Active Sanctions – Action/Assessment


Pavela Academic Integrity Seminar

  • Description: Comprehensive online academic integrity seminar in which the student completes various readings and writes reflective essays under the guidance of an individual tutor (takes 5 to 15 hours to complete)
  • Appropriate for: Academic integrity violations
  • Not appropriate for: Non-academic violations
  • Availability: No restrictions
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Note: The student is responsible for the $100 fee for this seminar. The seminar is available in English and in Mandarin.
  • Instructions to student (included with sanction letter): You are required to complete an academic integrity seminar offered by IntegritySeminar.org. You are responsible for the $100 fee for this seminar. This seminar will be conducted in writing and you will be assigned an individual tutor who will communicate with you via e-mail and/or Skype. The instructor will not review or have access to your disciplinary file. All communications from your instructor will also be copied to the Office of Student Conduct. You will receive detailed instructions for completing the seminar and a set of readings (all available online). Many students complete the seminar over one weekend, but we recommend starting the readings immediately.”

Written Ethics Workshop

  • Description: Workshop in which student responds in writing to various ethical scenarios
  • Appropriate for: Circumstances in which the student has demonstrated an inability to understand the impact of their actions upon other individuals or the University community
  • Not appropriate for: First-time offenders who have demonstrated an understanding of the ramifications of their actions
  • Availability: No restrictions
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): Assignment sheet
  • Instructions to student (included with sanction letter): “Answer the questions on the attached assignment sheet. The purpose of this assignment is to stimulate your thinking about the effects of an individual’s actions upon others. While this is intended to be a reflective assignment, and your completed work will not be evaluated on its content (other than to make sure you have answered all of the questions), be advised that your paper cannot serve to justify your own actions or evaluate the actions of others. You should also be sure to utilize appropriate language, grammar, and spelling.”

In-Person Ethics Workshop

  • Description: A one-hour, interactive, in-person workshop conducted by Student Conduct or Dean of Students staff, followed by a short reflection paper
  • Appropriate for: Circumstances in which the student has demonstrated an inability to understand the impact of their actions upon other individuals or the University community
  • Not appropriate for: First-time offenders who have demonstrated an understanding of the ramifications of their actions
  • Availability: As scheduled by the Office of Student Conduct
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Instructions to student (included with sanction letter): “You are required to complete the free Ethics Workshop offered by the Office of Student Conduct. Once you have completed the ethics workshop, you are also required to write a paper reflecting on what you have gained from this experience. This paper must be no less than 250 words in length and should address the following questions/issues:

A. Reflect on the program materials. Write a summary of the information presented. Is this new information to you?
B. How does this information relate to the policies that you have violated in this instance?
C. If placed in the same situation that led to incident, how would your actions be similar or different?
D. Why would your actions be similar or different?
E. What is the most important thing you have learned from this experience?

Be advised that this paper may not serve to justify your own actions or evaluate the actions of others. The paper should utilize appropriate language, grammar, and spelling.”

Conflict Management Workshop

  • Description: A one-hour, interactive, in-person workshop conducted by Student Conduct staff, followed by a short reflection paper
  • Appropriate for: Incidents involving interpersonal conflict
  • Not appropriate for: Serious violations of policy which involve use of force or bodily harm (may be appropriate as a supplementary sanction, but not as a stand-alone sanction)
  • Availability: As scheduled by the Office of Student Conduct
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Instructions to student (included with sanction letter): You are required to attend the free Conflict Management Workshop offered by the Office of Student Conduct. Once you have completed the program, you are also required to write a paper reflecting on what you have gained from this experience. This paper must be no less than 250 words in length (typed, double-spaced in paragraph form) and should address the following questions/issues:

A. Reflect on the program materials. Write a summary of the information presented. Is this new information to you?
B. How does this information relate to the policies that you have violated in this instance?
C. If placed in the same situation that led to incident, how would your actions be similar or different?
D. Why would your actions be similar or different?
E. What is the most important thing you have learned from this experience?

Be advised that this paper may not serve to justify your own actions or evaluate the actions of others. The paper should utilize appropriate language, grammar, and spelling.”

Anger Management Workshop

  • Description: A ninety-minute, interactive, in-person workshop conducted by Student Conduct staff, followed by a short reflection paper
  • Appropriate for: Incidents involving interpersonal conflict where the student has demonstrated difficulty in controlling their anger
  • Not appropriate for: Serious violations of policy which involve use of force or bodily harm (may be appropriate as a supplementary sanction, but not as a stand-alone sanction)
  • Availability: As scheduled by the Office of Student Conduct
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Instructions to student (included with sanction letter): You are required to attend the free Anger Management Workshop offered by the Office of Student Conduct. Once you have completed the program, you are also required to write a paper reflecting on what you have gained from this experience. This paper must be no less than 250 words in length (typed, double-spaced in paragraph form) and should address the following questions/issues:

A. Reflect on the program materials. Write a summary of the information presented. Is this new information to you?
B. How does this information relate to the policies that you have violated in this instance?
C. If placed in the same situation that led to incident, how would your actions be similar or different?
D. Why would your actions be similar or different?
E. What is the most important thing you have learned from this experience?

Be advised that this paper may not serve to justify your own actions or evaluate the actions of others. The paper should utilize appropriate language, grammar, and spelling.”

Counseling Assessment

  • Description: A psychological assessment conducted by the University’s Counseling, ADAP & Psychiatric Services
  • Appropriate for: Situations in which the student may be facing personal issues that may be impacting their behavior
  • Not appropriate for: Minor, first-time violations
  • Availability: As scheduled between student and Counseling, ADAP & Psychiatric Services
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): Release form
  • Note: Hearing Board/Conduct Officer cannot sanction student to ongoing counseling or therapy, only an assessment. Student must provide written release permitting counselor to discuss assessment with Conduct Officer.
  • Instructions to student (included with sanction letter): You are required to undergo a counseling assessment at Counseling, ADAP and Psychiatric Services.  Be advised that you are required to sign a release of information (attached) to allow your counselor to inform the Office of Student Conduct of your attendance. The counselor is not authorized to provide any information to the Office of Student Conduct about the content of the assessment meeting.”

Off-Campus Counseling Assessment

  • Description: An psychological assessment conducted by an outside mental health professional
  • Appropriate for: Serious cases where the student has demonstrated a clear pattern of behavioral concerns
  • Not appropriate for: All other cases
  • Availability: As scheduled between student and off-campus counseling facility
  • Note: Hearing Board/Conduct Officer cannot sanction student to ongoing counseling or therapy, only an assessment. Student must provide written release permitting counselor to discuss assessment with Conduct Officer.
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): List of counseling programs, release form
  • Instructions to student (included with sanction letter): You are required to complete an off-campus counseling assessment. A list of counseling programs is attached to this letter. It is your responsibility to make sure that the Office of Student Conduct receives a written report stating your completion of this assessment. A mandatory confidentiality waiver form is enclosed. Be advised that Rutgers University bears no obligation for treatment fees. You are required to abide by all recommendations made by certified professionals as a result of this program.”

Fire Safety Workshop

  • Description: A one-hour, interactive, in-person workshop on fire safety conducted by Student Conduct or Emergency Services staff
  • Appropriate for: Violations involving misuse of fire safety equipment or violations of Residence Life fire safety policies
  • Not appropriate for: All other violations
  • Availability: As scheduled by the Office of Student Conduct
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Instructions to student: You are required to attend a Fire Safety Workshop offered by Rutgers University Emergency Services.”

Pros and Cons Worksheet

  • Description: A reflective exercise in which the student compares the advantages and disadvantages of a particular course of action
  • Appropriate for: Minor violations which may have resulted from poor decision-making
  • Not appropriate for: All other violations
  • Availability: No restrictions
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Instructions to student (included with sanction letter)Create lists of the pros and cons regarding the decision you made. Each list should have at least five items. Upon completion of the lists, write a reflection essay (at least 250 words, typed and double-spaced) on your lists. The reflection should focus on how you made your decision, whether or not it was the correct decision, and how you might make decisions differently in the future. Your essay may not serve to justify your own actions nor evaluate the actions of others. It should utilize appropriate language, grammar, and spelling.”

Career Services Referral

  • Description: A consultation with a staff member at the Office of Career Services
  • Appropriate for: Violations that may hinder student’s career and educational aspirations; students in need of career guidance
  • Not appropriate for: All other violations
  • Availability: As scheduled with the Office of Career Services
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Instructions to student: You are required to meet with a staff member from Career Services in order to better prepare you to answer questions about your conduct history from future employers and graduate schools. You must schedule your appointment directly on Rutgers Handshake: (careers.rutgers.edu/Handshake). After your appointment, please send a confirmation email to your Conduct Officer and copy the Career Services staff member.”

Other Office Referral

  • Description: A consultation with a staff member at a Rutgers office related to the violation, or an office that provides support services suited to the student’s needs
  • Appropriate for: All violations
  • Not appropriate for: N/A
  • Availability: As scheduled with the University office
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Instructions to student (included with sanction letter)“You are required to schedule a meeting with another office (either chosen by you or your Conduct Officer) on campus that can help you progress through this incident and this specific time in your life. You can also meet with another office for any other reasons you deem helpful.”

Student Organization Involvement Plan

  • Description: A plan to strengthen the student’s connection to the University community and educate them about student organizations and clubs on campus
  • Appropriate for: Violations in which the student’s lack of positive social connections may have played a role; students having difficulty adjusting to the Rutgers community
  • Not appropriate for: All other violations
  • Availability: As scheduled between the student and the organization
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Instructions to student: You will use the website https://rutgers.campuslabs.com/engage/ to explore the various student organizations and clubs Rutgers has to offer. Identify at least three organizations that are of interest to you. Provide a summary of these organizations’ missions, contact information, what draws you to these groups, how joining a club or organization will benefit you, and how you plan on getting involved. Your summary should utilize appropriate language, grammar, and spelling. You must attend one meeting of one of the organizations of interest.”

HOPE Alcohol Workshop

  • Description: A one-hour, interactive, in-person educational workshop conducted by Health Outreach Promotion and Education staff. The workshop addresses the various ways that alcohol can impact an individual physically and academically and its effects on behavior and decision-making.
  • Appropriate for: Required for first-time, low-level alcohol possession/consumption violations (that do not involve a hospital transport)
  • Not appropriate for: Repeat alcohol violations, violations involving a hospital transport
  • Availability: As scheduled by the Health Outreach Promotion and Education Office
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Instructions to student: “You are required to attend the HOPE alcohol education workshop, which is offered by the Health Outreach Promotion and Education Office. If you are late or miss a workshop for which you are registered and do not cancel your appointment, you will no longer be eligible to participate in the HOPE program. Instead, you will be required to complete an online workshop called Alcohol eCheckup To Go.

Once you have completed the HOPE program, you are also required to write a paper reflecting on what you have gained from the workshop and from this experience. This paper must be no less than 250 words in length (typed, double-spaced in paragraph form) and should address the following questions/issues:

A. Reflect on the program materials. Write a summary of the information presented. Is this new information to you?
B. How does this information relate to the policies that you have violated in this instance?
C. If placed in the same situation that led to incident, how would your actions be similar or different?
D. Why would your actions be similar or different?
E. What is the most important thing you have learned from this experience?

Be advised that this paper may not serve to justify your own actions or evaluate the actions of others. The paper should utilize appropriate language, grammar, and spelling.”

HOPE Cannabis Workshop

  • Description: One-hour, interactive, in-person educational workshop conducted by Health Outreach Promotion and Education staff. The workshop addresses the various ways that cannabis can impact an individual physically and academically and its effects on behavior and decision-making.
  • Appropriate for: Required for first-time, low-level cannabis possession/consumption violations (that do not involve a hospital transport)
  • Not appropriate for: Repeat cannabis violations
  • Availability: As scheduled by the Health Outreach Promotion and Education Office
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Instructions to student: “You are required to attend the HOPE Cannabis education workshop, which is offered by the Health Outreach Promotion and Education Office. If you are late or miss a workshop for which you are registered and do not cancel your appointment, you will no longer be eligible to participate in the HOPE program. Instead, you will be required to complete an online assessment called e-Toke.

Once you have completed the HOPE program, you are also required to write a paper reflecting on what you have gained from the workshop and from this experience. This paper must be no less than 250 words in length (typed, double-spaced in paragraph form) and should address the following questions/issues:

A. Reflect on the program materials. Write a summary of the information presented. Is this new information to you?
B. How does this information relate to the policies that you have violated in this instance?
C. If placed in the same situation that led to incident, how would your actions be similar or different?
D. Why would your actions be similar or different?
E. What is the most important thing you have learned from this experience?

Be advised that this paper may not serve to justify your own actions or evaluate the actions of others. The paper should utilize appropriate language, grammar, and spelling.”

ADAP Assessment

  • Description: A substance use assessment conducted by drug and alcohol counselors at Counseling, ADAP & Psychiatric Services
  • Appropriate for: Required for repeat drug/alcohol violations and drug/alcohol violations involving a hospital transport
  • Not appropriate for: First-time, low-level drug/alcohol possession/consumption violations
  • Availability: As scheduled between student and Counseling, ADAP & Psychiatric Services
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): Release form
  • Instructions to student: You are required to undergo an assessment with the Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) at the CAPS Building. This assessment typically consists of two to six meetings. During your assessment, you will work with a counselor to identify elements of risk in your decision-making regarding alcohol and/or other drugs, develop strategic alternatives to consuming alcohol and/or other drugs in social situations, and recognize high-risk behaviors regarding substance abuse. You must then abide by whatever treatment recommendations are made by the person conducting your assessment. You must sign the attached release of information to allow ADAP to inform the Office of Student Conduct (OSC) of your attendance. The counselor is not authorized to provide any information to OSC about the content of the assessment meetings, other than to confirm your attendance and provide information on any recommendations made. The OSC will share with ADAP information about the incident that led to this referral.”

e-Chug Online Alcohol Assessment

  • Description: Online assessment of student’s alcohol use
  • Appropriate for: First-time, low-level alcohol possession/consumption violations (that do not involve a hospital transport)
  • Not appropriate for: Repeat alcohol violations, violations involving a hospital transport
  • Availability: No restrictions
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): Instructions for accessing e-Chug
  • Note: The student may be required to complete e-Chug if they are assigned to the HOPE Alcohol Workshop and fail to complete it.
  • Instructions to student: You are required to complete e-Chug, an online assessment and education program offered by Rutgers Student Health. Instructions for accessing the program are attached to this letter. Once you have completed the program, you must then complete a reflection paper. This paper must be no less than 250 words in length (typed, double-spaced in paragraph form) and must answer/address the following:

1. What percent of your spending money is spent on alcohol? In what ways, if any, does this impact your life? If it does not currently, could it and why?
2. How many standard drinks do you consume in a week? Based on this answer, what did you learn about your consumption pattern as it relates to other college students? 
3. What is your tolerance level and level of risk? What does this mean to you? 
4. What is your family risk level? What does this mean to you? 
5. What, if anything, is the most important thing you have learned from this assessment? 
6. Reflect upon the incident that led to this sanction. In the future, would you make the same decision? If so, why? If not, why not?

Please be advised that this paper may not be used to justify the actions that led to this sanction or to criticize the actions of others. The paper should utilize appropriate language, grammar, and spelling."

e-Toke Online Cannabis Assessment

  • Description: Online assessment of student’s cannabis use
  • Appropriate for: First-time, low-level cannabis possession/consumption violations (that do not involve a hospital transport)
  • Not appropriate for: Repeat drug violations, violations involving a hospital transport
  • Availability: No restrictions
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): Instructions for accessing e-Toke
  • Note: The student may be required to complete e-Toke if they are assigned to the HOPE Cannabis Workshop and fail to complete it.
  • Instructions to student: “You are required to complete e-Toke, an online assessment and education program offered by Rutgers Student Health. Instructions for accessing the program are attached to this letter. Once you have completed the program, you must then complete a reflection paper. This paper must be no less than 250 words in length (typed, double-spaced in paragraph form) and must answer/address the following: 

A. Reflect on the program materials. Write a summary of the information presented. Is this new information to you?
B. How does this information relate to the policies that you have violated in this instance?
C. If placed in the same situation that led to incident, how would your actions be similar or different?
D. Why would your actions be similar or different?
E. What is the most important thing you have learned from this experience?

Be advised that this paper may not serve to justify your own actions or evaluate the actions of others. The paper should utilize appropriate language, grammar, and spelling.”

Attendance at Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous Meeting

  • Description: Student must attend an Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meeting 
  • Appropriate for: Cases in which a student has demonstrated consistent difficulties with regard to the use of alcohol and has not responded positively to previous sanctioning
  • Not appropriate for: All other cases
  • Availability: As scheduled by AA/NA program
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Instructions to student: “You are required to attend a local meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. A list of meetings is available at http://health.rutgers.edu/medical-counseling-services/counseling/adap/aod-counseling/. Once you have attended a meeting, you must then write a reflective essay on the experience. This essay must be no less than 500 words in length and address the following questions:

A. What day and time did the meeting occur on?
B. How many people were in attendance?
C. Provide a summary of the AA/NA Twelve-Step Recovery Program
D. What impressions did you have of this meeting?
E. What did you learn about alcoholism/addiction?
F. What causes alcoholism/addiction?

Keep in mind that all matters discussed in AA/NA meetings are confidential, and you should not reveal information about other participants in your essay. Be advised that this essay may not be used to justify your actions or to evaluate the actions of others. You are expected to use appropriate language, grammar, and spelling.”

Alcohol Treatment Program

  • Description: Student must complete an off-campus alcohol treatment program
  • Appropriate for: Cases in which a student has demonstrated consistent difficulties with regard to the use of alcohol and has not responded positively to previous sanctioning. This sanction can also serve as an excellent condition of readmission when combined with a suspension.
  • Not appropriate for: All other cases
  • Availability: As scheduled between student and alcohol treatment program
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): List of treatment programs, release form
  • Note: This sanction should be combined with a substance restriction. The student must provide a written release permitting the program to share information with the Office of Student Conduct.
  • Instructions to student: You are required to complete an outpatient alcohol treatment program at an appropriate off-campus facility. You must agree to allow the program to provide regular attendance reports to the Office of Student Conduct. A mandatory release form is attached. Be advised that Rutgers University bears no obligation for identification of a program, nor for treatment fees. You are required to abide by all recommendations made by certified alcohol treatment professionals as a result of this treatment program.”

Drug Treatment Program

  • Description: Student must complete an off-campus drug treatment program
  • Appropriate for: Cases in which a student has demonstrated consistent difficulties with regard to the use of drugs and has not responded positively to previous sanctioning. This sanction can also serve as an excellent condition of readmission when combined with a suspension.
  • Not appropriate for: All other cases
  • Availability: As scheduled between student and drug treatment program
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): List of treatment programs, release form
  • Note: This sanction should be combined with a substance restriction. The student must provide a written release permitting the program to share information with the Office of Student Conduct.
  • Instructions to student: You are required to complete an outpatient drug treatment program at an appropriate off-campus facility. You must agree to allow the program to provide regular attendance reports to the Office of Student Conduct. A mandatory release form is attached. Be advised that Rutgers University bears no obligation for identification of a program, nor for treatment fees. You are required to abide by all recommendations made by certified drug treatment professionals as a result of this treatment program.”