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3.2.11 Alcohol

Use, production, distribution, sale, or possession of alcohol in a manner prohibited under Texas law and includes any of the following conduct:

a. Use of alcohol by anyone under 21 years of age or providing alcohol to someone who is under 21 years of age;
b. Use or possession of alcohol anywhere on University premises other than in a residence hall room or other specifically designated area for use;
c. Abusive or dangerous use of alcohol on or off campus, regardless of age, including, but not limited to driving on or off campus while under the influence of alcohol; intoxication that results in impaired motor skills or balance, slurred speech, disorientation, memory loss, blacking-out, passing-out, vomiting, or other similar activity; and/or disruptive, disorderly, dangerous, or high-risk conduct related to alcohol consumption;
d. Being in the presence of alcohol in a University facility while underage, unless it is the student’s own residence hall room/apartment and their roommate is 21 years of age, may be a violation of the Alcohol Use Policy;
e. Presence in a space where there is evidence of alcohol coupled with the playing of and/or simulation of a drinking game;
f. Possessing, furnishing, serving, or consuming alcoholic beverages, regardless of age or location, from common source containers or through the use of consumption devices (i.e. funnels, etc.), including, but not limited to kegs, beer balls, punch bowls, or similar bulk quantity containers. Individuals who bring a keg or similar prohibited container to the campus are subject to a $500 fine, removal from all University residence halls, and appropriate disciplinary action. Any organization that allows a keg or similar prohibited container, serves alcohol, or allows alcohol to be served at a University facility is subject to a $1000 fine;
g. Alcohol paraphernalia that evinces past or current underage alcohol use or misuse;
h. Driving under the influence of alcohol; and/or
i. Failing to adhere to the Alcohol and Drug Policy – International Policy while participating in a TCU sponsored activity outside the U.S.

The first alcohol violation will result in a $75 fine, completion of an online educational program, and follow up with a staff member in Substance Use and Recovery Services, Housing and Residence Life, or Fraternity and Sorority Life, as appropriate.

The second alcohol violation will result in a $100 fine, a letter home to student’s parents or guardians, completion of an in-person or online educational workshop, completion of at least two (2) sessions with Substance Use and Recovery Services staff, and compliance with any recommendations made by Substance Use and Recovery Services staff.

The third alcohol violation will result in a $150 fine, a letter home to students’ parents or guardians, one (1) year of conduct probation, possible expulsion from University housing, attending additional sessions with Substance Use and Recovery Services staff, and compliance with any recommendations made by Substance Use and Recovery Services staff.

A University Conduct Officer, Student Conduct Administrator, formal Conduct Panel, or their designee may, at their discretion, include additional or adjusted outcomes for alcohol violations to those specified in section 3.2.11.

When alcohol violations are determined by the PCB or a Student Conduct Administrator, who is a member of the University Housing and Residence Life or Fraternity and Sorority Life staff, the PCB or Student Conduct Administrator will issue outcomes for first and second alcohol violations, as described in section 3.2.11. If a student is found in violation for a third or more alcohol violation, or a more severe outcome is warranted, the PCB or Student Conduct Administrator, who is a member of the University Housing and Residence Life or Fraternity and Sorority Life staff, shall refer the Responding Student to a University Conduct Officer, a Student Conduct Administrator from the Dean of Students staff, or their designee to determine an appropriate outcome.

For students who bring their own concerns of alcohol use, disorder, dependency, or addiction to the attention of University officials outside the threat of alcohol tests or conduct outcomes and seek assistance, a conduct Report will not be pursued. The student will be referred to meet with Substance Use and Recovery Services staff and follow any recommendations made. If a student persists in their own alcohol use despite the risk of consequences and recommendations made by Substance Use and Recovery Services staff, the conduct process will be initiated.