Because of the threat to the health and safety of our students, the University has established mandatory minimum sanctions for alcohol and drug violations.

Alcohol and drug violations, both on and off-campus, include but are not limited to the following:


  • Possession of alcohol under the legal age (PAULA)
  • Public intoxication
  • Manufacture, use, or possession of false identification
  • Alcohol overdose
  • Operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (OWI)
  • Involvement in a crime while under the influence of alcohol
  • Possession or use of alcoholic beverages in University Residence Halls, fraternity houses, or sorority houses
  • Possession or use of alcoholic beverages on University property outdoors or in other public areas of campus


  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Driving under the influence of drugs
  • Drug trafficking
  • Involvement in a crime while under the influence of drugs


Sanctions usually begin with a disciplinary reprimand and are progressive in nature. However, the nature and type of violation or circumstances may result in more severe or lenient sanctions.

Disciplinary Reprimand

  • Parent/Guardian notification, if the student is under 21.
  • Satisfactory completion of a defined alcohol education program.
  • Assignment to meet with Critical MASS advisor.

Disciplinary Probation

  • Parent/Guardian notification letter and/or follow-up telephone call, if the student is under 21.
  • Satisfactory completion of a recommended alcohol or drug counseling program.
  • Disciplinary Probation for remainder of current semester and the following two semesters (Fall or Spring) enrolled at the University. Probation extends through any intervening summer terms, inter-sessions, and/or any institutional breaks.
  • Ordinarily, cancellation of a student's Housing contract if the student lives in a residence hall.


  • Suspension from the University for at least one complete Fall or Spring semester following the suspension's effective date, including any intervening summer terms or inter-sessions. The Director of Student Accountability may elect for the suspension to take effect immediately or to take effect upon completion of the current semester or term.

Removal and Deferral of Sanctions

Student disciplinary records are maintained in the Office of Student Accountability. Students who have received a disciplinary reprimand may automatically have their disciplinary reprimand removed from their record. In order to be eligible to have the sanction removed, the student must meet the following criteria:

  • It has been at least 12 months since the disposition of the offense by the University.
  • The student has not received any additional Code of Student Life charges or any alcohol or drug related offenses on or off campus in the past 12 months.
  • The student completed all sanctions required by the University and, if applicable, the courts having jurisdiction over the matter.

Removal of a disciplinary reprimand from a student record is at the sole discretion of the Director of the Office of Student Accountability. Additionally, the opportunity for a student to have disciplinary reprimand removed does not apply to violations that may have resulted in a sanction more severe than a disciplinary reprimand (such as disciplinary probation, suspension, or expulsion).

At the discretion of the Director of the Office of Student Accountability, a student receiving a citation for being in the bars after 10 pm may receive a policy reminder letter. A policy reminder letter will not be considered an "offense" and will not be maintained as a disciplinary record. Contact the Office of Student Accountability at 319-335-1527 for more information.