The Administrative Board at Harvard Law School has four categories of discipline that may be imposed for student infractions of Law School rules: reprimand, suspension, dismission, or expulsion. These sanctions are imposed only after the Board has voted to institute formal disciplinary charges against a student. Students have the right to a full disciplinary hearing conducted by the Administrative Board and a right to be represented by counsel. Reprimand, suspension, dismission, or expulsion becomes part of the student’s Law School file and will be placed on the student’s transcript, as well as reported, on appropriate inquiry, to state Board of Bar Examiners. Suspension may be for a term, a year, or any other length of time the Board deems appropriate. Dismission and expulsion are forms of permanent separation from the Law School and must be approved by the faculty.
In cases in which an infraction by a student is not sufficiently serious to warrant the imposition of formal discipline, the Administrative Board may issue a warning. Such a warning is placed in the student’s file but is not reported outside of the Law School as long as the student engages in no additional violations of University or Law School rules. If a student who has previously received a warning again violates University or Law School rules, the Law School may disclose the initial warning outside the Law School and/or may impose more serious discipline for the subsequent violation than might otherwise have been imposed.
In past years, there have been a number of occasions when students “sat in” or obstructed access to administrative offices, faculty offices, and other school facilities as a form of protest. The Administrative Board imposed the sanction of a “reprimand” for such conduct in the spring of 2001. Students are on notice that such conduct may result in a significant disciplinary sanction.