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incident, depending on the seriousness of the situation, they
may refer the case to local law enforcement or to your
institution’s judicial affairs office.
Whether handled by campus authorities or local authorities
(i.e., law enforcement and the courts), penalties and
consequences for the student who has committed the
offense may range from verbal warnings to written citations,
fines, restitution, community service, and/or incarceration.
Some colleges and universities require students to report to
campus authorities any time they are arrested. Other schools
have reciprocal agreements with local law enforcement that
result in automatic notification of the school when one of
their students is arrested. When a student is arrested by local
law enforcement, the college or university might also take
disciplinary action or impose additional sanctions on the
student, particularly if the student’s actions have also
violated campus codes of conduct. Depending on the level of
the offense (summary, misdemeanor, felony) and the age of
the student at the time of the offense, it may also result in
lifelong consequences, possibly impacting the student’s
ability to complete their degree, obtain financial aid, obtain
admission into other universities or obtain rental housing. It
may even limit the student’s long-term employment and
career options.
In addition to students who commit offenses, other students
may be victims of those offenses and still others may witness
offenses. The friends and roommates of all of these students