What Are Sanctions?

Sanctions are intended to offer students opportunities to engage, discern, and grow in their experiences at Seattle University. Whenever possible, staff will work with students to identify what sanctions will be most impactful for a students' learning and context, while also attempting to offer similar outcomes for similar situations.

Conduct Administrators and Review Boards decide which sanctions to assign based on the nature of the violation(s), what will be meaningful for a student's experience, whether the student has a record of previous integrity formation incidents, and what sanctions have typically been issued for students found Responsible for similar violations. Students are required to complete their assigned sanctions, and failure to complete an assigned sanction as assigned may result in additional disciplinary action.

Our Goals through Sanctions

  • To create and support a positive, safe, and academically-focused campus community
  • To offer a developmental and reflective experience for students
  • To provide life skills and wellness education;
  • To help students think critically about decision-making, community impact, and personal accountability
  • To maintain a sense of consistency on campus for incidents of a similar nature.

Examples of Sanctions at Seattle University 


Educational and Reflective  Restorative and Transformative
  • Online education program
  • Alcohol/Drug Education Program
  • Reflection paper
  • Research paper
  • Interview assignment

*Some educational activities have a program fee associated

  • Restitution
  • Policy review or change proposal
  • Poster Campaign
Status Sanctions Inactive and Other
  • Disciplinary warning (for a period of time)
  • Disciplinary probation (for a period of time)
  • Residence hall suspension/dismissal
  • Hold on account for incomplete sanctions
  • University suspension/dismissal
  • Restricted access to campus buildings
  • Loss of eligibility to serve in leadership roles
  • Involvement in clubs and activities
  • No communication order
  • Loss of guest privileges