Volume 92, Issue 89

Wednesday, March 18, 1999


CFS to take feds to court

SOGS president seeks re-election

Johanson does Western

Underage drinkers to pay bigger tab

Gene mutation found


Caught on campus

Caught on campus too

Underage drinkers to pay bigger tab

By Sabrina Carinci
Gazette Staff

Underage students may have more reason to panic when it comes to thoughts of sneaking drinks in campus bars.

The Campus and Community Affairs Committee approved a recommendation made by the supervisory board for the student disciplinary code this week, which clarify both the offences and consequences of improper actions involving the University Students' Council's wet/dry program.

Brennan Carroll, justice commissioner for the USC, explained the changes to the disciplinary code will now explicitly state students who fail to pick up their card by the end of the night without a reasonable excuse, who attempt to consume, purchase or possess alcoholic beverages or tamper with hand stamps and wristbands will be found guilty of breaking the wet/dry contract.

Carroll said although the additions to the code were his initiative, he had the support of many board members, including USC legal affairs officer Jennifer Quick.

Carroll also said if found guilty in student court, students may face fines of up to $150, be required to perform community service or even be banned from campus bars.

The program, according to USC President Ian Armour, was enacted in the early '90s as a means of enabling underage students to enter an on campus licensed establishment and socialize with friends.

Quick said she felt the changes to the disciplinary code were necessary because it was outdated. Before the addition, she explained the magistrates in the student court were forced to look to an unspecific provision in the code which seemed to make the student-based law arbitrary. "Now students would know, clearly, what is a violation," she said.

In total, Quick said there have been approximately 30 incidents this year in which students were taken to student court. "There were quite a few at the beginning of the year. Then people started turning 19," she said.

Greg Moran, VP-academic at Western, said for the most part, he felt the addition to the disciplinary code was a positive thing. "I think we want to do everything we can to make sure the liquor laws are being obeyed," Moran said. "I think disciplinary action should be strong enough and it sounds like they're toughening it up."

Quick said the changes and additions to the code will face final approval by the Board of Govenors on March 25.

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