Reporting Behavioral Suspensions and Dismissals on Student Transcripts

Topics: Academic Integrity and Student Conduct, Student Experience, Student Affairs

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Research Questions

  • Do other institutions list suspensions, disqualifications, or involuntary leaves of absence resulting from dangerous behavior on student transcripts?
  • What factors determine whether an institution lists separations?
  • How do institutions identify specific incidents on transcripts?
  • What are the justifications for including or not including separations on transcripts?


Institutions must consider ethical and legal responsibilities when determining how to acknowledge concerning student behavior that resulted in dismissals on student transcripts. This report examines transcript reporting policies at several institutions and the level of detail specified on transcripts for behavioral suspensions and dismissals. This report also details the development of transcript policies and the factors that determine whether an institutions reports behavioral incidents, including legal and privacy concerns for potential policies.