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."
The incident will be reviewed by college officials, who might convene the school's honor and conduct board. The board, comprised of students and faculty, hears cases of student rules violations.
The last time a student was expelled by the college was last spring, when a student was told to leave for possession of a firearm.
Westminster police arrested students George Octavion Gavrila, 18, of Owings Mills; Jason Christopher Lowy, 18, of Whitehouse Station, N.J.; Eric Kyle Bickley, 19, of Dillsburg, Pa.; and Robert Steven Saville, 19, of Salem, Va., in Bickley's room in Rouzer Hall.
Douglas Matthew Leone, 19, of Essex, and two 17-year-olds, whose names were not released, were also arrested.
The adults were released by a District Court Commissioner on their recognizance. The juveniles were released pending action by the Department of Juvenile Justice.