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The following information is intended to answer questions when students have been issued a sanction of Conduct Suspension, Indefinite Expulsion or Expulsion in order to articulate the withdrawal and re-enrollment process. The information included 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 here.

The Office of Student Conduct provides official notification including date of Conduct 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
  • Office of Global Programs
  • 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 preventing future registration until approved by the Office of Student Conduct.

Four forms of conduct separation from the University

Conduct Suspension

Conduct 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, s/he 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.

Conduct Withdrawal

If a respondent has a pending legal case for the same incident that has led to a conduct conference and wishes to delay the conduct process, s/he may request a disciplinary withdrawal from the University. Upon withdrawing, the student may not attend classes, reside on campus or use/visit facilities on any Penn State campus. A notation of the withdrawal will appear on the student's academic transcript. Additionally, a hold will be placed on his/her registration and s/he is not permitted to re-enroll until the respondent has completed the conduct process and the Office of Student Conduct has removed this hold.

Exiting the University

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/her 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/her residential space through the commons desk in the area s/he resides. Room and base board costs will typically be credited according to Penn State's Tuition Adjustment Schedule and 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 Penn State's Tuition Adjustment Schedule.

Student Aid

A separated student must contact the Office of Student Aid to assess personal financial standing with any approved or requested aid.

Parking

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.

Network Access

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

  • IT Service Desk
  • 814-865-HELP (4357)
    204 Wagner Building, University Park campus

Returning to the University

After Conduct 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 follow Penn State's re-enrollment procedures.

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 s/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 and is approved to seek re-enrollment, the student must follow University re-enrollment procedures, which include contacting the Registrar's Office and completing the Undergraduate Re-enrollment Form; there is a $20 non-refundable re-enrollment fee.