The point system was developed in order to make the disciplinary sanctioning process clear, consistent, and predictable for students. Under the point system, a student found responsible for violating College policy is assigned points. The table below gives examples of what point ranges might be assigned but is not inclusive of all potential violations. 

Points and/or other sanctions are assigned at the conclusion of the administrative or judicial board hearing process. Points are cumulative. For example, an underage student found responsible for possessing an open container of alcohol in a public area is assigned 2 points (1 point for an open container and 1 point 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. Higher point values may be assigned to repeated or more egregious offenses.

If through one incident or a series of incidents, a student accumulates:

  • 4 points, the student’s parent(s) or guardian, advisors, and the Athletic Director (for varsity athletes) will be notified of the sanction(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 selection process.
  • 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 by an administrator in cases where the student elects to accept responsibility and waive the judicial process.

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.

Violation Point Range
Open container of alcohol in a public area 1-2
Possession of alcohol under 21 1-2
Excessive noise 1-2
Intentionally serving alcohol to minors 1-3
Marijuana use and/or possession 1-2
Failure to comply with a college official (Including Campus Safety Officers) 1-4
Possession of drug paraphernalia 1-4
Lewd or indecent behavior 1-6
Disruptive behavior (on-campus) 1-6
Disruptive behavior (off-campus) 6-8
Violation of Smoking Policy 2-4
Possession/Use of false identification 2-4
Violation of the Fire Prevention and Safety Policy 2-5
Violation of bulk alcohol policy 2-6
Trespassing or unauthorized entry 2-10
Failure to leave a building during a fire alarm 4-6
Theft 4-10
*Intentional or reckless destruction of college or private property 4-10
Disabling or tampering with a smoke detector 6-7
Unnecessary discharge of a fire extinguisher 6-8
Hazing 6-10
Weapons policy violation 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 may be assigned up to 10 points and suspended from the college.  Students who turn themselves into Campus Safety or Community Living within 48 hours following the incident will be given consideration for coming forward. 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.

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