Disciplinary Procedures

The campus conduct process is intended to be educational, not punitive. Our goal is to help the student better understand the impact of his or her actions and to help him or her take steps towards repairing the harm done to the University community. Sanctions are not predetermined, but rather accommodating the individual circumstances of a given case.

Attendance at Mississippi State University is not a right, rather it is a privilege. As such, removal of a student from campus through a sanction of suspension or expulsion is a possibility in certain circumstances in which the student has endangered themselves, the university community, or engaged in repeat violations of the Code of Student Conduct.

Violation of the student code and university regulations will be enforced. If the behavior of a student is such that his or her continuance at the university would be hazardous to others or detrimental to the university, the Dean of Students may, at his or her discretion, temporarily suspend the student until the disciplinary process is complete. Student conduct sanctions are educational in nature. More than one sanction or any combination of sanctions may be imposed for any single violation. The following list is an example of sanctions; however it is not all inclusive of all possible sanctions.

  • Expulsion: Separation of the student from the university whereby the student is never eligible for readmission to this university.
  • Suspension: Separation of the student from the university for a defined period of time.
  • Conduct Probation: An official warning that the student's conduct is in violation of the Code of Student Conduct, but is not sufficiently serious to warrant expulsion or suspension. A student on conduct probation may also be ineligible to represent the university and additional restrictions or conditions may be imposed depending on the nature and seriousness of the misconduct as specified in the sanction.
  • Loss of Campus Housing: Removal from university housing for disciplinary reasons.
  • Community Service: A student may have to complete a specified number of community service hours.
  • Restrictions: The withdrawal of specified privileges for a defined period of time.
  • Restitution: A payment for financial reimbursement in cases involving loss of or destruction of property or deception.
  • Warning: Reprimand of a student for actions violating the Code of Student Conduct.
  • Educational Requirements: A stipulation to complete a specific educational requirement directly related to the violation of the Code of Student Conduct committed. The provision will be clearly defined. Educational requirements may include, but are not limited to, completion of an alcohol or drug education course, an integrity course, essays, reports, etc.