Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs


The University prohibits the operation of a motor vehicle while intoxicated or impaired.  Any person doing so exhibits wanton disregard for the rights and safety of others. 
 
For purposes of this policy, “driving under the influence” is defined as a situation in which the operator of any motorized vehicle is determined by admission, by testing for blood alcohol content or by commonly accepted behavioral observations (e.g., slurred speech, staggering, etc.) to be driving such vehicle after having consumed alcoholic beverages or ingested other drugs or legally controlled substances which may alter, inhibit or impair a person’s condition of thought and action.
 
Also for purposes of this policy, a first offense is a first-time violation of the “driving under the influence” policy.  A second offense is a second violation of the “driving under the influence” policy or a first-time violation of this policy with at least one previous violation of the intoxication policy.

Violations and Outcomes

  1. First offense: If a student is determined to have violated this policy, the Office of Community Standards and/or its designees will:
    1. Place the student on Disciplinary Probation for at least one semester.
    2. Require the student to participate in an alcohol assessment at an appropriate assessing agency and undertake alcohol education according to the assessor's determination.
    3. Require the student to forfeit all University vehicle registration and campus driving/parking privileges for at least one semester.
    4. Require the student to participate in other formative outcomes.
       
  2. Second offense:  If a student is determined to have violated this policy and it is a second offense as described above, the Office of Community Standards and/or its  designee(s) will:
    1. Separate the student from the University for at least one academic semester.
    2. Require the student to participate in an alcohol assessment with an appropriate assessment agency and comply with any and all recommendations of that agency prior to seeking readmission to the University.
    3. Require that the student permanently forfeit all University vehicle registration and campus driving/parking privileges.
       
  3. Offenses involving injury or harm to another:  When an offense results in serious injury or harm to another, the University reserves the right to take additional action, including the possibility of temporary or permanent dismissal from the University or as outlined in Emergency Actions.