If a student is found responsible for violating the Code of Student Conduct, sanctions will be applied.

Sanctions imposed are based on a consideration of the following factors:

  • The nature of the violation;
  • The severity of the damage, injury, or harm resulting from the behavior;
  • The student’s past disciplinary history;
  • Mitigating circumstances; and
  • Aggravating circumstances, which may include bias-motivation

Sanctions serve a variety of purposes. The most common sanctions utilized are educational sanctions, which allow the student to learn more about the expectations of the University. Below are the two types of sanctions used at Northeastern.

Active Sanctions: Educational sanctions that require the student to take action. These include, but are not limited to attending a seminar, writing research or reflection papers, performing mandated service, or paying a monetary fine.

Inactive Sanctions: Sanctions that, by themselves, do not require the student to take action. These include, but are not limited to, written warnings, disciplinary probation, deferred suspension, suspension, and expulsion. These sanctions may put restrictions on students or their student status, such as limiting access to campus recreational facilities, residence or dining halls, or the ability to hold student leadership positions.

Please refer to the Code of Student Conduct for more information about the sanctioning process at Northeastern University.