Nov 28, 2020  
2016-17 Student Handbook 
2016-17 Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Code of Student Conduct, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and Other Policies





Code of Student Conduct

Every community has certain regulations and traditions that every member is expected to abide by and uphold. A college community is no exception. The McDaniel College community, perhaps even more than others, depends upon mature and responsible members.  Only in such a community can an atmosphere be established that will contribute to the liberal arts education.

Discipline administered by the agencies of McDaniel College is limited to incidents of student misconduct that adversely affect the College community. Students who attend McDaniel College must recognize that some conduct so exceeds the bounds of permissible behavior that they may be asked to pursue their education in some other environment. Such an individual forfeits all fees that have been paid.

Misconduct taking place on another campus in connection with an intercollegiate activity or at any college-related activity is considered on campus. A college-related activity includes any activity sponsored by, paid for, or supervised by the College or any organization recognized by the College. Any student responsible for misconduct on another campus or at college related functions is subject to College discipline.  

The College will hold students accountable under the Code of  Student Conduct for acts committed off campus in cases of serious misconduct, conduct that demonstrates flagrant disregard for the rights of others, and/or conduct that threatens the College’s relations with the community.

McDaniel College expects that individuals will respect the rights of others.  Students responsible for misconduct may be disciplined. Attempts to commit a violation, conspiracies to commit a violation, or aiding another to commit a violation are causes for College disciplinary action. A student may not avoid College sanctions for an infraction(s) of the Code of Student Conduct by withdrawing from a class or the College. Standards of conduct apply on campus as well as on electronic media, including cyberspace. The following guidelines, which are not meant to be all-inclusive, indicate types of misconduct subject to College discipline:

  1. Dishonesty, such as cheating, plagiarism, violation of the Honor Code, or knowingly furnishing false information to the College.
  2. Forgery, alteration, or use of College documents, records, or instruments of identification with intent to defraud; unauthorized use of keys.
  3. Intentional obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, or other College activities, including public service functions and other authorized activities on College premises, tampering with the student conduct process, and/or filing frivolous appeals.
  4. Harassment or intimidation of an individual on College premises or at College supervised functions or College-sponsored functions (including but not limited to harassment or intimidation based on race, religion, creed, ethnicity, age, gender, disability, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, nationality, or veteran status).
  5. Physical or verbal abuse or conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person on College premises or at College-supervised functions or College-sponsored functions. Note: Physical altercations are a form of violence. The College expects that students will withdraw from situations that may result in physical altercations. Students always have the option of contacting a College official and/or the Department of Campus Safety to deal with a situation. Therefore, all students who participate in physical altercations may receive a discipline notification letter indicating that a hearing will take place. The burden of proof will fall upon the students to demonstrate that he/she took every measure to withdraw from the situation.
  6. Stealing, concealing, defacing, or damaging, tampering (or intending to or attempting to) with College property or the property of others.
  7. Unauthorized entry to or use of College facilities, including both buildings and grounds. Being on the roof of any building is prohibited.
  8. Possession, use, sale, or distribution of controlled substances (drugs) or drug paraphernalia.
  9. Unauthorized possession or use of firearms (including air rifles and air pistols), ammunition, explosives, combustibles, fireworks, laser guns, dangerous chemicals, or other weapons or facsimiles of any weapon on College-owned or College-supervised property.  Mace or similar self-defense devices are permitted.
  10. Setting fires (including candles), tampering with fire-protection equipment, or activating or attempting to activate false alarms. Interfering with the safety and/or health of a member of the College community (e.g. intentionally causing the evacuation of a College building for reasons known to be false; obstructing emergency evacuation of any facility on College property; willfully disregarding any emergency or fire alarm evacuation signal; hindering the duties of emergency services; misusing, altering, or tampering with any security or fire safety equipment; setting fires).
  11. Failure to appear on official requests before one of the duly constituted disciplinary agents of the College.
  12. Violations of published rules governing College residence halls, traffic, and any other regulations that may be enacted or published and violations of municipal, state, or federal laws.
  13. Disorderly conduct on College-owned or controlled property or at College-sponsored or supervised functions, including public intoxication.
  14. Lewd, indecent or obscene conduct or expression on College-owned or controlled property or at College-sponsored or supervised functions.
  15. Failure to comply with directions of College officials acting in performance of their duties, including refusing to furnish identification upon request, abusing, disrespecting, or harassing College officials and/or failure to comply with the sanctions imposed under this Code.
  16. Violation of the College Alcohol Policy (including but not limited to underage possession or consumption of alcohol, possession of alcohol in public areas, using/providing false identification, hosting or participating in drinking games or contests, or unauthorized possession of multi-liter containers.)
  17. Violation of the McDaniel College Gender/Sex Based Anti-Harassment/Non-Discrimination Policy



Student Rights and Responsibilities

  1. Access to Higher Education—Within the limits of its facilities, the College shall be open to all students who are qualified according to its admission standards. The College’s policies prohibit discrimination in admission on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, and disability.
  2. Classroom Expression—The professor in the classroom and in conference encourages free discussion, inquiry, and expression subject only to the responsibility to maintain order and reasonable academic progress. Students are free to take reasoned exception to the data or view offered in any course of study and to reserve judgment about matters of opinion, but they are responsible for learning the content of any course of study for which they are enrolled. Disruptive classroom behavior may result in dismissal from class and disciplinary action.
  3. Freedom of Inquiry and Expression—Students and student organizations are free to examine and to discuss all questions of interest to them and to express opinions publicly and privately. They are free to support causes by orderly means which do not disrupt the regular and essential operation of the institution. At the same time, it should be made clear to the academic and the larger community that in their public expressions or demonstrations students or student organizations speak only for themselves, and not for the institution.

Students are allowed to invite and to hear any person of their own choosing. Routine procedures required by the institution before a guest speaker is invited to appear on campus are designed to ensure that there is orderly scheduling of facilities and adequate preparation for the event, and that the occasion is conducted in a manner appropriate to an academic community. Institutional control of campus facilities will not be used as a device of censorship. It should be made clear to the academic and larger community that sponsorship of guest speakers does not imply approval or endorsement of the views expressed, either by the sponsoring group or the institution.

  1. Student Participation in Institutional Government—As constituents of the academic community, students are free, individually and collectively, to express their views on issues of institutional policy and on matters of general interest to the student body. Students may run for elective office. Students may, through their Student Government Association, formulate and implement policies and may petition the administration for reconsideration of policies. The administration will notify the SGA of planned policy changes. Such policies shall not be inconsistent with federal, state, or local laws and are subject to review by the College administration.
  2. Grievances—Unless an already established appeals procedure exists, students may petition the College administration for review and reconsideration of a policy decision or implementation. The student should first discuss the issue with the College official responsible for the decision. If the matter is not satisfactorily resolved, the student has the right to appeal to the official’s supervisor and divisional vice president.
  3. Honor Code—McDaniel College is committed to the ideals of personal integrity and community honor in all aspects of campus life, including academic endeavors, use of the library and other facilities, and respect for community and personal property. Since the rights of the honest majority must be protected against the actions of individuals acting dishonestly, the Honor and Conduct Board addresses violations within the College community.
  4. Student Media—Student media shall be free of censorship and advance approval of copy. Editors will be free to develop their own editorial and advertising policies and news coverage. Editors and business managers of student publications will be protected from arbitrary suspension and removal.

College-published and -financed student media will state on the editorial page or in their regular announcements that the opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the College or student body.

The role of College student media, the standards to be used in their evaluation, and the limitations on external control are governed by the Media Board. The editorial freedom of student editors involves the corresponding obligation to be governed by the canons of responsible journalism and media management. These entail the responsibility to avoid libel, undocumented allegations, attack on personal integrity, techniques of harassment, and innuendos. The Media Board adheres to The Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists (revised 1996), FCC regulations, and individual organization codes of ethics.

Unrecognized publications may be distributed on campus insofar as the publication complies with the same standards of responsible journalism required of recognized publications.

  1. Off-Campus Freedom of Student—College students are both private citizens and members of the academic community. As citizens, the students enjoy the same freedom of speech, peaceful assembly, right to petition and practice religion that other citizens enjoy. As members of the academic community, they are subject to the obligations which accrue to them by virtue of this membership. Faculty members and administrative officials ensure that institutional powers are not employed to inhibit intellectual and personal development of students exercising their rights of citizenship.
  1. Privacy—Except under extreme emergency circumstances (imminent danger of life, safety, health, or property), or as required by law enforcement officials, premises occupied by students and the personal possessions of students will not be searched unless appropriate authorization at McDaniel College is provided by the Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students or designee. The application for authorization must specify the reasons for the search and the objects or information sought. The student should be present, if possible, during the search. When the College or state officials seek access to a student’s room to determine compliance with regulations relating to multiple dwelling units, the occupant will be notified of such planned entry not less than 24 hours in advance. Law enforcement officials with a court-ordered search warrant may search a student room without notice. The College reserves the right to gain access to student rooms for the purpose of enforcing College regulations. The College reserves the right to install and operate surveillance cameras in various locations of College property. Surveillance cameras are not monitored on a regular basis. The College’s phone mail system is the property of McDaniel College. The College reserves the right to access recorded messages when it investigates complaints regarding harassment or other violations of College regulations. Such access must be authorized by the Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students or designee.
  2. Access to and Release of Student Records—McDaniel College complies with The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). In accordance with FERPA, students have certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights are:
    1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the College receives a request for access. A student should submit to the registrar, dean, or head of the academic department, or other appropriate official, a written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. The College official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the College official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
    2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.  A student who wished to ask the College to amend a record should write the College official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record the student wants changed, and specify why it should be changed. If the College decides not to amend the record as requested, the College will notify the student in writing of the decision and the student’s right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
    3. The right to provide written consent before the College discloses personally identifiable information from the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.  The College may disclose education records without a student’s prior written consent under the FERPA exception for disclosure:

                    to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for the College.


      A school official is a person employed by the College in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the College has contracted as its agent to provide a service instead of using College employees or officials (such as an attorney, auditor, reporting or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee; or a person assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. 


                    the parent of a student who claims the student as a dependent based on the IRS Code of 1986 Section 152. McDaniel College values the role of parents as partners in the education of our students. Our institutional philosophy is to encourage communication between students and parents about the student experience at McDaniel. To that end, the College may notify parents of dependent students when they have knowledge of situations adversely affecting a student. Such situations include academic deficiency (warning, probation, dismissal) and those exceptions permitted under FERPA regarding alcohol and illegal drug policy violations. Accordingly, parents of dependent students should direct questions to the Office of Academic Affairs or Student Affairs.


      Students must complete a form before attendance at the student’s first class, certifying whether the student is a dependent for federal tax purposes and if not a tax dependent, whether the student consents to the disclosure of personally identifiable information to his/her parents. The student is responsible for updating this form with the Registrar’s Office to reflect any changes in the student’s tax dependency or the student’s consent to the disclosure of personally identifiable information. The College has the right to rely on the student’s initial certification and/or consent to the disclosure of personally identifiable information unless the student has submitted an updated form to the Registrar’s Office. 


                    to officials of another school or school system in which the student seeks or intends to enroll.


                    to appropriate parties in a health and safety emergency.

    4. The right to elect to opt out of the release of a student’s directory information.  The College may release directory information without the student’s written consent. Directory information includes the student’s name, dates of attendance, previous institutions(s) attended, major field of study, awards, honors, (includes Dean’s List), degree(s), past and present participation in officially recognized sports and activities, height and weight of athletes, hometown and photographs. Students may elect to opt out of the release of directory information—the relevant form is available at the Registrar’s Office.

    5. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the College to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:


      Family Policy Compliance Office

      U.S. Department of Education

      400 Maryland Avenue, SW

      Washington, DC 20202-5901

  1. Student Right-to-Know— In accordance with the Student Right-to-Know Act of 1990, a graduation rate report is available from the Office of Registrar or in the Office of Academic Affairs.


Student Conduct Records

Students will have their student conduct record(s) maintained for seven years after their graduation date or withdrawal date except in cases of suspension and expulsion which will be kept indefinitely.

Records Requests:

Students requesting to have their student conduct records released to other colleges or universities should contact the Office of Student Affairs and provide a signed form indicating that permission is being given for records to be released.  The Office of Student Affairs will make a copy of the signed release form and then release the records within one week of receiving the form. 

It is the policy of the McDaniel College Office of Student Affairs to release student conduct records for any formal disciplinary action in which a student is found responsible for violating the McDaniel College Code of Conduct and a sanction is assigned.

The format of the release will be as follows:

NAME OF STUDENT / Date of Incident / Violation – Sanction(s) Imposed - Dates of Sanction


JOHN ALLEN DOE / November 16, 2012 / Unauthorized consumption of alcohol  – Disciplinary Warning

JANE ALLISON DOE / March 4, 2010 / Dishonesty such as cheating or plagiarism – Grade of F received in the course 4/1/2010

The McDaniel College Office of Student Affairs does not release information about the following types of cases:

  • Cases in which the student is found not responsible
  • Cases where informal action or no action is taken


Policy on Returning to the College after a Crisis or Hospitalization Based on a Prior Direct Threat Determination


Students who request to return to McDaniel College from a crisis or a hospitalization based on a prior direct threat determination must receive “medical clearance” prior to their return. Usually, students accomplish this by obtaining treatment and having their mental health professional provide appropriate documentation to the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students. This documentation is reviewed for evidence that sufficient improvement has occurred and that the student’s psychological/psychiatric condition does not pose significant risk to others.

The following information must be received and reviewed by the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students prior to permission being provided for the student’s return.

  1. A comprehensive written evaluation, using common language, should be provided by a licensed mental health professional, such as a psychiatrist or psychologist. The mental health practitioner should be an impartial individual who is not a member of the family. In addition, documentation, diagnosis, and treatment must be dated within the past 4 months (normally one semester). The evaluation may include, but is not limited to:

    a. The examiner’s name, address, phone number, credentials, and licensing number.
    b. Multi-axial DSM-V diagnosis (including the date of diagnosis).
    c. Current medications and past medication within the last 4 months/semester (if different from current medicine) and dosage.
    d. A summary of the treatment provided and the date of the last session, or evaluation, with the client.
    e. Observed changes in patients functioning during time in treatment.
    f. Recommendation and evidence that improvement has occurred, and that the student’s psychological/psychiatric condition does not pose significant risk to others.
    g. Recommendations for continued psychiatric or psychological support services.
    h. Recommendations indicating a plan for emergency support, should the need arise.
    i. A statement that living in a college residential setting is appropriate and manageable based on the psychiatric and psychological condition.
  2. The student must authorize the release of a written report containing all of the above information to the Clinical Coordinator, Counseling Services, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, and the Vice President of Student Affairs.


Following receipt of the above information, the Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students  in consultation with the Clinical Coordinator, Counseling Services will make a determination about the student’s return to the College and residential status. If the student’s request for return is approved, this approval is given with appropriate and reasonable conditions. These may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. The student will continue any follow-up treatment recommended by the treatment team, the Clinical Coordinator, Counseling Services , and/or College officials. This may include ongoing psychotherapy, psychiatric services and medications, and substance abuse treatment.
  2. The student will utilize any emergency plan that has been recommended, when needed.
  3. The Clinical Coordinator, Counseling Services will follow the student’s treatment and keep the Vice President and Dean for Student Affairs informed of the student’s progress. The student must authorize communication between their treatment providers, the Wellness Center, and the Office of Student Affairs.
  4. The student will be responsible for providing information, on a bi-monthly basis, about their compliance with treatment. This can be done by the student or the treatment provider.
  5. The Clinical Coordinator, Counseling Services or the Vice President and Dean for Student Affairs must be informed of, and approve, any changes made in the treatment plan.

The confidentiality of communication between a student’s clinicians and College officials is respected.  Following return from a medical leave, a student’s failure to fulfill requested treatment guidelines/conditions could jeopardize his/her status at the College.

Zero-Tolerance Drug Policy


As noted in the Code of Student Conduct number 8, the College does not tolerate the possession, use, sale, or distribution of controlled substances (drugs). When staff become aware of the presence of drugs on campus, they are required to notify the Westminster Police Department. Law enforcement authorities follow legal police procedures in investigating such matters, including searches.


College Alcohol Policy


McDaniel College entrusts to its students the responsibility of compliance with state, county, and municipal laws concerning the purchase, possession, consumption and transport of alcoholic beverages. It is expected that alcoholic beverages will be used in moderation, at suitable times, and under decorous conditions. Public intoxication is prohibited.

Maryland Law in Brief

Under Maryland state law, persons 21 years of age can purchase, possess, and consume alcoholic beverages. Any underage individual drinking, purchasing, or possessing alcoholic beverages is subject to a fine.  Borrowing or falsifying identification constitutes a crime. Purchasing and/or providing alcoholic beverages for underage persons is also prohibited by law.

Policy Violations

Failure to comply with state, county, or municipal alcoholic beverage laws may result in disciplinary action through the Student Conduct Process and/or legal action through the appropriate district court.

McDaniel College imposes the following additional restrictions regarding alcohol possession and use:

  1. Hard liquor possession by students is prohibited on campus.
  2. Drinking games and/or drinking contests are prohibited as such practices encourage the rapid and potentially dangerous consumption of alcohol.
  3. Kegs and other multi-liter containers (full or empty) are prohibited anywhere on campus without permission of the Office of Student Affairs.
    Please Note: If a keg or other multi-liter container is found on the campus it will be confiscated by the Department of Campus Safety.  Confiscated items will not be returned to students under any circumstances.  Any loss of funds that a student may incur because a multi-liter container has been confiscated by the College is his/her own financial responsibility.   
  4. Behavior or noise by any person or group which is disturbing others is prohibited. The possession and consumption of alcohol shall not infringe upon the privacy and peace of others. In all situations, the use of alcoholic beverages is considered as aggravating rather than mitigating the situation. Failure to follow the policies and laws could lead to student conduct action or proprietary action and/or civil arrest. Campus Safety and Residence Life staff will confront flagrant policy violations that come to their attention.
  5. The total number of persons permitted in residence hall rooms will be restricted in accordance with Maryland State Fire Codes and McDaniel College policy (see Room Capacity in Residence Hall policies section).
  6. Students should refrain from using alcoholic beverage containers as ashtrays, decorations or for other uses in campus residences.
  7. Alcoholic beverages may not be sold at any McDaniel College event or function or by any organization using College property without a license.
  8. Consumption of alcoholic beverages must comply with the Locations for the Use of Alcohol.

Locations for the Use of Alcohol

In addition to state laws, alcoholic beverages on McDaniel College campus will be limited as described below. In general, alcoholic beverages are limited to students’ personal rooms and to spaces designed for social gatherings, such as the Forum and other facilities in Decker Center. It is not appropriate to consume alcoholic beverages or carry open alcoholic containers outside or in public areas designed for other purposes. Beer bongs are not permitted.

  1. Student’s Room: Students may, within state law and college policy, consume and possess beer and wine in residence hall rooms.  Students who are 21 and over are prohibited from allowing any underage individuals present in their individual rooms to consume and/or possess alcohol.
  2. Public Areas: Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in any public areas of the residence halls, defined as all hallways, stairwells, bathrooms, lobbies, lounges, porches, balconies, storage rooms, laundry rooms, elevators, or any other area outside a residential facility. In the Garden Apartments, North Village, college houses, Albert Norman Ward (ANW) suites and Daniel McLea (DMC) suites, the individual bedrooms are private space while the common areas of the residence are considered public space.
  3. Residence Halls: Alcoholic beverages are prohibited anywhere in Rouzer, Whiteford, and Daniel MacLea, and designated substance-free residence halls and houses.
  4. Special Occasions: Consumption and possession of alcoholic beverages in specified areas for special occasions is subject to approval by the Director of the Office of Student Engagement.

Acting as a Social Host

A social host is any individual who provides a location for and/or facilitates opportunities for others to violate the College Alcohol Policy.  More specifically a social host is an individual who provides or shares alcohol with an underage guest in his/her residence or who hosts one or more guests in his/her residence who violate the College Alcohol Policy (i.e. living in a substance free residence hall, providing or consuming hard liquor, etc.).

Social Host Consequences

Additional consequences are in place for those who make the choice to host events in their residence where a violation of the college alcohol policy takes place.  Hosts who provide a location for others students to engage in policy violations assume a greater level of responsibility for these incidents.

If a student is found responsible for acting as a social host as described above, the minimum fine for the violation begins at $100 for a first offense and increases up to $250 for subsequent violations.  Fines will be assessed per social host, and will not be divided among the room/apartment/house residents.

Student Organization Policy for Campus Events with Alcohol


This policy applies to all Student Organizations at McDaniel College planning an event where alcohol is to be served. Beer and wine are the only types of alcohol permitted at any McDaniel College student functions. Student organizations must meet with the Office of Student Engagement staff at least 4 weeks prior to the event in order for the event to be approved. 

Third Party Vendor Guidelines

  1. Sodexho Food Service is the only third party vendor allowed to serve alcohol on the campus of McDaniel College.
  2. Beer and Wine must be served by Sodexho Food Services as a third party vendor.
  3. Bartenders are contracted through Sodexho Food Service for a minimum of 4 hours at $30.00 per hour.
  4. A copy of the Vendor’s Insurance is available in the Human Resources Office.
  5. All sales of alcohol will be conducted by the vendor as cash sales only.
  6. Alcohol may not be purchased through student organization funds.
  7. Non- alcoholic drinks and food must be available at all events. You must contact Sodexho Food Service first, to discuss the food at the event. If they give up the right to serve food, your group may then bring in your own food from off-campus.
  8. The vendor will collect and remove any remaining alcohol from the premises at the end of the event.
  9. Security is required at all events. During the approval process with the Office of Student Engagement, contact will be made with the Department of Campus Safety to determine the required number of officers present.
  10. Only those of legal drinking age with McDaniel Student ID or valid State Identification will be served alcohol.
  11. Upon entering the event, wristbands will be issued to those of legal drinking age by the security personnel at the event.  Wristbands must be purchased by the student organization.
  12. Alcoholic beverage service must end one hour prior to the close of the event.
  13. Anyone who appears to be intoxicated will not be permitted into the function or served alcohol.
  14. In addition to Campus Safety Officers there must be an adult in an advisor role to deal with issues that may arise at the event. Office of Student Engagement staff are not considered advisors and will not participate in this capacity.

Event Guidelines

  1. All groups requesting to sponsor an event where alcohol is to be served must complete the appropriate form and submit it to the Office of Student Engagement at least 30 days prior to the event. The appropriate form is available in the Office of Student Engagement.
  2. Functions with alcohol may only be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
  3. The timeframe for events are as follows: Thursday until 12:00 a.m., Friday and Saturday until 2:00 a.m.
  4. Events may last no longer than four hours in length.
  5. The host group(s) cannot financially profit from the sale of alcohol.

For Greek Organizations:

McDaniel College endorses the Risk Management Policy of the Fraternal Information 38 Programming Group (FIPG) and chooses this policy as the minimum standard by which all McDaniel College fraternities and sororities will have their organizational risk management evaluated. Following FIPG guidelines, Greek Organizations may not host open events with alcohol.

Greek organizations must meet with all social event policy guidelines in accordance with their respective governing council and all events must be registered in order to be considered sanctioned.

The policy here described is a privilege extended to the campus community. It is hoped that these privileges will serve to facilitate and enhance the student’s self-responsibility and his or her understanding of the values, beliefs, and laws of society at large. The privileges extended under this regulation may, however, be withdrawn from individuals or groups found to be in violation of College policy and/or state law.


Policy on Vaccination Against Meningococcal Disease


Under Maryland Law, all students who reside in on-campus housing at Maryland colleges and universities must be vaccinated against meningococcal disease or sign a waiver indicating that the student has reviewed material regarding the risks associated with the disease and chooses not to be vaccinated.  Under College policy, this requirement applies to all students, whether commuter or residential.


 Automobile and Motorcycle Regulations


For the complete listing of parking regulations and a map of campus parking, please see

Below are some of the more important highlights:

  1. A limited number of resident first year students are permitted to bring vehicles to campus.
  2. You must register your vehicle when you bring it to campus. This is done online at  If you cannot register online please bring your current vehicle registration and current proof of insurance to the Campus Safety office and they will assist you. Campus Safety is located on the lower level of Winslow Hall. (A fee is charged for the parking permit.)
  3. Parking stickers are valid during the year of issuance only and must be properly affixed.
  4. All visitors must register vehicles with Campus Safety and display a temporary visitors’ pass if the visit will exceed 4 hours. Students are responsible for guests’ actions.
  5. No parking is allowed on grass (except around Bair Stadium perpendicular and adjacent to road), grounds, roadways, curbsides, or any other areas not designated as parking spaces. All spaces are marked by painted stalls.
  6. Temporary parking permits for unregistered vehicles may be obtained for a limited period of time (not to exceed two weeks).
  7. Parking permits are not transferable. Alteration or forgery of a parking permit will result in immediate towing of the auto.
  8. Use of handicapped spaces requires a state issued designators (either license plate or hanging permit and the corresponding card in possession of the operator or passenger to whom the permit has been issued.)
  9. Students may not park in areas reserved for visitors, handicapped persons, or employees.
  10. If parked in a driveway, emergency zone, or any other unauthorized areas, the vehicle may be towed at the owner’s risk and expense.
  11. The City of Westminster prohibits a vehicle from being parked continuously on any street for more than 48 hours except in front of property owned by the driver or with the permission of the property owner. In declared snow emergencies, no vehicles are allowed on the street.
  12. Vehicles parked on campus must be registered with the appropriate governmental agency and maintain insurance as required by that agency.
  13. Tickets are charged on a graduated fine scale with each fine becoming higher. The more tickets that are issued, the more each ticket costs.


McDaniel 1Cards


Permanent identification cards, issued to students their first year at McDaniel College, are nontransferable. These cards identify students of the College and should be carried at all times. Cards may be required for admission to various College-sponsored athletic, social, and cultural events, for admission to the Dining Hall, and for checking out books from the library. Each student is responsible for his or her card, including a lost or stolen card, unless it is reported to the Department of Campus Safety. Lost or stolen cards may be replaced for a fee.


Solicitation on Campus


Campus community members have the right to assume that they will not be subjected to undue intrusions upon their privacy. In order to minimize such intrusions, the following policies govern contacts by off campus individuals or organizations with the College community:

  1. The College will not provide copies of the student roster to any organization without the express consent of the Vice President of Student Affairs.
  2. There will be no solicitation by salespersons, fund raisers, or any persons engaged in similar activities in any of the living units under the control of the College. Students who learn of such solicitation should contact the Department of Campus Safety. Persons invited beforehand to conduct business with a student in his/her private room may come on campus to meet only the student who requested the appointment. Students are encouraged to meet such individuals in common meeting rooms and not in any living units.
  3. Any solicitation by any persons in Decker College Center must have prior approval from the Director of the Office of Student Engagement, who will consult with the Office of Student Affairs.

Solicitation on campus by student organizations or individuals is generally restricted to Decker College Center and Englar Dining Hall, although in a few instances it is permitted in living units. The following policies govern this:

  1. Permission for solicitation in Decker College Center or Englar Dining Hall is required from the Director of the Office of Student Engagement.
  2. Permission for solicitation in the living units is required from the Director of Residence Life.
  3. Students conducting fund raisers, raffles, etc., must clearly state their purpose to the College community and be prepared to show all income, expenses, and disbursement of funds, on request, to the Office of Student Engagement.


Federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Policies



McDaniel College is committed to maintaining a drug-free environment. The Federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 require that the College notify students and employees of College policies and sanctions, legal sanctions, health risks and community rehabilitation services associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol. Students may seek further information and assistance at the Wellness Center, or the Office of Student Affairs.


Every two years, McDaniel College will review its drug free workplace policy to determine its effectiveness, implement any needed changes, and ensure that the student conduct sanctions described below are consistently enforced.  The most recent Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Biennial Review Report is available on the My McDaniel Portal on the Office of Student Affairs page.


Standards of Conduct



The College prohibits the “possession, use, sale or distribution of controlled substances (drugs).” In addition, the Code of Student Conduct prohibits “violations of published rules governing College residence halls, traffic and any other regulations that may be enacted or published, and violations of municipal, state or federal laws … [and] unauthorized possession of kegs or other multi-liter containers anywhere on campus or violation of alcohol policy.  “The College Alcohol Policy states that “under Maryland state law, persons 21 years of age can purchase, possess, and consume alcoholic beverages. Any underage individual drinking, purchasing, or possessing alcoholic beverage is subject to fine or imprisonment. Borrowing or falsifying identification constitutes a crime. Procuring alcoholic beverages for underage persons is also prohibited by law. Failure to comply with state, county, or municipal alcoholic beverage laws may result in referral to the Student Conduct Process and/or legal action through the appropriate civil authority.  “In addition to state laws, alcoholic beverages on campus are limited. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in any public areas of the campus, nor are any alcoholic beverages permitted in the public areas of residence halls or in Rouzer, Whiteford, or Daniel McLea Halls or any other housing designated as substance free. Hard liquor is prohibited on campus. 

Refer to the College Alcohol Policy for more details.

College Sanctions for Violation



Sanctions are imposed appropriate to instances of student misconduct, ranging from warning to expulsion. College policy requires that any illicit drugs found on campus be turned over to local law enforcement authorities, likely resulting in legal action. Minimum sanctions for possession of illegal drugs range from a $150 fine, parental notification, and disciplinary probation to expulsion. Minimum sanctions for violations of the College alcohol policy include fines, mandatory alcohol education, disciplinary probation, and suspension from the college.

Legal Sanctions of Unlawful Possession, Use, or Distribution of Illicit Drugs and Alcohol



Possession and/or distribution of controlled substances and illegal drugs can subject a student to fines that exceed $25,000 and prison terms of as many as 20 years, depending on the type of drug and the circumstances of the criminal act or acts involved. Maryland State law provides for fines of up to $1,000, again depending on the circumstances, when alcoholic beverages are provided to underage students by individuals over 21 years old.

Health Risks Associated with the Use of Illicit Drugs and Abuse of Alcohol



Alcohol can pose both short-term and long-term health risks. As a sedating, or depressant drug, alcohol slows functioning of the brain and central nervous system. In the short-tem, how alcohol affects a person is dependent on how much and how quickly he/she consumes it. The gender, size, and other factors in the drinker impact how quickly alcohol is absorbed and eliminated from the body, as well. Even one or two drinks can impair one’s reasoning. As more and more alcohol is absorbed by the body, impaired speech, loss of coordination, impaired sexual functioning, dysphonia, and loss of inhibitions are exhibited. Alcohol use, particularly “binge-drinking” or high-risk use, can lead to serious short-term and long-term health consequences. These include falls, injuries, car crashes, fights, participation in risky behaviors, sexual assault, unwanted pregnancy, transmission of sexually transmitted diseases, suicidal thinking or behavior, and injury or death from alcohol poisoning. Consuming a large amount of alcohol in a short period of time (such as playing drinking games, taking shots of liquor, engaging in “power hours,” etc.) can lead to the fatal result of alcohol poisoning. Taking other medications while drinking alcohol can also be fatal. More regular, or chronic, alcohol use can lead to alcohol dependence and other long-term health problems.  Frequent, prolonged use can result in liver disease, ulcers, high cholesterol, heart disease, cognitive deficits, high blood pressure, damage to the pancreas, sexual and fertility problems, and increased risk of breast cancer and other cancers. Other drugs also cause serious health problems for a user. Marijuana is a hallucinogen that contains the same toxic and carcinogenic compounds found in cigarette smoke, which has major health risks. It can also lead to deficits in memory and other cognitive skills, as well as reproductive problems. Abusing prescription drugs, or taking prescription medications that are not prescribed to you (such as Adderall, Ritalin, Xanax, Valium, Oxycontin, etc.) can also lead to increased heart rate and blood pressure, organ damage, addiction, heart attack, overdose, and death. Cocaine and other similar stimulants are highly addictive and can lead to seizures, cardiac arrest, and stroke.


Drug and Alcohol Assessment and Treatment



Students may seek free, confidential alcohol and drug screening and consultation at the Wellness Center in Winslow Center. Students can meet with a counselor to discuss their alcohol or drug use and obtain referrals to local substance abuse treatment programs, as well as other helpful resources. There are several of these treatment programs, as well as self-help groups, in the Westminster area. For a comprehensive list, please contact the Wellness Center at 410-857-2243.


The following is list of some of the local substance abuse treatment resources for applicable counseling, treatment, rehabilitation, or re-entry programs:




Mountain Manor
Carroll Plaza Shopping Center, Suite 20C
Westminster, MD 21157
Outpatient treatment and referrals for inpatient treatment

Carroll Hospital Center
Dual Diagnosis Program
: 410-871-6983
Intensive Outpatient Program: 410-871-6964
DWI Education Program: 410-871-6965
200 Memorial Ave.
Westminster, MD 21157

Carroll County Health Department
410-876-4410, 410-876-4800
290 S. Center Street
Westminster, MD 21157
Outpatient treatment

New Path Counseling Center
Nick Palmieri, LCADC, CCDC
250 Englar Rd., Suite 3
Carroll Plaza Shopping Center
Westminster, MD 21157
Outpatient treatment


Re-Entry Mental Health Services
40 S Church Street
Westminster, MD 21157
Outpatient treatment


Resource Group Counseling and Education Center
Resource Connect Intensive Outpatient Program
1615 York Road, Suite 105
Lutherville, MD, 21093


Carroll County Youth Services Bureau
98 N. Court Street
P.O. Box 206
Westminster, MD 21158
Outpatient treatment


Westminster Recovery
126 E. Main St.
Westminster, MD 21157
Outpatient treatment

For an expanded listing of Westminster area resources, contact the Wellness Center Counseling Services at (410) 857-2243.

Alcohol and Other Drug Education and Prevention Programming on Campus

The Division of Student Affairs and student organizations sponsor a variety of educational programs focusing on alcohol and illegal drug prevention, education, and awareness. These programs are subject to change.

All incoming students complete Alcohol Edu for College Students prior to arriving to campus for the fall semester. They also complete an additional sexual assault awareness and prevention component of the course.

New Student Orientation in August includes A Shot of Reality, an alcohol awareness improv show that stresses the need for education and responsibility in situations involving alcohol. The five day Orientation program also includes a student theater production that highlights the issues facing incoming college students and alcohol and illegal drug issues are a large component of the production.

Within the Office of Residence Life, the Resident Assistant (RA) staff has a set of programming requirements built around a number of learning outcomes. The outcome of “Exercising Self-Management and Making Choices about Lifestyle” often involves programming by the RA staff on the effects of alcohol consumption or other drug use by students, typically presented in tandem with Campus Safety or the Wellness Center Staff.

Substance abuse prevention and education programs delivered by the Division of Student Affairs and the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Committee (ASAP) include: Twisted Thursday, Substance-Free Tailgate, “My Story with Booze”, and Safe Spring Break.

A significant number of late night alcohol free events are sponsored by the Office of Student Engagement (OSE). Some examples of OSE programming includes: Weekly Green Terror Programs alcohol free programming, Weekend Blitz events (off campus excursions to plays, museums, amusement parks, malls, etc.), and the Friday Night Movie Series.

Policy on Electronic Devices

Cellular phones, pagers, and other electronic devices shall not be used in a manner that causes disruption in the classroom, library, or within any College-owned or College-operated facility. Abuse of cellular devices with photographic capabilities, use of devices for purposes of photographing test questions or other notes and materials is prohibited. Photographing individuals in secured areas such as bathrooms, locker rooms, or other areas where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy, and/or taking photographs of an individual in these types of areas where there is an expectation of privacy, is strictly prohibited. Electronic transmission of these photographs of any person without express permission is also strictly prohibited.

Policy on the Acceptable Use of Security Cameras

1. Purpose
The purpose of this policy is to outline the responsibility, decision-making process and regulations regarding the regular use of safety cameras to monitor and record potential criminal activity, or violations of College policies in areas with no expectation of privacy to improve safety and security at McDaniel College. This policy does not include the installation of covert surveillance systems installed as part of a documented and on-going criminal investigation.

2. Scope
This policy applies to all of the various types of employees (staff, faculty, coaches, etc.), students, vendors, contractors, visitors and property of McDaniel College in the use of safety cameras for monitoring and recording. These cameras shall not make audio recordings. It does not apply outside of security or safety applications (ex. recordings of lectures or performances, news or press coverage, athletic events, etc.)

3. General Principles
A. The Department of Campus Safety (DoCS) is committed to maximizing safety for the campus community by integrating best practices in campus safety with technology. A component of our comprehensive security plan is employing available technologies such as safety cameras, also referred to as security cameras and or closed circuit television (CCTV).
B. In cases where a position is named, a designee will have the full authority to act in place of the named position for purposes of this policy. An immediate supervisor is automatically a designee.
C. DoCS records public areas to deter crime, enhance its investigative capacity, and assist in protecting the safety and property of the campus community. Any diversion of security technologies and/or personnel for other purposes (e.g., monitoring of political or religious activities, or employee or student evaluations) undermines the acceptability of these resources for critical safety goals and is therefore prohibited.
D. The decision to deploy safety cameras and the specific placement of those cameras falls under the authority of DoCS. DoCS bases the decision to deploy cameras on mitigating risks, vulnerabilities and historical acts of criminal behavior. When developing strategies for camera installation and placement, the DoCS conducts reviews of DoCS documents, which may include, incident reports, security surveys, risk analyses and threat assessments to parts of or the whole campus. This information is also critical in determining the types of equipment most appropriate for each situation. These factors might determine such outcomes as; Pan, Tilt Zoom (PTZ), fixed, color, night, day/night, capable cameras, etc.
E. DoCS will conduct video monitoring for security purposes, consistent with this policy and any applicable federal, state and local law. Generally, DoCS will not monitor cameras in real time. If criminal activity or rule violations are taking place real time monitoring may be implemented with the authorization of the Director of Campus Safety or designee. Personnel involved in video monitoring will be appropriately trained and in the responsible use of this technology. Violations of this policy will result in disciplinaryaction consistent with the rules and regulations governing employees of the DoCS.
F. DoCS will only use information obtained through video monitoring for security and law enforcement purposes. DoCS will only release information obtained through video monitoring when authorized by appropriate administrative personnel according to the procedures established in this policy.
G. DoCS recording and monitoring of public areas for security purposes consistent with all existing College and DoCS policies, including those that prohibit discrimination and harassment.
H. To maintain an informed campus community, DoCS will include the purpose, a summary of the uses, and location of cameras annually in the Annual Security and Fire Report.
I. DoCS will use camera technology to monitor work behavior only when there is a legitimate investigation pertaining to conduct contrary to the law or policy, and supported by a DoCS incident report, written complaint, report, memo, email etc. DoCS may seek guidance from the appropriate divisional Vice President, Human Resource, or the College Attorney to ensure legal and policy compliance.
J. DoCS will ensure all existing uses of video monitoring and recording are complaint with this policy within twelve months of the approval.

4. Responsibilities
A. DoCS is authorized to oversee and coordinate the use of camera installation and monitoring for safety and security purposes. Human Resources will ensure appropriate distribution of the policy to newly hired employees.
B. DoCS will monitor new developments in relevant law and in security industry practices to ensure that camera monitoring and recording are consistent with the contemporary practices.
C. The Director of Campus Safety will ensure that DoCS adheres to established policy and procedure in the use of safety cameras and will review camera locations and requests for release of video media beyond DoCS with the College Attorney unless immediate life
safety or other extreme risk exist.
     1. The Director of Campus Safety will review camera locations to insure the view of fixed location cameras conforms to this policy. The locations of temporary cameras to be used for special events will be reviewed by the Director of Campus Safety or designee for approval before the event (Note: “Temporary cameras” does not include mobile video equipment or hidden surveillance cameras used for criminal investigations.)
     2. Included with the list of camera locations will be a general description ofthe technology deployed and the capabilities ofthe cameras. If concern over camera placement should arise, concerned persons may petition the Director of Campus Safety to forgo the installation of a proposed camera or for the removal of an existing camera. The Director of Campus Safety, in conjunction with the Vice President representing the constituency ofthe complainant, will determine the appropriateness of an installation weighing the concerns ofthe person(s) making the request and the safety and security of the entire community.
     3. The Director of Campus Safety will review all requests received by DoCS to release recordings obtained through camera recording with the Vice President of Student Affairs and at times the College Attorney. No release of recordings will occur without authorization by the Director of Campus Safety, except in accordance with official requests for digital video directly related to a criminal investigation, arrest or subpoena where exigencies described earlier may prevent review with the Vice President and/or the College Attorney. The Director of Campus Safety may also approve release of recordings only for legitimate purposes, such as to protect McDaniel College and its members from lawsuits or harm. The Director of Campus Safety will consult the Vice President of Student Affairs and the College Attorney, and may consult with other Divisional Vice Presidents in these cases prior to the release of recordings.
     4. The Director of Campus Safety will audit DoCS camera monitoring operations, including video media storage, on a semi-annual basis and make procedural changes to ensure standards and operations conform to this policy.

5. Procedures
A. All personnel involved in video review or monitoring will perform their duties in accordance with this policy.
B. DoCS will assure that responsible and proper camera monitoring practices by operators by periodically reviewing stored images.
C. The Director of Campus Safety will assign a member ofthe supervisory staff to regularly inspect the functionality of the equipment at regular intervals but not less than weekly. This inspection will include brief “real-time” monitoring to ensure all equipment is
functioning properly, and quick inspection of recorded images to ensure they are being properly recorded.
D. DoCS will prevent camera positions and views of areas generally considered private.  These areas include; residence hall rooms, interiors of campus suites or apartments, bathrooms, shower areas, locker and changing rooms, areas where a reasonable person
might change clothing, or private offices. Additionally, rooms used for medical, physical, or psychological counseling, therapy or treatment are private.
E. DoCS shall place cameras overtly in public spaces with the exception of official, authorized investigative purposes of DoCS.
F. DoCS will configure systems as to reasonably prevent camera operators from tampering with or duplicating recorded information.
G. In most cases, recorded video media will be stored for a period of not less than 15 days.  This may vary based on configuration settings in the recording device and memory capacity. Video storage equipment will overwrite stored images as the space fills, and these images will be unavailable. An exception to this procedure is video retained as part of a criminal investigation or court proceeding (criminal or civil), administrative hearing, College disciplinary action or other bona fide use as approved by the Director of Campus
Safety. A multimedia storage device like a DVD or flash drive will record images in accordance with accepted practice based upon the nature of the investigation and process (ex. trial or disciplinary proceeding).
H. DoCS will train operators in the technical and legal parameters of appropriate camera use.
     1. Operators will receive a copy of this policy and provide written acknowledgement that they have read and understood its content.
     2. Operators will receive training in cultural/diversity awareness.
     3. Operators will not monitor individuals based on characteristics of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability or other protected class covered by DoCS policy. Camera control operators will monitor behavior, not individual characteristics.
I. The Director of Campus Safety will only use mobile or portable video equipment used in criminal investigations in non-criminal matters where there is significant risk to public safety, security and properly authorized.

Examples of Video Monitoring and Recording of Public Areas

Legitimate safety and security purposes include, but are not limited to, the following:
Protection of community members
Protection of buildings and property
Monitoring of access control systems
Verification of security alarms
Video patrol of public areas
Criminal and rule violation investigations
Special event security


Policy on Responsible Use of Computing Resources


McDaniel College provides computing resources to support the academic research and instructional activities of the institution. The resources are intended for the sole use of College faculty, staff, students, and other authorized users. Use of the College’s information technology resources is a privilege. The following types of activities are examples of behavior that are unethical and unacceptable, and in some cases may violate state or federal law and/or the McDaniel Student Honor Code:

  1. Attempting to alter system, hardware, software, or account configurations.
  2. Accessing or monitoring another individual’s accounts, files, software, electronic mail, or computer resources without the permission of the owner.
  3. Misrepresenting your identity, role, or the identity of any person in any type of electronic communication.
  4. Misusing the College’s computing resources so as to reduce their efficiency or to affect access to the detriment of other users.
  5. Breaching or attempting to breach computer security systems, whether with or without malicious intent.
  6. Engaging in any activity that might be harmful to systems or to any stored information such as creating or propagating viruses, worms, Trojan horses, or other rogue programs, disrupting services, or damaging files.
  7. Violating copyright and/or software license agreements.
  8. Using computing resources to threaten or harass others or transmitting obscene or fraudulent messages.
  9. Using computing resources for commercial or profit-making purposes.
  10. Installing or operating computer games on College-owned computers for purposes other than academic instruction.
  11. Downloading or posting to College computers without authorization.
  12. Personally owned routers are not allowed on the McDaniel College Network.


Policies and regulations of the College, including the Student Honor Code, and state and federal law, are applicable to computing resources.

Policy Prohibiting Hover Boards and Other Similar Items

Because of safety and fire concerns, the use, possession or storage of hover boards (self-balancing scooters, battery-operated scooters, hands-free Segways and other similar equipment) is prohibited in all college-owned buildings and residential facilities.   

If a student is found in possession of a hover board or similar item it will be removed from the building and the student will be referred to the Student Conduct Process of the College. 


Chosen Name Policy

McDaniel College is committed to its policy of providing an educational and employment environment that is free from any type of discrimination or harassment on basis of any protected status including race, religion, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, military status, genetic information, marital status, gender identity, veteran’s status or any other legally protected status. Further, McDaniel College recognizes how important it is to have the ability to be addressed by the name that an individual prefers. Accordingly, the following procedures are intended to provide guidance to help individuals navigate college systems and make adjustments where possible.

The Chosen Name Policy in its entirety may be found at the following link: Name Policy 2016-05-19.pdf