New Discipline Sanctions - SUNY Guidelines

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Dear SUNY Fredonia Students,

State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras has announced SUNY-wide standards for violators of COVID-19 safety protocols to strengthen penalties for reckless behavior and non-compliance. The comprehensive policy, drafted in consultation with campuses across the system, provides new uniform rules for campus leadership, and is designed to help SUNY’s campuses protect the public health of students, faculty, staff, and community members, and ensure campuses can remain open during the pandemic. Student violators now face immediate academic and housing suspension, as well as possible dismissal, and student organizations in noncompliance face a permanent campus ban.

“I have spoken with our SUNY campus leadership and they know both what is at risk as well as their role in preventing new COVID-19 cases by enforcing health and safety protocols,” said Chancellor Malatras. “Intentional or otherwise, there continues to be some individuals violating these critical measures on campuses, increasing the chances of spreading the coronavirus and shutting down on-campus activity. We want all of our students to have fun and enjoy campus life, but we must do so safely. While a vast majority of our students are complying with the rules, we cannot let a few people ruin it for everyone. We all must remain vigilant and help protect each other from this health crisis, and I know so many more of our students are doing so than not. However, in this case, we need full compliance and by approving SUNY’s emergency COVID-19 violation policy, I am supporting campus enforcement to make sure all students follow the rules. It is my hope that all students will comply, and campuses will not need to impose any sanctions.”

"Having a uniform set of sanctions creates a clear, consistent message to students across SUNY, including here at Fredonia," said Fredonia Director of Student Conduct Lisa Newell. "We are very pleased that a vast majority of Fredonia students are willingly and happily abiding by the rules to slow the spread of COVID-19. But, it is also good for students to know the repercussions they will face if they choose to ignore the rules." 

Campuses are required to begin communicating the new policy to students, which becomes effective on campuses no later than October 1, 2020 and remain in place until further action by the SUNY Chancellor.

The policy sets a range of allowable sanctions for the infractions listed below. Allowable sanctions include a suspension from academic and/or housing access with continued access to their academic program via remote learning only (if available and as subject to campus policy and process), an academic and/or housing suspension, or permanent dismissal from the institution. For the full SUNY policy, click here.

  • Intentional Violations of COVID-Positive Students: For students who know that they have tested positive for COVID-19 or know they have had close contact to someone who has tested positive or been treated or is symptomatic for COVID-19, and then intentionally expose other students. The available sanctions shall be permanent dismissal or suspension from academic access (including distance learning) and housing for no less than one calendar year. 
  • Failure to Self-Isolate: For students who fail to self-isolate (because they are COVID-19 positive) as directed by their SUNY campus or the State or local Department of Health.The available sanctions shall be permanent dismissal or suspension from academic access and housing for no less than one calendar year. A student dismissed or suspended from a SUNY campus for a failure to self isolate violation shall be ineligible for admission to any other SUNY institution during the pendency of their sanction. 
  • Failure to Quarantine: For students who have been directed by the institution or the State or local Department of Health to complete a quarantine (potentially positive because of a close contact with someone who is positive) period, on or off campus, and then engage in any conduct that would violate such quarantine order. The available sanctions shall include a suspension from housing with continued access to their academic program via remote learning only (if available and as subject to campus policy and process), an academic and housing suspension, or permanent dismissal from the institution. For non-residential students who fail to quarantine, the available sanctions shall include a suspension from academic access to campus of at least one year with continued access to their academic program via remote learning only (if available and as subject to campus policy and process) and other sanctions detailed above
  • Prohibited On-Campus or Off-Campus Gathering (Hosts): For students who host an on-campus or off-campus gathering of any size, whether indoor or outdoor, that violates campus policy and/or exceeds the current limitation published by the SUNY campus, Executive Order, or the State or local Department of Health. The available sanctions shall include a suspension from housing of at least one year with continued access to their academic program via remote learning only (if available and as subject to campus policy and process), an academic and housing suspension of at least one year, or permanent dismissal from the institution. Fredonia has determined that gathering at an off campus residence beyond two times the official capacity of that residence, would be unreasonable, therefore in violation of these guidelines.
  • Prohibited On-Campus or Off-Campus Gathering (Attendees): For students who attend a gathering of any size (but not as host), whether indoor or outdoor, that violates campus policy and/or exceeds the current limitation published by the SUNY campus, Executive Order, or the State or local Department of Health. The available sanctions shall include a suspension from housing (for students who live on campus) with continued access to their academic program via remote learning only (if available and as subject to campus policy and process), for residential or non-residential students a suspension from live attendance with continued access to their academic program via remote learning only (if available and as subject to campus policy and process), an academic and housing suspension, or permanent dismissal from the institution. Fredonia has determined that any amount of individuals present at an off campus residence beyond two times the official capacity of that residence, would be unreasonable, therefore in violation of these guidelines.
  • Violations of Face Mask and Social Distancing Requirements: For students found to have committed repeated and/or intentional violations of face mask/covering or social distancing requirements of the campus, Executive Order, or the State or local Department of Health. The available sanctions shall include a suspension from academic and/or housing access with continued access to their academic program via remote learning only (if available and as subject to campus policy and process), an academic and/or housing suspension, or permanent dismissal from the institution. 
  • Contact Tracing: For students who repeatedly fail to comply, whether intentionally or unintentionally (unless it can be shown that the student was genuinely not reached by contact tracers through no failure on their part), with COVID-19 contact tracing efforts conducted by the institution or the State or local Department of Health, the available sanctions shall include a suspension from academic and/or housing access with continued access to their academic program via remote learning only (if available and as subject to campus policy and process), an academic and/or housing suspension, or permanent dismissal from the institution.
  • Failure to Comply with Campus Health Protocols: For students who fail to attend at least two scheduled appointments, without sufficient excuse, to obtain diagnostic or surveillance COVID-19 testing under the campus’s published protocol, or for students who fail to submit their daily health screening via the campus’s portal for at least three consecutive days, the college shall undertake disciplinary action to enforce compliance, including interim suspension, or administrative measures to electronically deactivate card access and restrict access to any buildings with the exception of access required to obtain health care services pursuant to campus policy.

This policy is part of SUNY’s three-pronged approach to address the COVID-19 crisis to keep campuses open including: SUNY-wide testing, uniform data transparency, and uniform enforcement.

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