Interim Suspension Process
An interim suspension is an immediate temporary separation from the University. Conditions may include restriction from University premises, participation in academic endeavors, and University- related activities. Interim suspensions will be expedited through the Student Conduct Process.An interim suspension may be imposed at the discretion of the Vice President for Student Success, or designee, to ensure one or all of the following:
- The safety and well-being of members of the USF community or preservation of USF property;
- The student’s continued presence or the student organization’s continued activities, or use of privileges, is likely to pose an ongoing threat, disruption or interference with the normal operation of USF.
When an interim suspension is imposed, the charged student or student organization will receive written notice to attend a scheduled Informational Meeting with a Hearing Officer. The written notice will include date, time, and location of the meeting, as well as the specific charges of violations of the Code, a brief description of the allegation(s), the conditions of interim suspension, and any other detail to prepare for the Student Conduct Process.
An Informational Meeting will occur (see Informational Meeting) and the Hearing Officer will review available information to determine if the interim suspension will remain, be modified, or lifted. The charged student or student organization will receive written notice two (2) days after the Informational Meeting regarding the status of interim suspension.
If the charged student or student organization fails to attend the Informational Meeting, they will have waived their opportunity to participate in the Informational Meeting, and SCED will proceed with scheduling a Formal Hearing. The type of Formal Hearing forum will be determined based on the severity of charges and/or possible sanctions (e.g. suspension or expulsion).
If a charged student is placed on an interim suspension, but the charged student is subsequently found not responsible for the conduct violation, the University must:
- Correct any record of the change in enrollment status in the charged student's permanent records, and report in a manner compliant with state and federal laws, and
- Refund the charged student: a pro rata portion of any charges for tuition and out of-state fees, as appropriate, if the temporary revocation or suspension of the charged student’s ability to attend classes lasts for more than ten (10) days.
In cases where the President determines that the health, safety, or welfare of the charged student or the University community is involved, a charged student’s privileges within the University, including the ability to attend classes or engage in University activities, may be suspended on an interim basis.