Suspension and Discipline Comments by Debra Shaver

Suspensions and Discipline:
Comments from Debra Shaver

by Debra Shaver
Director of Admission
Smith College

Debra Shaver Smith College The disciplinary question is not meant to find out all the "bad" things students have done. Colleges understand that students are people (just like admission officers), capable of making mistakes or bad judgments. We're not in the business of re-punishing students, either. We are, however, in the business of building a community. Most importantly, a community of scholars-but also a community that engages and interacts in a way that is respectful and honorable. This is what we're trying to determine through the disciplinary question.

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