Recommended sanctions have been adopted by the College to respond to substance abuse-related violations of the Student Conduct Code and other serious behaviors. Roanoke College is deeply concerned about the extent to which some students engage in underage consumption of alcohol, unlawful use of drugs, and/or consumption of alcohol or other drugs to a degree that renders them in need of emergency medical intervention or other extraordinary assistance. In addition, the College seeks to deter students from engaging in conduct that poses risks to the safety and well-being of the individual student and/or the College community as a whole. Recommended sanctions are intended to alert students and other members of the College community to the seriousness of alcohol and drug-related behaviors, violence, and safety violations; provide meaningful consequences for violations of College expectations; and, ensure that students are provided opportunities to access education, counseling, and support.
Student Conduct Code violations not described below will be handled on a case-by-case basis in light of all the circumstances. Other specific situations to which recommended sanctions do not apply are as follows:
a. where a student is found to have engaged in multiple violations of the Student Conduct Code in a single incident, rather than solely in the violation addressed by the standard sanction;
b. where a student is already on a conduct sanction status equal to or greater than the standard sanction for a subsequent offense; and/or
c. where a specific incident presents exacerbating circumstances, an ongoing risk to persons or property, or other serious concerns.
In these situations, the appropriate sanctions will be determined on a case-by-case basis in light of all the circumstances. Generally, these situations will result in sanctions in excess of the recommended sanction. The presence of substantial mitigating or other appropriate circumstances may result in the reduction of a standard sanction at the discretion of the Student Conduct Administrator.