Write-ups not a joke

Aug 312010
Authors: Rachel Childs

The sound of a residence assistant as they walk down the dorm halls is no surprise to the residents living there.

Yet shouting, the smell of alcohol and marijuana or a host of other offenses still make their way through the door crack. The knock on the door comes as a surprise to the residents living in that room.

Students at CSU are required to follow a university code of conduct to ensure that they will be responsible members of the campus community. Residence halls also require certain behaviors within that same code.

Alcohol warnings in the residence halls have gone from 51 in 2008 to 169 in 2009, according to last year’s CSU Police Department safety report. No statistics for this year were available at the time of print.

Once the resident assistant, RA, confronts the student, he or she writes an incident report that outlines the offense and what happened during the confrontation. Drug and alcohol cases involving CSUPD will receive a ticket.

Both of these forms are given to Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services. After a conduct hearing with a residence director or assistant resident director, ARD, he or she will then set up an appointment to listen to the student’s defense or confession about the incident.

“We really try to address things at the lowest level possible,” said Emily Seems, residence director for Parmelee Hall.

A guilty student will face consequences based on his or her offense and educational need. They are given an educational sanction, which can be a simple bulletin board about a topic to taking a drug and alcohol awareness course.

Failing to do the activity during the sanctioned time frame can yield a hold on the student’s account, which will prevent them from registering from classes.

“The best part of our system is that its not a cookie cutter approach,” Seems said.

Drug and alcohol violations are the majority of cases Seems has seen in her four years as an RD.
Noise violations and sports in the halls are also fairly common.

The most serious offenses are those that involve violence between members of the hall, and can lead to being kicked out of the hall.

“CSU is really a model for how they handle student conflict,” said Brad Bohlander, spokesman for the university.

Not all drug and alcohol cases involving residents will involve police. Those that are reported to CSUPD or involve medical emergencies will go through the CSUPD and can result in a Minor in
Possession, or MIP offense if the resident is underage.

“Anytime we feel that a student is violating another students rights, we take that very seriously,”
Seems said.

Crime Beat Reporter Rachel Childs can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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