Student Handbook - The Points System

The points system was developed to make the disciplinary sanctioning process clearer, more consistent, and more predictable for students.

Under the points system, a student found responsible for violating College policy is assigned points according to the table of violations provided. Points and/or other sanctions are assigned at the conclusion of the administrative review or judicial hearing process. The points are cumulative over the course of a student’s time at Union College. Previous violations are always considered before points and/or sanctions are assigned for violations. 

Evidence shows the irresponsible use of hard alcohol (liquor) by Union students greatly increases the risk of harm to themselves and others.  Therefore, more severe sanctions will be imposed upon any student found to have distributed hard alcohol or consumed it in excess. Students age 21 and older may possess moderate amounts of hard alcohol.

Moderate=750 ml or 2 pints

The chart below shows examples of violations and the associated point values. Points are assigned within a given range based upon the circumstances of the specific incident.  This list is not inclusive of all possible violations.  All sanctions are subject to the discretion of the hearing officer.

Sanctions and Points System Assessment

 Violations Point Range
 Involvement in any conduct code violation (listed or unlisted) 1-10



 Possession and/or consumption of wine or beer under 21 1-2
 Possession or consumption of hard liquor 3-4
 Possession of bulk alcohol/binge drinking device 2-4
 Open container of wine, beer, or hard liquor 1-4
 Public intoxication 2-4
 Unauthorized party with alcohol 3-7
 Irresponsible use of alcohol* 4-6
 Driving under the influence 8
 Marijuana use and/or possession 4-6
 Drug paraphernalia possession 4-6
 Illegal drug use and/or possession (excluding marijuana) 6-10
 Distribution of illegal/controlled substances 10




 False identification (including possession or use of fake ID) 2
 Failure to comply with a College official 2-4
 Unauthorized access 2-4
 Lewd behavior (urinating in public, streaking, flashing, etc) 1-3
 Disorderly conduct 2-4
 Aggressive physical behavior (shoving, punching, fighting) 8-10
 Theft 3-10
 Harassment and Sexual Harassment 4-8
 Acts of intolerance 6-10
 Hazing 6-10
 Vandalism** 6-10
 Sexual Assault*** 8-10
 Sexual Misconduct and Exploitation 2-9
 Retaliation 6-10
 Weapons 9




 Housing policy violations 0-2
 Life safety violations 0-4
 Smoking policy violations 1-2
 Excessive noise 1-2
 Failure to leave building during fire alarm 3
 Discharge of fire extinguisher 6
 Fireworks 5-7
 Setting off fire alarm 4-8


* Situations in which the Good Samaritan Policy has been held to apply will have no points assigned.

** Students found responsible for intentional or reckless destruction of college or private property are assigned 6-10 points with the possibility of being suspended from the college.  The only exception is for students who turn themselves in to Campus Safety or Residential Life within 48 hours following the incident.  These students will receive a 3 point reduction.  Any student found in violation of the Vandalism Policy will be required to pay the cost of the repair/replacement, with a $100 minimum charge, plus a $100 vandalism fine.

*** Up to and including expulsion