What Are Sanctions?

The purpose in issuing sanctions is to educate students about the impact of their decisions, to repair harm, to prevent further objectionable behavior, and to rebuild trust. Sanctions are educational, development, restorative, transformative, or deterrent measures assigned when a Respondent has been found responsible for a violation of the Code.


Conduct Administrators and Review Board Chairs decide which sanctions to issue based on the nature of the violation(s), whether the student has a record of previous violations, and what sanctions have typically been issued for students found Responsible for similar violations. Sanctions are mandatory 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
  • Letter of apology 
  • Redhawk Mentors Program
  • Policy review or change proposal
  • Thank you letter
  • Poster Campaign
Status SanctionsInactive 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