Student Handbook

Code of Student Conduct

Point System

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.  Higher point values may be assigned to repeat or more egregious offenses. For example, an underage student found responsible for possessing an open container of alcohol is assigned 2 points (1 point for an open container and 1 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 parent(s) or guardian, faculty advisor and coach  will be notified of the infraction(s).
  • 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.  Students on probation may not be pulled).
  • 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.


Point Range

Open container of alcohol 1
Possession of alcohol under 21 1
Excessive noise 1-2
Violation of smoking policy 1
Failure to comply with a college official 1-4
Disruptive behavior 1-6
Lewd or indecent behavior 1-6
Intentionally Serving alcohol to minors 1-3
Marijuana use or possession 2
False identification 2-4
Possession of drug paraphernalia 2-4
Streaking 2-6
Violation of bulk alcohol policy 2-6
Failure to leave building during fire alarm 3
Theft 4-10
*Intentional or reckless destruction of college or private property 4-10
Disabling a smoke detector 6
Weapons policy violation 6-10
Tampering with fire safety equipment 6-8
Hazing 6-10
Altering/falsifying college documents 6-10
Physical violence 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.

Point Forgiveness

Two points are forgiven six months from the date of the violation, provided the student commits no subsequent violations. If the student is found responsible for any additional violations during that six month period, no points are forgiven at the six month anniversary of the first violation. Any new points from subsequent violation(s) are added to those from the previous violation. Two points are forgiven, if there are no further violations, on the six-month anniversary of the most recent violation.