Withdrawal: Disciplinary Suspension

Policy

If you violate University expectations as outlined in The Duke Community Standard in Practice: A Guide for Undergraduates, you may be subject to suspension (an involuntary withdrawal or dismissal from the University for a specified number of semesters), or permanent expulsion.

Procedure

If you are found responsible for a conduct violation that leads to a suspension from the University, the Office of Student Conduct will notify you and your academic dean of that decision.  Your academic dean will withdraw you from Duke, close your student record, and notify your advisor, instructors, and all appropriate departments.  The withdrawal will be entered on your student record.

The effective date of your suspension is normally the date that your dean is officially notified by the Office of Student Conduct.  If you are found responsible for an infraction leading to suspension and where the appeal process is completed after fall or spring break, you will ordinarily be permitted to finish the current semester and receive grades in your courses.  In such cases, the effective date of withdrawal from the University will be the end of the semester after final exams are completed.  If you are dismissed before fall or spring break, you will receive W grades in all of your courses and tuition will be refunded in accordance with the University's tuition refund policy.  If a conduct violation occurs in one semester but the matter is not resolved before the start of the next semester, your suspension will take effect immediately upon final resolution of the case, and your course work in the new semester will be deleted from your record and you will receive a full tuition refund but will be responsible for room, board, and other fees on a pro-rated basis.  Note: if you appeal a decision of the Undergraduate Conduct Board, you remain a student in good standing until the Appellate Board renders its decision. The decision of the Appellate Board is final.

Once the period of suspension is complete, you may apply to return through the Office of Student Returns.  However, students who are suspended twice for disciplinary reasons are eligible to apply for readmission no sooner than five years after the date of the second withdrawal.  If you are dismissed for both academic and disciplinary reasons, the semesters of withdrawal will normally run successively.  Only under extraordinary circumstances would your academic dean permit the terms of dismissal and suspension to run concurrently.  You are not eligible for transfer credit from another university during the period of your suspension.  If you are permanently expelled, no return to Duke is possible.

General questions about a dismissal should be directed to your academic dean.  Questions specifically about your disciplinary suspension should be directed the Office of Student Conduct.   Questions about financial obligations should be directed to the Bursar's Office.  If you are withdrawn and have student loans, you must be in touch with the Student Loan Office to complete a Student Loan Exit Interview and to receive information on how to manage any loan payments that may become due while you are not enrolled. For information on returning from a suspension, see the Office of Student Returns.

Note:  If you have been suspended from Duke, you are no longer an active student, are not eligible for the benefits afforded to active Duke undergraduates, and are not permitted to be on campus.  For details, see General Policies/Expectations While Away on the Office of Student Returns website. 

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