What will happen after the disciplinary process?


  • In cases involving GVSU faculty, staff or students, when there is a finding of responsibility on one or more of the allegations of violation of the University Interim Policy Prohibiting Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation, & Sexual Misconduct (including Sexual Assault, Intimate Partner Violence, Stalking, & Sexual Exploitation), the decision-makers will review any previously submitted party impact statements and any pertinent conduct history and will determine the appropriate sanction(s). The sanctions remain the same whether Process A or Process B is followed.
  • Sanctions will be implemented as soon as is feasible, either upon the outcome of any appeal or the expiration window to appeal without an appeal being requested.
  • Sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking are criminal acts which are subject to criminal and civil penalties under federal and state law.

The range of sanctions that may be imposed on Students:

  • Warning: A formal statement that the conduct was unacceptable and a warning that further violation of any GVSU policy, procedure, or directive will result in more severe sanctions/responsive actions. 
  • Professional Assessment: Completion of a professional assessment that could help the respondent or GVSU ascertain the respondent's outgoing supervision or support needed to successfully participate in the GVSU community. 
  • Probation: A written reprimand for violation of the institutional policy, providing for more severe disciplinary sanctions in the event that the student is found in violation of any institutional policy, procedure, or directive within a specified period of time. Terms of the probation will be articulated and may include denial of specified social privileges, exclusion from co-curricular activities, exclusion from designated areas of campus, no-contact orders, and/or other measures deemed appropriate. 
  • Suspension: Termination of student status for a definite period of time not to exceed two years and/or until specific criteria are met. 
  • Expulsion: Permanent termination of student status and revocation of rights to be on campus for any reason or to attend GVSU-sponsored events. 
  • Withholding Diploma: GVSU may withhold a student's diploma for a specified period of time and/or deny a student participation in commencement activities.  
  • Other Actions: In addition to or in place of the above sanctions, GVSU may assign any other sanctions as deemed appropriate. 

The range of sanctions that may be imposed on Employees

  • Warning - written
  • Performance improvement plan
  • Enhanced supervision, observation or review
  • Required training or education
  • Probation
  • Denial of pay increase/pay grade
  • Loss of oversight or supervisory responsibility
  • Demotion
  • Transfer
  • Reassignment
  • Delay of tenure track progress
  • Assignment to new supervisor
  • Restriction of stipends, research, and/or professional development resources
  • Suspension with pay
  • Suspension without pay
  • Termination
  • Other Actions: In addition to or in place of the above sanctions, GVSU may assign any other sanctions as deemed appropriate.

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