To The Point Student Handbook 2014-2015

Article VII - Sanctions

Section 1: General Sanctions

Sanctions may be imposed upon a student who has been found in violation of campus regulations as follows:

  1. Warning: Written or verbal notice that the student has been found in violation of a specific regulation, and that repetition or continuation of this violation may result in further disciplinary action.
  2. Restitution: Reimbursement by the student to the College or a member of the College community to cover the cost of damage to or misappropriation of property.
  3. Restriction: Withdrawal or restriction of certain privileges for a specified period of time.
  4. Work Sanctions: The assignment of tasks or work appropriate to the violation, which will benefit all or part of the College community.
  5. Educational Sanctions: Assignments imposed in an attempt to serve an additional educational purpose. These “educational projects” may include any of the following (this list is not exhaustive): educational newsletter, interview with a professional in the community, creating a bulletin board, planning and implementing a program, or writing a paper on a related topic.
  6. Mandated Assessments: Mandated assessments are performed at the Counseling and Health Center by trained clinicians. Student Conduct is the referring office for mandated assessments. A referral may be made for a student who has demonstrated a significant history of concerning behavior that may indicate a disposition toward alcohol or drug abuse or addiction, or inappropriate behavior. The referred student will attend two or three mandated assessment sessions with a clinician. Counseling Services does not provide mandated counseling. The above sessions are for assessment purposes only and do not constitute therapeutic intervention.
  7. Disciplinary Probation: An official and final warning directing the student to exhibit good conduct during a specified probation period. Further violations will require that the student automatically return to the conduct system and, if found in violation once more, face a more severe sanction. Disciplinary probation may impact a student’s ability to hold certain campus leadership positions and/or to study abroad.
  8. Housing Contract Revocation: Temporary or indefinite separation from living in on-campus housing. Housing contract revocation may also involve restriction from all housing facilities.
  9. Disciplinary Suspension: A temporary separation from the College with the right to apply for re-admission to the dean of students. The terms of the suspension may be set or indefinite, and special conditions upon re-admission may be designated. He or she loses all privileges of a regularly enrolled student and is required to leave campus. No room refunds apply in such cases. However, students are eligible for board refunds according to the College’s established policy. Students placed on conduct suspension will receive a W for “withdraw” on their academic transcripts. Any suspended student who returns to the campus during the suspension period is subject to expulsion unless he or she has prior written approval from the associate dean of students or the dean of students.
  10. Expulsion: A permanent termination of a student’s status at the College for disciplinary reasons. No room refunds apply in such cases. However, students are eligible for board refunds according to the College’s established refund policy. When a student is expelled from the College, the parents are notified. Expelled students are not allowed on campus. Any expelled student may submit a written request for access to the campus to the dean of students no earlier than June 1st, three years after their date of expulsion.
  11. Parental Notification: Correspondence from the student conduct officer to the responsible student’s parents or guardians regarding violation(s) of the College Alcohol and/or Drug policy. All correspondence with parents and guardians will be conducted in compliance with FERPA.

Section 2: Student Organization Sanctions

Sanctions may be imposed upon a student organization that has been found in violation of campus regulations as follows:

  1. Sanctions listed above in Article VIII, Section 1.
  2. Loss of selected rights and privileges for a specified period of time.
  3. Deactivation. Loss of all privileges, including College recognition, for a specified period of time.

Section 3: Minimum Expected Sanctions

The following violations may lead to certain sanctions, depending on any mitigating circumstances.

  1. Alcohol violations (each case may be subject to an alcohol citation requiring a court appearance in Leonardtown):
    1. Kegs and other similar multi-liter violations:
      First time: parent notification and housing contract revocation.
      Second time: parent notification and suspension from the College.
    2. Other alcohol violations:
      First time: warning and alcohol education program with mandatory fee (to pay for supplies and materials).
      Second time: parent notification, disciplinary probation, and educational project.
      Third time: parent notification and housing contract revocation or suspension from the College. Referral to an alcohol treatment program may be recommended.
  2. Pulling false fire alarms:
    First time: parent notification and housing contract revocation or suspension.
    Second time: parent notification and expulsion.
  3. Vandalism:
    First time: restitution and work sanction.
    Second time: restitution, educational project, and disciplinary probation.
    Third time: restitution, parent notification, and housing contract revocation or suspension.
  4. Drug violations (each case may be subject to criminal charges requiring a court appearance in Leonardtown):
    First time: parent notification, disciplinary probation, and educational project.
    Second time: parent notification and housing contract revocation or suspension.
    Third time: parent notification and expulsion.
  5. Pet policy violations: 
    1.  Resident-student pet owners:
      First violation: $250 cleaning/extermination charge, community service, and/or educational project.
      Repeat violation(s): $250 cleaning/extermination charge disciplinary probation, and housing contract revocation or suspension. 
    2. Commuter-student pet owners:
      First violation: $250 cleaning/extermination charge, community service, and/or educational project.
      Repeat violation(s): $250 cleaning/extermination charge disciplinary probation, and residence restriction or suspension. 
    3. Residents who permit unauthorized pets in their room, suite, apartment, townhouse:
      First violation: community service project.
      Repeat violation: disciplinary probation.

Section 4: Interim Suspension

  1. The dean of students or a designee may suspend a student for an interim period pending a conduct hearing.
  2. The interim suspension may become immediately effective without prior notice whenever there is evidence that the continued presence of the respondent student on the College campus poses a substantial threat to others or to the stability and continuance of normal College functions.
  3. A student suspended on an interim basis shall be given an opportunity to have a hearing within an expedited time frame.
  4. In cases where there is an appeal following a hearing concerning interim suspension, the respondent student’s appeal shall be directed to the president of the College or designee.
  5. A student suspended on an interim basis may not withdraw from the College before the conclusion of his/her conduct case.