Moral virtue is the product of habituation. "Ethics" comes from the Greek word "ethos," which means habit. Aristotle described the process as follows: "We become just by doing just acts, temperate by- doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts." Moral virtue is good character, and a good character is formed not through moral instruction or personal self-discovery but through the regular repetition of right actions.
-James Q. Wilson
Part of life in a community is personal responsibility and accountability. This accountability is also a part of the training you receive as part of our community to prepare for life outside the University, where ramifications for actions and decisions are far more serious and permanent.
If you are found responsible for violating the University Code of Conduct or residential life policy, sanctions are typically assigned to you via a "sanction letter" from your hearing officer. This is the University's way of holding you accountable. Completing sanctions is a signal that you have taken a responsible and mature approach to your actions and the adjudication process. Sanctions are meant to assist in the education of students on our community's standards.
Sanctions must be completed on time and completely. Failure to do so is itself a violation of our code of conduct and can result in further adjudication, something that you should avoid.
Some examples of sanctions (additional and authoritative information on sanctions can be found in the Student Handbook and/or the Office of Residential Life Handbook):
Written Warning: a common sanction for low-level violations and a reminder to avoid the infraction in future. Work Hours or Service Hours: often, you will be assigned a certain number of hours working in service to the University or other students, often in an area related to your violation.
Parent Notification: especially for first year students, notification to your parents is an important element of the adjudication process. Parents are considered a partner in working with you when more serious violations of our community's standards occur. These includes alcohol and illegal drug-related violations. Residence Hall Probation: for serious violations of policy. Probation may entail removal from the housing lottery (see your hearing officer).
Very serious violations of policy or repeat violation of the code of conduct that give the University the indication that you are not prepared or willing to live by the standards to which you have committed can entail dismissal from housing, suspension from the University or expulsion. More information on these sanctions can be found in the Student Handbook.