Vandalism Policy

Vandalism is defined as any intentional behavior that causes destruction of College and/or private property. Examples of vandalism include, but are not limited to, destruction of signs, tearing down bulletin boards, graffiti, damage to furniture, deliberate defacement of library materials, buildings, sidewalks, walls, trees or furnishings, and the deliberate setting of unapproved fires, even bonfires, on Alma College property, whether leased or owned. All vandalism is strictly prohibited and students or groups found responsible for vandalism will be subject to disciplinary and/ or legal action.

The removal of screens from residence hall room windows is also considered vandalism of Alma College property. Any person found responsible for the removal of a residence hall room window screen will be required to meet with the Student Conduct Coordinator, and if the screen is found to have been damaged by the person who removed it during its removal process, that person is then subject to cover the cost of a replacement screen.

Whenever possible, repair or replacement costs will be assigned to the individual(s) responsible and/or guest/visitor (Please see Guest & Visitation Policy). When this is not possible, costs will be shared by the smallest identifiable group of the residents within a building, floor, room, or suite. Examples of vandalism that may result in shared costs distributed within a community include, but are not limited to, bulletin boards ripped off walls, ceiling tile damage, paint in stairwell landings, etc. 

Destruction, tampering, and theft of campus signs are considered acts of vandalism and are strictly prohibited. Campus signs include, but are not limited to restroom, parking, directory hall signs, and office signs as well as room numbering, traffic signs, and Greek or small housing signs. Sanctions for destruction, tampering, and theft of signs may include educational sanctions and sign replacement costs. 

Additionally, acts of vandalism that target individuals or groups, or destroy, tamper with, and/or remove signs that provide an accommodation for members of the campus community will result in charges of discriminatory behavior under the Harassment Policy and/or Equity Grievance Policy and Procedures. Examples of discriminatory vandalism include, but are not limited to, destruction, tampering with, or theft of braille or gender inclusive restroom signs and graffiti that uses language which is prohibited under the Harassment and Equity Grievance Policies.

Last Updated 1/10/2018