The purpose of this policy is to provide a procedure for determining whether an identified student's behavior poses a Direct Threat (as defined herein) and for responding to such behavior. Rarely does student behavior pose a Direct Threat. However, involuntary withdrawal may be appropriate when:
In the absence of other reasonable means or university procedures available for addressing a student’s behavior which poses a Direct Threat, the university will conduct an individualized assessment of the student behavior and circumstances related to the observed behavior of concern and, if appropriate, implement the involuntary, total withdrawal of the identified student from the university.
The student may appeal an involuntary withdrawal decision, or may seek reenrollment to the university at a later time, in accordance with the guidelines and procedures articulated below. The decision regarding an appeal or reenrollment request will be considered on the basis of whether the student continues to pose a Direct Threat.
The policy will be applied in a nondiscriminatory manner, and decisions will be based on consideration of the student’s conduct, actions, and statements, not on knowledge or belief that the student has a disability.
Behavior which poses:
Behavior which has a high probability (not just a slightly increased, speculative, or remote risk) of substantial harm to the university community, given information concerning the behavior that is available at the time of consideration.
Behavior which continually and considerably interferes with other students’ participation in academic, work, extracurricular, housing/residence life, or other university-related activities.
At any time prior to the initiation or conclusion of the review process, the vice president may implement an interim involuntary withdrawal of the student from the university, should immediate action appear warranted. A review process, as outlined above, will occur as soon as reasonably possible to consider the interim decision.
Reasonable deviation from these procedures due to crisis and/or emergency situations will not invalidate the need for a review process and its subsequent decision.
This policy will not be rescinded or modified except by action of the IUP president, following consultation with the University Senate, and in accordance with University Senate By-Laws and Constitution.
The IUP Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs will publicize and transmit this policy to all members of the university community.