University Sanctions

Any violation of the University’s Drug and Alcohol Policy may be disciplined in accordance with the University’s disciplinary procedures for students and for employees. Further, the University may refer the student or employee for criminal prosecution. Any sanction imposed by the University is independent of, and is in addition to, any penalty imposed in connection with a criminal conviction.

The sanctions that may be imposed on a student include, but are not limited to, probation, and suspension, dismissal and expulsion from University housing and/or the University. The sanctions imposed on an employee may include the termination of his or her employment.

The sanctions described below are illustrative of the range and severity of sanctions that may be imposed on a student, but they do not constitute a complete list of the possible sanctions. In determining a sanction, the University will consider the nature and severity of the violation, the impact of the transaction on the Pace community as well as on the community at large, and the student’s disciplinary history.

Controlled Substances. Violations of the University’s Drug and Alcohol Policy relating to the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of controlled substances, even if a first offense, are considered to be extremely serious. Such violations may result in more severe disciplinary sanctions, even if there is no harm to the student, others, or property, than if the violation related to the use of alcohol. In addition to probation, suspension, dismissal or expulsion, the student may be fined up to $200, and referred to a drug use assessment and required to comply with any recommendations.

Alcohol. There are 3 levels of alcohol violations. Greater sanctions may be imposed for each successively higher level of violation:

Level 1. Generally, a first violation and there is no harm to the student, others, or property. Sanctions include, but are not limited to, an admonition; a probationary period; participation in an alcohol prevention program (e.g., Alcohol 101); a fine of $100 or, in lieu of a fine, submitting to an alcohol use assessment and complying with any recommendations; and, community service.

Level 2. Generally, a repeat violation or a first violation that caused harm to the student, others, or property. Sanctions include, but are not limited to, submitting to an alcohol use assessment and complying with any recommendations; a probationary period; suspension, dismissal or expulsion from the University and/or University housing; a $200 fine; and, community service.

Level 3. Generally, a repeat violation indicative of a pattern of inappropriate behavior including disregarding previous admonitions, or a serious first or second violation involving harm to the student, others, or property. Sanctions include, but are not limited to, suspension, dismissal or expulsion from the University and/or University housing; a probationary period; a $300 fine; community service; and, submitting to an alcohol use assessment and complying with any recommendations