IX. Sanctions: Alcoholic Beverages

Violations of the PLU’s Alcoholic Beverages Policy may occur whether or not a student has been consuming alcohol. Therefore, sanctions for Alcoholic Beverages Policy violations are educational in nature and will challenge and support all students to uphold their personal values of safety, legality, and community. The following sanctions will generally apply, however, the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities in its sole discretion, may alter or add to the requirements for each sanction.

 

Students that are present in a room while a policy violation is occurring are responsible per PLU policy. Based on compelling circumstances and taking into consideration each individual, a Review Officer may choose not to sanction students who are found responsible for a first-time alcohol violation. However, the violation will still remain a part of the student’s record.

  1. First Alcohol Violation: Required completion of an online educational module, with an included fee of $100.00. Required completion of a reflection paper, and a follow-up meeting with Review Officer.

 

Pending the nature of the incident, the student may be required to complete a substance use assessment and comply fully with any resulting recommendations. This assessment must be administered via a state accredited substance treatment program and will be done at the student’s expense.

 

The Review Officer may require that parents/guardians of students who have been found responsible for a first alcoholic beverages violation be notified of their student’s behavior. Such notification will take place as allowed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and will include possible sanctions that will be imposed if the student violates the Alcoholic Beverages Policy in the future.

 

Students who are found responsible for a future violation, regardless of the nature of their involvement, will be sanctioned as required for a second violation. Additional future violations will be sanctioned at subsequently higher levels.

 

  1. Second Alcohol Violation: Required completion of an Ethics Workshop, with an included $75.00 workshop fee. Parental/guardian notification will be required, as allowed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and will include possible sanctions that will be imposed if the student violates the Alcoholic Beverages Policy in the future.

 

Pending the nature of the incident, the student may be required to complete a substance use assessment and comply fully with any resulting recommendations. This assessment must be administered via a state accredited substance treatment program and will be done at the student’s expense.

 

Pending the nature of the incident, the student may be placed on Disciplinary Probation and may therefore be ineligible to retain campus housing, participate in study-away programs, hold elected or appointed student offices and/or participate in athletic or performance groups. Academic advisors of students who are on disciplinary probation may be notified.

 

  1. Third Alcohol Violation: Students who are found responsible for violating PLU’s Alcoholic Beverages Policy a third time will be placed in Disciplinary Probation, with all restrictions outlined above. Parental/guardian notification will be required, as allowed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and will include possible sanctions that will be imposed if the student violates the Alcoholic Beverages Policy in the future. Required Behavioral Agreement with the Review Officer/Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, in addition to educational sanctions as deemed appropriate.

 

Pending the student’s prior sanction record, the student will be required to complete a substance use assessment and comply fully with any resulting recommendations. This assessment must be administered via a state accredited substance treatment program and will be done at the student’s expense.

 

  1. Fourth Alcohol Violation: A student who violates PLU’s Alcoholic Beverages Policy a fourth time demonstrates either a blatant disregard for PLU’s policies and/or behaviors that raise concern for their own personal well-being. Therefore, the Review Officer(s) will recommend suspension from the university for a minimum of one semester. The suspension may be deferred, and if deferred, the Review Officer(s) will recommend additional sanctions as appropriate. Parental/guardian notification will be required, as allowed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

 

  1. Alcohol Emergencies: PLU expects students to seek help for friends who need medical attention regardless of the circumstances. The university is concerned about the safety and well-being of students who require emergency medical attention and/or are transported to the hospital due to alcohol misuse. Such students will meet with a member of the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities and may be offered a written alternative course of action to the Student Conduct process (i.e., referral to the Counseling Center or Health Center). If the student fails to follow through with the recommendations made, or is involved in an additional incident, the matter will be formally referred to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. All documentation related to emergency medical attention and/or hospital transportation will be included in the student’s file.

Last Modified: November 1, 2016 at 6:50 pm