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, $1,000 fine, 10 discipline points, 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 amounts; possession of drug paraphernalia (including hookahs) with evidence of use $200 fine, 6 discipline points, 4 developmental sanctions, parental notification.
Incident will be referred to the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas.
$400 fine, 8 discipline points, 4 developmental sanctions, parental notification.
Incident will be referred to the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas.
Immediate suspension, $600 fine, 10 discipline points, 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.
Sexual Violations
Rape Expulsion.
Incident will be investigated through law-enforcement authorities.
NA NA
Sexual assault Immediate suspension for at least one year, $1,000 fine, 10 discipline points.
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 or threat of use of a weapon, discharge of fireworks within a building, etc.

Immediate suspension for at least one year, $1,000 fine, 10 discipline points. 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 $200 fine, 5 discipline points, 3 developmental sanctions, and restitution. Immediate suspension for at least one semester, $600 fine, 10 discipline points, 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 fireworks, air gun, paintball gun, bow and arrows, martial-arts equipment $200 fine, 5 discipline points, 3 developmental sanctions, and restitution. Immediate suspension for at least one semester, $600 fine, 10 discipline points, and restitution.
Prior to return to the College: required assessment and treatment off campus and 4 developmental sanctions.
Expulsion.
Deactivation of door alarm $100 fine, 4 discipline points, 3 developmental sanctions, and restitution. $200 fine, 5 discipline points, 4 developmental sanctions, and restitution. Immediate suspension for at least one semester, $600 fine, 10 discipline points, and restitution.
Prior to return to the College: required assessment and treatment off campus and 4 developmental sanctions.
Deactivation of smoke detector (disconnecting/bagging) $300 fine, 4 discipline points, 3 developmental sanctions, and restitution. $400 fine, 5 discipline points, 4 developmental sanctions, and restitution. Immediate suspension for at least one semester. Prior to return to the College: required assessment and treatment off campus and 4 developmental sanctions. $600 fine, 10 discipline points, and restitution.
Blocking exterior doors $50 fine, 3 discipline points, 2 developmental sanctions, and restitution. $100 fine, 5 discipline points, 3 developmental sanctions, and restitution. $200 fine, 7 discipline points, 4 developmental sanctions, and restitution.
Smoking; use or possession of candles; use of incense; use of hookahs $50 fine, 3 discipline points, 2 developmental sanctions, and restitution. $100 fine, 5 discipline points, 3 developmental sanctions, and restitution. $200 fine, 7 discipline points, 4 developmental sanctions, and restitution.
Abuse of/damage to hall phones 1 discipline point, 1 developmental sanction, and restitution. 2 discipline points, 2 developmental sanctions, and restitution. 3 discipline points, 3 developmental sanctions, and restitution.
Moravian College Community Violations
Deliberate damage to community or personal property $200 fine, 6 discipline points, 3 developmental sanctions, and restitution. $400 fine, 8 discipline points, 4 developmental sanctions, and restitution. Immediate suspension for at least one semester, $600 fine, 10 discipline points, and restitution.
Prior to return to the College: required assessment and treatment off campus and 4 developmental sanctions.
Theft of community or personal property $200 fine, 6 discipline points, 3 developmental sanctions, and restitution.
Incident will be referred to the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas.
$400 fine, 8 discipline points, 4 developmental sanctions, and restitution.
Incident will be referred to the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas.
Immediate suspension for at least one semester, $600 fine, 10 discipline points, 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 $200 fine, 5 discipline points, and 3 developmental sanctions. $300 fine, 7 discipline points, and 4 developmental sanctions. Immediate suspension for at least one semester, $600 fine, and 10 discipline points.
Prior to return to the College: required assessment and treatment off campus and 4 developmental sanctions.
Fighting caused by one party $200 fine, 6 discipline points, and 4 developmental sanctions. Immediate suspension for at least one semester, $600 fine, and 10 discipline points.
Prior to return to the College: required assessment and treatment off campus and 4 developmental sanctions.
Expulsion.
Duplication, lending, borrowing, misrepresentation, or misuse of ID $200 fine, 5 discipline points, 3 developmental sanctions, and restitution. Immediate suspension for at least one semester, $600 fine, 10 discipline points, and restitution.
Prior to return to the College: required assessment and treatment off campus and 4 developmental sanctions.
Expulsion.
Manufacture of IDs $1,000 fine, immediate suspension, 10 discipline points. 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 $50 fine, 3 discipline points, and 2 developmental sanctions. $100 fine, 5 discipline points, and 3 developmental sanctions. $200 fine, 7 discipline points, and 4 developmental sanctions.
Tampering with student mailboxes in the HUB or in the HILL $100 fine, 2 discipline points, 2 developmental sanctions, and restitution. Incident will be referred to the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas. $200 fine, 4 discipline points, 3 developmental sanctions, and restitution. Incident will be referred to the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas. $400 fine, 6 discipline points, 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) $50 fine, 3 discipline points, 2 developmental sanctions, and restitution.
Nature of the first offense may raise sanctions to those for second offense.
$100 fine, 5 discipline points, 3 developmental sanctions, and restitution.
Nature of the second offense may raise sanctions to those for third offense.
$200 fine, 7 discipline points, 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* $200 fine, 5 discipline points, 3 developmental sanctions, parental notification, and loss of party registration privileges for at least one year.
Nature of the first offense may raise sanctions to those for second offense.
$300 fine, 7 discipline points, 4 developmental sanctions, parental notification, and loss of party registration privileges for at least one year.
Nature of the second offense may raise sanctions to those for third offense.
Immediate suspension for at least one semester, $600 fine, 10 discipline points and parental notification and loss of party registration privileges for at least 2 years.
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 discipline points, 2 developmental sanctions, parental notification.
Evidence of abuse (PBT>0.18) on first offense raises sanctions to those for second offense.
$100 fine; 4 discipline points, 3 developmental sanctions, parental notification.
Evidence of abuse (PBT > 0.18) on second offense raises sanctions to those for third offense.
$200 fine; 6 discipline points, 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 discipline points, 2 developmental sanctions, parental notification. $100 fine; 4 discipline points, 3 developmental sanctions, parental notification. $200 fine; 6 discipline points, 4 developmental sanctions, parental notification.
Display of empty alcohol bottles/cans by persons younger than 21 in residence facilities $25 fine, 1 discipline point, 1 developmental sanction, parental notification. $50 fine; 2 discipline points, 2 developmental sanctions, parental notification. $100 fine; 3 discipline points, 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 $200 fine, 6 discipline points, 3 developmental sanctions, and restitution.
Nature of the first offense may raise sanctions to those for second offense.
$400 fine, 8 discipline points, 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, $600 fine, 10 discipline points, and restitution.
Prior to return to the College: required assessment and treatment off campus and 4 developmental sanctions.
Disruption of the neighborhood $50 fine, 3 discipline points, 2 developmental sanctions, and restitution.
Nature of the first offense may raise sanctions to those for second offense.
$100 fine, 5 discipline points, 3 developmental sanctions, and restitution.
Nature of the second offense may raise sanctions to those for third offense.
$200 fine, 7 discipline points, 4 developmental sanctions, and restitution.
Other
Failure to cooperate/comply with staff or campus security Double sanction listed for the incident or $50 fine, 2 discipline points, and 2 developmental sanctions. Double sanction listed for the incident or $100 fine; 4 discipline points, and 3 developmental sanctions. Double sanction listed for the incident or $200 fine; 6 discipline points, and 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 discipline point and 1 developmental sanction. 2 discipline points and 2 developmental sanctions. 3 discipline points and 3 developmental sanctions.
Visitation policy 1 discipline point and 1 developmental sanction. 2 discipline points and 2 developmental sanctions. 3 discipline points and 3 developmental sanctions.
Pet policy 1 discipline point, 1 developmental sanction, pet must be removed within 48 hours (additional developmental sanction for each day pet remains after deadline), restitution. 2 discipline points, 2 developmental sanctions, pet must be removed within 48 hours (additional developmental sanction for each day pet remains after deadline), restitution. 3 discipline points and 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 discipline point and 1 developmental sanction. 2 discipline points and 2 developmental sanctions. 3 discipline points and 3 developmental sanctions.

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.

Discipline Points

10 points = immediate suspension from the institution
15 points = immediate expulsion from the institution

A deduction of one discipline point will take place for every term completed without further disciplinary action.

Discipline points affect a student's seniority in the housing selection process. Housing points cannot be earned when a student has discipline points on his or her record.  If/when a student’s record reflects 0 discipline points, his or her housing points will be fully restored. The housing point system is explained below.

Two Examples

A sophomore with a 3-discipline-point violation in his fall semester (the sophomore earned 2 housing points during his first year at the College):

  • Fall sophomore semester = 3 discipline points, 2 housing points
  • Spring sophomore semester = 2 discipline points, 2 housing points
  • Fall junior semester = 1 discipline point, 2 housing points
  • Spring junior semester = 0 discipline points, 8 housing points (points restored)

A first-year student with a 2-discipline-point violation in her fall semester:

  • Fall first-year semester = 2 discipline points, 0 housing points
  • Spring first-year semester = 1 discipline point, 0 housing points
  • Fall sophomore semester = 0 discipline points, 3 housing points (points restored)
  • Spring sophomore semester = 0 discipline points, 4 housing points

Moravian College Housing Point System

The allocation of housing points is based on the following criteria:
  • One point is awarded for each semester (only fall or spring semesters) an individual has been a full-time student at Moravian College or at another institution, including the semester during which housing selection occurs. Semesters spent abroad or on other campuses in approved full-time academic programs will also be included in this point allocation system.
  • An extra point per semester will be awarded for the junior year (fifth and sixth semesters as a full-time student).
  • No points will be given for any semester, either at Moravian or another institution, where less than a full-time college load was carried or where performance did not contribute to making progress towards a degree (i.e., no courses were passed).
  • The maximum number of housing points a student can earn, regardless of number of years as a full-time student, is eight.
  • Housing point deductions, which accrue from disciplinary decisions, will be deducted from a student’s housing-point total.
  • There is no scenario in which anyone can earn additional/bonus housing points.