By Cydney Coffey, GA Communications CSU
For incoming students keep in mind that there are various consequences for drug and alcohol offenses. The general consequences for students for drug and alcohol are as follows through Residential Life:
- First offense:
- Probation for up to a semester
- Completing an online course that covers being under the influence of marijuana or alcohol depending on the students’ offense
- Second offense:
- Probation for up to a year
- Completing an online course that covers risk reduction and involves talking with other students
- Third offense:
- The students housing contract is terminated
The more a student racks up offenses the longer their probation will be, the disciplinary sanctions will become more serious and the educational sanctions will become more expensive as well. Dr. Mary Dowd, Dean of Students and Director of Student Conduct stated “We try and make it an educational process.”
A couple of important things to keep in mind for incoming students:
- The police provide the University with weekly lists of names of students who are cited for drug and alcohol uses off campus. This includes DUIs as well as students who were transported to detox.
- Police are out in MASSES on campus during the first 8 weeks of school. Take into consideration that there have been situations where a student has been arrested 3 times in just one week!
Dr. Mary Dowd, stated “Bottom line, it’s all about safety.”
The University strives at having the student’s best interest at heart.
FOR ALL SAFETY MATTERS, INCLUDING CONCERNS ABOUT A STUDENT’S MENTAL HEALTH – CALL UNIVERSITY SECURITY 24/7 (507) 389-2111; or DIAL 911 IN AN EMERGENCY.