Four Western Maryland College students and three other teen-agers were arrested in a freshman dormitory over the weekend and charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, authorities said.
The teen-agers were arrested at 1:37 a.m. Sunday after Campus Safety officers investigated a complaint about loud music on the third floor of Rouzer Hall, which also houses security offices. When officers arrived, they smelled marijuana and immediately called Westminster police, who seized a pipe and a bag of marijuana during a search.
"We have a zero-tolerance policy, so whether it's one seed or a bail of marijuana, we call the police," said Don Schumaker, a college spokesman. "Offenses like this are not taken lightly. There are minimum sanctions. They range from a $150 fine, parental notification and three hours' community service for a first offense to expulsion for a third offense."