The Office of Student Conduct provides this information to students who have been issued a sanction of Disciplinary Suspension, Indefinite Expulsion or Expulsion in order to articulate the withdrawal and re-enrollment process. The information contained within this brochure is not intended to be exhaustive but instead should provide some general information to help with exiting and re-enrolling in the University. Any questions related to specific processes should be directed to the appropriate office or department. There may also be other processes that are necessary for specific situations that are not listed in this brochure.
The Office of Student Conduct will provide official notification including date of Disciplinary Suspension, Indefinite Expulsion or Expulsion to the following offices and departments:
- University Police
- University Network Security
- Office of Residence Life
- University Registrar
- The Athletics Department
- International Student Services
- The Reserve Officer Training Corps
- The Student’s Academic College
In addition to formal notification, a registration hold will be placed on the student record by the Office of Student Conduct preventing future registration until approved through Student Conduct.
There are three forms of disciplinary separation from the University:
- DISCIPLINARY SUSPENSION: Disciplinary suspension from the University is assigned for a specified period of time. A suspended student is precluded from registration, class attendance or participation, and residence on campus. In addition, the student is prohibited from using or visiting University facilities unless special permission is obtained from the Senior Director or designee. During the period of the suspension, a notation will appear on the student’s official University transcript.
- INDEFINITE EXPULSION: Indefinite expulsion from the University is for a period of not less than one calendar year, and re-enrollment must be approved by the Vice President for Student Affairs or designee at University Park or by the Chancellor at other campus locations. During a period of indefinite expulsion, a student is precluded from registration, class attendance or participation, and residence on campus. In addition, the student is prohibited from using or visiting University facilities unless special permission is obtained from the Senior Director or designee. If a student wishes to return to the University after the period of his or her indefinite expulsion, he/she must request re-enrollment (in writing) from the Senior Director or designee. During the period of the expulsion, a notation will appear on the student’s official University transcript.
- EXPULSION: Expulsion of a student from the University is permanent. A student is precluded from registration, class attendance or participation, and residence on campus. In addition, the student is prohibited from using or visiting University facilities unless special permission is obtained from the Senior Director or designee. Expulsion requires administrative review and approval by the President. The sanction of expulsion is permanently noted on a student’s official University transcript.
Returning to the University
After Disciplinary Suspension:
When the period of suspension has ended, the student is considered for registration in compliance with current academic standards as long as any assigned sanctions or conditions are completed satisfactorily. If sanctions are not completed satisfactorily, the suspension may be extended. Students must still follow re-enrollment procedures (below).
After Indefinite Expulsion:
A student who has been indefinitely expelled is not eligible for re-enrollment prior to one year from the date of expulsion and can only be approved for re-enrollment by the Vice President for Student Affairs or designee.
To ensure a decision is made in a timely manner, an indefinitely expelled student must request approval for re-enrollment at least three months prior to the semester for which he wishes to return. Requisite information includes a personal letter of application, letters of recommendation, supervisory reports and recommendations and probation reports if appropriate. Contact the Office of Student Conduct to obtain more detailed information regarding what is required.
If the student receives a positive decision from the Senior Director, the student must still follow University re-enrollment procedures (below).
Students approved to seek re-enrollment must contact the Registrar's Office and complete the Undergraduate Re-enrollment Form (found at http://www.registrar.psu.edu/). There is a $20 non-refundable re-enrollment fee.
The campus Registrar will then make a decision regarding the request and will forward the form to the student’s College for further processing. The student should then contact his College to register for classes.
A separated student should make contact with the following offices to inquire about exit procedures:
Housing, Food Services & Residence Life
- A separated student must vacate his on campus housing assignment within 48 hours of final notification of separation unless otherwise approved by the Senior Director of Residence Life.
- The separated student must check-out of his residential space through the commons desk in the area he resides.
- Room & base board costs will typically be credited according to PSU’s Tuition Adjustment Schedule.
- Room and meal plan credits will typically be refunded to the student's account less any outstanding charges against the account.
Tuition & Fees
- The tuition payment will be refunded in full if registration is canceled prior to the first day of classes and no other university charges are incurred.
- If classes are in session and a student is subsequently separated, a refund may be made according to PSU’s Tuition Adjustment Schedule (http://www.bursar.psu.edu/refund.cfm).
A separated student must contact the office of Student Aid to assess personal financial standing with any approved or requested aid.
A separated student must return his parking permit to the University Parking Office after the official notification of separation. The Parking Office may provide a prorated refund.
A separated student’s Penn State Student Computer Access Account will be locked during the period of separation, even if that student works on campus, unless specific exception is requested by the Senior Director of Student Conduct.
This information is intended to provide assistance, but students are recommended to contact the specific offices and refer to the OSC Procedures to get the most definitive and current information. The following links provide contact information for some of the offices commonly utilized for the Office of Student Conduct separation process.
Office of Student Conduct (814)-863-0342
120 Boucke Building, University Park campus
University Registrar’s Office (814)-865-6357
112 Shields Building, University Park campus
Office of the Bursar (814)-865-6528
103 Shields Building, University Park campus
Housing, Food Services & Residence Life (814)-865-7501
201 Johnston Commons, University Park campus
Office of Student Aid (814)-865-6301
314 Shields Building, University Park campus
University Parking Office (814)-865-1436
Eisenhower Parking Deck, University Park campus
Updated February 10, 2014