PPM 9-14, Disciplinary Actions

Responsible Office: Office of Admissions


This policy outlines standards of behavior for which faculty members may be disciplined and possible disciplinary actions.


2.1 PPM Section 9, Academic Freedom, Rights, Responsibilities, and Due Process


3.1 In an informal conciliatory meeting, the responsible administrator overseeing the case is authorized to impose, or in a formal hearing the Faculty Board of Review is authorized to recommend, the following punitive disciplinary actions under this code:

3.1.1 Verbal censure
3.1.2 Written reprimand
3.1.3 Probation (not exceeding one year), to which reasonable provisions may be attached
3.1.4 Suspension with pay (not exceeding one semester)
3.1.5 Suspension without pay (not exceeding one year)
3.1.6 Restitution (payment for property damages, services lost, etc.)
3.1.7 Reassignment of duties
3.1.8 Acceptance of resignation of the respondent
3.1.9 Dismissal of respondent

A combination of any of the above may be imposed, providing the action is less than dismissal. In addition, the respondent may be required to make restitution or remedy a situation created by the respondent's violation of University policy.

3.2 In the event that a respondent is charged with a serious offense affecting the public interest and pending the outcome of the due process proceedings contained in this manual, the President, in consultation with the chair of the Faculty Board of Review, may suspend the respondent from professional duties upon written notification to the respondent and to the Board of Trustees. This suspension shall remain in effect until such time as the respondent has resigned, the charges have been dismissed, or other disciplinary action resulting from a formal hearing has been undertaken. The respondent shall draw a salary during suspension, but in the event the offense charged is substantiated and the respondent is not reinstated, the salary drawn during suspension shall be returned to the University within a reasonable time thereafter.

3.3 When the responsible administrator or the Faculty Board of Review determines that the violation does not call for punitive disciplinary action and they are reasonably assured that subsequent violations by the respondent would not occur, they are authorized to consider such nonpunitive actions as guidance, counseling, therapy, leaves, voluntary resignation, or early retirement.

3.4 The disciplinary action should reflect the seriousness of the violation.

3.5 Disciplinary action will be employed when it has been determined that a violation has occurred, and its imposition may serve to:

3.5.1 Assure self-improvement and reform
3.5.2 Deter violations by the respondent
3.5.3 Reinforce academic freedom and the rights and responsibilities of faculty members by demonstrating that violations of the standards set forth in this document (PPMs 9-3 through 9-8) cannot be tolerated and will be judiciously prosecuted within the academic community

3.6 Dismissal may be imposed only on the findings that a respondent is incompetent or professionally unfit or that the respondent's actions or behavior has not met the responsibilities as set forth in PPMs 9-2 through 9-8.

3.7 Independent of conviction, acquittal, or dismissal of a charge in a court of law, the respondent shall not be subject to disciplinary action under these provisions, unless the same act(s) raise serious question(s) about the respondent's compliance with the professional standards outlined in PPMs 9-3 through 9-8.



Revision History  

Creation Date: 3-7-74

Amended: 12-7-87