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The information below is intended to provide broad recommendations for common violations of the Code of Conduct.  Factors considered in deciding sanctions include past disciplinary record of the student, the nature of the offense, and severity of any damage, injury, or harm resulting from it as perceived by the victim and/or appropriate College officials. The (ab)use of alcohol and or other drugs shall be considered an aggravating rather than a mitigating factor.  Refer to the Student Code of Conduct (Section O: Sanctions) within the Student Handbook for descriptions of common sanctions.

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A. Alcohol Violations

Distribution and/or the sale of alcohol to underage persons will be viewed as an aggravating factor in sanctioning.

Empty Alcohol Containers (including Display and Paraphernalia)

The presence of empty alcohol containers in a living unit, use of empty alcohol containers in a decorative manner or the presence of alcohol paraphernalia is prohibited in housing areas where alcohol is not permitted.

1st violation – Official Written Warning.

If issued sanctions for Empty Alcohol Containers (including Display and Paraphernalia), subsequent violations will be considered a second violation of the College’s Alcohol and other drug Policy and will be subjected to the sanctions for Possession and/or Consumption of Alcohol.

In the Presence of Alcohol

1st violation – $100 fine and completion of an online alcohol education program.

If issued sanctions for In the Presence of Alcohol, subsequent violations will be considered a second violation of the College’s Alcohol and other drug Policy and will be subjected to the sanctions for Possession and/or Consumption of Alcohol.

Possession and/or Consumption of Alcohol

1st violation – $200 fine, participation in an alcohol education program (online or in-person) and possible Parental Notification.

2nd violation – $400 fine, participation in an alcohol education program (in-person), Probation, possible Parental Notification and possible Suspension of Activities Privileges.

3rd violation – $800 fine, 10 hours of Community Restitution, participation in an alcohol education program (in-person), Disciplinary Probation, Suspension of Activities Privileges, possible Parental Notification and possible Suspension from the College.

4th violation – Suspension from the College and possible Parental Notification.

Consumption of Alcohol: Intoxicated Students (Transported to the Hospital)

1st violation – $400 fine, participation in an alcohol education program (in-person), Probation, possible Parental Notification and possible Suspension of Activities Privileges.

2nd violation – $800 fine, 10 hours of Community Restitution, participation in an alcohol education program (in-person), Suspension of Activities Privileges, Disciplinary Probation, Suspension of Residence Privileges, possible Parental Notification and possible Suspension from the College.

3rd violation – Suspension or Expulsion from the College.

Sanctions for Hosting a Social Gathering with Alcohol

1st violation – $500 fine, participation in an alcohol education program (in-person), Suspension of Residence Privileges, possible 10 hours of Community Restitution, possible Parental Notification and possible Suspension of Activities Privileges.

2nd violation – $1,000 fine, participation in an alcohol education program (in-person), Suspension of Activities Privileges, Suspension of Residence Privileges (permanent), possible suspension from the College and possible Parental Notification.

Below are some conditions that the college regards as an inappropriate social gathering. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list:

  •         Underage consumption/possession of alcohol is taking place.
  •         Underage persons are present.
  •         Inappropriate alcohol (kegs and beer balls) is present.
  •         Number of persons present exceeds The Social Gathering Policy.
  •         Managing a guest list and/or collecting money for entry to the gathering is taking place or has taken place.
  •         A noise violation is taking place or has taken place.
  •         Disorderly/inappropriate behavior of persons is taking place either inside and/or outside of the living unit.
  •         Alcohol is transported/possessed/consumed within designated Alcohol Prohibited living units.
  •         Evidence to suggest excessive drinking or drinking game(s).
  •         Any law is being violated.

The host(s) may be Interim Suspended if any of the above conditions exist or if it is deemed necessary by the responding college official.

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B. Drug Policy Violations

In the Presence of Other Drugs or Other Drug Paraphernalia

When a student is present where a drug policy violation is taking place, even if not actually in possession of or consuming drugs or the use or possession of drug paraphernalia.  Evidence must be found that it was more likely than not that a student was not possessing drug paraphernalia or possessing/consuming other drugs.

1st violation –$150 fine, participation in a drug education program (in-person).

If issued sanctions for In the Presence of Other Drugs or Other Drug paraphernalia, subsequent violations will be considered a second violation of the College’s Other Drug Policy and subjected to 2nd violation of Other Drug Possession/Possession of Other Drug Paraphernalia.

Drug Possession/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

1st violation – $300 fine, 20 hours of Community Restitution, participation in a drug education program (in-person), Disciplinary Probation, possible Parental Notification and possible Suspension of Activities Privileges, possible Suspension of Residence Privileges, and possible Suspension from the College.

2nd violation – Suspension of Residence Privileges, Suspension from the College or possible Expulsion and possible Parental Notification.

Distribution of Drugs

1st violation – Suspension from the College or possible Expulsion and possible Parental Notification.

2nd violation – Expulsion and possible Parental Notification.

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C. Fire Safety Violations

Inadvertently activating a fire alarm due to non-cooking related issues:

For example:  use of hair styling tools, aerosol cans or excessive steam from showers.

1st violation – Official Warning.

2nd violation – 5 hours of Community Restitution and completion of a Fire Safety Reflection Sanction.

3rd violation – $100 fine and Probation.

Activating a fire alarm due to cooking:

For example: burnt or overcooked food, excessive smoke from cooking

1st violation – $100 fine and completion of a Fire Safety Reflection Sanction.

2nd violation – $200 fine, Probation and possible relocation of housing assignment to a residence area without access to a kitchen.

3rd violation – Suspension of Residence Privileges and possible Suspension from the College.

Activating a fire alarm due to a disregard of a published policy:

For example: smoking in residence halls or the use of candles and incense

1st violation – $150 fine and completion of a Fire Safety Reflection Sanction.

2nd violation – $300 fine, Disciplinary Probation and possible Suspension of Residence Privileges.

3rd violation – Suspension of Residence Privileges and possible Suspension from the College.

Failure and/or refusal to immediately evacuate from buildings and/or endangered areas during a fire alarm:

1st violation – $100 fine and completion of a Fire Safety Reflection Sanction.

2nd violation – $200 fine and Probation.

3rd violation – Suspension of Residence Privileges and possible Suspension from the College.

Tampering with Fire Safety Equipment:

For example: covering smoke detectors, sprinkler heads or other safety equipment.

1st violation – $500 fine and completion of a Fire Safety Reflection Sanction.

2nd violation – Suspension of Residence Privileges and possible Suspension from the College.

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