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 against their will is strictly prohibited. Electronic transmission of photographs of any person without express permission is strictly prohibited.
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:
- Attempting to alter system, hardware, software, or account configurations.
- Accessing or monitoring another individual’s accounts, files, software, electronic mail, or computer resources without the permission of the owner.
- Misrepresenting your identity, role, or the identity of any person in any type of electronic communication.
- Misusing the College’s computing resources so as to reduce their efficiency or to affect access to the detriment of other users.
- Breaching or attempting to breach computer security systems, whether with or without malicious intent.
- 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.
- Violating copyright and/or software license agreements.
- Using computing resources to threaten or harass others or transmitting obscene or fraudulent messages.
- Using computing resources for commercial or profit-making purposes.
- Installing or operating computer games on College-owned computers for purposes other than academic instruction.
- Downloading or posting to College computers without authorization.
- 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 on Sexual Assault
McDaniel College will not tolerate assault of any kind and this includes sexual assault. The College defines sexual assault as forced and unwanted physical contact of a sexual nature without consent. Maryland law also indicates that a person cannot give consent if he or she is intoxicated. Sexual assault is included in Code of Student Conduct number 5 which prohibits “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.”
What To Do If You or Someone You Know Has Been Sexually Assaulted
- Try to remain calm and alert.
- Try to recognize that being sexually assaulted is not the victim’s fault.
- Go to a safe place that is physically and emotionally comfortable
- Contact someone you trust to get help and support.
Get medical attention as soon as possible and preferably within 72 hours.
- A medical examination is recommended to diagnose and treat possible internal injuries and/or sexually transmitted diseases, and to gather evidence necessary for investigating the crime. This medical examination, performed by a specially trained nurse, is available at Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster, MD. Carroll Hospital Center (410 848-3000) can also contact the Carroll County Rape Crisis Center (24 Hour Hotline: 410 857-7322) to provide additional support services to the survivor.
- Transportation can be arranged by the Department of Campus Safety by calling 410/857-2202 or ambulance at 9-911.
Do NOT shower, bathe, brush your teeth, and if at all possible, avoid using the restroom prior to having a medical exam. This can allow important evidence to be collected. Place all clothing worn at the time of the assault in a paper, not plastic, bag to preserve any evidence present on the items. Do not apply medication to any injuries unless absolutely necessary.
Consider reporting the assault to the Department of Campus Safety (410 857-2202 or Ext. 2202) and/or the Westminster Police Department (410 848-4646).
Who To Talk With If You or Someone You Know Has Been Sexually Assaulted
The following resources are confidential following professional guidelines:
|McDaniel Wellness Center Staff
||(located in Winslow Hall, 410-857-2243)
||Susan Glore, LCPC
||Megan Hearron, LCSW-C
||Kate Mastroianni, LCPC
||Dana Plevyak, RN
|Carroll Hospital Center: 410/848-3000
|Carroll County Rape Crisis Center: 410/857-7322
All College faculty and staff (including the Residence Life staff ) are required by Federal Law to report* all information regarding alleged sexual assaults to the Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs. Due to confidentiality laws, the Wellness Center staff are exempt from reporting information regarding an alleged sexual assault to the Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Student Affairs.
*Reporting consists of informing a supervisor of the name, residence hall assignment (if applicable), date, time, and location of incident, and alleged perpetrator (if known).
Please know that confidentiality about matters of sexual assault is a critical concern; accordingly, College procedures strictly protect confidentiality.
Please feel free to contact any of the individuals listed above for assistance and support.
What To Do If You or Someone You Know Is Considering Reporting A Sexual Assault to the Local Authorities
The College encourages full reporting of incidents and the use of all available resources. The College also recognizes that the survivor has the right to decide whether to report the incident to College authorities and/or law enforcement agencies and to decide what campus or community resources to use. The College cooperates with all investigative agencies consistent with the survivor’s wishes.
In addition to campus resources, there are many community resources available for an individual choosing to report an incident of sexual assault.
Who do I talk with about reporting a sexual assault?
- The Department of Campus Safety and the Wellness Center counseling staff members will provide information, discuss the process, and help you assess which resource would be best for you.
- The Carroll County Rape Crisis Center (410/857-7322) is the best off-campus resource to discuss the process involved in making a report. The Rape Crisis Staff will provide support throughout the total process of reporting a sexual assault to a local police agency.
- In addition you can report directly to the Westminster City Police, Maryland State Police, or go to Carroll Hospital Center (410/848-3000). Carroll Hospital Center procedures require all incidents of sexual assault to be reported to the Westminster Police.
What To Do If You or Someone You Know Is Considering Reporting A Sexual Assault to the College for Disciplinary Follow-Up
The Student Handbook contains the College Policy on Discrimination and Sexual Harassment, as well as a Grievance Procedure for complaints alleging discrimination and sexual harassment. The Wellness Center counseling staff members (listed above) can help an individual determine which policy pertains to a given situation.
- To report a sexual assault, an individual follows the disciplinary hearing procedures described in the Student Handbook.
- A member of the College community alleging misconduct on the part of a student should file a written complaint with Campus Safety. In addition, when a college official, specifically a security authority, becomes aware of a possible sexual assault, a formal incident report will be submitted to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs who reviews and investigates complaints as outlined in the Student Conduct Process.
When there is a report of a sexual assault, “the Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Student Affairs may temporarily suspend, without notice or hearing, a student and/or a student’s privileges for so long as may be necessary to hold a disciplinary hearing when in their judgment the safety of other students would be impaired or property would be damaged.”
Rights of the Survivor
Anyone who is a victim in a case of sexual assault shall have the following rights:
- The right to choose to report the incident and press charges through a local law enforcement agency and/or file a complaint through the Student Conduct Process.
- The right to attend a hearing with an advisor of her/his choice.
- The right to request a change when possible to her/his campus housing assignment.
- The right to request a change, when possible, to his/her class schedule so as not to share classes with the accused.
- The right to file a Peace Order with the Westminster Police to prevent the accused and his/her friends from contacting the victim.
- The right to be present at the College Discipline Hearing.
- The right not to have her/his sexual history discussed during the College Discipline Hearing.
- The right to make a victim impact statement.
- The right to be notified of the outcome of the Student Conduct Process.
- The right to request that the College Discipline Hearing take place without the survivor needing to be in the same room as the accused.
Rights of the Accused
- The right to an explanation of the complaint.
- The right to an explanation of the Student Conduct Process.
- The right to attend a hearing with an advisor of her/his choice. All participants will be bound by the rules of confidentiality governing the hearing.
- The right to know ahead of time the names of witnesses to appear in the hearing.
- The right to know ahead of time the names of the Honor and Conduct Board members serving on the hearing board.
- The right to not speak in one’s own defense.
- The right to respond to the complaint and speak on one’s own behalf.
- The right to appeal the decision of the Honor and Conduct Board.
For more information about the Student Conduct Process, see the description of the Honor and Conduct Board for Conduct Procedures (non-academic violations).
If an alleged sexual assault involves a College employee, the grievance procedure for complaints alleging discrimination and sexual harassment (Part II, Formal Procedure) will be used. This procedure follows. Sexual assault is grounds for immediate dismissal of a College employee.
Sexual assault policies are printed in the Student Handbook and are distributed each year to students, faculty, and staff.
During sexual assault awareness month and throughout the academic year, the Department of Campus Safety, the Wellness Center, College Activities Office, Residence Life, and student organizations will sponsor a variety of educational programs focusing on sexual assault and sexual harassment.
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 psychological condition 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 Director of the Wellness Center and the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Student Affairs. 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 Director of the Wellness Center and the Office of the Vice President and Dean for Student Affairs prior to permission being provided for the student’s return.
- 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:
- The examiner’s name, address, phone number, credentials, and licensing number.
- Multi-axial DSM-IV diagnosis (including the date of diagnosis).
- Current medications and past medication within the last 4 months/semester (if different from current medicine) and dosage.
- A summary of the treatment provided and the date of the last session, or evaluation, with the client.
- Observed changes in patients functioning during time in treatment.
- Recommendation and evidence that improvement has occurred, and that the student’s psychological/psychiatric condition does not pose significant risk to others. (This may include a significant risk to the student’s future academic performance.)
- Recommendations for continued psychiatric or psychological support services.
- Recommendations indicating a plan for emergency support, should the need arise.
- A statement that living in a college residential setting is appropriate and manageable based on the psychiatric and psychological condition.
- The student must authorize the release of a written report containing all of the above information to the Director of the Wellness Center and the Vice President and Dean for Student Affairs.
Policy on Returning to the College after a Medical Leave of Absence
Following receipt of the above information, the Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Student Affairs in consultation with the Director of the Wellness Center 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:
- The student will continue any follow-up treatment recommended by the off campus treatment team, Wellness Center counseling staff member, and/or College officials. This may include ongoing psychotherapy, psychiatric services and medications, and substance abuse treatment.
- The student will utilize any emergency plan that has been recommended, when needed.
- The Wellness Center counseling staff member will follow the student’s treatment and keep the Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of 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.
- 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, submitting a Bi-Monthly Update Form to the Wellness Center.
- The Wellness Center counseling staff or the Vice President and Dean for Student Affairs must be informed of, and approve, any changes made in the treatment plan.
The privacy of communication between a student’s clinicians and College officials are 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.
Policy on Discrimination/Sexual Harassment
Relationships between faculty, students, and staff must be based on mutual respect and integrity. Discrimination and sexual harassment violate this trust and compromise the goals of the institution. They are reprehensible wrongs that violate another person’s integrity and civil rights and are unacceptable behavior. This includes discriminatory or sexual remarks or behavior directed at an individual, inappropriate and offensive sexual advances, solicitation of sexual rewards or threats of punishment. Sexual harassment refers to the imposition of sexual requirements within a context of unequal power: supervisor-employee, faculty-student, etc. Allegations of misconduct between students will be adjudicated through the regular disciplinary procedures of the College.
Grievance Procedure for Complaints Against a College Employee Alleging Discrimination and/or Sexual Harassment
Discrimination and sexual harassment are unacceptable forms of behavior. The following grievance procedure is established as a Collegewide system and provides any faculty member, employee, or student of the institution with an opportunity for equitable adjudication of any grievances based on allegations of discrimination or harassment by a College employee. (If the allegation is against a student, the Code of Student Conduct and Student Conduct Process apply.)
I. Informal Procedure
Anyone in the College community who is approached by someone claiming to have been discriminated against or sexually harassed is encouraged to direct or accompany the aggrieved to meet with one of the designated advisors. These advisors are clearly identified to the College community, readily available for consultation, and sensitive to the problems. The advisors are:
- The director of Human Resources.
- The director of the Wellness Center.
- Two full-time members of the faculty, a woman and a man, named for two-year staggered terms by the Faculty Council.
- Any member of the AA/EEO Committee.
Any complaint must be reported to an advisor within 30 days of the occurrence. Aggrieved parties may approach the advisors without fear of censure or reprisal; to this end, both parties at this initial interview will maintain confidentiality. The advisor will listen non-judgmentally to the complaint, try to establish the pertinent facts and assess the validity and extent of the complaint on the basis of information provided, and advise the aggrieved concerning available courses of action. No written records will be kept.
The advisor will discuss with the aggrieved appropriate responses to discrimination or sexual harassment, the feelings of the aggrieved about the problem, and whether the accused party is aware that his or her actions are perceived as discrimination or sexual harassment. The seriousness and possible consequences of formal charges must be recognized.
If informal resolution is not effected within 30 days, either the aggrieved will drop the complaint or will file completed grievance forms with one of the Affirmative Action directors. If the Affirmative Action director is convinced a 30-day extension on filing is appropriate, this will be granted.
Affirmative Action Committee Chair is the Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies, Dr. Henry Reiff.
II. Formal Procedure
(This procedure is also used for complaints alleging sexual assault involving a College employee.)
Grievance forms are available in the offices of the Affirmative Action Director and the Title IX Coordinator. Completed grievance forms shall be submitted to the Office of the Affirmative Action Director within 30 days of the completion of the informal process. When the grievance is received, the Affirmative Action Director will appoint a Grievance Committee as follows:
- A chairperson without vote.
- Three persons from the classification of the accused (student, staff, or faculty).
- One person from the classification of the aggrieved or randomly if both the aggrieved and the accused are from the same classification.
- The Title IX Coordinator or the 504 coordinator or one other person appointed by the Affirmative Action director as appropriate to the case.
Each committee must have appropriate representation to deal with the grievance. For instance, if the grievance is alleged sexual discrimination or assault, the committee must have both male and female representatives. If the grievance is alleged racial or alleged disability discrimination, the committee must have, when possible, appropriate minority or disability representation, respectively.
A preliminary hearing will be held in which the advisor will present the complaint to the full committee. At this time the identity of neither the aggrieved nor the accused will be revealed to the committee. After hearing the complaint, the committee will either take no further action or continue the formal process. If the committee takes no further action, the advisor will inform the aggrieved and the case is closed.
If further action is taken, the name of the aggrieved will then be disclosed to the entire committee; however, formal action may be postponed until such time as the aggrieved is willing to be identified (e.g., until final grades are in or appointment renewals made). In the event that the aggrieved is unwilling to be identified, no action will be taken and no report of any action will be filed.
Once formal action begins, the committee will appoint one of its members to notify the accused orally. The identity of the aggrieved will not be revealed to the accused at this time. The committee chairperson will notify the President of the formal charge.
The committee will pursue its investigation in separate hearings with all persons involved in the case. During this investigation the identity of the aggrieved must be made known to the accused. Any action taken by the accused to penalize the aggrieved for initiating the grievance procedure will be treated as a separate incident calling for separate and additional consideration by the committee.
Upon completion of the investigation, the committee will determine by a four-fifths majority whether the case justifies the imposition of sanctions upon the accused. If the committee should decide that discrimination, sexual assault, or sexual harassment has occurred, both parties will be notified immediately and a report will be filed with the President. The report will recommend sanctions.
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. 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 disciplinary action through the Student Conduct Process and/or legal action through the appropriate district court.
McDaniel College imposes the following restrictions regarding alcohol possession and use:
- 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.
- 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 College Discipline action or proprietary action and/or civil arrest. Campus Safety and Residence Life staff will confront flagrant policy violations that come to their attention.
- 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).
- Students should refrain from using alcoholic beverage containers as ashtrays, decorations or for other uses.
- Alcoholic beverages may not be sold at any McDaniel College event or function or by any organization using College property without a license.
- Hard liquor possession by students is prohibited on campus.
- 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.
- Student’s Room: Students may, within state law and college policy, consume and possess beer and wine in residence hall rooms.
- 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, and college houses, and Daniel McLea Suites, the individual bedrooms are private space while the common areas of the residence are considered public space.
- Residence Halls: Alcoholic beverages are prohibited anywhere in Rouzer, Whiteford, and Daniel MacLea, and designated substance-free residence halls and houses.
- Special Occasions: Consumption and possession of alcoholic beverages in specified areas for special occasions is subject to approval by the Director of College Activities.
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.
For Greek Organizations:
McDaniel College endorses the Risk Management Policy of the Fraternal Information & 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.
Third Party Vendor Guidelines
- Sodexho Food Service is the only third party vendor allowed to serve alcohol on the campus of McDaniel College.
- Beer and Wine must be served by Sodexho Food Services as a third party vendor.
- Bartenders are contracted through Sodexho Food Service for a minimum of 4 hours at $30.00 per hour.
- A copy of the Vendor’s Insurance is available in the Student Engagement Office.
- All sales of alcohol will be conducted by the vendor as cash sales only.
- Alcohol may not be purchased through student organization funds.
- 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.
- The vendor will collect and remove any remaining alcohol from the premises at the end of the event.
- Security is required at all events. The organization is responsible for contacting Sgt. Chris Collins with the Department of Campus Safety to arrange for the appropriate number of officers.
- Closed events (those with a specific guest list and are not open to the campus) only require one security personnel.
- Events that are open to the entire campus require two security personnel.
- Only those of legal drinking age with McDaniel Student ID or valid State Identification will be served alcohol.
- Upon entering the event, wristbands will be issued to those of legal drinking age by the security personnel at the event.
- Alcoholic beverage service must end 30 minutes prior to the close of the event.
- Anyone who appears to be intoxicated will not be permitted into the function or served alcohol.
- The group’s advisor must attend an open event for its entirety. If the Advisor is unable to attend, a representative, pre-approved by the Office of Student Engagement may serve in the Advisor role.
- 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 .
- In order for alcohol to be served at an event, a one day liquor license must be obtained by the host group. The necessary paperwork must be submitted two weeks prior to the event to the Office of Student Engagement and costs $50.00 per license.
- The Post Event Evaluation form must be submitted to the Office of Student Engagement (with guest list, if applicable) within three business days after the event.
- Groups may only host one event with alcohol each day.
- Functions with alcohol may only be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
- The timeframe for events are as follows: Thursday until 12:00 a.m., Friday and Saturday until 2:00 a.m.
- Events may last no longer than four hours in length.
- The host group(s) cannot financially profit from the sale of alcohol.
- Functions with alcohol may only be held in Gold Room A, Forum, Harveystone Park, Pub\Terrace Room, Pub Patio and Ensor Patio.
For Greek Organizations Only:
- All National Greek Organizations must submit a copy of any paperwork submitted to the chapter’s National Headquarters for the event, no later then one week before the event.
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.
Regulations on the use of alcoholic beverages at McDaniel College are reviewed each year by the Office of Student Affairs. Student, faculty, and staff input is encouraged and welcomed.
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 availability and effectiveness of vaccine 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 http://www2.mcdaniel.edu:8080/ParkingRegistration/ParkingRegistration
Below are some of the more important highlights:
- Resident first year students are not permitted to bring vehicles to campus.
- You must register your vehicle when you bring it to campus. This is done online at www.mcdaniel.edu/docs. 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.)
- Parking stickers are valid during the year of issuance only and must be properly affixed.
- 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.
- 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.
- Temporary parking permits for unregistered vehicles may be obtained for a limited period of time (not to exceed two weeks).
- Parking permits are not transferable. Alteration or forgery of a parking permit will result in immediate towing of the auto.
- If you receive an injury while at McDaniel College, a temporary Handicap Permit can be issued with a doctor’s note.
- Students may not park in areas reserved for visitors, handicapped persons, or employees.
- If parked in a driveway, emergency zone, or any other unauthorized areas, the vehicle may be towed at the owner’s risk and expense.
- 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.
- Vehicles parked on campus must be registered with the appropriate governmental agency and maintain insurance as required by that agency.
- Tickets are charged on a sliding scale. The more tickets that are issued the more each ticket costs. After 6 tickets a car will be towed and the student will lose campus-parking privileges for up to one academic year.
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
Students who matriculate at the College 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 offcampus individuals or organizations with the College community:
- The College will not provide copies of the student roster to any organization without the express consent of the Vice President of Student Affairs.
- 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 an RA, the Department of Campus Safety, or the Office of Student Affairs. 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.
- 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:
- Permission for solicitation in Decker College Center or Englar Dining Hall is required from the Director of the Office of Student Engagement .
- Permission for solicitation in the living units is required from the Director of Residence Life.
- 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.
Standards of Conduct
The College’s prohibit the “possession, use, sale or distribution of controlled substances (drugs).” Please note the . In addition, the Code of Student Conduct prohibit “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 is any alcoholic beverage permitted in the public areas of residence halls or in Rouzer, Whiteford, or Daniel McLea Halls or any 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, listed in , 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, 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 jail 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 at least $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
Consuming alcohol, an addictive sedating drug, can pose serious health risks to the individual. Because of its “downer” affect on the central nervous system, alcohol contributes to automobile accidents, drownings, and suicides. Even before drinkers reach the addiction stage, serious diseases can result from abuse: damage to the brain, pancreas and kidneys; high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes; alcoholic hepatitis and cirrhosis of the liver; ulcers, colitis and irritable colon; impotence and infertility; premature aging; diminished immunity to disease; sleep disturbances; and birth defects. Alcoholism and cancers of the liver, stomach, colon, larynx, esophagus, and breast are associated with chronic use of alcohol. In addition, the loss of control that comes with alcohol consumption can precipitate behaviors that pose health risks, such as acquaintance rape, unwanted pregnancy, and sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS.
Other drugs also cause serious health problems for the user. Marijuana use is up to four times more likely to contribute to chronic lung disease and lung cancer than cigarette smoking. The immune response is affected, as are memory, perception, judgment, and motor skills. Heart rate and blood pressure are increased.
Cocaine, one of the most addictive drugs, is unpredictable in the response it elicits with any given use. A strong stimulant to the nervous system, cocaine accelerates the heart rate while constricting blood vessels, thereby creating the likely potential for seizures, cardiac and respiratory arrest, or stroke.
Illicit intravenous drugs also increase the risk of exposure to HIV infection and other infections, such as serum hepatitis, cardiac infection, and abscesses if contaminated needles are used.
Drug and Alcohol Counseling, Treatment and Rehabilitation Programs
Students are entitled to free individual counseling for drug and alcohol use at the Wellness Center in Winslow Hall. This includes pre-assessment and screening for drug and alcohol use, as well as referrals to local substance abuse treatment services.
The facilities listed below have special resources for helping a person who seeks professional assistance. No agency is recommended over another, nor are quality judgments made. This list is not exhaustive. The Wellness Center can help make a referral to these or other agencies.
98 N. Court Street, Westminster, MD 21158
126 E. Main St., Westminster, MD 21157
Outpatient Treatment, DUI program,
no insurance; sliding scale fee
Carroll County Health Department
410-876-4410 • 410-876-4800
290 S. Center Street, Westminster, MD 21157
Outpatient and Inpatient Treatment