When a Respondent is found to be in violation of one or more sections of the Code of Student Conduct, the Conduct Administrator or board will in most cases issue one or more sanctions.

Sanctions are educational or restorative activities, statuses, fines/fees, or limitations of privileges that must be completed or complied with by a due date or within a specified time frame.

Why Do We Sanction?

Our philosophy 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. Conduct Administrators decide which sanctions to issue based on the severity of the violation(s), whether the Respondent has a record of previous violations, and what sanctions have typically been issued for students found Responsible for similar violations.

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 Activities

  • Alcohol/Drug Education Program;
  • Reflection Paper;
  • Research Project;
  • Interview Assignment;
  • Online Education Program.

Status Sanctions

  • Disciplinary Warning (for a period of time);
  • Disciplinary Probation (for a period of time);
  • Residence Hall Suspension/Dismissal;
  • Delayed Degree Conferral;
  • Hold on Account for Incomplete Sanctions;
  • University Suspension/Dismissal.


  • Restitution;
  • Fines, Program Fees;
  • Informal Noise Resolution Letter;
  • Letter of Apology;
  • Redhawk Mentors Program;
  • Residence Hall Bulletin Board or Program.

Limitation/Loss of Privilege

  • Restricted Access to Campus Buildings;
  • Loss of Eligibility to Serve in Leadership Roles;
  • Prohibited to Attend an Event;
  • No Communication Order;
  • Loss of Guest Privileges.