This archived article was written by: Kelli Burke-Gabossi
After a fairly quiet fall semester, everything changed on Saturday, Oct. 2, as campus police were kept busy when an 18-year-old female was attacked by three high school students at the Lite Brite dance held in the old SAC and six USU-CEU students were found with possession of alcohol in the dorms.
The female who was attacked did not report the incident to campus police until Monday, Oct. 4 and has a possible broken nose and several bruises. The assailants, all female high school students, will be charged with the attack. Two of the students were already on probation before the attack; one is concurrently enrolled at USU-CEU.
“This is what happens when high school kids come to college dances,” stated the 18 year old who was attacked.
Also that night, officer Jeff Wood was dispatched to Tucker Residential Hall when he received a complaint from residential advisors who discovered six USU-CEU students with alcohol possession. Even though three of them were “of age,” the CEU code of conduct prohibits alcohol on campus.
According to James Prettyman, one of the 21 year olds bought alcohol from Maverik. He said campus police have zero tolerance for alcohol, drugs and theft. Under article three of Student Rights and Responsibilities, students cannot have “use, possession, manufacturing, or distribution of alcoholic beverages, except as expressly permitted by College policy 4 – 13, or public intoxication. Alcoholic beverages may not, in any circumstance, be used by, possessed by, or distributed to any person under twenty-one years of age. A person’s body is considered a container for alcoholic beverages.”
Consequences are pending. This is a first offense for the six students.
The students were referred to John Michael Haky, residential life and student conduct coordinator. He said that generally, students who violate school policies are put on disciplinary probation, referred to an alcohol and tobacco prevention program, and fined $250. “Legally, I can’t talk about specifics of a case,” Haky stated. “Each case is evaluated on an individual basis, with any prior referrals to the dean of students office taking into consideration.”
All cases are looked at separately, and consequences are determined accordingly.