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This policy will not be rescinded or modified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