February 15, 2019

Misconduct Sanctioning Panel (Student Misconduct)

Upon a finding of responsibility by the Title IX Office or the adjudicator, the SAR is forwarded to the Misconduct Sanctioning Panel for sanctioning.

A.  Composition

The Misconduct Sanctioning Panel is composed of three individuals. Two are staff or faculty designated by the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. One is an undergraduate or graduate student depending on the status of the Respondent. The undergraduate panel member will sanction cases involving undergraduate Respondents, the graduate panel member will sanction cases involving graduate Respondents.

The Misconduct Sanctioning Panel will be trained bi-annually by the Title IX Coordinator.

B.  Process

The Sanctioning Panel meets in a closed meeting. The Title IX Coordinator provides the SARs to be reviewed prior to the meeting. The SAR is redacted to delete the names and identifying information of the Reporting Party and Respondent.

The Title IX Coordinator is present during the meetings of the Misconduct Sanctioning Panel but does not have a vote in determining the specific sanctions.

The Misconduct Sanctioning Panel reviews the findings of fact and conclusions of policy violation(s) made by the Title IX Office or the adjudicator, and determines what disciplinary sanction is appropriate. There are no mandatory sanctions in this policy. The Misconduct Sanctioning Panel considers the totality of findings to assess the appropriate discipline in each individual case.

The Misconduct Sanctioning Panel does not reassess or re-evaluate the findings of fact or conclusions of policy violation made by the Title IX Office or the adjudicator. The role of the Sanctioning Panel is to determine what sanction is appropriate based on the conclusions of the Title IX Office or adjudicator.

The Title IX Coordinator will simultaneously provide both the Reporting Party and the Respondent the results of the Misconduct Sanctioning Panel in writing.

C.  Sanctions

Sanctions are based on the gravity of a Respondent’s actions and their university conduct record. Sanctions are designed to hold students accountable for their actions and to protect the safety of the university community.

Sanctions may include: expulsion, suspension (imposed or deferred), revocation of admission or degree, dismissal from an academic unit, removal from an individual course or section, disciplinary probation, mandated counseling, warning, restitution, restriction from university housing or employment, removal from specific activities, community reparations, and no contact orders. Other sanctions may be imposed. See SCampus, section B, 11.80 – 11.94 for more information on sanctions.

The university places a hold on registration or transcript release during an appeal if a Respondent has been found responsible. With the exception of cases involving expulsion or suspension, the transcript and registration hold is lifted after a final decision by the Appellate Panel and Vice President of Student Affairs or the period for filing an appeal has passed.

If the sanction is expulsion or suspension, a Respondent is immediately placed on interim suspension. This period of interim suspension counts towards the total suspension period. If the Misconduct Appellate Panel and Vice President for Student Affairs (see below) upholds the suspension or expulsion, or if no appeal is filed, the sanction will be documented on the Respondent’s academic record as taking effect on the date of written notice of the decision by the Misconduct Sanctioning Panel.

If the final sanction is expulsion, a permanent notation will appear on the student’s transcript. If the expulsion occurs during a semester in which a student is enrolled, the enrollment is canceled by the university resulting in marks of “W.”

If the final sanction is suspension, enrollment is cancelled and the student receives marks of “W” in all courses currently enrolled. The student is prohibited from performing any registration transactions during the period of suspension. The Vice President for Student Affairs or designee may remove the prohibition upon a showing of good cause to allow the student to register for courses after the period of suspension ends. Further, a notation will appear on the student’s transcript indicating the dates of suspension. Upon earning a degree from the university, the notation may be omitted.

During the period of suspension, a student may not complete academic work at another institution for consideration toward a USC degree. Any violation of policy or condition of suspension may result in expulsion.