Student Handbook

Suggested Minimum Sanctions for Alcohol and Other Drug Policy Violations

Revised August 11, 2020

Alcohol and Other Drug Offenses

In keeping with the educational mission of the University and its commitment to personal accountability, a student who violates the policy for the first time is usually given sanctions that are intended to inform his or her decisions about use of alcohol and other drugs. However, significant violations, even for a first-time violator, may be assigned sanctions that fall under AOD II or III. Examples include marijuana possession, use, or distribution.

Alcohol and Other Drug I

This sanction is generally issued for a first offense, unless the severity of the offense dictates that AOD II or III would be more appropriate.

Alcohol and Other Drug II

Significant violations (violations that result in hospitalization, involvement of law enforcement, and other offenses deemed significant by Student Affairs) require assessment via the Counseling Services staff. As the Counseling Center schedule permits, requirements must be met within thirty (30) days from the receipt of the sanction.

Alcohol and Other Drug III

Students whose behavior is significantly disruptive to the community, or that undermines community standards may be sanctioned to AOD III. Off-campus assessment by an external agency is required. The off-campus provider should be given permission to communicate with the conduct officer recommendations.

Additional Sanctions

Additional sanctions may include one or a combination of the following at any level of the Alcohol and Other Drug program, based upon the violation.

  • Disciplinary probation;
  • Mandated assessment at a facility approved by the hearing officer. The facility must provide the hearing officer with a report following the assessment. The hearing officer may set a time limit in which this assessment must occur. The assessment will be at the expense of the student;
  • Parental notification. Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), institutions may reveal information about violations of University policies related to alcohol and other drugs;
  • Suspension or removal from University Housing; restriction from residence halls or university events.

A student who continues to violate the University AOD policy may be referred to the University Judicial Board and face possible suspension, dismissal or expulsion from the University.

Please refer to the University's FERPA Compliance Policy.

Non-Compliance

Students are provided step-by-step instructions and rationale for sanctions in conduct hearings, via sanction letters, and in follow-up discussions with conduct officers. Failure to complete sanctions in the allotted time indicates apathy toward our community standards and philosophy of accountability. Therefore, failure to comply with sanctions may result in fines or additional sanctions as appropriate. Below are typical guidelines; however, additional sanctions are at the discretion of the conduct officer and may include items not listed below.

Failure to Comply

AOD I Failure to Comply:

  • Failure to attend AOD I Session or complete assigned AOD I homework:  
    • Non-compliance and/or missed appointments may result in significant monetary fines.
  • Subsequent absence at AOD I session or incomplete homework:
    • Non-compliance and/or missed appointments may result in significant monetary fines.
  • Meeting with a conduct officer:
    • Disciplinary probation, restriction from events, housing, removal from housing are all potential consequences.

AOD II Failure to Comply:

  • Failure to attend both mandated appointments with Counselor:
    • Non-compliance and/or missed appointments may result in significant monetary fines.
    • Consistent non-compliance could result in extended disciplinary probation, removal from housing, restriction from housing, and restriction from campus events.

AOD III Failure to Comply:

  • Failure to produce documentation of off-campus mandated assessment in a timely manner, failure to attend follow-up with Counseling Services, and any other AOD III sanctions:
    • Removal/restriction from housing
    • Restriction from campus events
    • Extended disciplinary probation
    • Non-compliance and/or missed appointments may result in significant monetary fines.

Quick Checklist 

AOD 1 

  • Schedule and complete a one-session assessment with Dr. Nicole Young, AOD Coordinator.
    • You need to be 10 minutes early, to complete paperwork. If you are more than 5 minutes late, you will be turned away and you may be fined.
    • Sign a release of confidentiality form to grant permission for Counseling Services to give completed attendance and counseling recommendations to Student Affairs.
    • Sessions last for 30 minutes.
  • $100 fine for non-compliance of homework completion or attendance.

AOD 2

  • Payment of a $100 fine.
  • Schedule and complete a two-session assessment with Dr. Nicole Young, AOD Coordinator.
    • You need to be 10 minutes early, to complete paperwork. If you are more than 5 minutes late, you will be turned away and you may be fined.
    • Sign a release of confidentiality form to grant permission for Counseling Services to give completed attendance and counseling recommendations to Student Affairs.
    • Sessions last for 45-50 minutes each.
  • Additional $100 fine for each missed session.
  • Completion of any additional sanctions assigned by the hearing officer.

AOD 3

  • Payment of a $200 fine.
  • Disciplinary probation possible.
  • Removal from housing.
  • Required off campus counseling assessment. See Resources page for provider recommendations.
  • Schedule and complete a one-session follow-up with Dr. Nicole Young, AOD Coordinator, to review off-campus assessment treatment recommendations.
    • You need to be 10 minutes early, to complete paperwork. If you are more than 5 minutes late, you will be turned away and you may be fined.
    • Sign a release of confidentiality form to grant permission for Counseling Services to give completed attendance and counseling recommendations to Student Affairs.
    • Session lasts for 45-50 minutes.
    • Additional $100 fine for each missed session.
  • Parental notification.