AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) – A new report by UMass shows that more than eight of 10 students involved in off-campus incidents have been sanctioned for a violation of the school’s code of conduct.
From September 1, 2012 to March 27, 2013, the report indicates that 519 students were involved in 348 off-campus incidents.
375 students received sanctions, out of 456 students who have had their cases completed.
Cases involving 63 students are still ongoing.
The university says that in the most serious cases, which might include violence against others, eight students were suspended. Fifty-three others were placed on deferred suspension.
“We are sanctioning misbehaving students consistently, including suspensions, and moving students more quickly to deferred suspensions, which means they are on notice that one more violation results in immediate departure from the university. The message is clear: Bad behavior has serious consequences,” says UMass Dean of Students Enku Gelaye in a statement.
UMass notes in a statement that most of the students cited in off-campus incidents are first-time offenders, while 152 students have had at least a ‘Level 3′ or ‘Level 4′ (more serious) incident in the past.
Gelaye and her staff meet with the Amherst Police Department weekly and receive reports of arrests and citation from APD. The Dean of Student’s staff then reviews the evidence in each case, and make decisions where needed.
Sanctions administered by UMass can range from a formal reprimand to suspension and expulsion from the school.
A student has the right to request a written rationale for any conduct decision, including how any evidence was evaluated.