By Diana Ramos |Staff Writer|
While some choose to play it safe, others take a walk on the wild side by breaking the dry campus policy.
Although some students decide to be rebels, they may not be aware of the policies and what it is they are actually risking.
According to CSUSB student conduct of the following is the grounds upon which student discipline can be based, “Use, possession, manufacture, or distribution of alcoholic beverages (except as expressly permitted by law and University regulations), or public intoxication while on campus or at a University-related activity.”
According to student affairs, the president of the campus can put a student on probation, suspend them or even expell them for violating the “dry” campus policies. If expelled, a student will not be refunded their tuition.
Not only is CSUSB a dry campus, the dorms and apartments are also “dry.”
Ashley Perez a student that has previously lived in the CSUSB dorms and apartments said, “I always found it weird that you could not drink on campus. I understand if you are underage but if you are 21, you are also not allowed alcohol in your apartment opened or closed. I believe it is BS that you cannot have alcohol in your apartment yet you can go to the pub and drink.”
Yariela Vargas and Sebrena Thurton, employees at University Village, said, “If you are caught with alcohol in your apartment you are scheduled to talk to a Resident Assistant. You then explain to them what happened. If it is not too severe you get a warning and put on probation. The worst can result in expulsion.”
It is stated in the University Police Safety Report that, “CSUSB has adopted a Dry Village policy within all University Housing. Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages in university buildings or on CSUSB property is prohibited.
Violations of this policy will result in disciplinary action leading to probation, possible eviction, and prosecution.”
It does not matter if you are of age to legally consume alcohol, there is no tolerance of alcohol within school ground.
When asked if they would risk drinking on campus, Jessica Botello a sophomore at CSUSB said, “I would not risk drinking on campus. I have a lot to lose and I would not like to get kicked out for something I can avoid.”
Skyler Jenkins a senior at CSUSB was also asked the same question. She responded, “I have never consumed alcohol on campus but I have always thought about it. I believe people do it for the adrenaline rush and at the moment they do not think of the consequences you may face if caught.”
Scottie Oakley a student attending CSUSB said, “When I think of having a college experience, I think about having fun and taking risks. I know it’s illegal but I do not feel like it is wrong. I wouldn’t drink to get drunk, just to have fun.”
There is a lot to lose when breaking the dry campus policy.
Adrenaline is what motivates most students to drink alcohol on school grounds, but not everyone is driven by adrenaline and would rather play it safe and avoid the punishment that comes with breaking the policy.