In keeping with the mission of the Department of Housing and Residential Education and the Housing Conduct Philosophy, sanctions are intended to educate students as to why their actions were inappropriate, help students improve their ethical decision making, and hold students accountable to their contractual obligations of living in campus housing.

Except for disciplinary probation, a record of the outcome or sanction will not appear on a student’s official University academic or disciplinary record. However, other University offices may request this information if the student submits applications for study abroad, entrance into professional schools, and/or student employment positions.

Sanctions and Interventions will be determined on the following criteria:

  • The severity of the violation;
  • The sanction that has been assigned in the past for similar situations (a.k.a. the established precedent);
  • The student’s previous conduct history, as well as their attitude throughout the conduct process;
  • The importance of learning through the Housing Conduct process.

*Note: In some instances, one of these criteria may outweigh others in degree of importance.



Administrative Follow up: A required follow up meeting with the Community Director who served as the Hearing Officer for the case.

AlcoholEdu for Sanctions: is an online course designed specifically to help students who have violated alcohol policies make safer and healthier choices - and avoid experiencing problems again. The course provides a strong educational foundation to support the student decision making process. 

Community Service: A required sanction in which the student must complete a service learning experience for a designated amount of time. The student must provide documentation to the Hearing Office confirming the completion of the community service experience.

Decisions Course: UNC’s Decision is a 3-hour student-centered workshop focused on ethical and critical decision making, and understanding readiness for behavior and attitude change through self-awareness. The program helps students align personal and University core values with their actions in an atmosphere of responsibility and accountability. The program engages participants in a process of self-awareness and critical reflection. Students will learn applied skills and have opportunities to practice these skills to make better choices moving forward. 

Educational Sanction: A required sanction in which the student must complete an educational experience and/or reflection aimed at helping the student learn from the incident and adding value to their experience as a student.

Referral: A required follow up with a campus partner or community agency. Referrals are typically made in order to connect students to resources or help students manage issues that led to the violation by connecting them with an individual who is specialized in the area of concern.

Tar Heel BASICS: A preventive alcohol abuse intervention program for college students 18 to 24 years old. It is aimed at students who have had negative experiences or other problems relate to alcohol use. The program is designed to help students make better alcohol-use decisions and to overall reduce their risks for alcohol related harm. The program’s style is not confrontational or judgmental and consists of two sessions with a Student Wellness staff member. Students who enroll in BASICS are assessed a $50 fee for service and will be charged to your student account. 

Tar Heel BASICS for Marijuana: A preventive intervention program for college students. It is an adapted version of BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students) specifically designed for students who use marijuana and have experienced negative consequences as a result of marijuana use, (e.g. housing violation). The program's style is non-confrontational and non-judgmental. The program consists of two sessions with a Student Wellness staff member.  Students who enroll in BASICS are assessed a $50 fee for service and will be charged to your student account.



Housing Warning: An official written warning that a student has been found in violation of the Community Living Standards. A warning serves as notice to the student that any further violations of the Community Living Standards will be handled more stringently.

Housing Contract Probation: A Housing Contract probationary period for students, typically 6 months or 12 months, during which any additional violations of the Community Living Standards may result in additional sanctioning or contract termination.

Housing Contract Termination: Housing Contract Termination is when a student’s contract is cancelled for being found responsible for violating the Community Living Standards. In cases of Housing Contract Termination, a student’s violation is usually of an egregious nature. Given the nature of the violation, the student may be provided the option to re-apply to live in campus housing after a 12-month period has lapsed, otherwise, a student’s contract termination is indefinite. Students receiving Housing Contract Termination are subject to a cancellation charge equal to 50% of the total value of the contract, which will be applied to their student account.

Housing Contract Termination from Granville Towers: Contract Termination from Granville Towers is when a student’s contract is cancelled for being found responsible for violating Community Living Standards. In cases of Contract Termination from Granville Towers, a student’s violation is usually of an egregious nature. Students receiving Housing Contract Termination from Granville Towers are accountable for 100% of the remaining contract, and must contact the Business Office in Granville Towers to schedule payment. 

Administrative reassignment: A required relocation to another room and/or community.

Loss of privileges: Loss of specified privileges for a designated period of time, including but not limited to: access to specified residential communities, stay late during breaks, guest privileges.

Restitution: A monetary sanction imposed on students when there is a cost associated with their behavior (i.e. if a student vandalizes a wall by spray painting it, the student would be responsible for the cost of repainting the wall.)



Warning: An official written reprimand that is formally communicated by a letter giving the student notice that any subsequent violations will result in more stringent sanctions, up to and including disciplinary probation.

Disciplinary Probation: Assigned for a definite or indefinite period, including probation with associated conditions or requirements. Probation means that a student may remain at the University, but may be required to satisfy specified conditions or requirements, report regularly to appropriate University officials, and be barred from holding any office or participating in any activity in which the student represents the University or University-recognized student organizations either within or outside the University community. The sanction of probation prohibits graduation until the period of probation has ended and the student has complied with all requirements of the sanctions. Disciplinary probation shall be reflected on a student’s academic transcript while active.