imposed on groups or organizations:

  • Letter of warning.
  • Probation and/or limitation on privileges.
  • Fines.
  • Restitution.
  • Suspension or revocation of privileges. This shall be limited to the loss of any or all privileges afforded to the group by the College.
  • Suspension or revocation of charter or registration of the organization. Suspension shall result in a loss of all privileges associated with recognition as a Pomona College organization for a designated period of time. Revocation shall result in permanent loss of privileges associated with recognition as a Pomona College organization. The Judiciary Council may establish conditions and time tables that govern when any organization whose charter has been revoked or registration withdrawn can apply for a new charter. They may also revoke an organization’s charter or registration in perpetuity.
  • Community Service.
  • Termination or relocation of the group. (For example, a sports team may have its season terminated, a sponsor group may be relocated or dispersed to a different residential location.) See below. Group or organization sanctions do not preclude an individual from being held responsible for code violations associated with or related to the violations charged against the group.

    If an organization’s charter or registration is suspended or revoked, individuals may be sanctioned, after a hearing before the Judiciary Council, for acting on behalf of the group or organization while the sanction is in effect. Examples of prohibited conduct associated with such organizations include: participation in recruiting or initiating new members to the group or organization, organizing events for the organization, using college facilities for activities of the organization and representing one’s self as a member of the organization while on Pomona property or at Pomona sponsored events.

    While a group sanction of expulsion or charter revocation or removal of registration is in effect, the College may in its discretion deny permission to use College facilities to individuals who are members of that organization or were at the time of the events on which the sanctions were based.

D. Interim Suspension

In certain circumstances the President may impose a College suspension prior to the hearing before a judicial body. Further, the Dean of Campus Life may, in certain circumstances, impose a residence hall suspension prior to the hearing before a judicial body.

  1. Interim suspension may be imposed only: a) to ensure the safety and well-being of members of the college community or preservation of college property; b) to ensure the student’s own physical or emotional safety and well being; or c) if the student poses a credible threat of disruption or of interference with the normal operation of the College.
  2. During the interim suspension from the College imposed by the President the student shall be denied access to the campus (including classes) and all other college activities or privileges for which the student might otherwise be eligible as the President may determine to be appropriate.
  3. During interim suspension from the residence halls imposed by the Dean of Campus Life, the student shall be denied access to the residence halls and other college activities for which the student might otherwise be eligible as the Dean of Campus Life may deem appropriate.
  4. Interim suspension from campus or the residence halls will be followed with speedy access to a hearing for the suspended student(s).

 

The Pomona College Code of Conduct is an educational process that allows for students in violation of the Student Code to think about their actions, the impact of those actions on the community, and prevention of future code violations. The process outlined below is a framework outlining various violations of the alcohol and drug policies and recommended sanctions. (Policies not covered below will be handled on a case-by-case basis and could be handled by Student Code Administrators [formerly investigators], Deans, or the Judicial Council depending on the incident.)

Please note: If you are found or plead responsible for a policy violation that will be kept as a record of your conduct throughout your time at Pomona. This is common in college and university conduct systems throughout the United States. There was confusion about this previously since while points could expire, the cases remained on a student’s record. If you have questions about the impact of an incident on your record you can speak with the Judicial Council Advisors, your Class Dean, or the Career Development Office.

 

  • Possession of beer/wine (under 21); possession of hard alcohol on South Campus (any age); providing beer/wine to students under 21; misusing prescription drugs (not including distribution or intent to distribute):
 
First offense – Warning letter and meeting with Student Code Administrator
Second offense – Second warning letter and meeting with Student Code Administrator and AOD counselor
Third offense – Meeting with Dean, meeting with AOD counselor, and AOD education
Fourth offense (or more) – Judicial Council
All student conduct administrators and Deans may include additional educational sanctions (ex. Apology letter, community service) and will be discussed with the respondent during the meeting.

 

  • Possession of liquor (under 21); providing liquor to students under 21; hosting an unregistered party OR possessing keg/party ball/common container/multiple cases or bottles; using or possessing marijuana (not including distribution or intent to distribute):
 
First offense – Warning letter and meeting with Student Code Administrator
Second offense – Warning and meeting with Dean and the AOD counselor
Third offense – Probation for one semester, meeting with Dean , meeting with AOD counselor, AOD education
Fourth offense (or more) – Judicial Council
 
All student conduct administrators and Deans may include additional educational sanctions (ex. Apology letter, community service) and will be discussed with the respondent during the meeting.

 

 
  • Using false identification (any kind); attending an unregistered party; failure to comply/refusal to cooperate with a reasonable request of a Pomona College official (incl but not limited to RAs, RLCs, Campus Safety, Student Code Administrators)
 
First offense – Warning letter and meeting with Student Code Administrator
Second offense – Second warning letter and meeting with Student Code Administrator
Third offense – Probation for one semester, meeting with Dean, educational sanction
Fourth offense (or more) – Judicial Council
 
All student conduct administrators and Deans may include additional educational sanctions (ex. Apology letter, community service) and will be discussed with the respondent during the meeting.
 
  • Using or possessing cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, LSD or other hallucinogens, designer drugs or other illegal drugs
 
First offense - Judicial Board, likely sanctions: probation, scheduled meetings with the Pomona College AOD counselor; parental notification
 
Second offense - Judicial Board, likely sanctions: suspension from the College, off-campus treatment, additional educational sanctions
 
  • Manufacturing, selling, distributing, or intent to distribute any illegal or prescription drug
 
First offense - Judicial Board, likely sanctions: interim suspension from the College until a hearing is held, suspension from the College, off-campus treatment, additional educational sanctions
 
Second offense - Judicial Board, likely sanctions: interim suspension until the hearing has occurred, expulsion from the College

 

 

 


 

Fines

Smoking

Number of Offenses

Fine

First offense

$25

Second offense

$100-$200

Misuse of Residence Halls

Offense

Fine

Student’s failure to return Room or Residence Hall keys

$75 each

Student’s failure to vacate room on time

$25 per hour

Student failure to clear and clean room

$50

Damage to student room and furnishings

Cost of repair

Loss of furnishings

Replacement Costs

Failure to remove door decorations

$20

Missing furniture

Replacement Cost

Unauthorized use of room during Winter Break

$100 a day

Painting the exposed or pre-cast concrete in north campus residence halls (within the individual student rooms, living room in the suites, and all other areas in which there is exposed or pre-cast concrete)

 $1,000

Unauthorized painting

$100 per wall or ceiling

Fire Safety

Offense

Fine

Misuse of fire equipment

$500

Pulling fire alarms/creating false alarms

$500

Failure to cooperate with evacuation procedures

$50

Use of open flame devices, including candles and incense, in the residence halls

$25

Misuse of Windows, and/or Balconies, Removal of Screens

Number of Offenses

Fine

First offense

$100

Second offense

$200

Doors

Offense

Fine

Propping Doors

$100

Tampering with door locking mechanisms

$100

Unathorized access/use of rooftops

Number of Offenses

Fine

First offense

$1,000

Unauthorized Pets on Campus

Number of Offenses

Fine

First offense

$100 plus $50 per day after 72 hours

Second offense

$200 plus $50 per day after 72 hours

Possession of an Unauthorized or Duplicate Key

Number of Offenses

Fine

First offense

$100


Failure to pay fines can result in the assessment of additional charges and other action by the College.