I received an email from my University stating that I cannot speak to an entire department for the rest of my studies, because I have been sending this department too many emails and phone calls and that I "nearly" breached the Student Code of Conduct.

I alleged that this is in violation of their own policies, because I was not given a chance to defend myself against this punishment. Secondly, the Student Code of Conduct states that a restriction of access to a department must, in the first instance, not exceed 14 days. However, I am more concerned about the argument they are putting forward, specifically, stating that I am not being punished....

My University is arguing that this is not a punishment....I don't even know what to say to that?

Fundamentally, by reducing my agency within the University, they have caused to me a loss. A loss is a fundamental element of a punishment.

Where is my logic going wrong?

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    As your quote of the Student Code of Conduct clearly states, this is a restriction not a punishment. Jul 25, 2020 at 7:02
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    There are some gaps in your story. Why did you need to contact the department so many times? Are you sure that this is not "the first instance" of prohibiting you to approach the department? Note that a first instance does not need to be as harsh as the permanent one. Also, what specific loss(es) is this prohibition causing you? Jul 25, 2020 at 10:04
  • A similar question? law.stackexchange.com/questions/52398/…
    – Just a guy
    Jul 25, 2020 at 18:06
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    As this is about internal policies of a university, this may get better answers on Academia, especially if you're looking for practical advice. Jul 25, 2020 at 18:42
  • @You'rebadandshouldfeelbad OP has tried to get answers on Academia with multiple questions and variations related to the same incident. It looks like most have been deleted. If I understand correctly, OP would like to go to grad school in that department or possibly elsewhere which makes it more difficult.
    – mkennedy
    Jul 25, 2020 at 23:46


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