GROVE CITY, Pa – Grove City College’s Student Life & Learning Office created an internal document at the end of last semester showing that the top student conduct violations of fall 2019 involved open hours and alcohol policies.
According to the report, there were a total of 39 student conduct incidents that took place on campus. Fourteen incidents were failure to abide by open hour procedures and 12 incidents involved violations of Grove City’s alcohol policies. Each case involved multiple people totaling 81 students filed for misconduct.
Less common violations included four cases of students knowingly making false statements, three cases of students going to facilities without authorized access, one case of circulation of false reporting, one case including the possession of illegal drugs, and a few more that remain confidential.
According to Joseph Cirelli, Assistant Dean of Student Life, this is the first time Student Life has compiled a report this expansive. However, he guarantees open hours has always been the number one violation. They decided to create this report to evaluate how effective disciplinary measures are in helping students abide by Grove City’s community standards.
In order for a violation to be counted as a student conduct case, a student must have violated an open hours policy three times or committed a serious violation, such as an alcohol standard, only once. The report is a summary of incidents where students had to undergo disciplinary actions.
Cirelli explained that 95 percent of students who undergo the disciplinary process do not become second offenders. “One of the reasons we enforce consequences is to change behavior,” Cirelli said. “If behavior doesn’t change, we look at the consequences.”
Sophomore Kyle Heim self-disclosed that he underwent the disciplinary process after being caught drinking on campus after his roommate posted a video of one of them beer bonging a beer on social media.
According to Heim’s violation assessment form, he was fined $100, suspended for a week and required to undergo alcohol safety training. If Heim is caught with alcohol on campus again, he will be suspended indefinitely and will need to wait a year until he can reapply.
“The consequences are really harsh, but it gets the school’s point across. I wouldn’t drink again on campus,” Heim said.
Some students are dissatisfied with the school’s policies. “I think the open hours rules are dumb,” junior Josh Tricarico said. “Open hours should be an everyday thing with a larger span of time.”
But according to Student Life, these rules are in place to protect students. “It’s not about restrictions,” Cirelli said. “It’s about giving life to the community.”
Student Life believes that these policies serve as healthy boundaries to aid students in making good decisions. They trust that the consequences for every incident in that report was necessary for that student. “Without boundaries our community won’t flourish,” Cirelli says. “After all, a river without banks is just a flood.”