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Campus Policies

Alcohol & Drugs Policy

Hood College complies with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989, Campus Law 101-226. This law requires that, as a condition for receiving federal funds, Hood College must certify that it has adopted and implemented a program to prevent the unlawful possession, use and/or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees.

In accordance with the mandates of federal, state, and local legislation, the manufacture, distribution, possession or use of illicit drugs, and the unlawful possession, use or distribution of alcohol on Hood College property—or as part of any of its activities—is prohibited.

Substance abuse is one of our primary concerns relative to the health and welfare of members of the Hood College community and we hope the following information is helpful to all who need assistance. All members of the academic community—students, faculty and staff—share the responsibility for protecting the Hood College environment and all are expected to exemplify high standards of professional and personal conduct. The illegal or abusive use of drugs or alcohol by members of the Hood College community adversely affects the educational environment. Hood College is committed to maintaining a learning environment that is free of illegal drug use and alcohol abuse.

Hood College utilizes educational strategies as its major approach to this problem. Everyone should be aware, however, that any member of the College community who uses illegal drugs or abuses any drug, including alcohol, may be subject to prosecution and punishment by the civil authorities and to disciplinary proceedings by the College.

Individuals who are using drugs should stop. This policy does not punish people who seek rehabilitation. All information provided by people who voluntarily avail themselves of drug or alcohol counseling or rehabilitation services will be confidential. It will NOT be used against the individual.

For Faculty and Staff

The EAP (Employee Assistance Program) includes confidential counseling and referral services available to all employees who seek assistance in resolving problems such as alcohol or drug abuse. Drug and alcohol counseling is only a portion of the services provided. For further information, contact Human Resources at ext. 3592.

Students, faculty and staff are responsible, as citizens, for knowing about and complying with the provisions of federal, state and local laws regarding illegal substances. The criminal penalties for certain drug-related offenses may involve any number of court ordered sanctions up to and including incarceration. Any member of the College community who violates the law may be subject both to prosecution and punishment by the civil authorities, and also to disciplinary proceedings by the College.

The College will initiate disciplinary proceedings against a student, faculty or staff member when the alleged conduct is deemed a violation of College policies and procedures. Sanctions may include education, counseling, dismissal from College housing and/or up to automatic dismissal from the College.

As provided by federal law and regulations, employees participating in a grant-supported activity, who are convicted of a criminal drug offense involving a violation in the workplace, must notify the College within five days after such conviction and are subject to appropriate action by the College. The action may require participation in an approved rehabilitation program or disciplinary action up to and including termination.

Students enrolling at Hood under Title IV eligibility are also required to report drug convictions to the College and must understand that they will lose Title IV eligibility due to a drug conviction. Questions concerning Hood College’s alcohol and drug policy and its provisions should be directed to:

  • Wellness Center ext. 3439
  • Office of Dean of Students ext. 3573
  • Department of Human Resources ext. 3592
  • Office of the Associate Dean of Students ext. 3577 

Sexual Assault Policy

The College prohibits and will not tolerate an act of sexual assault by an employee, student, or participant in a College sponsored program, or by any individual present on the College's premises. For the purposes of this Policy, the College's premises include any property that it owns or leases or that it has permission to occupy for the purposes of conducting a College sponsored program.

Sexual Assault is defined as nonconsensual, physical contact of a sexual nature, whether with a member of the same gender or the opposite gender.

Response Procedures 

When a member of the Hood College community calls the communication center and reports that they have been sexually assaulted.

a.) The communications officer must remain calm and gather all pertinent information. Copious notes are a must. Keep the victim on the phone and dispatch a campus safety officer. What is the victim's name? Where is the victim now? Is the person still in the area? What is the physical description of the person? What were they wearing? What direction did they travel? Did they have a car? What kind of car? What color was the car? If there is a female officer on-duty this officer should be the initial contact. If there are two officers on duty, one can assist the victim, the other can try to apprehend the person.

b.) The communications officer receiving the call should also advise the RSP (resident support person) of the incident and ask them to respond. If the victim is a commuter, staff, or faculty the health center should also be notified. The CIRT Team, (Critical Incident Response Team), should also be activated as early as possible.

c.) It is important that the victim have one person to assist them. They will meet many people as they go through the initial interviews relating to criminal proceedings and they will need the support of this person. 

The victim should be advised of her/his rights: 

  • To notify the appropriate law enforcement authorities, including the campus safety office
    and the local police.
  • Her/his right to file criminal charges with the appropriate law enforcement authorities.
  • The importance of preserving evidence necessary to the proof of criminal sexual offense and prompt notification of law enforcement authorities.
  • The Department of Campus Safety will escort the student to Frederick Memorial Hospital to be examined by emergency room staff and to collect evidence with the Maryland State Police sexual offense collection kit.
  • The victim has the option to change her/his academic situation if such a change is reasonably
    available.

The College provides counseling, mental health, and student services which are available to victims of
sexual assault. To utilize or learn more about these services, students may contact the Vice President of
Student Life and the Dean of Students. The following are some resources available, although some are not
directly connected with the College.

Campus Safety - 301-696-3548
Health Center - 301-696-3439
Heartly House - 301-662-8800
Frederick Memorial Hospital - 301-698-3300

Pet Policy

  • No animals may be brought onto the campus that can roam free (apart from their owners, or person in their charge) without a leash or restraining device.
  • Owners must be in control of their pets at all times.
  • Pet owners, in addition, must have in their possession a means of cleaning up any droppings left by the animal in their charge, i.e. scoopers, shovels, bags, etc.
  • No pets may be brought or kept in any academic, administrative, or residential building. Fish may be kept in aquariums of 10 gallons or less. (excluding carnivorous or poisonous varieties).
  • Any pet owner or person, in charge of any animal, who violates this policy, in whole or in part, will be warned by campus safety. Any subsequent violations will result in the owner or person in charge of the pet being issued a trespass notice, barring the owner, or the pet, or both.