Non-Academic Disciplinary Proceedings
July 2002 - June 2003

This report highlights the resolution of allegations of violations of the Standards of Student Conduct from the first and second semesters of the 2002-2003 academic year. The non-academic disciplinary procedures involve either the referral of a case to a non-disciplinary resolution (e.g., mediation, a warning, a dean’s conference), a hearing with a dean in the Office of Student Life, or a hearing before the University Disciplinary Council.

The report is presented in two six-month periods: July, 2002 through December, 2002 (236 cases) and January, 2003 through June, 2003 (260 cases) for a total of 496 cases for the year.


7/02-12/02 1/03-6/03 Total Cases
Non-disciplinary dispositions:

Mediations: 6 2 8
Warnings: 11 31 42
Dean’s Conferences: 3 13 16
Investigations (ongoing): 1 1 2
Investigations (no action): 1 1 2
Total: 22 48 70



7/02-12/02 1/03-6/03 Total Cases
Disciplinary dispositions:

Dean's Hearings: 198 206 404
Student Organization Hearings: 13 5 18
University Disciplinary Council Hearings: 3 1 4
Total: 214 212 426

A few comments about the details presented in this report may be helpful. Because the activity captured in this report occurred prior to the revisions to the non-academic disciplinary procedures that were implemented on July 1, 2003, this report does not contain any information about the newly established Peer Community Standards Board. Also, by providing some detail in UDC level cases, we hope to educate the Brown community regarding the outcomes of behavior that negatively impacts the University or its members. In order to maintain the confidentiality of the accused student, however, some details of the case are not provided. Finally, the work represented in these hearings is both time-consuming and complex. Much appreciation is extended to the following campus members who provide this invaluable service to Brown: the deans in Campus Life who hear and manage discipline cases; the UDC faculty, deans, and students; the administrative staff in the Office of Student Life who support this effort.

 

Dean's Hearings

Matters that do not warrant separation from the University and/or a permanent record notation are resolved through Dean’s Hearings. If the dean who hears a case determines that a violation of the Standards of Student Conduct occurred, the dean imposes a sanction. In determining an appropriate sanction, the dean considers the nature of the offense, the evidence and testimony available, and the student’s prior disciplinary record, if any. Because a student’s prior record is considered in determining an appropriate sanction, often similar violations result in different outcomes.

Dean’s Hearings resulted in the following sanctions:


7/02-12/02 1/03-6/03 Total
No finding of a violation: 23 58 81
Reprimand: 100 51 151
Limited Probation: 50 57 107
Probation: 19 35 54
Charges withdrawn: 4 0 4
Open cases: 2 5 7

Typical incidents include possession and/or consumption of alcohol while under the legal drinking age, theft, harassment, entering the room of another student without authorization, vandalism, disruptive off-campus parties, being responsible for the behavior of a guest, provision and/or sale of alcohol to others under the legal drinking age, alcohol related behavior, disruption in the residence halls, lying to a DPS officer, possession and/or use of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, fire safety violations, possession of a keg in a residence hall, smoking in a residence hall, damaging University and personal property, pet policy violations, being on a roof of a University building, failing to comply with the proper directives of a DPS officer, possessing and/or burning a candle in a residence hall, violation of quiet hours, entering/leaving a University building through a window, sexual misconduct (inappropriate touching), possession of a weapon on campus, computing policy violations, parking policy violations, pushing another student, using fireworks, entering University facilities without authorization, throwing objects out of a window, violating the terms of probation.

In addition to the forms of sanctions listed above for Dean's Hearings, some cases resulted in fines, restitution, alcohol and other education/counseling, community restitution, reflective writing assignments, parental notification, and University file entry (removed upon graduation).

 

Student Organization Hearings

Alleged violations of University policies and procedures by student organizations are resolved through Student Organization Hearings.

Student Organization Hearings resulted in the following sanctions:


7/02-12/02 1/03-6/03 Total
No finding of a violation: 4 1 5
Reprimand: 3 2 5
Social Probation: 3 2 5
Community Restitution: 1 0 1
Probation: 2 0 2

These incidents involved damaging University property, theft, providing alcohol to underage drinkers, harassing behavior, possessing a keg in a residence hall, hazing, violating the social function policy, fire safety violations, conducting unauthorized social functions.

 

University Disciplinary Council Hearings

Matters that may warrant separation from the University and/or a permanent record notation are resolved through University Disciplinary Council (UDC) Hearings. If the UDC determines that a violation of the Standards of Student Conduct occurred, the Council recommends an appropriate sanction to the Dean for Campus Life. When determining an appropriate sanction, the Council considers the nature of the offense, the evidence and testimony available, and whether or not the student has a prior disciplinary record.

Case Allegations Charges Findings Sanction
1 Being abusive, threatening, and/or intimidating to another Brown student. Offenses IV and XI Not responsible for the offenses. No sanction
2 Entering and refusing to leave another student's room; assaulting another student, causing him injuries; being abusive, threatening, and intimidating toward another student; drinking alcohol while under the legal drinking age; being under the influence of alcohol during the incident. Offenses II.a., II.c., IV, V.a., and V.c. Responsible for violating Offenses II.a., II.c., IV, and V.a.

Not responsible for Offense V.c.

University Sanction for two regular semesters, parental notification; non-permanent University file entry, evaluation / treatment related to ability to control temper.
3 Drinking alcohol while under the legal drinking age; threatening other Brown students with a knife; lying to a DPS officer; being in possession of a knife in a residence hall; being in possession of bottled beer in a residence hall; placing one’s hands on a Providence police officer; failing to comply with the directives of a DPS officer; being under the influence of alcohol during the incident. Offense II.a., IV, V.a., V.c., VII, IX, and X.a. Responsible for violating Offenses II.a., IV, V.a., V.c., VII, and IX.

Not responsible for Offense X.a.

Probation for two semesters, parental notification, non-permanent University file entry, evaluation / treatment related to alcohol use.
4 Being in possession of and/or using alcohol in a residence hall room while under the legal drinking age; being disruptive in a residence hall room; being in possession of marijuana; providing marijuana to others; drinking bottled beer in the residence halls while under the legal drinking age; being under the influence of alcohol and/or marijuana during the incident. Student was under University Sanction at the time of the incident. Offense II.c., V.a., V.b., IX, and XI Responsible for violating Offenses V.a., V.b., and XI.

Not responsible for Offenses II.c. and IX.

Suspension for one semester; requirement to continue to follow an alcohol and drug abuse treatment plan; trespassed from all University property; parental notification; non-permanent University file entry.



Margaret A. Jablonski
Dean for Campus Life
October 2003