Active Sanctions – Reflection


Personal Journal

  • Description: A daily writing exercise in which the student can reflect upon their own ethics and decision-making skills
  • Appropriate for: Students in need of critical self-examination of their lifestyle and decision-making style; typically for repeat offenders
  • Not appropriate for: Major violations (may be appropriate as a supplementary sanction, but not as a stand-alone sanction)
  • Availability: No restrictions
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Instructions to student: You are required to maintain a written journal each day for a two-week period. In this journal, you are expected to address the following questions each day:

A. What were the most important decisions you had to make regarding your own behavior and/or lifestyle today?
B. How did you make these decisions?
C. What were your decisions?
D. Were your decisions the “best” decisions you could make, reflecting on lessons from family, school, and society?
E. What did you learn about yourself today?

Each daily entry is to be no less than 300 words in length (typed, double-spaced). This journal may not serve to justify your own actions in this incident or evaluate the actions of others. The journal should utilize appropriate language, grammar, and spelling.”

Autobiographical Essay

  • Description: A writing exercise in which the student can reflect on their past life and their future at Rutgers
  • Appropriate for: Any minor violation of University regulations; students in need of self-reflection
  • Not appropriate for: Major violations (may be appropriate as a supplementary sanction, but not as a stand-alone sanction)
  • Availability: No restrictions
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Instructions to student: Write an autobiographical essay (at least 500 words, typed, double-spaced). Focus on what your life was like prior to attending Rutgers, how your life has changed during your time at Rutgers, and the events that led to your current situation. Finally, explain what you have learned from this experience and how you plan to make a positive contribution to the Rutgers community. This essay may not serve to justify your own actions nor evaluate the actions of others. The essay should utilize appropriate language, grammar, and spelling.”

Reflection Paper

  • Description: A writing exercise in which the student can reflect upon their actions related to the violation
  • Appropriate for: Any minor violation of University regulations
  • Not appropriate for: Major violations (may be appropriate as a supplementary sanction, but not as a stand-alone sanction)
  • Availability: No restrictions
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Instructions to student: You are required to write a paper reflecting on your actions in this incident. This paper must be no less than 250 words in length (typed, double-spaced) and should address the following questions/issues:

A. Reflect on the policies you were found in violation of: Why do they exist? What purpose do they serve?
B. How was your behavior inconsistent with the University’s expectations?
C. If placed in the same situation again, 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?

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.”

BuzzFeed Meme/Quiz

  • Description: A writing exercise in which the student can reflect on their actions and their impact on the University community
  • Appropriate for: Any minor violation of University regulations; incidents in which a student has assumed some level of responsibility for their actions and has negatively impacted the University community
  • Not appropriate for: Major violations; incidents in which a student refuses to acknowledge any responsibility for their actions
  • Availability: No restrictions
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Instructions to student: Create a BuzzFeed-style meme, GIF, list, or quiz that will provide advice/information to help other students make better decisions while attending college. Examples may include “10 Reasons Not to Get a Fake ID” or “8 Things to Do to Avoid Violating RU Policies.” At the end of the list/quiz, please explain why you chose this topic, and why you think it is important. The paper must contain appropriate language, grammar, and spelling. This assignment may not serve to justify your own actions nor evaluate the actions of others.”

Drinking Age Letter

  • Description: A writing exercise in which the student can reflect on their own alcohol use and the purpose of the legal drinking age
  • Appropriate for: Minor incidents involving underage drinking
  • Not appropriate for: All other cases
  • Availability: No restrictions
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Instructions to student: Write a letter (at least 500 words, typed, double-spaced) to your Congressperson explaining why the legal drinking age should be 18 years old with supporting rationale. Use at least two (2) peer-reviewed articles in your research (Wikipedia is not acceptable as a source). You are expected to cite your sources using MLA style and to use appropriate language, grammar, and spelling. A guide to MLA format is available at the Purdue Online Writing Lab: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/mla_style/mla_style_introduction.html. Outline the pros and cons of the drinking age being 18 vs. 21 in your letter. This letter may not serve to justify your own actions nor evaluate the actions of others. The letter should utilize appropriate language, grammar, and spelling.”

Fake ID Essay/Poster

  • Description: An informational essay or poster intended to educate other students about the use of fraudulent identification
  • Appropriate for: Minor violations involving the use of fraudulent identification
  • Not appropriate for: All other cases
  • Availability: No restrictions
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Instructions to student: “Write an essay (at least 250 words, typed, double-spaced) or create a poster to explain the legal consequences of having a fake ID in New Jersey and the impact of these consequences on your future goals. This essay/poster may not serve to justify your own actions nor evaluate the actions of others. It also may not be used to promote a philosophy that is in opposition to University regulations. You are expected to use appropriate language, grammar, and spelling. All sources must be appropriately cited using MLA format. A guide to MLA format is available at the Purdue Online Writing Lab: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/mla_style/mla_style_introduction.html. If found to be unsatisfactory (not of passable quality), or if your essay/poster is found to contain material that is not appropriately cited, it will be rejected and additional sanctions will be imposed.”

Letter to First-Year Self

  • Description: A writing exercise in which the student can reflect on their past life and their future at Rutgers
  • Appropriate for: Any minor violation of University regulations; students in need of self-reflection
  • Not appropriate for: Major violations (may be appropriate as a supplementary sanction, but not as a stand-alone sanction)
  • Availability: No restrictions
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Instructions to student: “Write a letter to yourself as a first-year student in college or high school senior and share advice on what you know now and explain how the information would have been helpful to know when entering college. This letter should be at least 250 words (typed, double-spaced) and may not serve to justify your own actions nor evaluate the actions of others. The letter should utilize appropriate language, grammar, and spelling.”

Letter to Loved One

  • Description: A writing exercise in which the student can reflect on their actions and their relationship with others
  • Appropriate for: Any minor violation of University regulations; students in need of self-reflection
  • Not appropriate for: Major violations (may be appropriate as a supplementary sanction, but not as a stand-alone sanction)
  • Availability: No restrictions
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Instructions to student: Write a letter to a loved one and share how this incident has impacted your life. Discuss in the letter how you felt during the incident, how you felt when you realized there would be consequences for your decision, and how you felt after learning the consequences. Explain to your loved one why it is important to make good and responsible decisions. Your letter should be at least 250 words (typed, double-spaced) and may not serve to justify your own actions nor evaluate the actions of others. The letter should utilize appropriate language, grammar, and spelling.”

Perspective Interview

  • Description: An interview and writing exercise that will allow the student to learn more about others’ identities and reflect on their own actions
  • Appropriate for: Incidents involving bias or discrimination
  • Not appropriate for: All other cases
  • Availability: No restrictions
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Instructions to student: Interview at least one person who reflects the identity of the individual you wronged. Provide a reason to this person as to why you are interviewing them. Ask meaningful questions that will allow you to learn why your actions may have been interpreted as hurtful. Ask the interviewee what they think can be done to restore the harm. After your interview, write an essay (at least 250 words, typed, double-spaced) that includes an overview of the interview and explains what you gained from this person’s perspective. This essay may not serve to justify your own actions nor evaluate the actions of others. It should utilize appropriate language, grammar, and spelling.”

Social Media Post

  • Description: A series of informational social media posts intended to educate other students about a relevant issue (for example, underage drinking, fire safety, etc.)
  • Appropriate for: Minor violations in which the student would benefit from gathering additional information; also appropriate for educating the community on behavioral issues
  • Not appropriate for: Major violations (may be appropriate as a supplementary sanction, but not as a stand-alone sanction)
  • Availability: No restrictions
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Instructions to student: Create three social media posts that provide new information to your peers based on the incident in which you were involved. Submit these posts to your Conduct Officer for review. You may use your Twitter, Instagram, or any social media account to share with your peers if you so choose. After completing your social media posts, write a reflection paper (at least 250 words, typed and double-spaced) on why you chose those posts. Your paper may not serve to justify your own actions nor evaluate the actions of others. It should utilize appropriate language, grammar, and spelling.”

Newspaper Article

  • Description: A letter to the editor of The Daily Targum, in which the student can reflect on their actions and their impact on the University community
  • Appropriate for: Incidents in which a student has assumed some level of responsibility for their actions and has negatively impacted the University community
  • Not appropriate for: Incidents in which a student refuses to acknowledge any responsibility for their actions
  • Availability: No restrictions
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Note: The student will submit the letter to the Conduct Officer, not directly to The Daily Targum. The Conduct Officer will then transmit the letter to the Targum without the student’s name.
  • Instructions to student: “You are required to write a reflective letter to the editor to be submitted to The Daily Targum for publication. This letter should be between 200 and 250 words in length (typed, double-spaced) and should reflect an understanding of the inappropriateness of your actions and their impact on you and the University community. This letter will be screened by Student Conduct staff prior to being forwarded to The Daily Targum and will be submitted without your name. This letter may not serve to justify your own actions nor evaluate the actions of others. The letter should utilize appropriate language, grammar, and spelling.”

Educational Poster Board

  • Description: An informational poster board intended to educate other students about a relevant issue (for example, underage drinking, fire safety, etc.)
  • Appropriate for: Minor violations in which the student would benefit from gathering additional information; also appropriate for educating the community on behavioral issues
  • Not appropriate for: Major violations (may be appropriate as a supplementary sanction, but not as a stand-alone sanction)
  • Availability: No restrictions
  • Note: Indicate the topic of the poster and the name and residence hall of the Residence Life Coordinator who will facilitate the project
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Instructions to student: You are required to create an informational poster board on the topic of [TOPIC]. This board must be no smaller than 24″ x 36″ and must include information from appropriate on-campus and/or off-campus offices. This board must be submitted to me for approval. If your poster is approved, you will be required to give it to [NAME], Residence Life Coordinator in [RESIDENCE HALL] for immediate posting. The poster board must remain publicly posted for a period of two weeks. This project may not be used to justify your actions or to evaluate the actions of others. It also may not be used to promote a philosophy that is in opposition to University regulations. You are expected to use appropriate language, grammar, and spelling. All sources must be appropriately cited using MLA format. A guide to MLA format is available at the Purdue Online Writing Lab: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/mla_style/mla_style_introduction.html. Your name must be printed clearly on the front of the poster, in letters no smaller than one inch high. You must abide by all residence hall posting regulations. If found to be unsatisfactory (not of passable quality), or if your poster is found to contain material that is not appropriately cited, it will be rejected and additional sanctions will be imposed.”

Program Attendance

  • Description: Required attendance at a program on a relevant topic
  • Appropriate for: Any circumstances in which the student would benefit from attending an educational program designed to expose the student to new and/or clarifying information on a specific topic
  • Not appropriate for: Major violations (may be appropriate as a supplementary sanction, but not as a stand-alone sanction)
  • Availability: As scheduled by the program
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): Proof of attendance form
  • Note: Indicate the topic of the program
  • Instructions to student: You are required to attend an educational program on [TOPIC]. This program must be at least thirty minutes in length and be presented by an appropriate expert in the topic area. Programs must be approved in advance by Student Conduct staff. Students who behave in a disruptive manner during the program will not receive credit for attendance. Successful attendance is contingent on your arriving on time, attending the entire program, and participating as desired by the presenter. Once you have attended the program and gained written proof of your attendance, 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) and should address the following questions/issues:

A. Reflect on the program you attended. 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?

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.”

Program Presentation

  • Description: Development of a program or presentation on a relevant topic
  • Appropriate for: Any violation in which the student would benefit from gathering and presenting educational information to other members of the community
  • Not appropriate for: Major violations (may be appropriate as a supplementary sanction, but not as a stand-alone sanction)
  • Availability: As scheduled by the student and their program supervisor(s)
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): Proof of presentation form
  • Note: Indicate program topic
  • Instructions to student: You are required to present an educational program on [TOPIC]. This program must be at least thirty minutes in length and be presented in conjunction with appropriate University officials. Program supervisors must be approved in advance by Office of Student Conduct staff. You are to gather data independently on the topic, using a minimum of three published resources (Wikipedia is not acceptable as a source). You will then develop a program outline, as well as publicity for your program, both of which are to be reviewed and approved by your program supervisor(s). All sources in your program outline must be appropriately cited using MLA format. A guide to MLA format is available at the Purdue Online Writing Lab: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/mla_style/mla_style_introduction.html. Your program may not be used to promote a philosophy that is in opposition to University regulations. You must have at least ten people in attendance for the full length of your program.

Once you have presented the program and gained written proof of your completion, 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) and should address the following questions/issues:

A. Reflect on the information you gathered to develop this program. 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?

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.”

Educational/Community Service Reflection Paper

  • Description: A writing exercise in which the student can reflect upon their educational/community service and their actions related to the violation
  • Appropriate for: Incidents in which the student has been required to perform educational/community service
  • Not appropriate for: All other incidents
  • Availability: No restrictions
  • Supporting materials (included with sanction letter): None
  • Note: This sanction should be assigned as a supplement to educational/community service
  • Instructions to student: You are required to write a paper reflecting on your educational/community service and your actions in this incident. This paper must be no less than 250 words in length (typed, double-spaced) and should address the following questions/issues:

A. What does it mean to you to be a part of the Rutgers University community?
B. What responsibilities do you have as a member of this community?
C. In what way did your actions in this incident impact the community?
D. What did you learn from completing this service?

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.”