Interim Suspension Procedures for Student Misconduct Cases

The University may become aware of a student whose continued participation within the University community may pose an immediate threat to the student or other individuals, or whose removal is otherwise necessary to protect the health, safety or welfare of members of the University community. If the divisional student affairs designee reasonably determines that such a threat is posed, an interim suspension may be issued. The divisional student affairs designee may consult with other University personnel as necessary in deciding whether to impose an interim suspension, and must always make the determination with the Title IX Coordinator (or designee) in all “sexual misconduct” cases, as defined under the University Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures.

A. An interim suspension generally means that the student is not allowed on any Johns Hopkins University campuses and cannot attend classes or any University sponsored activities both on and off University property until an interim suspension review is conducted (see below) or the University conduct or resolution panel process is completed and the student is notified that some or all of the interim suspension has been lifted. An interim suspension generally includes a prohibition on attending activities hosted by any University sponsored or recognized groups. Any exceptions to the campus ban will be explicitly communicated by the divisional student affairs designee issuing the interim suspension or by the Title IX Coordinator (or designee) in all sexual misconduct cases. Students who live in University housing must leave University property if so requested within the designated timeframe.

B. Notification of an interim suspension will be sent to the student’s University e-mail account. Students may additionally be notified by other means. The notification will include information regarding the alleged behavior and the rationale for the interim suspension. Students who are placed on interim suspension will have the opportunity to request a review of the decision.

C. Students requesting a review of an interim suspension decision may do so by contacting the divisional student affairs designee who issued the interim suspension. This review is an opportunity for the student to articulate why the student’s presence does not present safety and security concerns. The request for review must be submitted by the student within ten (10) business days from the date of the interim suspension notification. The review will take place within three (3) business days from the date of the request. The interim suspension decision, and any relevant information, will be reviewed and the decision will either be supported, modified, or revoked. The review must occur in consultation with a designated University student affairs representative or the Vice Provost for Institutional Equity (or designee) in all sexual misconduct cases. The student’s request for review of the interim suspension decision must be in writing and include the rationale for the request and any documentation or information that supports lifting the interim suspension. If student is unable to participate in the review, the review may be postponed until the student can participate.

D. The student will be notified of the review decision as soon as administratively possible. The notification will be sent to the student’s University e-mail account and may additionally be sent by other means. The interim suspension will remain in effect while any review is pending. There will be no further appeals to the decision rendered upon review. If the interim suspension is lifted, other interim restrictions (e.g., removal from university housing, limited access to campus) may be assigned until the resolution of any related conduct or sexual misconduct case.

E. The interim suspension does not replace the regular resolution process, which shall proceed in accordance with applicable procedures.

F. The University has discretion to impose, lift, reassess, and modify an interim suspension in any case as circumstances may warrant at any point in a case, including without limitation as new information becomes available.