General Behavior Penalties

1.   Computer Use Sanctions

Category A, Possible Sanctions

The user may be issued a verbal, E-mail, or hard copy warning that their actions were not acceptable. Any repeated Category A offense will be raised to a Category B offense.

Category B, Possible Sanctions

The user’s account or computer access (including access to the computer labs) may be suspended until a formal session with an ITS staff member has been attended. A copy of this document will be handed to the user with the specific area of offense highlighted. Any repeated Category B offense will be raised to a Category C offense.

Category C, Possible Sanctions

The user has committed an offense that warrants investigation and a formal report by the Dean of Students. The user’s account and computer access (including access to the computer labs) may be suspended. The user must attend a session with an ITS staff member. The ITS staff member will contact the Dean of Students to report the incident.

All computer privileges will continue to be suspended until the completion of the investigation and issuance of a report by the Dean of Students Office. In most cases, the appropriate Montana Western official will make the determination if computer privileges are to be returned to the user. Any repeated Category C offense will be raised to a Category D offense.

Category D, Possible Sanctions

Any user committing a Category D offense forfeits all rights to computer privileges. Any and all information requested by the Dean of Students Office, local, state, or federal law enforcement will be provided. If the user is found guilty of the offense under investigation, any future access to University computer resources must be first approved by the appropriate Montana Western official. The official may stipulate usage only under supervised circumstances.

2.   General Behavior Sanctions

(These also apply to Residence Hall and Family Housing violations)

  1. Sanctions may include any one or more or the following:
  • Expulsion

The student is permanently separated from the University and/or from University-owned or controlled property or events. This sanction requires an administrative review by the Vice Chancellor for Administration, Finance, and Student Affairs.

  • Suspension

The student is separated from the University for a specified period of time, and may also be excluded from participation in any University-sponsored activity. This sanction requires an administrative review by the Vice Chancellor for Administration, Finance, and Student Affairs.

  • Disciplinary Probation

The student continues attendance at Montana Western and is subject to restrictions and/or conditions imposed by the University for a specified period of time.

  • Disciplinary Warning

The student is warned that further misconduct may result in severe disciplinary sanctions.

  • Restitution

The student is required to make payment for damage to Montana Western as a result of violation of this Code.

  • Other Sanctions

In addition to or in lieu of the above, other sanctions may be imposed. For example, the student may be evicted from the Residence Halls or Family Housing, may be prohibited from attending campus events or participating in organized activities, and/or may be required to attend and complete classes, programs, workshops, or counseling dealing with specific behaviors, such as drug and alcohol abuse and sexual offenses, as conditions of current or future enrollment.

  • Community Service

Students may be required to perform a certain number of unpaid volunteer service hours.

b. Repeated or aggravated violation of this Code of Conduct may result in more severe disciplinary sanctions than any individual violation might warrant.

c. Committing any act prohibited by this Code of Conduct may result in expulsion or suspension from the University unless specific and mitigating factors are present. Factors to be considered in mitigation may include the present attitude and past disciplinary record of the offender, as well as the nature of the offense and the severity of any damage, injury, or harm resulting from it.

d. Notification of any sanction imposed is sent to appropriate University officials.

e. Readmission to Montana Western following General Misconduct suspension is dependent upon the student’s compliance with the conditions designated at the time of suspension and the student’s fitness to return to the campus community. These decisions are made by the Dean of Students upon consultation with appropriate professional staff on campus and/or in the community. Appropriate documentation, depending upon the nature of the original violation and the conditions of suspension, is required.

3. Temporary Suspension

Montana Western reserves the right to take necessary and appropriate action to protect the safety and well being of the campus community.

a. A student may be temporarily suspended from the University or evicted from University housing by the Dean of Students, pending disciplinary or criminal proceedings, such suspension or eviction to become immediately effective without prior notice whenever there is evidence that the student’s continued presence on the campus constitutes a threat to the student or others or to the continuance of normal University operations. In cases of temporary suspension or eviction, the student is given an opportunity to appear before the Dean of Students within five (5) working days from the effective date of the suspension or eviction in order to discuss the following issues:

  1. The reliability of the evidence against the student.
  2. Whether the alleged conduct and surrounding circumstances reasonably indicate that the student’s presence on campus constitutes a threat to others, or to the continuance of normal University operations.

b. Faculty members have the independent authority to exclude a student from any class session in which the student displays disruptive behavior that threatens the learning environment or safety and well being of others in the classroom. The student remains eligible to return to the next class session. The faculty member maintains the authority to remove the student from each class session during which the student is disruptive. The student may be suspended permanently from a class upon recommendation of the Dean of Students under the disciplinary procedures outlined in this Code.