Sanctions for Student Organizations


The goal of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity is to educate students, faculty and staff on community responsibilities and behavioral standards and assign purposeful sanctions that support personal growth and development, while promoting a safe and inclusive atmosphere conducive to student success. Below is a list of punitive and educational sanctions Student Organizations may receive as a result of a finding of in violation of any of the Organizational Rules of Conduct.

An official warning that the organization's behavior is in violation of the Organizational Rules of Conduct and that if the organization is subsequently found in violation of a rule, subsequent action may be more severe.

A period of time during which any further violation of the Organizational Rules of Conduct puts the registered student organization’s status with the University in jeopardy. Restrictive conditions may also be imposed as part of organizational probation and will vary according to the severity of the offense. Restrictive conditions may include barring or limiting some or all of the organization's activities and/or privileges (including, but not limited to: social activities; intramural competition; organizational competition; Homecoming; eligibility to receive any University award or honorary recognition; privilege to occupy a position of leadership or responsibility in any University registered student organization governing body, publication, or activity; or ability to represent the University in an official capacity or position). If a registered student organization is found “in violation” for another violation of the Organizational Rules of Conduct while on organizational probation, more severe sanctions may be imposed.

Organizational deferred suspension is used for offenses found serious enough to warrant organizational suspension, but where the specific circumstances of the case mitigate the offense or for repeated offenses of a less serious nature. Organizational deferred suspension is a designated period of time during which a registered student organization is given the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to abide by the community’s expectations of behavior articulated in the Organizational Rules of Conduct.

During an organizational deferred suspension, the registered student organization will be officially suspended from the University, but the organizational suspension will be deferred, meaning that the registered student organization may continue to operate with sanction-specific restrictions. Organizational suspension will be enforced should the registered student organization fail to complete any of the assigned sanctions by the deadline(s) and/or for any subsequent violation of the Organizational Rules of Conduct unless the Director of SCAI determines otherwise in exceptional circumstances. If the registered student organization is found in violation for any violation of the Organizational Rules of Conduct that occurred while on deferred suspension status, including failure to complete any assigned sanctions by the deadline(s), the registered student organization will be suspended for a minimum of two (2) semesters in addition to any educational sanctions imposed for the subsequent violation. Registered student organizations on organizational deferred suspension may be limited in their abilities to represent the University in intramural sporting events, extracurricular activities, or official functions. The duration of any organizational deferred suspension period and the specific restrictions imposed will be determined by SCAI on a case-by-case basis.

While on organizational suspension the registered student organization loses it University recognition and/or registration for a temporary period of time. While an organization is suspended, it may not use University resources or participate as an organization in any University activities or events unless authorized in writing in advance under conditions approved by the Director of SCAI or designee. Additional provisions may be assigned that further outline University expectations while on Organizational Suspension Status.

Permanent severance of the organization's relationship with UCF.

An official request to a national office that the local chapter's charter be revoked.

In conjunction with any sanction listed above, a registered student organization found to have been in violation of any of the Organizational Rules of Conduct will be assigned educational sanctions that are proportional to the violation such as, but not limited to: reflective/research papers, classes/seminars, community service, restitution, interviews, etc. If a registered student organization has any outstanding educational sanctions at the conclusion of organizational probation or organizational suspension, the organizational probation or organizational suspension will remain in effect pending completion of the educational sanctions.