It is the intention of the College to create a policy that is effective in addressing drug and alcohol
violations. The policy also should to be consistent and clear to students. For
the policy to be most effective, it should include elements that help to deter future violations
but also support the educational goals of our institution. Additionally, the policy
should allow students to come forward to assist friends in need without penalty.
Points Based Sanction System for Controlled Substance and Alcohol
The Points Based Sanction System (PBSS) establishes a 10 point system for alcohol and controlled substance
sanctions. Points are assigned to each type of violation and are set in a standardized
format. This change does not alter the process for student rights. Students still
have a right to be charged in writing for policy violations and they have right to a hearing
to address such charges. The points are applied only when a student accepts responsibility,
or is found responsible, for their actions.
In addition to holding students accountable for their actions, the system is also set to reward positive
behavior and offers students three potential ways to reduce their point totals through action.
The system also offers points amnesty from controlled substance or alcohol-related violations to students
who step forward to get medical assistance for themselves or others.
There are additional sanctions for students who continue to accumulate points. Students who have repeat
violations in the same semester receive an extra point for subsequent violations.
Students who are at 6 points or more are placed on conduct probation and are not permitted to apply for,
or to study abroad or live off-campus.
Any student who reaches 10 points will be required to take a medical leave of absence to address their
||Description of Violation
||Medical Amnesty- Student who has consumed alcohol or drugs in violation of our policies
but seeks help for self or another in need of emergency care
||Consumption/possession of drugs or alcohol by underage guest of student
Possession of open container of alcohol for student 21+
||Public intoxication for students 21+
||Underage consumption or possession of alcohol
||Underage consumption or possession of hard alcohol
||Providing hard-alcohol to underage student
||Use or possession of marijuana or paraphernalia
||Providing hard-alcohol to underage student
||Possession of a large common source of alcohol (Keg, punches with alcohol)
||Possession of an amount of marijuana that exceeds personal use
||Possession of illegal drugs (including prescription drugs) other than marijuana
||Drinking and driving with BAC above .08
* Students may request to complete service hours in lieu of a fine.
** Hard alcohol refers to distilled spirits with an alcohol content greater than 15%.
The following points may be assigned in association with alcohol/drug use as part of the conduct process
if the student is found responsible for the charge. If these violations are not associated
with a drug/alcohol violation, they will be assessed through the regular hearing process.
Only 1 additional point may be assessed for a single incident.
||Failure to cooperate with College official or local law enforcement officer
||Possession or use of false identification
||Repeated sanction within same semester
||Vandalism of property
Actions Taken for Accumulation of Points
Once a student reaches the total points listed below, they will be subject to the following restrictions
based on those levels:
*Parental/*Coach/Office of Academic Success notification
||Placed on Conduct Probation- not permitted to apply for or to study abroad, live
outside of campus housing, or access funding to college programs (Murphy, Odyssey,
||Placed on Social Probation- not permitted to participate in college activities outside
of classroom requirements
||Required leave of absence to address alcohol/drug issues
*Coaches may be notified for drug violations before 4 points. Parents
may be notified before 4 points in cases with extenuating circumstances.
Students are able to reduce their point total with the following actions. All reductions will be
applied at the completion of the semester.
||For each complete semester where a student is not responsible for a violation of
these policies, the student's cumulativepoints will be reduced by ONE POINT.
Any sanctions due that semester would have to be completed before the point reduction
||Students have a one-time opportunity to successfully complete an alcohol education
course and reduce their points by ONE POINT.
||Students who successfully engage in counseling by completing an alcohol/drug assessment
and recommended treatment plan will have their cumulative points reduced by ONE
Students are eligible to reduce their points by a maximum of 2 points per semester.
Students may only use options B and C one time each during their time at Hendrix
Students are not permitted to "bank" points. 0 points is the lowest level of points.
Students who successfully return from a required leave under this policy will receive a forgiveness of
5 points for that action.
Relationship between the Conduct Record and the Points Based Sanction
System for Controlled Substance and Alcohol Violations
All violations of the Student Conduct Policy, including alcohol and controlled substance violations,
are recorded on a student’s conduct record. While the number of points accumulated by a student
may be reduced through actions of the student, the violation that resulted in those points
will remain on the conduct record. Decisions of suspension and expulsion will remain permanently
in the student’s file. All records of major violation conduct action or conduct probation
(including as a result of having 6 points on the Points Based Sanction System for Controlled
Substance and Alcohol Violations), will remain in the student’s file and will be kept by
the Dean of Students office for three years past graduation date. All student records
of minor violation conduct action will be expunged after the student graduates.