Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities

IX. Sanctions: Alcoholic Beverages

Violations of 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 both students who abstain, and those who choose to drink, to uphold values of safety, legality and neighborliness. The following sanctions will generally apply, however, the university in its sole discretion, may alter or add to the requirements of each sanction.

Students who are present in a room while a policy violation is occurring are responsible per PLU policy. When circumstances are compelling, a Conduct Body may choose not to sanction students who are found responsible for a first alcohol violation. However, the violation remains a part of the student's record.

1st Violation

Required completion of an alcohol education workshop and payment of $75.00 workshop fee. Required completion of a 2-3 page structured reflection essay and a follow-up meeting with assigned staff to discuss the essay and to develop a plan of action for future success and policy compliance. A Review Officer may assign him/herself to meet with the student as follow-up.

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 Conduct Body may require that parents or guardians of students who have been found responsible for a first alcoholic beverages violation be notified of their son/daughter'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.

2nd Violation

Required payment of a $100 fine and completion of 5-8 hours of community service as recommended by the Conduct Body and a one-to-one meeting with assigned PLU staff member to develop plan of action for future success and policy compliance. A Review Officer may assign him/herself to meet with the student as follow-up.

Parents or guardians of students who have been found responsible for violating the Alcoholic Beverages Policy two times will be notified of their student's behavior pattern. 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.

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. If an assessment is required, the Conduct Body may choose to waive the $100 fine.

Pending the nature of the incident, the student may be placed on Disciplinary Probation and may therefore be ineligible to retain their 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.

3rd Violation

Students who are found responsible for violating PLU's Alcoholic Beverages Policy a third time will be placed on Disciplinary Probation. Probationary status may make a student ineligible to retain their campus housing, and 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.

Required payment of a $125.00 fine and completion of 12-18 hours of community service as recommended by the Conduct Body and completion of a follow-up activity, recommended by the Conduct Body. Follow-up projects must include a follow-up meeting with assigned PLU staff and may include a follow-up educational project that benefits the PLU community.

Parents or guardians of students who have been found responsible for violating the Alcoholic Beverages Policy three times will be notified of their student's behavior pattern. 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.

Pending the student's prior sanction record, s/he 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. If an assessment is required, then the Conduct Body may waive the $125 fine.

4th 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 her/his personal well-being. Therefore, the Conduct Body will recommend suspension from the university for a minimum of one semester for any student who violates PLU's Alcoholic Beverages Policy a fourth time. The suspension may be deferred. If deferral is recommended, the Conduct Body may impose additional sanctions as appropriate.

Parents or guardians of students who have been found responsible for violating the Alcoholic Beverages Policy four times will be notified of their student's behavior pattern. 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.

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 PLU administrator and may be offered a written alternative course of action to the Student Rights and Responsibilities process, (i.e., referral to the Counseling Center or Health Center). If the student fails to follow through recommendations made by the PLU administrator, or is involved in an additional incident, the matter will be formally referred to Student Rights and Responsibilities. All documentation related to emergency medical attention and/or hospital transportation will be included in the student's conduct file.

Last Modified: July 23, 2013 at 11:23 AM