A student’s discipline record is part of his or her formal educational record. Discipline records are maintained by the Office of Student Conduct and include records from the Office of Student Conduct related to the Code of Conduct, records from Residence Life related to the residence hall Community Standards Program, and records related to Academic Integrity Policy (AD 49-20).
In most cases, a discipline record does not include a notation on a student’s academic transcript. However, the Office of Student Conduct will place disciplinary transcript notations on the student's academic record in certain circumstances, for example when students are sanctioned with Disciplinary Probation with a Transcript Notation, Suspension, or Expulsion.
Typically, a student discipline record is established when a report or information on a student is received by the Office of Student Conduct or the Office of Residence Life. Student discipline records can be reported outside the University as part of a graduate school application, job application, or background check with the student’s authorization for three (3) years after graduation. Records are kept on file in the Office of Student Conduct for seven (7) years total after the graduation date of the student. After seven years past graduation, the record is destroyed.
If a student with a disciplinary record transfers and graduates from another college or university, Penn State will destroy the discipline record seven (7) years after the date the student graduates from the other institution. In order for the disciplinary record to be destroyed, the student must verify his or her graduation by providing a transcript and/or other acceptable proof.
If a student is assigned the sanction of Permanent Expulsion, the student disciplinary record will remain on file permanently. If a student is involved in litigation with the University, the student disciplinary record may be kept indefinitely. If the student has not met the conditions for re-enrollment after a separation from the University, the Student Disciplinary Record may be kept on file until the sanction is removed, but only if the period of time meets the criteria above.
Accessibility to Student Disciplinary Records follows the University Policy on Confidentiality of Student Records.
Detailed information about the keeping and reporting of discipline records is available online.
External Non-disclosure of Discipline Records
In the two semesters before a student’s graduation or any time thereafter, a student may request that his/her discipline record not be externally disclosed. If a student’s request is approved, the discipline record would no longer be disclosed externally to the University but would still be maintained for seven (7) years past graduation in the typical manner. This decision is made at the sole discretion of the Senior Director of the Office of Student Conduct at University Park (or his/her designee at another Penn State campus) and includes the entire record (i.e., no partial deletions are allowed).
Eligibility information: External non-disclosure is considered for students who have received minor-level sanctions (typically, one semester of Disciplinary Probation or below). In addition, students whose violations were determined to have threatened or endangered the health or safety of any person or to have caused significant property damage will not be considered for external non-disclosure. Other criteria that will be taken into account include: (a) nature and severity of the violation(s), (b) the impact or potential impact of the behavior on the community, and (c) nature of prior incidents (if any) or repeated patterns of behavior.
Process for determination: A request for non-disclosure may be submitted anytime past the date of graduation or in the two semesters before graduation. At least four months must have elapsed since the last disciplinary incident for which a student was found responsible. It is the University’s role to determine when external non-disclosure is warranted. There is no appeal process. Any previous decision granting external non-disclosure is revoked should another violation occur.