Colleges and universities across the United States have serious concerns about the use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs by their students. Ball State is no different in that regard. Consistent with our university's mission for developing "civic and professional leadership" in our students and our values of "integrity and social responsibility," we believe it is our duty to foster a campus environment that is free of alcohol abuse and illegal drug use.
We recognize that achieving this goal will require the commitment and collaboration of many constituencies both on campus and in the community. We are asking parents to help us address the abuse of alcohol and other drugs by college students.
Recent changes in the law that governs the privacy of student records, Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
, permits colleges and universities to inform parents/guardians of students under 21 years of age when their student has been found in violation of university alcohol and drug policies.
The Office of Student Rights and Community Standards will notify parents/guardians of students under 21 years of age when a student is found responsible for (1) a violation of the drug policy, (2) a second
violation of the alcohol policy, and (3) on the first
violation of the alcohol policy when one or more of the following occurs:
- the student demonstrates a reckless disregard for his or her personal safety or the safety of others;
- medical attention to any person, including the student, is required as a result of the student's alcohol related behavior;
- there is property damage;
- the student operates a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol;
- the incident involves another serious violation;
- the student's alcohol-related behavior negatively impacts the learning environment.
If you need help with discussing drugs and alcohol with your child, we have several resources
to help you.