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.
Possible Sanctions for Violations
The Center for Student Conduct will administratively impose sanctions, without a hearing, for initial cases where students have failed to take any required COVID-19 test. A second offense (or failure to test after the initial notice) will result in review for immediate suspension through the hearing process detailed in the Code of Student Conduct.
In all cases where violations of the Green and Gold Promise are alleged, not just those related to missed tests, administrative actions may be imposed to address the significant health and safety concerns raised by those alleged violations, including restricting access to campus. The Center for Student Conduct is a designee of the Dean of Students when imposing administrative actions.
A shortened appeal window will apply to all violations of the Green and Gold Promise.
For egregious violations (examples include but are not limited to: failure to take required COVID-19 tests, hosting any event in which the number of participants exceeds 10 people (25 for outdoor gatherings) or any modified number issued by the City of Burlington or State of Vermont guidelines; spitting or coughing on another; allowing gatherings above capacity within UVM residential halls; failing to wear a mask or abide by physical distance requirements after being asked to do so):
- 1st Offense - $250 fine, Educational Sanction, Parent Notification, Probation (note that any subsequent offense will result in a review for suspension)
- 2nd Offense - Parent Notification, Suspension
Given added context for any specific case that is deemed especially egregious, sanctions may result in immediate suspension or dismissal.
For non-egregious violations (examples include but are not limited to: forgetting your mask, attending a hosted event without a mask, hosting a guest in violation of quarantine guidelines):
- 1st Offense - Educational Sanction, Parent Notification
- 2nd Offense - $250 fine, Educational Sanction, Parent Notification, Probation (note that any subsequent offense will result in a review for suspension)
- 3rd Offense - Parent Notification, Suspension