Here are some ways an AOD-related offense may affect future opportunities:
- Arrest records are permanent, even if the student attends a diversion class.
- For students in education, aviation, nursing, pharmacy, and some other fields. . .Even a minor alcohol violation may impact certification or licensure.
- For students applying to graduate or other professional schools. . .Admissions offices often call the University to see if there are any conduct issues on students' permanent records.
- For students seeking a job with the Department of Defense or other governmental agencies. Those agencies conduct security checks on applicants.
- Being found in violation of University Regulations pertaining to alcohol and other drugs may impact your ability to participate in activities of the university, including student leadership positions, study abroad experiences and to receive some scholarships.
Students may also experience:
- lower salaries at less prestigious companies
- loss of driving privileges
- loss or reduction of income or savings as a result of legal representation and payment of fines and fees imposed by the court and/or loss of personal freedom through imprisonment
Even if no conviction results, the situation can be inconvenient, embarrassing and costly.
How does high-risk drinking impact college students?
- Death: 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor vehicle crashes
- Injury: 599,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are unintentionally injured under the influence of alcohol
- Assault: More than 696,000 students between 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking
- Sexual Abuse: More than 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape
- Unsafe Sex: More than 100,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 report having been too intoxicated to know if they consented to having sex
- Academic Problems: About 25% of college students report academic consequences of their drinking which include missing class, falling behind, doing poorly on exams or papers, and receiving lower grades overall
- Health Problems/Suicide Attempts: More than 150,000 students develop an alcohol-related health problem and between 1.2 and 1.5 percent of students indicate that they tried to commit suicide within the past year due to drinking or drug use
- Drunk Driving: 3,360,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 drove under the influence of alcohol last year
- Vandalism: About 11% of college student drinkers report that they have damaged property while under the influence of alcohol
- Police Involvement: About 5% of 4-year college students are involved with the police or campus security as a result of their drinking and an estimated 110,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are arrested for alcohol-related violations such as public drunkenness or driving under the influence
- Alcohol Abuse & Dependence: According to questionnaire-based self-reports about their drinking, 31% of college students met criteria for a diagnosis of alcohol abuse and 6% for a diagnosis of alcohol dependence in the last 12 months