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Alcohol Related Offenses

It is a well-known fact that the consumption of alcohol is a significant aspect of the social culture on many college campuses throughout the country. In many instances, the presence of alcohol is simply unavoidable in many settings in college, putting both underage students and those who are over 21 risk of being the subject of disciplinary or criminal action related to the possession or distribution of alcohol.

Severe Consequences

Generally speaking, college and university codes of student conduct have regulations that apply to the possession and consumption of alcohol on campus as well as off-campus student conduct. These rules may prohibit students from possessing alcohol in dorms, drinking on campus, providing alcohol to underage students, and may also have regulations that create a separate code of conduct violation for criminal offenses related to alcohol. When these rules are broken, schools may impose sanctions on the students who violate them – often sanctions that are far harsher than students typically think would be the case. (“Hey it was a few beers. I can’t be in that much trouble.”) Fortunately, in many instances, the counsel of an experienced attorney can help reduce the consequences that you may face if you are accused of an alcohol violation. 

If you are deemed to be in violation of your school’s code of conduct with respect to alcohol regulations, you may be subject to various sanctions depending on the severity of your offense. Some of the sanctions that are commonly imposed by educational institutions if you are accused of violating alcohol regulations include the following: 

  • Formal reprimand 
  • Required participation in an alcohol education course 
  • Disciplinary probation 
  • Loss of housing 
  • Loss of financial aid 
  • Scholarship loss 
  • Suspension Expulsion 

In addition to the sanctions imposed by the school, you may also suffer serious professional consequences if you are found to have been in violation of your school’s student code of conduct. Offenses related to alcohol are often taken very seriously by graduate program admissions officials and potential employers, so the existence of a disciplinary violation on a transcript can affect your ability to pursue a graduate degree or obtain employment. 

If you have been accused of violating your school’s code of conduct with respect to alcohol, you should retain legal counsel as soon as possible. In many instances, the help of an attorney can protect your rights and ensure that any long-term consequences you may be facing are mitigated. The Law Office of William Carlos Weeden is dedicated to defending the rights of college students accused of code of conduct violations as well as separate criminal offenses. 

Law Office of William Carlos Weeden

The information on this website has been provided for general informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice nor create an attorney-client relationship or warrant that a certain result will be attained in a specific case. The Supreme Court of Illinois does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and the certificate, award or recognition is not a requirement to practice law in Illinois. We encourage you to contact us or another legal professional for advice regarding your individual situation.

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