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ISU students punished for alcohol violations

ISU students punished for alcohol violations

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NORMAL — Illinois State University students breaking minor Twin City alcohol ordinances not only face municipal fines, but also university sanctions.

Normal police have an intergovernmental agreement with ISU to pass on all ordinance violations and arrest reports to the university’s Community Rights and Responsibilities office.

Office coordinator Suzette Walden said ISU also has access to Bloomington ordinance violations, but doesn’t receive police reports unless it asks for ones connected to a specific incident.

Bloomington Assistant Police Chief Bob Wall said his department has no automatic mechanism for alerting the university to student arrests, but it’s something the department is hoping to start.

Walden said when an ISU student receives an ordinance violation, the school’s “code of student conduct” rules kick in.

For a first alcohol violation, the student must do an online assessment that includes writing a reflection paper and participating in a two-hour class designed with a risk reduction strategy.

If that same student receives additional ordinance violations, the penalties are tougher: disciplinary probation (near-removal status); deferred suspension that prevents a student from living in a fraternity or sorority house, studying abroad, or being a resident assistant or a preview guide; disciplinary suspension; and disciplinary dismissal.

Walden said most violations occur between mid-August and mid-October and from late March through mid-May.

Normal Police Chief Rick Bleichner said police issued 80 tickets for unlawful consumption by a minor Aug. 16-19 — the first weekend students returned to campus; and 53 for unlawful possession by a minor. Bloomington police issued a total of 27 ordinance violations that weekend.

In contrast, overnight Nov. 30-Dec. 1, Normal issued seven tickets for unlawful consumption and three for unlawful possession. Bloomington wrote two tickets for minors in a tavern, one for public intoxication and one for public urination.

Not all tickets were necessarily issued to college students.


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