Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience


Suspension is a temporary separation from the university. Suspended students may return to the university at the end of the suspension period so long they completed any sanctions given. In some cases re-enrollment is subject to other stipulations or a petition process. Students should carefully read their outcome letter to understand the length and terms of their suspension.

Suspension affects a student’s current enrollment – you could be dropped from all of your classes regardless of your progress. Your financial aid or eligibility for a refund is likewise probably affected by this sanction. We encourage you to continue working with your advisor and/or to consult with the Office of Student Advocacy.

The effective date of your suspension is identified on your outcome letter. Please continue reading until the end to understand how the appeal process affects implementation of your dismissal.

  • You have the right to appeal. You must submit your appeal within five (5) business days from the date on the outcome letter. In Title IX cases, the complainant also has the right to appeal an outcome. Student Conduct will notify you if the complainant submits an appeal.
  • We will TOLL (i.e., not put into effect) your suspension until the deadline to submit an appeal passes.
  • Should you submit an appeal, the suspension will be further tolled until the Appeal Officer makes a decision.
  • Please see the Code of Student Conduct, Section 3335-23-18 and our webpage explaining the appeal process for further information.
  • If you appeal: While the appeal is under review, your status as an Ohio State student is the same as it was before receiving your outcome letter. If you were enrolled and attending classes, you may continue while your appeal is under review.
    • Any existing restrictions or stipulations will remain in effect for the duration of your appeal period. (e.g. interim suspension, restrictions, housing changes, no contact orders).
    • You will be responsible for any charges (e.g. housing, tuition, etc.) incurred during the appeal period.
  • If your appeal is denied, your suspension will be processed immediately and retroactively effective to the date indicated in your outcome letter. This means that if your suspension is upheld by a decision issued after you complete your classes, but the effective date was prior to the end of the semester, you will NOT receive grades or credit for those courses.
  • Once your suspension has been processed, you may not enter any Ohio State campus, facility, grounds, or sponsored event without the express permission of Student Conduct or the Vice President for Student Life. Permissions are granted on a limited basis. Attending a scheduled appointment with a Student Conduct staff member does not require the Vice President’s approval.
  • All other requests should be directed to Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston, Senior Vice President for Student Life.
  • To request permission to enter any Ohio State campus, facility, grounds, or sponsored event, send an email to Dr. Adams-Gaston, Senior Vice President for Student Life and Matt Couch, PhD, Associate Dean of Students and
  • While suspended, your presence on campus without express permission may result in your arrest for trespassing.
  • Your suspension is noted on your academic transcript.