University Sanctions

CAAPS: The Carolina Awareness on Alcohol Policies and Safety (CAAPS) is an educational sanction for underage, first-time alcohol policy violators. The class focuses mainly on the University of South Carolina’s alcohol policy and South Carolina state alcohol laws. Students enrolled in CAAPS are challenged to hold themselves accountable, reflect, and attain knowledge to make positive future decisions regarding alcohol use with heavily interactive activities and discussions.

Civility Effects: This workshop is designed to help teach students constructive forms of communication and to promote a climate of civility within the Carolina Community. It is a one-time, two hour educational workshop for students who display uncivil behavior toward themselves or others.

Community Service: When our behaviors or actions take away from the Carolina Community, it is important that we made amends by giving back to the community. Each assignment of community service is paired with an intentional reflection essay because more often than not, we do not learn from doing as much as we learn from thinking about what we did. All community service hours should be documented using the OSC Community Service Form and signed by a sight supervisor. We do contact sight supervisors to verify hours completed.

Conduct Probation: Conduct Probation is intended to serve as a decision-making tool for students. When a student is placed on Conduct Probation, if there are any additional violations of the Student Code of Conduct, the additional sanctions could result in suspension from the University. 

Insights Alcohol Alert Program for a missed CAAPS class: This 2 hour class is offered the first Thursday of every month from 6-8 p.m. for $35 at Insight Educational and Treatment Services. Please call 803-750-8444 to be placed on the roster. Arrive 20 minutes before the class (5:40p.m.) to complete the appropriate paperwork. It is your responsibility to schedule this class. Contact Insights the day after completing Alcohol Alert to ensure that your completion paperwork has been faxed to Student Conduct.

Essays: We do not learn from doing, we learn from thinking about what we do. A reflection paper gives students the opportunity to look back on their actions, their incident and their student conduct experience and assess what they have learned, how they have negatively impacted themselves or others and how they can plan to avoid future incidents in the future. Essays include a variety of topics and questions that are adjusted to correspond with each individual student and incident.

Fines: Many of our sanctions include the use of fines. Our sanctions are never intended to be purely punitive in nature, however for many students a financial burden is a deterrent to a repeat offense. The dollar amount of fines is non-negotiable and as they have been approved by faculty and university administration above the level of the conduct administrator.

Fire Safety Presentation: The University of Carolina takes fire safety very seriously. Any student found responsible for violating the Fire and General Safety policies is usually required to create and present an educational program to their residence hall or a group of their peers about the importance of fire safety.

Housing Removal: There are situations in which a student has shown that they deter the University from providing a safe and nurturing environment for all residents of our residence halls. In these situations, students are given a period of time (usually between 48 hours and 5 days) to vacate their residence. If removed from university housing, a student is no longer allowed to live in any university facility for the duration of their career at USC.

Housing Relocation: If a living arrangement/environment is toxic or a hindrance to a student’s successful completion of their sanctions or ability to make smart choices, we are willing to relocate a student to a different residence hall on campus. This is usually done immediately and to our first available vacancy.

Insights: Insights Educational & Treatment Services is a local treatment facility that offers various services and educational programs, particularly regarding substance use. One of the facilities we recommend to students for drug testing and/or treatment.

LRADAC: Lexington/Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council is a local treatment facility that offers various services and educational programs, particularly regarding substance use. One of the facilities we recommend to students for drug testing and/or treatment.

Random Drug Testing: For any student found in violation of our Drug Policy, we require some form of drug screening. This could be scheduled or random drug tests. Drug Testing takes place at off-campus venues only and includes a cost that must be assumed by the student. If a student fails a drug screen or does not submit when scheduled, the missed/failed drug screen is viewed as a new incident and another conduct case is opened for that charged student.

Restitution: Used only in incidents of theft, misappropriation or damage to property, we require that any student found responsible of the previous charges pay restitution to the appropriate recipient. For damage to a University facility or residence hall, payment is made to the University.

STIR: The mission of STIR (Students Taking Initiative & Responsibility) is to help students identify high-risk behavior, reflect on their decision making skills, and take action towards making safer choices and reducing future negative consequences. The one-to-one experience involves evaluation and reflection in a two-session individualized meeting with SAPE (Substance Abuse Prevention and Education) graduate students designed to assist students in recognizing their high risk behavior and to support students in making responsible decisions. There is a $100 administrative fee associated with this sanction in order to pay for the licensure associated with the nationally respected evaluation tools (e-chug and e-toke).

Six Week Group: The 6 week Redefining Your Relationship with Substances group involves the completion of an assessment with a counselor and then attendance in 6 group sessions. You are required to attend this group once per week for 6 weeks consecutively, beginning on the start date indicated. If you miss any session or are more than 5 minutes late, you will be responsible for completing this sanction off campus at your expense. Groups run for 6 consecutive weeks. Sessions are $27.50- $35 each and will be billed to your bursar account.

Suspension: Denial of enrollment, attendance, and other privileges at the University for a specified period of time. Suspension entails being prohibited from entering the University of South Carolina campus and properties. Permission to apply for readmission upon termination of the period may be granted with or without conditions/restrictions. Students may be required to complete a period of disciplinary probation upon their return to the University.

Delayed Suspension: Students are allowed to continue to participate in their academic coursework, however they will be under strict restrictions from the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity. Failure to adhere to all requirements will lead to an immediate suspension.

NOTE: Any student suspended or expelled for disciplinary reasons must vacate the campus within the period of time noted in the notice of suspension. A violation of the provision will result in arrest for trespassing. The student may not return to campus or University property during the term of the suspension without prior written permission by the Director of Student Conduct or designee.

If you have been suspended and plan to return to the University, please view essential information on the admission's website