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College & Alcohol: There's more at risk than your license

College & Alcohol: There's more at risk than your license

Being a Statesboro native, I have had the pleasure of seeing first hand how a thriving university can help a community. Many businesses in Statesboro and the surrounding area are reliant on the growing student population at Georgia Southern University. While students are definitely a driving force in our local economy, students also work with local businesses to gain experience through internships, and give back to our community through volunteerism and community support.

The student population at GSU is constantly expanding, and thus the University has proactive guidelines in place that students are expected to follow. These guidelines are called the Student Conduct Code, and are enforced by the Office of Student Conduct. Students are expected to follow this conduct code, and violating the code could result in not only legal consequences, but also disciplinary action from the University. Part I, section II of the Student Conduct Code states:

“Georgia Southern University students are expected to obey national, state, and local laws, to respect the rights of members of the campus community, and to accept responsibility for the consequences of their behavior. In the event students fail to demonstrate such behavior, Georgia Southern University reserves the right to take necessary and appropriate action to protect the safety and well-being of the campus community. Such action may include pursuing disciplinary action for violations of University rules and regulations, policies, violations of national, state, and local laws that occur on-campus, off-campus, or on the internet that adversely affects the educational interest of the University.

Georgia Southern University’s student conduct system is not a court of law. The Student Conduct Code is not written with the specificity of a criminal statute. In cases where civil or criminal proceedings also involve a violation of the Student Conduct Code, the University reserves the right to take appropriate disciplinary action against the student. Such action will be regarded as separate and distinct from proceedings in criminal or civil court and may be scheduled according to timelines that serve the interest of the University.”

Section VII of the Student Conduct Code highlights 31 different types of violations that may result in disciplinary action from the University. As a student at the University, you should know the conduct code well, especially when it comes to alcohol possession and use.

Below are the violations outlined in the Student Conduct Code regarding alcohol possession and use:

a) possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages by persons under the age of 21;

b) driving under the influence of alcohol;

c) possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages in public locations on campus, including residence hall common spaces; Common spaces in residence halls refer to any public space that exists outside the room/apartment/suite of a specific residential unit. Examples include, but are not limited to kitchens, living rooms, bathrooms, group study/lounge spaces, laundry rooms, elevator lobbies, computer rooms etc. Common spaces also include the public spaces located on the outside grounds of a residence hall.

d) the sale, distribution, or furnishing of alcoholic beverages to persons under the age of 21;

e) the use of alcohol in an irresponsible manner (games, contests, forced or ritualized consumption of alcohol, behaviors requiring the response of a University official or law enforcement officer, etc.);

f) providing alcoholic beverages to a person who is intoxicated;

g) any activity or conduct involving the use of alcohol that is in violation of law.

College is a life-changing experience, and you have worked hard to create a better future for yourself. However, mistakes can happen. If you or a loved one has been accused of an Alcohol Possession and Use Student Conduct Code Violation, it is important to contact attorney Scott Brannen as soon as possible. Scott has an unmatched level of skill and legal knowledge when it come to alcohol violations, and will work diligently to defend against a life-changing conviction. Whether you have been arrested for DUI, minor in possession, distributing to minors, or another alcohol possession and use violation, you can trust that Scott Brannen and The Brannen Law Office, P.C. have what it takes to successfully defend you against the maximum penalties of a conviction. Click here to contact Scott Brannen today to schedule a confidential consultation.

If you would like to view the complete Student Conduct Code for Georgia Southern University, click here.

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