The New Update to Alcohol and Other Drugs Sanction Policy
September 2018

OVERVIEW
On September 4, 2018, the UM Office of Conflict Resolution & Student Conduct shared a UM Today announcement with the university community about the updated Alcohol and Other Drugs Sanction Policy (see end of document for policy). The new policy promotes health, safety, and wellness for both individual students and the campus community. The updated policy replaces the Minimum Sanctions Policy, also known as the “Two Strike” Policy.

UPDATED POLICY
Link: https://policies.olemiss.edu/ShowDetails.jsp?istatPara=1&policyObjidPara=11079485

Any student or student group found in violation of a University policy regarding the use of alcohol or other drugs shall be subject to a range of possible outcomes that include but are not limited to: expulsion, suspension, probation, suspension of a student groups’ social activities, community service, and/or participation in an alcohol/drug education program for which there could be fees or fines.

To determine the appropriate sanction for a particular student or student organization, the Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct will consider the totality of the circumstances giving rise or related to the infraction, along with the following factors:

• the severity of the infraction,

• the likelihood that alcohol and drug education will minimize the risk of repeat violations,

• the scope of the damage or harm the infraction caused,

• the likelihood that substance abuse/misuse education will encourage responsible behavior,

• the benefits gained from restorative reconciliation where the student or student group: (i) accepts and acknowledges responsibility for the violation, and (ii) works to rebuild trust with the university community through positive social behaviors, such as community service and other rehabilitative exercises, and

• whether the removal of the student or student group from the University community on a permanent or temporary basis is necessary to sustain a healthy and safe campus environment.

The above sanctions are appealable using the University’s published student conduct process. Students who are suspended or expelled from the University should be aware that this action may impact the following:

  •  tuition, residence hall costs and fees (suspension does not forgive financial obligations)
  • student financial aid
  • athletics participation and eligibility
  • health insurance (students are encouraged to contact their personal health care provider)
  • University housing
  • meal plan
  • use of University resources and access to University facilities
  • immigration status for international students
  • veterans and dependents of veterans
  • internships, assistantships, and study abroad

The above list is not a complete list and does not include all potential consequences for suspension or expulsion.

The University may bring a charge under this policy against any student or student group committing any alcohol or drug-related offense that is otherwise sanctionable under the University’s conduct policy describing the authority and jurisdiction of the University’s conduct system. For students, such offenses include but are not limited to any drug-related crime, public intoxication, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol when the University is made aware of such offenses.

If the University brings a charge against a student based upon the student’s criminal conviction by any trial court of competent jurisdiction or other court proceeding that includes an admission or finding of guilt, the admission or finding may be accepted as a final factual determination that the student has violated applicable University policy, and the sole function of the University’s conduct process will be to determine the appropriate University sanction under this and other University policies.

PRIMARY CHANGES FROM THE “TWO-STRIKE” POLICY
• There is no automatic suspension.
• Sanctioning will be based upon the incident, conversations, and interaction between the student and the Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct.
• Decisions about off-campus incidents will be made in the same manner as on-campus incidents.

HISTORY/BACKGROUND
The “Two Strike Policy – Minimum Sanctions for Alcohol and Other Drug Violations” was enacted in November of 2006. While the Two Strike Policy served a need of addressing a “culture of alcohol abuse,” the university believed a new policy would better serve the current student population by allowing the Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct to view each case individually.

HOW WILL VIOLATIONS BE HANDLED?
The Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct strives to be educational and restorative while sanctioning students who have violated policy. Alcohol and drug education, community service, reflection essays, and other educational projects will still be a part of our program.

WILL SANCTIONS STILL INCLUDE SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION?
• This change of policy does not mean that suspension and expulsion are no longer an option if that would serve the best interest of the community’s and student’s health and safety.

• The Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct still has the ability to sanction to “provide the student with the best opportunity to learn and develop from an educational and restorative opportunity.” In certain situations, suspension or expulsion may be the most appropriate sanction for the student to learn and develop, while at the same time protecting individuals and the campus community

WHAT HAPPENS IF A STUDENT HAS BEEN SANCTIONED UNDER THE “TWO-STRIKE POLICY?

• The student will be expected to complete the sanction that usually includes Community Service and Substance Abuse Assessment and Education.

• The “Two-Strike Probation” will no longer result in an automatic suspension if a student is found in violation of an alcohol and other drugs policy during the probationary time. Instead, the student’s behavior will be addressed by the new Alcohol and Other Drugs Sanctioning Policy.

 

IF YOU HAVE ADDITIONAl QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS, PLEASE CONTACT THE OFFICE OF CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND STUDENT CONDUCT AT studentconduct@olemiss.edu