Please see below, the disciplinary sanctions that the institute will impose on students and employees consistent with local, state, and federal law, and a description of those sanctions, up to and including expulsion or termination of employment and referral for prosecution for violations of the standards of conduct. A disciplinary sanction may include the completion of an appropriate rehabilitation program.
SUNY Potsdam will impose appropriate disciplinary sanctions on students found to be in violation of the Code of Student Conduct, Rights and Responsibilities.
Sanctions may be imposed after proper procedures have been followed if the preponderance of the evidence establishes a violation of prohibited conduct. Hearing Boards and Hearing Officers may impose any single sanction listed or any combination of them. These agencies may impose any other sanction not foreclosed by state and/or federal law, by this Code, or by the policies of the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York. When determining disciplinary sanctions, the Hearing Board or Hearing Officer shall consider a student's past disciplinary record. Repeat offenses, especially in the areas of alcohol or other drugs, have the potential for the recommendation of suspension or expulsion. Action by University judicial bodies does not preclude the possibility of action by civil authorities under the New York State Penal Code, New York State Alcoholic Beverage Control Law, or rules of the State Liquor Authority. Civil prosecution may be sought in addition to, or in lieu of, any referral to University judicial bodies.
Residence hall enforcement of any of the rules, regulations or laws regarding possession or consumption of alcohol by persons under the age of twenty-one years or any unlawful distribution of alcohol, or regarding any violation of applicable regulations by persons under the age of twenty-one years, shall be accomplished by University Police, the Office of Residence Life and the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards depending on the nature of the violation or circumstances. If possible, personnel of all departments should be involved in a decision to proceed with bringing charges against a student or students. Adjudication of cases shall be in accord with New York State Law and/or student conduct regulations.