Suggested Minimum Judicial Sanctions

These guidelines have been established to provide standardization of sanctions for various infractions of institutional regulations. They are intended to suggest an appropriate minimum reaction to a particular violation if an individual is found responsible by an Administrative Hearing Officer or a Disciplinary Hearing Board. Abusive situations, lack of cooperation, and other case variables may result in more significant sanctions. Parental notification is recommended in instances where a subsequent offense could lead to suspension or expulsion from the institution, including all alcohol and drug violations.

Changes and/or additions to the suggested minimum judicial sanctions may be made at any time during an academic year and circulated to the campus community by appropriate and reasonable means.

Policy Violation 1st Offense 2nd Offense 3rd Offense
Drug Violations
Distribution or sale Immediate suspension for at least one year, and parental notification.
Incident will be referred to the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas.
Prior to return to the College: required assessment and treatment off campus and 4 developmental sanctions.
Expulsion. NA
Use and/or possession of minor amount of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia (including hookahs) with evidence of use 3 developmental sanctions, parental notification.
Incident may be referred to the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas.
4 developmental sanctions, parental notification.
Incident will be referred to the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas.
Immediate suspension and parental notification.
Incident will be referred to the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas.
Prior to return to the College: required assessment and treatment off campus and 4 developmental sanctions.
Use and/or possession of large amounts of marijuana or any amount of hard drugs, including but not limited to cocaine, designer drugs, hallucinogens, prescription drugs, opiates and sedatives 4 developmental sanctions, parental notification. Incident will be referred to the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas. Immediate suspension, parental notification. Incident will be referred to the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas. Prior to return to the College: required assessment and treatment off campus and 4 developmental sanctions. Expulsion.
Sexual Violations
Rape Expulsion.
Incident will be investigated through law-enforcement authorities.
NA NA
Sexual assault Immediate suspension for at least one year.
Prior to return to the College: required assessment and treatment off campus and 4 developmental sanctions.
Expulsion. NA
Domestic violence/dating violence/stalking Immediate suspension for at least one year.
Prior to return to the College: required assessment and treatment off campus and 4 developmental sanctions.
Expulsion. NA
Sexual harassment See Sexual Harassment section of Handbook.    
Safety Violations
Threats to individual safety: setting fires, use, threat of use, or possession of a weapon, possession or discharge of fireworks within a building, etc.

Immediate suspension for at least one year. Incident will be referred to the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas.
Prior to return to the College: required assessment and treatment off campus and 4 developmental sanctions.

Expulsion. NA
Abuse of safety equipment: false fire alarm, intentional abuse to double-tap boxes, intentional abuse to smoke detectors, discharge of fire extinguisher, deactivation of smoke detector (disconnecting/bagging) $200 fine, 3 developmental sanctions, and restitution. Immediate suspension for at least one semester, and restitution.
Prior to return to the College: required assessment and treatment off campus and 4 developmental sanctions.
Expulsion.
Possession (without usage) of dangerous materials, including air gun, paintball gun, bow and arrows, martial-arts equipment 3 developmental sanctions, and restitution. Immediate suspension for at least one semester and restitution.
Prior to return to the College: required assessment and treatment off campus and 4 developmental sanctions.
Expulsion.
Deactivation of door alarm 3 developmental sanctions, and restitution. 4 developmental sanctions, and restitution. Immediate suspension for at least one semester and restitution.
Prior to return to the College: required assessment and treatment off campus and 4 developmental sanctions.
Blocking exterior doors 2 developmental sanctions, and restitution. 3 developmental sanctions, and restitution. 4 developmental sanctions, and restitution.
Smoking; use or possession of candles; use of incense; use of a hookah inside of a campus building 2 developmental sanctions, and restitution. 3 developmental sanctions, and restitution. 4 developmental sanctions, and restitution.
Abuse of/damage to hall phones 1 developmental sanction, and restitution. 2 developmental sanctions, and restitution. 3 developmental sanctions, and restitution.
Moravian College Community Violations
Deliberate damage to community or personal property 3 developmental sanctions, and restitution. 4 developmental sanctions, and restitution. Immediate suspension for at least one semester and restitution.
Prior to return to the College: required assessment and treatment off campus and 4 developmental sanctions.
Theft of community or personal property 3 developmental sanctions, and restitution.
Incident may be referred to the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas.
4 developmental sanctions, and restitution.
Incident will be referred to the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas.
Immediate suspension for at least one semester and restitution. 
Prior to return to the College:
required assessment and treatment off campus and 4 developmental sanctions.
Incident will be referred to the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas.
Fighting between or among students 3 developmental sanctions.
Incident may be referred to the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas.
Immediate suspension for at least one semester. Prior to return to the College: required assessment and treatment off campus and 4 developmental sanctions.
Incident may be referred to the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas.
Expulsion.
Fighting caused by one party 4 developmental sanctions. Immediate suspension for at least one semester. Prior to return to the College: required assessment and treatment off campus and 4 developmental sanctions.
Incident may be referred to the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas.
Expulsion.
Duplication, lending, borrowing, misrepresentation, or misuse of ID 3 developmental sanctions, and restitution. Immediate suspension for at least one semester and restitution.
Prior to return to the College: required assessment and treatment off campus and 4 developmental sanctions.
Expulsion.
Manufacture of IDs Immediate suspension. Incident will be referred to the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas.
Prior to return to the College: required assessment and treatment off campus and 4 developmental sanctions.
Expulsion.  
Loss of student ID without notification to Campus Police within 24 hours 2 developmental sanctions. 3 developmental sanctions. 4 developmental sanctions.
Tampering with student mailboxes 2 developmental sanctions and restitution. Incident may be referred to the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas. 3 developmental sanctions and restitution. Incident will be referred to the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas. 4 developmental sanctions and restitution. Incident will be referred to the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas.
Intentional disruption of community (planned inconvenience to others living on floor or in building) 2 developmental sanctions and restitution.
Nature of the first offense may raise sanctions to those for second offense.
3 developmental sanctions and restitution.
Nature of the second offense may raise sanctions to those for third offense.
4 developmental sanctions and restitution.
Alcohol Policy Violations
Unregistered party with alcohol; presence of bulk alcohol: keg, beer ball, punch; serving alcohol to underage individuals in a party setting, on or off campus; supplying alcohol to minors* $100 fine, 3 developmental sanctions, and parental notification.
Nature of the first offense may raise sanctions to those for second offense.
$200 fine, 4 developmental sanctions, and parental notification.
Nature of the second offense may raise sanctions to those for third offense.
Immediate suspension for at least one semester, $400 fine, and parental notification.
Prior to return to the College: required assessment and treatment off campus and 4 developmental sanctions
Individual alcohol offense: underage possession and/or consumption; possession in prohibited location; observed intoxication $50 fine, 2 developmental sanctions, parental notification.
Evidence of abuse (PBT>0.18) on first offense raises sanctions to those for second offense.
$100 fine; 3 developmental sanctions, parental notification.
Evidence of abuse (PBT > 0.18) on second offense raises sanctions to those for third offense.
$200 fine; 4 developmental sanctions, parental notification.
Evidence of abuse (PBT > 0.18) on third offense may result in immediate suspension for at least one semester.
Beer pong table, beer/alcohol funnel, or other alcohol game $50 fine, 2 developmental sanctions, parental notification. $100 fine; 3 developmental sanctions, parental notification. $200 fine; 4 developmental sanctions, parental notification.
Display of empty alcohol bottles/cans by persons younger than 21 in residence facilities $25 fine, 1 developmental sanction, parental notification. $50 fine; 2 developmental sanctions, parental notification. $100 fine; 3 developmental sanctions, parental notification.
*All residents of living unit to be equally assessed except those not present.
Off-Campus Community Violations
Damage to neighborhood property 3 developmental sanctions and restitution.
Nature of the first offense may raise sanctions to those for second offense.
4 developmental sanctions and restitution.
Nature of the second offense may raise sanctions to those for third offense.
Immediate suspension for at least one semester and restitution.
Prior to return to the College: required assessment and treatment off campus and 4 developmental sanctions.
Disruption of the neighborhood 2 developmental sanctions and restitution.
Nature of the first offense may raise sanctions to those for second offense.
3 developmental sanctions and restitution.
Nature of the second offense may raise sanctions to those for third offense.
4 developmental sanctions and restitution.
Other
Failure to cooperate/comply with staff or campus security Double sanction listed for the incident or 2 developmental sanctions. Double sanction listed for the incident or 3 developmental sanctions. Double sanction listed for the incident or 4 developmental sanctions.
Failure to report an off-campus citation or arrest Double sanction listed or suspension, depending on the nature of the offense. Double sanction listed or suspension, depending on the nature of the offense. Double sanction listed or suspension, depending on the nature of the offense.
Quiet/study hours 1 developmental sanction. 2 developmental sanctions. 3 developmental sanctions.
Visitation policy 1 developmental sanction. 2 developmental sanctions. 3 developmental sanctions.
Pet policy 1 developmental sanction, pet must be removed within 48 hours (additional developmental sanction for each day pet remains after deadline), restitution. 2 developmental sanctions, pet must be removed within 48 hours (additional developmental sanction for each day pet remains after deadline), restitution. 3 developmental sanctions, pet must be removed within 48 hours (additional developmental sanction for each day pet remains after deadline), restitution.
Urination in public 1 developmental sanction. 2 developmental sanctions. 3 developmental sanctions.

Conduct Sanction Philosophy

The basic philosophy and approach to student conduct at Moravian College is one of education, focusing on student learning through individual growth and personal responsibility. Our overall goal is to help and encourage students to be successful citizens of the community. Students take many steps through life’s journey that positively contribute to this goal, but there will invariably be some missteps as well. Violations of College policy as outlined in this handbook represent steps away from the institution and its values, which can ultimately lead a student to be suspended or expelled.

There are specific incidents, as indicated in the Suggested Minimum Sanctions table, which will lead to suspension or expulsion on a first offense. Other incidents may indicate a step toward that potential outcome.

It is our sincere hope that suspensions and expulsions will be rare occurrences at the College. To that end, the conduct process is designed to provide resources (developmental sanctions) that are intended to help students remain successful in the Moravian College community. Developmental sanctions represent a partnership between the student and the institution. Active engagement in the sanctions is necessary for the benefits to be gained.

During the conduct process, students receive information about the types of behaviors that would be likely to result in a future suspension or expulsion and, more importantly, actions that can be taken to avoid that unwanted outcome. Guidelines for specific offenses are articulated in the Suggested Minimum Sanctions table.

Developmental Sanctions

Developmental sanctions include but are not limited to

  • Community service
  • Reflection paper
  • Hall program
  • AlcoholEdu program
  • Counseling Center consultation
  • Letter of apology
  • Newsletter
  • Educational bulletin board
  • Interview with fire marshall or Campus Safety
  • Required attendance at a program/activity/workshop

Students may be found responsible for more than one violation as a result of an incident (e.g. Individual Alcohol Offense and Urination in Public); in these cases sanctions from both violations will be applicable.