Student Handbook

Actions and Sanctions for Violations of Skidmore College's Policy on Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD)

Range of Possible Actions and Sanctions

Level I | Level II | Level III | Level IV | Level V

Corresponding Point System


Students will meet with a College Administrator to determine responsibility and to assign sanctions as appropriate

Level I Violations

1st Offense

2nd Offense

3rd Offense

  • Parental notification

  • $25 Fine

  • Educational sanction e.g. BASICS (at student's expense)
  • Parental notification

  • $75 fine

  • One point

  • Educational sanction e.g. BASICS (at student's expense)
  • Parental notification

  • $150 fine

  • Educational sanction e.g. BASICS (at the student's expense)

  • A 4th level I violation will be referred to the Student Conduct process e.g. Integrity Board, Administrative Hearing Board, etc.

  • Two points

 
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Level II Violations

 

1st Offense

2nd Offense

3rd Offense

  • Parental notification

  • $100 fine

  • Educational sanction e.g. BASICS (at student's expense)

  • Apartment event requests may be rescinded for all apartment residents for a specified period of time

  • Two points

  • Parental notification

  • $200 fine

  • Alcohol and/or drug assessment by certified provider and recommended treatment (at student's expense)

  • Apartments with a second violation: All residents of apartment may be held accountable and sanctioned as a 2nd offense

  • Three points

  • Parental notification

  • Referral to the Student Conduct process e.g. Integrity Board, Administrative Hearing Board, etc. Sanctions may include removal from campus residence, suspension, or dismissal from college.

  • Four points

 
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Level III Violations

1st Offense

2nd Offense

3rd Offense

  • Parental notification

  • $200 fine

  • Educational sanction e.g. BASICS (at student's expense)

  • Alcohol and/or drug assessment by certified provider and recommended treatment (at student's expense)

  • Apartment event requests may be rescinded for all apartment residents for a specified period of time

  • Three points

  • Parental notification

  • $400 fine

  • Alcohol and/or drug assessment by certified provider and recommended treatment (at student's expense)

  • Apartments with a second violation: All residents of apartment may be held accountable and sanctioned as a 2nd offense

  • Four points

  • Parental notification

  • Referral to the Student Conduct process e.g. Integrity Board, Administrative Hearing Board, etc. Sanctions may include removal from campus residence, suspension, or dismissal from college.

  • Five points

 
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Level IV Violations

Any Offense

  • Parental notification

  • $500 fine

  • Police notification (at the Dean of Student Affairs' or a designee's discretion)

  • Educational sanction e.g. BASICS (at student's expense)

  • Alcohol and/or drug assessment by certified provider and recommended treatment (at student's expense)

  • Referral to the Student Conduct process e.g. Integrity Board, Administrative Hearing Board, etc. Sanctions may include removal from campus residence, suspension, or dismissal from college.

  • Four points

 
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Level V Violations

Any Offense

  • Parental notification

  • $500 fine

  • Police notification (at the Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs ' or a designee's at the Dean of Student Affairs' or a designee's discretion)

  • Educational sanction e.g. BASICS (at student's expense)

  • Alcohol and/or drug assessment by certified provider and recommended treatment (at student's expense)

  • Referral to Student Conduct process e.g. Integrity Board, Administrative Hearing Board, etc.; sanctions may include removal from campus residence, suspension, or dismissal from college

  • Five points
 
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Corresponding Point System to the Alcohol and Other Drug Policy Grid

When appropriate, the College encourages students to work with a professional counselor to consider the impact of AOD use on their academic accomplishment and standing in the community and to resolve any developing drug or alcohol problems. If AOD abuse disrupts the academic or residential setting, the College may require the student to withdraw from school until he or she can document a successful resolution of the problem to the satisfaction of the College.

The College requires students to request emergency medical assistance for someone who may be suffering from alcohol poisoning. Skidmore College Emergency Medical Services (SCEMS), a Basic Life Support First Response (BLSFR) organization will respond and evaluate the student. However, if the student requires transport to a hospital or if SCEMS is not in service, a local emergency medical response will respond and evaluate the student. If the student does not cooperate with the College's request to receive medical attention, parental notification will occur at the time of the student's evaluation. Symptoms of alcohol poisoning can include unconsciousness or unresponsiveness, slow breathing, vomiting, and cold or pale skin.

Under the Alcohol and Other Drug policy all students found in violation of an alcohol or drug offense will be assigned "points" respectively.

A college administrator will meet with the student who violated the College policy; the administrator will assign points at that time. Points are cumulative. For example, a student who is assigned 1 point in September for a Level I violation, 2nd offense (open container) and, 5 points in October, for a Level III violation, 3rd offense (possession of marijuana less than 25 grams) now has a point total of 6 points. In addition to the possible "Range of Actions and Sanctions" listed in the Alcohol and Other Drug Grid, if a student accumulates 10 or more points during their time at Skidmore College, the student will be suspended from the College.

"Points" are assigned to a student based on the severity of the violation. Accordingly repeat violations and higher level violations will result in a greater number of "points" being assigned.

Additional points may be assigned to a student based on the actions and behaviors linked to the initial alcohol violation. These additional "points" are assigned at the discretion of the college administrator and/or respective conduct board. Students may be assigned additional "points" on each of the listed violations that apply to the violation.

AOD Point Reduction

Students can reduce their accumulated points by completing community service work. Students may complete community service for a total reduction of up to two points. The total will be reduced by one point for every 15 hours of community service completed.

Community service for point reduction must be independent of other scheduled service work (e.g. students who are required to participate in community service work with an athletic team or student organization are not permitted to count these hours toward an AOD point reduction). Community service hours cannot be completed prior to an AOD violation and "banked" for later use. Community service work must begin after points have been assigned and for the exclusive purpose of achieving a point reduction. Students must submit documentation signed by their community service supervisor confirming the number of hours completed. The conduct administrator may contact the supervisor for verification. The student is responsible for identifying community service opportunities, making initial contact with the service site, and obtaining and submitting appropriate documentation upon completion of hours.

 

 

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