Student Conduct

Students enrolled at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University are expected to conduct themselves properly at all times. They are expected to observe standards of behavior and integrity that will reflect favorably upon themselves, their families, and the University. They are further expected to abide by the laws of the city, state, and nation, and by all rules and regulations of the University.

Accordingly, any student who demonstrates an unwillingness to obey the rules and regulations that are prescribed or that may be prescribed to govern the student body will be placed on probation, suspended or expelled from the institution.

Sanctions

Sanctions of expulsion and suspension affect the student's academic status at the university. In order that students under suspension not contravene the terms of penalty, the Offices of Admissions, Cashier, Financial Aid, Graduate School, Registrar, Residence Life and University Police (as well as other university officials) will be notified in writing. During the suspension period, records remain flagged and transcripts held until students have complied with university-imposed sanctions until the period ends. In addition, a suspension or expulsion precludes matriculation at any UNC constituent institution. No credit earned at another institution during the suspension period shall be transferred to North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. A student under expulsion or suspension is subject to arrests for trespassing if found on university property. Students suspended or expelled from the university, for disciplinary reasons, are  not eligible for refunds and forfeit any funds previously paid.

Students who lose campus-housing privileges for disciplinary reasons, and have concerns about the financial ramifications, should contact the Office of Housing and Residence Life for guidelines and shall be governed by them.

Failure of Accused to Appear at a Hearing

Scheduled university judicial hearings will be held in absentia if a student or organization fails to present him/her or an organization. The administrative hearing body will convene and make a decision based on the evidence at the hearing.

Should sanctions result from a student's failure to present himself/herself or an organization’s failure to present for adjudication of a charge, the Offices of Admissions, Cashier, Financial Aid, Graduate School, Registrar, Residence Life and University Police (as well as other university officials) will be notified in writing and the student's and/or organizations records will be flagged. In addition, transcripts will not be released to persons outside the university until the student answers the charges.

Any one of the following sanctions or combinations may be imposed upon students and/or organizations:

Expulsion permanently severs the relationship of a student or organization with the university. With recommendation of a hearing panel, it will be imposed and can only be rescinded by the chancellor. This penalty will likely prevent a student's admission to any other institution of higher education;
 
Indefinite suspension severs the relationship of a student or organization with the university with no date established for the student or organization to return. A date at which time the student or organization may request reinstatement can be established or may be contingent on a student or organization fulfilling one or more stipulations (e.g. resolution of criminal matters pending in the courts, psychological evaluation);
 
Interim suspension calls for the immediate removal of a student or organization from the university when there is reasonable cause to believe that the alleged misconduct is of such a serious nature that his/her or its continued presence at the university is potentially dangerous to the health and safety of the university community, its property or educational mission. (In cases of violations of the Student Conduct Regulations, to invoke interim suspension, the vice chancellor for student affairs, or his/her designee, conducts a preliminary investigation and hearing with the student or organization, if possible. In cases of academic dishonesty, the provost/vice chancellor for academic affairs, or his/her designee, conducts an investigation. At the time, the student is  informed of the charges and given an opportunity to explain the circumstances);
 
Suspension severs the relationship of a student or organization with the university for a finite period, the terminal date of which coincides with the official ending of an academic semester or summer session;
 
Disciplinary Probation is a period of close scrutiny of a student or organization by the university during which his/her conduct is under review. Disciplinary probation is imposed for a specified period of time, the terminal date of which coincides with the official ending of an academic semester or summer session. Failure to meet the requirement of the probation or further  infractions of university policy may result in more severe sanctions, including suspension or expulsion from the university. Individuals on disciplinary probation are not eligible to hold office or membership in any student group or organization; and may not be eligible for certain employment positions or participation in other campus programs;

Warning is an official reprimand, which by formal written communication, gives official notice to a student or organization that any subsequent offense against the Student Conduct Regulations will likely result in more serious consequences. In cases involving violations of the Student Conduct Regulations, a copy of the letter is contained in files in the Division of Student Affairs or, in the case of academic dishonesty, with the vice chancellor for academic affairs and will be available as evidence of relevant past behavior to hearing panels;
 
In addition to the above, any one or a combination of the following may be recommended by a conduct hearing board and/or imposed by the vice chancellor for student affairs or dean of students in the Student Conduct Regulations or, in cases of academic dishonesty, the provost/vice chancellor for academic affairs:

  • requirement of participation in community service
  • restitution, where applicable
  • loss of campus housing
  • official notice that conviction of any other violation of the Student Conduct Regulations will result in suspension
  • prohibited from participating in organized groups or activities
  • counseling
  • conflict management training

The sanctions listed above are examples only and do not limit the discretion of conduct officers.

Sanctions against an organization for hazing shall be those penalties described in Section III of the N.C. A&T Student Handbook.

Students who are suspended must apply for re-admission.  After proper review of submission of all items specified in the sanction letter, the student will be notified when to contact the Office of Admissions about the process if he/she desires to return to N.C. A&T. Re-admission rules, regulations and decisions are governed by the Office of Admissions; neither the Division of Student Affairs nor the Office of the Dean of Students re-admits students.

Please note: During the suspension period, records will remain flagged and transcripts will be held until students have complied with university imposed sanctions and until the suspension period is over. In addition, suspensions and expulsions are uploaded to the UNC data base. A suspension or expulsion precludes matriculation at any UNC constituent institution.