A 19 year-old female who police said was at fault for a two-car collision Sunday afternoon has been charged with a DUI by Fort Collins City Police Services and was confirmed to be a CSU student by university public relations.
As a student facing criminal allegations, Bradleigh VÃ¤hl, a freshman zoology major could be dealt penalties by not only the cityâ€™s courts, but also the university.
â€œIf itâ€™s known that itâ€™s a CSU student involved (in an alleged crime), weâ€™ll get documents submitted to us,â€ said Craig Chesson, director of CSUâ€™s Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services.
The traffic collision for which VÃ¤hl was allegedly at fault for took place at the intersection of Shields Street and Plum Street on Sunday at around 12:45 p.m. She was driving southbound on Shields, ran a red light, and crashed into a silver Volvo, sending her car in the air and landing on its passenger side.
The driver of the Volvo, a 19 year-old female who is also a CSU student, was sent to Poudre Valley Hospital for suspected minor injuries. Later reports confirm, however, that she and VÃ¤hl sustained no wounds.
After the incident, police said VÃ¤hl left her vehicle, and hid her marijuana pipe and her marijuana at a nearby drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility called Turning Point.
â€œShe said she needed to use the restroom and hid the stuff in the trash barrel,â€ said FCPS Sgt. Kevin Cronin.
Police say VÃ¤hl was arrested at the scene and later charged with a DUI.
Once the universityâ€™s justice system receives allegations of a studentâ€™s misconduct on or off campus, it launches its own investigation into whether the individual violated CSUâ€™s code of conduct.
â€œStudents are able to give their side,â€ Chesson said.
Those found guilty of breaching the standard are sanctioned accordingly, which could include being assigned to a mentorship program, or outright suspension depending on the severity of the offense. Officials said they usually lean toward mandating educational sanctions rather than punitive disciplinary ones.
â€œThereâ€™s a whole list of things that we try to do to support students when they allegedly violate policy,â€ Chesson said.
Officials at CRSCS stressed that they couldnâ€™t speak about any studentâ€™s confidential disciplinary record, including VÃ¤hlâ€™s. But they could, however, comment on what typically ends up happening when a student with DUI charges goes through their conduct process.
â€œMy sense is that there would be a number of educational sanctions regarding drugs and alcohol,â€ said Jody Donavan, CSUâ€™s dean of students. â€œThere would be some sort of a sanction regarding the student status at the university.â€
The individual would also receive ongoing substance abuse support.
Donavan added that these penalties could still be assigned even if the studentâ€™s government court hearing clears him or her of all charges.
â€œWe donâ€™t have to wait for any kind of conviction, because the court process tends to be a little bit slower than the student conduct process,â€ Donovan said.
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