Student Alcohol Policy

The student alcohol policy is applicable to every student enrolled at the University, whether part-time or full-time and whether in residence, by extension, or otherwise and may at times apply to persons off-campus when using University facilities or participating in University programs.

  1. At no time will alcohol be served in residential facilities or at student functions on campus. Possession of alcohol and controlled substances by students is strictly prohibited on university property.
  2. Strong disciplinary measures will be taken against students in possession of or who have consumed alcohol or a controlled substance on campus. Persons who are determined to be under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance will be referred to the Director of Student Development for disciplinary action and/or may be subject to immediate arrest.
  3. To curtail alcohol abuse on and off campus, the University has adopted a minimum “Three Strikes” policy. The Three Strike policy may be subject to change due to the level of severity of the alcohol incidence.
  4. Off-campus events where alcohol is served, which are sponsored by university recognized student organizations, shall abide by the Off Campus Event Procedures.
  5. Alcohol education programs have been expanded, and all entering undergraduate students will be encouraged to complete these programs.
  6. Violations of the student alcohol policies may be reported to the Office of Student Development at (580) 581-2209.
  7. The University has established the Student Wellness Center to provide counseling for students or to provide  referrals for off campus support.
  8. All fines collected as a result of this policy will support the university’s alcohol and drug education programs.

Three Strikes Policy - Definition of a Strike

A “strike” is the University’s official recognition of a student’s or organization’s violation of the University’s Student Alcohol  Policy. Nothing herein shall waive a student’s right to due process. A strike is a final University disciplinary action that finds the student guilty of an alcohol-related violation. A student or organization may be charged with an alcohol-related violation based on the following:

  1. A conviction, deferred sentence, or a plea that has the effect of conviction of an alcohol-related violation of which the University is made aware; or
  2. A University finding or allegation that a student or organization may have committed an alcohol related violation prohibited by the Code of Student Conduct. Such violations include, but are not limited to, the conduct prohibited by Section 2.02 of the Code, the Student Alcohol Policy, incident reports and citations. Upon notification of the foregoing, or any other violation reasonably related to alcohol, the University may charge the student pursuant to the Code of Student Conduct, and the student shall be entitled to an appropriate hearing or investigative meeting as defined in the Code. Whether by decision of an appropriate disciplinary body or administrative official, any final University disciplinary action resulting in a finding of guilt for an alcohol-related violation shall be considered a strike.

1Alcohol violations and misconduct shall include, but shall not be limited to, minor in possession; public intoxication; manufacture, use or possession of false identification; driving under the influence, driving while intoxicated, actual physical control and involvement in a crime while under the influence.

Reporting Mechanisms

The University may act on any reliable information it receives. Although not an exhaustive list, the University may be notified of prohibited conduct in the following ways:

  1.  A police report from the Cameron University Office of Public Safety;
  2. An incident report generated in Student Housing;
  3. Reports from other law enforcement or security agencies that are received by the University;
  4. Notification by a University official that an alcohol violation occurred; or
  5. Any other information deemed reliable by the University that comes to the attention of a University official.

Once notified of alleged prohibited conduct, the University may investigate the information received to determine if the  conduct constitutes a violation prior to taking action. Nothing herein shall waive your right to due process.


The University strongly supports and encourages you to seek transportation assistance in the event you cannot safely operate a motor vehicle. Further, the University strongly supports and encourages students seeking medical and/or mental health care in the event of alcohol-related illness or other concerning behavior related to alcohol use.

Three Strikes Policy - Sanctions

Individual Sanctions
The following sanctions are mandatory minimum sanctions for alcohol violations. Based on the severity of the infraction, the University reserves the right to impose any appropriate additional sanction(s). Any violation by you remains part of your record. Based on the severity, the university reserves the right to modify the strikes. If you are suspended after the 3rd strike and are readmitted to Cameron University, then you are readmitted with 2 strikes.


1st Strike may include the following:

  • Parent/Guardian and/or 3rd party notification via return receipt certified mail, phone, or email.
  • $25 fine or 10 hours of community service
  • Satisfactorily complete a defined alcohol education program
  • Student housing probation
  • Disciplinary Warning

2nd Strike may include the following:

  • Parent/Guardian and/or 3rd party notification via return receipt certified mail with a follow-up telephone call.
  • $75 fine or 20 hours of community service
  • Satisfactorily complete an approved alcohol counseling brief intervention and referral in the Student


3rd Strike may include the following:

  • Parent/Guardian and/or 3rd party notification via return receipt certified mail with a follow-up telephone call.
  • Automatic suspension.

Appeals

You may appeal a strike in accordance with the process outlined in the Code of Student Conduct.

Organizational Sanctions

Organizational sanctions will be administered based on the illegal or prohibited use of alcohol at an organizational event or in a campus facility. Before imposing an organizational sanction, as opposed to solely an individual sanction, the University will consider the entirety of the circumstances surrounding the organizational event, including, but not limited to, whether:

  1. the alcohol violation was endorsed, sponsored, sanctioned, enabled, furthered, or funded, in whole or in part, by the organization, its officers, or the officers of its local, state, or national organization acting with actual or apparent authority, and any of them knew or should have known of the alcohol violation and they took insufficient action to prevent or cease the violation; or
  2. the alcohol violation occurred on property owned, leased, rented or occupied by the organization, and the officers of the organization took insufficient action to prevent or cease an alcohol violation they knew or should have known existed; or
  3. regardless of its location, the alcohol violation occurred at an event or any gathering of two or more individuals of the organization conducted in furtherance of the mission or purpose of the organization, including any event, program or ceremony; or
  4. the alcohol violation occurred at any gathering utilizing the organization’s name or logo, or that was advertised by the organization; or
  5. the alcohol violation occurred at any gathering of two or more individuals that would typically be in furtherance of the organization’s activities, but is designed to circumvent these rules.

The Director of Campus Life or his/her designee has the discretion to determine whether, based on the criteria above and the totality of the circumstances, the alcohol violation occurred at an organization event and warrants an organizational sanction.

Any violation by the group remains part of the organization’s “Three Strikes” record for a period of three calendar years, unless the organization requests and the University grants removal of an eligible first strike in accordance with the Student Alcohol Policy, below. All parties involved shall be held accountable.
Based on the severity, the university reserves the right to modify the strikes.

1st Strike may include the following:

  • At the discretion of the University and after considering all relevant information, the University will impose a minimum fine of $100.
  • 100% of the organization’s active membership must complete a defined alcohol education program.
  • An aggregate community service requirement for the organization of 10 hours per active member at the time of the violation. It is at the discretion of the University as to whether pledges or associate members will be included in fulfilling the requirements of the sanction.
  • Formal written warning: A written reprimand for violation of specified regulations, including the possibility of more severe disciplinary sanctions in the event of the finding of a violation of any University regulation within a stated period of time.

2nd Strike may include the following:

  • At the discretion of the University and after considering all relevant information, the University will impose a minimum administrative fee of $200.
  • 100% of the organization’s active membership must complete a defined alcohol education program.
  • An aggregate community service requirement for the organization of 20 hours per active member based on the organization’s membership at the time of the violation. It is at the discretion of the University as to whether pledges or associate members will be included in fulfilling the requirements of this sanction.
  • Disciplinary Probation: Exclusion from participation in privileged or extracurricular University activities set forth in the notice for a period of time specified. Other conditions of the probation may apply to any other activities of the organization in the University community, except those that would affect organization’s academic pursuits.

3rd Strike may include the following:

  • Organizational Suspension: The organization will be suspended for a minimum of one year. University approval, granted by the Office of Campus Life, is required before the organization will be reinstated.

APPEALS

Student organizations may appeal a strike to the Dean of Students.