Consequences for Student Noncompliance with Community Expectations

By voluntarily choosing to return to Washington and Lee for the 2020-2021 academic year, students commit to following the university's protocols, procedures, and requirements described in this policy. Students should understand that failing to comply with these safety expectations, precautions, and limitations puts all students, faculty, and staff at risk and may be subject to disciplinary action.

When addressing violations of the university's Statement of Community Expectations, the Statement of Student Life Principles and Expectations, and the university's policies and guidelines, the primary approach will be educational. In situations where a student may have accidentally, unintentionally, or carelessly violated a COVID-19 policy, which could put other members of the W&L community in greater risk, the student will be reminded of the Statement of Student Life Principles and Expectations, and the university's policies and guidelines, and encouraged to reflect on how their behavior may be impacting W&L's commitment to members of the community both on and off campus.

Students should understand that the university will not tolerate deliberate, reckless, or repeated disregard of the university's policies and guidelines. The health and well-being of the entire W&L community is all of our responsibility. Students who engage in conduct in deliberate, reckless, or repeated disregard of these standards may be sanctioned by the University. Such sanctions include fines, conduct probation, and removal from on-campus classes and on-campus housing (if this were to occur, these students would be required to complete their 2020-2021 academic coursework remotely). If it is not feasible to complete academic coursework remotely, the student may submit a Leave of Absence request or be subject to withdrawal for the remainder of the term or academic year.

The Office of Student Affairs will review all allegations of violations by students of the university's Statement of Community Expectations, the Statement of Student Life Principles and Expectations, and the University's policies and guidelines to determine if a violation has occurred and will address accordingly. The vice president for student affairs and dean of students will provide the faculty with a report on these disciplinary actions as part of the minutes of the Student Affairs Committee.