Accountability Outcomes

Accountability Outcomes are issued via letter, sent to the student's LSU e-mail address. Outcomes include deadlines, details and specific instructions for completion.

If a Charged Student is found to be responsible for a violation, appropriate sanctions will be determined based on the specific facts of the case, the student's level of intent, and the student's prior accountability history. Accountability Outcomes are assigned first with education in mind and then a punitive component. 

The goal of the Accountability process at LSU is to educate students and initiate change.  Therefore, SAA uses a set of guidelines in determining the appropriate outcome in each case and to ensure consistency across similar cases.  As a general principle, each Accountability Outcome for a student who is found responsible for violating the LSU Code of Student Conduct includes a probationary period of time, a reflective exercise, an educational opportunity, and a restorative justice component. (Cases of Academic Misconduct may include a grade impact.) Outcomes include learning objectives and include all relevant instructions for students to begin completing activities immediately upon receipt.

Students may also be assigned educational outcomes to help to change behavior that resulted in a violation of LSU Code of Student Conduct.  These outcomes vary by case and questions can be directed to the SAA hearing officer.

Below is a list of accountability statuses and definition of each:

Disciplinary Probation

Disciplinary Probation is a status for a specified period of time during which any further violation of the Code or University policy jeopardizes the Student(s) status with the University. Disciplinary Probation with restriction includes loss of privileges, including but not limited to, removal from residential facilities, inability to hold a position of leadership in a registered Student organization, participation in intramurals, LSU study abroad programs, and/or other representation of the University. Disciplinary Probation without restriction would allow students to participate in Student organization leadership, intramurals, studying abroad or other specified co-curricular activities. Disciplinary Probation will not be recorded on the student's academic transcript except in cases of Academic Misconduct.  For a first-time violation, that is not serious in nature, undergraduate students typically remain on disciplinary probation for 1-2 semesters.

Deferred Suspension

Deferred Suspension is a status for a specified period of time during which any subsequent finding of Responsibility for a violation of the Code or University policy shall include the Outcome of Suspension.  Deferred Suspension will include loss of privileges as detailed under Disciplinary Probation with Restrictions and is designated on the Student(s) academic transcript in cases of Academic Misconduct.

Interim Suspension

In cases where it is determined that a Student’s continued presence on campus constitutes an immediate threat of harm to Student(s), other individuals and/or University premises, the SAA Official may immediately suspend that Student from the University, or limit access or attendance pending final disposition of the matter. Upon issuance of an Interim Suspension, a SAA Official shall endeavor to contact the Student, advise the Student that an Interim Suspension is in effect, and provide the Student with an opportunity to address the alleged misconduct. The Interim Suspension status will be reviewed by the Dean of Students as soon as reasonably possible.  This review can lead to a continuance of, revocation and/or modification of the Interim Suspension. If a Student is reinstated to the University following an Interim Suspension, the Student will be afforded the opportunity to make up academic work missed during the period in which the Suspension was imposed.  It is the responsibility of the Charged Student to make arrangements with instructors for completing missed work. 


Suspension is the physical separation from the University for Misconduct. A Student may be Suspended for at least one semester and/or for multiple years. The Suspension may be delayed at the discretion of the Dean of Students. Students Suspended from the University may be readmitted if they meet the Admissions requirements to the University, degree granting College and if approved by the Dean of Students.  When a Student is Suspended from the University, he or she may NOT be on Campus without specific written authorization by the Dean of Students. Suspension from the University will be recorded on the Student's academic transcript.


Expulsion is the permanent separation of a Student from the University without the possibility of readmission. When a Student is expelled from the University, he or she may NOT enter or remain on Campus without specific written authorization by the Dean of Students. Expulsion will be recorded on the Student's academic transcript.

No Contact Directive

A Student may be directed to cease all communication and contact with another Student, group of Students, Instructor, or other University employee or contractor. Under a no contact directive, a Student may be prohibited from entering or remaining in or around a specified University building, facility or area of campus.

Grade Impact

In situations involving Academic Misconduct, a Student may be assigned a failing grade for the work in question, may receive zero credit, no credit or partial credit for the work in question, may have his/her overall class grade lowered by one letter, or may receive a failing grade for the course. The first violation for an undergraduate student may result in a failing grade for the work in question and the overall grade lowered by one letter; while the first violation for a graduate student may result in a failing grade for the course. Students who are found responsible for a violation of academic misconduct may not drop the course in which the misconduct occurred.  If a student does attempt to drop the course, they will be reenrolled by the Office of the Dean of Students.