The point system was developed in order to make the disciplinary sanctioning process clearer, more consistent, and more predictable for students. Under the point system, a student found responsible for violating College policy is assigned points according to the table below.
Points and/or other sanctions are assigned at the conclusion of the administrative or judicial hearing process. Points are cumulative. For example, an underage student found responsible for possessing an open container of alcohol is assigned 2-3 points (1 point for an open container and 1-2 points for underage drinking). Similarly, a student who is assigned 1 point in September for underage drinking and, in October, is found responsible for disabling a smoke detector, is assigned 6 additional points. The student's point total is now 7 points.
If through one incident or a series of incidents, a student accumulates 4 points, the student's parents will be notified of the infraction(s). If a student accumulates 6 points the student will be placed on a status of disciplinary probation. Students with 6 or more points are prohibited from studying abroad and are penalized in the housing lottery (50 is added to their lottery number for the general lottery, with a proportionally smaller number added for smaller lotteries). If a student accumulates 10 or more points, the student will be separated from the College for a period of time to be determined by the judicial board or hearing officer.
The chart below shows examples of violations and the associated point values. Points are assigned within a given range based upon the circumstances of the specific incident. This list is not inclusive of all possible violations.
|Open container of alcohol||1|
|Possession of alcohol under 21||1-2|
|Violation of smoking policy||1-2|
|Failure to comply with a college official||1-4|
|Lewd or indecent behavior||1-6|
|Possession of drug paraphernalia||2-4|
|Serving alcohol to minors||2-4|
|Violation of bulk alcohol policy||2-6|
|Failure to leave building during fire alarm||3|
|Weapons policy violation||3-10|
|Marijuana use and/or possession||4-6|
|*Intentional or reckless destruction of college or private property||4-10|
|Disabling a smoke detector||6|
|Discharge of fire extinguisher||6-8|
|Altering/falsifying college documents||6-10|
|Illegal drug use and/or possession (not marijuana)||8-10|
|Driving under the influence||10|
|Distribution of illegal/controlled substances||10|
* Students found responsible for intentional or reckless destruction of college or private property are assigned 10 points and suspended from the college. The only exception is for students who turn themselves in to Campus Safety or Residential Life within 48 hours following the incident. These students will be assigned a minimum of four points and required to pay twice the cost of the repair, up to $1000, with a $100 minimum charge.