Disciplinary Sanctions

Any violations of the conduct standards may result in a complaint being filed against the student. The Provost, Associate Deans, or Directors of Education at clinical sites may, at their discretion, immediately suspend a student pending a hearing on the charges. Violations are subject to disciplinary action, up to and including, suspension or dismissal from the University. Students found in violation of the codes of student conduct and/or University policies and procedures may have one or more sanctions as described below. The list does not exclude other actions that may be directed by the Provost.

Students may be asked to participate in a Conduct Investigation as the respondent or possible witnesses. Students who are asked to participate should keep all related matters and conversations confidential throughout the investigation. Violation of confidentiality is a breach of the student code of conduct and may result in disciplinary action.


A reprimand is an oral or written notification to the student that continuation of wrongful conduct may result in more severe disciplinary penalties. Whether oral or written, the reprimand will be noted in the student’s file. The Student Non-Professional Conduct Report may be used to document violations of behavioral conduct. A reprimand may also include the following sanctions:

  • Verbal Warning: A verbal admonition to the student by a University faculty, administration, or staff member that his/her behavior is inappropriate. A verbal warning will be noted in the student’s file for a designated period of time and expunged, at the discretion of the Associate/Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, if no further violations occur;
  • Disciplinary Warning: Formal notice to a student that his/her action and/or behavior have not met University standards. This sanction remains in effect for a designated period of time and may be expunged from the student file at the discretion of the Associate/Assistant Dean of Student Affairs;
  • Restitution: Payment made for damages or losses to the University directed by an adjudicating body; or 
  • Restriction or Revocation of Privileges: The temporary or permanent loss of privileges, including, but not limited to, the use of a particular University facility, visitation privileges, and parking privileges. 

Disciplinary Probation

Disciplinary probation is a period of time during which a student has the opportunity to demonstrate that they can effectively cease behavioral misconduct. Probation can be for any period of time. 
While on probation, the student is prohibited from:

  • Holding office in any University organization, clubs, or student government;
  • Attending international medical mission trips; 
  • Being elected to any honorary position.

Additionally, students holding leadership office may be removed from their positions.

During probation for disciplinary reasons, the student must show appropriate behavioral, professional, and personal conduct as defined in the conditions of his or her probation. The student may be required to seek professional behavior modification, education, or counseling. Additionally, the student is required to refrain from any further violation of the code and may be required to comply with any other requirements intended to rehabilitate the student.  If, while on probation, the student violates the terms of his or her probation, actions may be taken up to and including dismissal from the University.


Suspension bars a student from attending school for a defined period of time with revocation of all other privileges or activities, including the privilege of entering the campus for a specified period of time. Suspension is included in the calculation of the college’s established time limit for completing all graduation requirements.
In clinical years, suspension can be imposed for the remainder of the current clerkship and/or future additional clerkships. Readmission will not be entertained until the suspension period is completed and is subject to approval of the Dean or Provost. The student is barred from the campus and University-affiliated sites without specific approval during the time of the suspension.

Other Appropriate Actions

Disciplinary action not specifically outlined above, but approved through the Dean or the Associate/Assistant Dean of Student Affairs or their designee.