Emergency, Interim, and Administrative Suspension

The president of the University, or an official of the University authorized by the president, may impose an emergency suspension from residence or academic status when, in the judgment of the president, such action appears necessary for reasons relating to a student's physical or emotional safety and well-being or the safety and well-being of a member of the University community or of University property, or may impose an immediate interim suspension when it appears necessary to deal with a continuing disturbance or a forcible interference by students with any University activity or with the free movement of any member of the University community. When an undergraduate in Yale College is suspended in this fashion, the matter may be referred either to the Yale College Executive Committee, to the University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct (UWC), or to the University Tribunal, if the Tribunal is convoked. Interim suspension may remain in effect until the Executive Committee, the UWC, or the University Tribunal has taken action with regard to the student; however, interim suspension may be lifted earlier by action of the president or the president’s authorized designee, or by action of the Executive Committee, the UWC, or University Tribunal panel after a preliminary review, which will be held at the earliest opportunity. (See The University Tribunal.)

An administrative suspension suspends the student from Yale College in the same manner as any suspension; however, the administrative suspension is without prejudice to the review of the complaint against the student. The student may request in writing that the adjudicating committee defer its consideration of the complaint and that he or she receive an administrative suspension. This provision is intended for use very rarely and only in situations in which the student faces serious criminal charges and in which action by the committee might irreparably prejudice the student’s cause before the courts.

In effect, an administrative suspension means that the student facing a criminal hearing voluntarily withdraws from enrollment and residence in Yale College with the understanding that he or she may re-enroll, through the normal procedures for reinstatement, only after the standing complaint has been considered in the normal manner. The decision to provide an administrative suspension resides solely in the authority of the relevant committee; even when a student requests an administrative suspension, the committee may decide to consider the complaint immediately.

The administrative suspension may remain in effect for no longer than one year, at the end of which time it must be reviewed by the adjudicating committee. The student may then request in writing an extension of the administrative suspension for another period not to exceed one year. However, an extension of an administrative suspension may not remain in effect longer than one month past the date on which the matter has been adjudicated by the courts or settled otherwise, or normally longer than two weeks beyond the opening of the academic term if determination by the courts has occurred when the College is not in session.

When the complaint comes for consideration by the adjudicating committee after the period of administrative suspension, the committee will consider the complaint in the normal manner and without prejudice.

A decision favorable to the student in the courts will not necessarily exonerate him or her from having committed the alleged infraction of the Undergraduate Regulations.