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Additional Standards, Procedures, and Consequences
VII. Additional Standards, Procedures, and Consequences
The following consequences may be imposed without or before the institution of any of the procedures specified in Section V of the Code:
- Informal admonition – An oral or written admonition issued by a Residence Life or other Student Affairs staff member, Public Safety Officer, or other RISD official resulting from the student's apparent misconduct. No formal charge, hearing, or other procedure is required before the issuance of an informal admonition.
An informal admonition will not be considered to be, or reported as, a disciplinary sanction, but may be considered in any subsequent hearings, either as the basis for a charge of noncompliance under Section IV(C)(11) of the Code or as an aggravating factor in determining the appropriate consequence for violation of another, separate violation of the Code.
- Interim Suspension, Restriction, or Prohibition – A temporary suspension of a student from all or designated portions of campus, restriction of a student from participation in designated programs and activities, or prohibition of a student from having contact with designated persons during the pendency of a proceeding under the Code.
Any such consequence may be imposed by the Senior Vice President for Students and Enrollment, the Dean of Student Affairs, the Associate Dean of Student Affairs, the Director of Residence Life, or the Coordinator of Student Conduct whenever he or she has reasonable cause to believe that the student poses a significant risk of substantial harm to the health, safety, or well-being of others or to property, and may include and be subject to any additional terms and conditions that the official imposing the consequence deems necessary or appropriate in light of the potential harm.
Any such consequence will remain in effect until the conclusion of the relevant proceeding, including any appeals, or such earlier time as the official imposing the consequence determines, in his or her discretion, that it is no longer necessary or appropriate.
- Administrative Withdrawal, Suspension, Restriction, or Prohibition – The withdrawal of a student from RISD, suspension of a student from all or designated portions of campus, restriction of a student from participation in designated programs and activities, or prohibition of a student from having contact with designated persons, with or without additional terms and conditions.
Any such consequence may be imposed by the Dean of Student Affairs whenever he or she finds that:
(1) there is clear and convincing evidence that the student poses a significant risk of substantial harm to the health, safety, or well-being of the student, others, or property, and
(2) the consequence to be imposed is the least restrictive measure sufficient to address the risk posed.
It is not a prerequisite to the imposition of any such consequence that the student be charged with or suspected of violating any of the standards of conduct set forth in Section IV of the Code.
Before imposing any such consequence, the Dean of Student Affairs must notify the student that such a consequence is being considered and give the student an opportunity to respond, unless the nature of the perceived risk requires immediate action, and may consult with any other persons whom the Dean of Student Affairs deems appropriate under the circumstances.
A student who has been subjected to such a consequence may petition the Dean of Student Affairs at any time for modification or removal of the consequence. Any such petition must include supporting evidence that the reasons for the imposition of the consequence no longer exist and will not recur and that the student meets all normal requirements for readmission. Upon receipt of such a petition, the Dean of Student Affairs will evaluate the evidence and may consult with the student and/or others he or she deems appropriate. The Dean of Student Affairs may on that basis deny the petition, grant the petition in whole or in part under specified conditions, or grant the petition in whole or in part without condition.
- Withdrawal from a Class – The withdrawal of a student from a specified class. The Dean of Student Affairs may grant such withdrawal upon request of the relevant Department Head, and after consultation with both the relevant instructor and relevant student, if the Dean of Student Affairs determines that the student has engaged in substantial disruption of the class to the detriment of teaching and learning, has continued to do so after warning, and is unwilling or unlikely to stop doing so voluntarily.