11.18.6. Protocol for Expulsion

If the honor council votes to expel a student (either with the ability to apply for readmission after one year or not) that vote passes as a directive to the provost, who will either implement it (following resolution of any possible appeal; see Sec. 11.23.) or who will meet personally with the members of the judicial panel who voted for expulsion to explain why he/she refused to implement it. From the time the provost implements the expulsion until the expulsion period ends (if it does) the expelled student will absent him/herself from campus. Financial and financial aid matters related to expulsion are governed by the appropriate section of the Bulletin as well as federal and state laws (if applicable). The protocol for expulsion depends on when the directive to expel is sent to the provost:

11.18.6.1. Expulsion Protocol Prior to Posting of All Final Grades for a Semester

If the directive to expel is sent to the provost prior to when final grades for the semester in which the infraction occurred are posted by the registrar, then the expulsion is an action which is retroactive to the start of the semester during which the precipitating event occurred. The secretary will inform the registrar to not post any grades for the student until the expulsion is fully resolved (including potential appeals). If the provost eventually expels the student then at that time the student will be assigned the grade of “W” in all classes in which he/she was enrolled when the directive to expel was sent to the provost, except that he/she will be assigned the grade of “F” in any class wherein he/she committed an honor code violation which led to the expulsion. If the student is not expelled by the provost, then the grades assigned by the various instructors at the conclusion of the semester will be posted by the registrar. It is possible that one (or more) of these grades will have been modified by action of the honor council. If a student is expelled with ability to reapply after one year, then he she will remain expelled for at least a one-year period beginning with the outset of the semester in which the expulsion occurred. Even if such a student has the ability to reapply, there is no guarantee that such a reapplication will be favorably received, and the University may insist on satisfaction of certain unusual and additional requirements before granting any such readmission. If a student is expelled without the ability to reapply after one year, he/she may never apply for readmission to Oglethorpe University. Additional specific regulations governing readmission can be found in Sec. 6.24.5. of the Bulletin.

11.18.6.2. Expulsion Protocol After Posting of All Final Grades for a Semester

If the directive to expel is sent to the provost after the registrar has posted final grades for the semester in which the infraction occurred, then if the provost eventually expels the student the expulsion period commences with the start of the next semester. The grades which were posted for the semester during which the infraction occurred are permitted to stand, except that the student will be retroactively assigned the grade of “F” in any class wherein he/she committed an honor code violation which led to the expulsion. Thus, if a student is expelled with ability to reapply after one year, then he she will remain expelled for at least a one-year period beginning with the outset of the semester after which the precipitating event occurred. Even if such a student has the ability to re-apply, there is no guarantee that such a reapplication will be favorably received, and the University may insist on satisfaction of certain unusual and additional requirements before granting any such readmission. If a student is expelled without the ability to reapply after one year, he/she may never apply for re-admission to Oglethorpe University. Additional specific regulations governing re-admission can be found in the Bulletin.