Behaviors of Concern
The Code of Student Conduct [PDF] outlines policies that potentially relate to violations of the Green and Gold Promise. Most notably:
c. Public Order/University Order Offenses:
- Creating a fire, safety, or health hazard.
- Impeding or obstructing an investigation, or failing to identify oneself or to
comply with the directions of University officials, their authorized agents, or
local police agencies acting in the performance and scope of their duties.
Additionally, behavior that directly impacts the health or safety of another person (e.g. deliberate coughing or spitting in the direction of another) will likely intersect with the Code in a more severe manner:
2. Prohibited Acts
a. Offenses Against Persons: Any conduct or action that
- causes physical harm or endangers the health or safety of any person; or
- places another person in reasonable apprehension of physical harm or danger
to their health or safety or to the health or safety of another, including through
written or verbal conduct or implied threats.
Reporting Concerning Behavior
We all have a shared obligation for upholding the expectations of the Green and Gold Promise. If you're not comfortable, in the moment, with interrupting behavior you feel places you or our community in jeopardy, please contact UVM Police or Residential Life staff.
If you wish to report an incident yourself, you may submit an online incident report directly to the Center for Student Conduct. Please realize that your report, including your name, will become available to the respondent during any resulting conduct hearing.
Application of the Green and Gold sanctioning framework is not automatic. Every case is assessed individually. Sanctions may deviate from the progression articulated below on the basis of aggravating and mitigating factors presented, and the gradation of the underlying behavior as assessed by the hearing officer. Especially egregious behavior may result in immediate suspension or dismissal.
Possible Sanctions for Behavioral Violations
Examples of Egregious Behaviors:
Hosting or attending any event in which the number of participants exceeds limits dictated by the City of Burlington or State of Vermont; purposefully spitting or coughing on another; gathering above capacity within UVM spaces; breaking quarantine or isolation; failing to wear a mask or abide by physical distance requirements after being asked to do so
1st Offense – probation, $250 fine, and parent/academic notification
2nd Offense – Remote Option or Suspension
Examples of Non-Egregious Behaviors:
Forgetting a mask, failure to social distance
1st Offense – educational sanction
2nd Offense – probation, $250 fine, and parent/academic notification
3rd Offense – Remote Option or Suspension
Possible Sanctions for Missed Tests
Sanctions for a first missed test will result in a $250 fine and a probationary status with the Center for Student Conduct through the duration of the pandemic. A second missed test, or failure to test after the initial notice, will result in a review for separation (Remote Option or Suspension) through the hearing process detailed in the Code of Student Conduct. First missed test sanctions are administratively imposed, without a hearing, and subject to appeal.
A shortened appeal window will apply to all violations of the Green and Gold Promise.