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Student Conduct and Academic Integrity

Code of Conduct Sanctions

We select sanctions carefully, keeping in mind that the best lessons are often learned from firsthand experience. 

Sanction Submission Form

Submit paperwork and other documents related to your case.

 

Educational Sanctions

The online alcohol education module is an educational sanction for underage, first-time alcohol policy violators. When enrolled in the module, you will receive personalized and evidence-based feedback and strategies to reduce your risk for experiencing negative consequences from substance use.

This is a decision-making tool. If you violate the code of conduct again while on conduct probation, you could be suspended from the university.

We require random drug screening for any student found violating the drug policy. Tests take place off-campus and you are responsible for the cost.

If you don't pass your test or you fail to submit your test on time, it can be considered a second drug offense, which could result in suspension.

We recommend two local substance abuse facilities to students for treatment and drug testing sanctions:

If you take medication, you will need to bring a valid prescription to our office.

A reflection paper will give you the opportunity to look back on your actions and determine what you have learned, how you impacted yourself and others, and how you may avoid future missteps.

The topic and essay questions you are assigned will depend on your individual incident. Please submit the essay as a Word or PDF document. Please review the essay rubric [pdf]. If your essay does not meet expectations in any section, your essay will have to be re-written and re-submitted within 3 days.

You are to write an essay on your decision making style. Please answer each question and use the headings provided.

  • Your personal decision making style: What do you consider when making decisions in your life? How do you do this? Give examples.
  • How did you decide to become involved in this incident? What did you consider? What were your feelings/thoughts in this process?
  • What could you personally have done to make more appropriate decisions, if anything? Would you do anything differently?
  • What do you know more about since this incident (yourself? policies? responsibilities?)? Explain.

You are to write an essay on about what impact being removed from Gamecock Gateway would have on you.

Past:
  • What were your motivations or reasons for enrolling in Gamecock Gateway?
  • Upon coming to college did you have a goal set for yourself (present or future)?
  • What were your parents’/families’ expectations?
  • How have your actions prevented you from reaching these goals and expectations?
Present:
  • What is your personal decision-making style? What do you consider when making decisions in your life? How do you do this? Provide detailed examples.
  • How do you determine what your priorities are in your life, especially as a student? Be specific.
  • How should your responsibilities guide your priorities and decision making?
  • How have you been following those guidelines referenced in the above questions?
  • How did you decide to become involved in this incident? What did you consider? What were your feelings/thoughts in this process?
  • When you read the Creed, what does it represent? Explain.
  • Why do you think the University of South Carolina has a Creed? Explain why you think it is an important part of the Carolina culture?
  • How does the Creed apply to you specifically in this incident? Explain.
Planning/Future:
  • What are the academic impacts you could face by being removed from the Gamecock Gateway program?
  • How would this removal from the Gamecock Gateway program affect transferring to the University of South Carolina?
  • What would be the economic impacts of your decision? Include components such as school-related costs, living costs, scholarships, etc., that would be lost if you were removed from the program tomorrow.
  • What is the cost of rent/utilities at an off-campus location? How much would you lose if you had to move this month? Enumerate each and the cost of breaking your lease.
  • How would you make up this money?
  • If you had a job paying an average wage, such as $8 per hour, how many hours would you have to work per week to break even? How would this impact your lifestyle?
  • If you had to move home, how would this impact your lifestyle?
  • What would you tell your friends? Would they be surprised? How do you reconcile their perceptions with the reality of your conduct history?
  • What could you, personally, have done to make more appropriate decisions, if anything? Would you do anything differently?
  • Going forward, what kind of activities could you participate in or changes could you make to help you achieve your and your parents’ goals?
  • What resources on the UofSC or Midlands Tech campuses could be helpful to you?

This essay is designed to provide you an opportunity to reflect on your actions and articulate how future violations of the Code of Conduct can lead to a suspension from the university.

Please answer each question and use the headings provided. Paper should be at least four pages, use 12pt Times New Roman Font, double spaced. Please submit the essay as a Word or PDF document.

Past:
  • What were your motivations or reasons for coming to UofSC?
  • Upon coming to college did you have a goal set for yourself (present or future)? 
  • What were your parents’/families’ expectations? 
  • How have your actions prevented you from reaching these goals and expectations? 
Present:
  • What is your personal decision making style?
  • What do you consider when making decisions in your life? How do you do this? Provide detailed examples.
  • How do you determine what your priorities are in your life, especially as a student? Be specific.
  • How should your responsibilities guide your priorities and decision making?
  • How have you been following those guidelines referenced in the above questions?
  • How did you decide to become involved in this incident? What did you consider? What were your feelings/thoughts in this process?
  • When you read the Creed, what does it represent?  Explain.
  • Why do you think the University of South Carolina has a Creed? Explain why you think it is an important part of the Carolina culture?
  • How does the Creed apply to you specifically in this incident? Explain.
Planning/Future:
  • What are the academic impacts if you get suspended for a second or third offense? 
  • Calculate your cumulative GPA with the resulting 0.0 (use the ACE website).  Research transfer standards for your second and third choice institutions (please state the specific institutions). Are you eligible for admission? To which ones?
  • What would be the economic impacts of your decision? Include components such as school-related costs, living costs, scholarships, etc., that would be lost if you were suspended tomorrow.
  • What is the cost of rent/utilities at an off-campus location?  How much would you lose if you had to move this month? Enumerate each and the cost of breaking your lease. 
  • How would you make up this money? 
  • If you had a job paying an average wage, such as $8 per hour, how many hours would you have to work per week to break even? How would this impact your lifestyle?
  • If you had to move home, how would this impact your lifestyle?
  • What would you tell your friends and neighbors about why you were moving back mid-semester? Would they be surprised? How do you reconcile their perceptions with the reality of your conduct history? 
  • What could you, personally, have done to make more appropriate decisions, if anything? Would you do anything differently?
  • Going forward, what kind of activities could you participate in or changes could you make to help you achieve your and parents’ goals? 
  • What resources on campus could be helpful to you?

Please review three recent articles about COVID-19 and in 4 pages, respond to the following questions with a public health approach, focusing on some of the following areas: body autonomy perspective, contact tracing, education.

  • What are the public health concerns listed in the articles?  
  • Why is it important that everyone follow public health directives?  
  • Who is affected when individuals decide not to follow public health directives? 
  • What were the main points in the article?  
  • How will this article assist you in your future decision making?  
  • Why are face coverings, social distancing, etc. important? 

Many sanctions include fines to deter you from repeating the offense.

The Alcohol Prevention Coalition estimates $1.1 million is being spent by UofSC on costs related to alcohol each year (costs include property damage, counseling, campus safety, student conduct, housing, etc.). Fines assist with costs associated with administering, facilitating and evaluating the educational workshops and programs. Fines may be imposed separately or in addition to any other sanction(s).

These fines and fees may be assessed:

Amount Reason
$250 Fine for first violation of the alcohol policy and/or possession of fake or altered identification. 
$350 Fine for second violation of the alcohol policy or first drug policy violation.
$150 Fine for a fire safety violation.
$100 Reimbursement for cost of City of Columbia Fire Department response.
$50 Fine for a tobacco policy violation.

If you are preventing the university from providing a safe and comfortable living environment for all residents, you may be relocated or removed from housing altogether.

Relocation
Usually done immediately, and to our first available vacancy.

Removal
You will have somewhere between 2 and 5 days to vacate your residence. If you are removed from university housing, you will not be able to live in any university building for the rest of your time at USC.

If you are found responsible for theft, misappropriation or damage to property, we will require you to pay restitution.

This program is designed to help you identify your high-risk behavior, reflect on your decisions and take steps toward making better choices in the future.

Completing the Program
You will attend three one-on-one sessions with staff members from Substance Abuse Prevention and Education (SAPE) to assess your substance use and consider ways to avoid negative consequences in the future. You will pay a $100 fee for your alcohol or substance use evaluation.

If you are suspended from the university, you will be denied enrollment and attendance at UofSC, and prohibited from accessing any part of campus or the university's properties. You may be allowed to apply for readmission after your suspension period with or without restrictions, and you may have to complete a probation period upon your return to campus.

Delayed Suspension
You will be allowed to continue your coursework, but you will be under restrictions from Student Conduct and Academic Integrity. If you fail to follow all requirements of your restrictions, you will be suspended immediately.

The interpersonal communications module gives you the opportunity to reflect on your communication strategies and identify ways to improve them. This module will take approximately 5 hours to complete. Additional details about this sanction will be provided in your administrative conference and outcome letter.

We recommend two local substance abuse facilities to students for treatment and drug testing sanctions:

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