All members of the Carleton Community must follow Community Expectations regarding what is required for everyone’s health and safety behaviors during the continued COVID-19 pandemic.

It is our collective responsibility to adhere to these standards and expectations that have been necessitated during this time. Those refusing to get the required vaccinations, comply with COVID testing, and/or comply with required quarantine/isolation may be required to take a leave.

Students will be referred to the conduct process if they do not follow community expectations. Because actions inconsistent of these expectations jeopardize the health and safety of others, students may receive the following charges (as applicable) which violate the Carleton Community Standards:

  • Failure/Refusal to comply – non-compliance with expectations/directives
  • Disorderly conduct – disregard for the health & safety of the Carleton community

Violation Levels & Usual Response/Examples of Types of Violations

Low-level violations of the Community Expectations

A staff member may have a conversation with the student.

Example:

  • Non-compliance (1st time) with wearing a mask when required

Mid-level violations of the Community Expectations

The student may be referred to the conduct process through a report and meet with the Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Community Standards or their designee. See sanction guidelines below.

Example:

  • Non-compliance after 1st warning (has become a pattern of behavior)

High-level violations of the Community Expectations

The student may be referred to the conduct process through a report and meet with the Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Community Standards. In these cases the student may lose on-campus privileges, including residency, employment, and in-person activities/classes, and be required to take a leave. See sanction guidelines below.

Examples:

  • Pattern of non-compliance
  • Willfully ignoring quarantine rules after being placed in quarantine
  • Willfully ignoring isolation rules after being diagnosed with COVID19 and placed in isolation
  • Other serious cases of disregard for health & safety

General Sanction Guidelines* for Conduct Process

Failure/Refusal to comply with Community Expectations

  • 1st time – meeting with Assistant Dean or their designee, educational conversation, written warning, parental notification
  • 2nd time – meeting with Assistant Dean or their designee, residential probation, parental notification
  • 3rd time – meeting with Assistant Dean, disciplinary probation, parental notification, review for removal from campus

Failure/Refusal to comply with required COVID testing

  • 1st time – meeting with Assistant Dean, residential probation, parental notification
  • 2nd time – meeting with Assistant Dean, disciplinary probation, parental notification, review for removal from campus

Disorderly Conduct / Disregard for the health & safety of the Carleton community 

  • 1st time – meeting with Assistant Dean, residential and/or disciplinary probation, immediate consideration for removal from campus based on severity/impact, parental notification 

(Disorderly conduct would typically apply in cases of intentional harm to others which disregards the health and safety of the community (e.g. willfully ignoring quarantine rules, willfully ignoring isolation rules after being diagnosed with COVID19, actions such as coughing in someone’s face on purpose, retaliation such as falsely reporting a concern, etc.)

*These are sanction guidelines and the College may take whatever action it deems appropriate to respond to a particular situation. Other factors may be considered, such as a student’s conduct history, severity of the situation, impacts, and other types of accompanying behaviors that violate Carleton Community Standards, which may result in skipping level(s), immediate required leave from campus, and/or additional sanctions. 

Removal from Campus / Required Leave

Students sanctioned with removal from campus will lose all campus privileges including residency, employment, and access to in-person activities and in-person classes. Since classes are all in-person this year, this means the student will be required to take a leave. There will be no reimbursement for housing, classes, meal plans, student fees, etc.

Timeline for removal from campus / required leave

Residential students who are sanctioned with removal from campus must move off of campus and turn in their keys within 24 hours of receiving the determination letter; after which they are banned from being on campus. Northfield Option students are immediately banned from being on-campus after receiving the determination letter.

Appeals

Students may submit a letter of appeal to the Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students and/or the Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Community Standards within seven (7) days of receipt of the original disciplinary decision. Students may appeal the finding of responsibility or the sanction or both, and must state all grounds for appeal in writing. After seven days the right of appeal is no longer available and the decision is final.

The Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students will review appeals by students who were found responsible for violations of the Community Expectations which were adjudicated by the Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Community Standards. And the Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Community Standards will review appeals by students who were found responsible for violations of the Community Expectations which were adjudicated by a member of the Residential Life Staff.

The timeline for removal from campus / required leave still applies during the appeal process (i.e. students will lose access to campus prior to the appeal process being completed).

Due to heightened safety concerns and the need for more immediate response, students who are disciplined for violating the Community Expectations will go through this appeal process in lieu of the appeal process through the Judicial Hearing Board.