Interim Actions

In the interest of maintaining a safe and secure environment for all community members, at any time in the conduct resolution process including prior to any complaint or charges being filed and/or without prior notice, the Director may take action to protect the safety of member(s) of the UNH community and/or preserve UNH property. 

  1. Interim Actions. Such actions include, but are not limited to: 
    1. No Contact Directive. A restriction between members of the UNH community that they may not contact each other. 
    2. Loss of Privileges and/or Restrictions. This can take various forms including interim suspension (see below), limiting a student's access to certain areas of campus or facilities, or exclusion from participation in designated privileges and activities such as intercollegiate activities, leadership positions, visitation rights at university housing, holding university office, representing the University, or denial of the use of a vehicle on campus. Campus Restrictions can also include administrative room/hall reassignments for students living on-campus.
    3. Cease and Desist. A cease-and-desist notice may be issued to student organizations to cease some or all their operations and business. Organizations issued a cease-and-desist may be prohibited from conducting formal or informal business, recruiting potential new members, sponsoring, co-sponsoring, or participating in any and all social, intramural, athletic, or other similar activities on or off campus, hosting any social or philanthropic events, utilizing campus facilities, and/or may be ineligible to receive any university award, honorary recognition or institutional funding.
  2. Notice. The Director will provide written notification to a student who is issued an interim action. The written notification will include information regarding the alleged prohibited conduct and the rationale for the interim action. The interim action will be effective immediately. If the interim action is an interim suspension from the University and/or from University housing, or a Cease-and-Desist issued to an organization restricting all the organization's operations and business, the notice will contain information on the appeal process. 
  3. Interim Suspension. In circumstances when a student’s behavior significantly interferes with or poses a credible substantial risk of harm to other individuals within the community or to the University as a whole, the Director may temporarily suspend a student from the University and/or university housing or deny access to University privileges for an interim period pending disciplinary charges or criminal proceedings regarding behavior relevant to such proceedings. This interim suspension will be predicated on an individualized assessment of the student’s behaviors. The primary considerations in making this assessment will be the severity of the safety risk presented by the student and the impact of the student’s behaviors on the university community and the broader community. The University reserves the right to place a registration hold on the account for a student who has been issued an interim suspension. 
    1. Conditions. When placed on an interim suspension from the University, the student is prohibited from participating in any in-person University activities or programs, attending in-person academic classes, residing in university-owned or operated housing, or otherwise being on university premises for any reason. At the time of the interim suspension, the Director will determine if the student may be permitted to continue coursework remotely based on the Director's assessment of if the student's ongoing participation in remote coursework could significantly interfere with or pose a credible substantial risk of harm to other individuals within the community or to the University as a whole.
      1. Any modifications to the interim suspension will be explicitly communicated by the Director. 
      2. The student’s faculty will be notified of an interim suspension. If the student is being permitted to work remotely, the student's faculty will be asked to work flexibly with students whenever possible. However, the student is responsible for keeping up with the work and may be penalized for assignments that require in-person participation. No specific information regarding the allegations will be released. University regulations will continue to apply during an interim suspension. 
  4. Appeal.  A student who is placed on interim suspension from the University and/or housing or an organization that is issued a cease-and-desist for all business and operations will have the opportunity to appeal to the Director within five (5) business days from the date of the interim suspension notification. The appeal must be submitted in writing and include any documentation or information that supports the student’s grounds for the appeal.
    1. The grounds for appealing an interim suspension are:
      1. The reliability of the information concerning the student’s conduct, including the matter of identity. 
      2. The conduct and surrounding circumstances reasonably indicate that the student's behavior would not indicate that their continued presence on university premises would not significantly interfere with or pose a credible substantial risk of harm to other individuals within the community or to the University as a whole.
    2. The Director will review the appeal as soon as administratively possible. The Director will provide the student with a written notice of the outcome of the appeal. The interim suspension will remain in effect while any review is pending. There will be no further appeals to the decision rendered upon review.
    3. The Director has discretion to impose, lift, reassess, and modify an interim suspension as circumstances may warrant at any point during the interim suspension period. The Director will notify the student when the interim suspension is lifted. If the interim suspension is lifted, the Director may place other interim restrictions (e.g., removal from university housing, limited access to campus) until the resolution of during the pendency of an investigation and/or hearing or criminal proceedings regarding behavior relevant to such proceedings. When there is a criminal proceeding against the Respondent, conditions for reinstatement to the University may be specified.  
    4. A student placed on interim suspension does not replace the student conduct process, which shall proceed in accordance with the Code of Conduct to address the alleged prohibited conduct. Timelines will be reasonably adjusted to ensure an expedient resolution.