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This is a level III violation. The State of Ohio Liquor Control law prohibits the purchase, possession, or consumption of alcoholic beverages or beer by persons under the age of 21 years. Otterbein, as a United Methodist related University, recognizes the merit of the United Methodist position that abstinence is a responsible form of Christian love and witness. The University believes that the consumption of alcoholic beverages enhances neither the educational process nor the quality of life. The Otterbein community functions on the basis of mutual trust and responsibility, and the consumption of alcoholic beverages is potentially disruptive of this educational environment. Otterbein recognizes the right of choice of individuals to use or refrain from the use of alcoholic beverages, but believes that the choice of use is properly exercised elsewhere than on campus grounds, in University buildings, and in fraternity and sorority houses.
Alcoholic beverages may not be served or consumed at social events held in buildings on campus, in fraternity or sorority houses, residence halls, theme houses, or campus apartments. However, Alcohol may be served, in conjunction with all State regulations, at the Frank Museum of Art, which is located 39 South Vine Street, Westerville.
Students who are required to be seen by medical personnel and/or transported to the hospital or a medical facility due to excessive alcohol consumption may be required to go through individual alcohol counseling.
A. No signs or advertisements for events being held on or off campus mentioning alcoholic beverages may be posted or used on campus property.
B. Empty alcoholic beverage containers (e.g. beer cans, kegs, liquor and wine bottles) are prohibited. This includes any empty beverage containers, cartons, boxes etc. that have been mutilated or changed into posters or wall hangings/decorations.
C. The consumption of beverages with alcoholic content and/or the possession of such beverage on campus grounds, in University buildings, or in a fraternity or sorority house are prohibited and penalties will accompany violations.
This is a level I violation. All events sponsored by University organizations, departments and residence halls must be scheduled in the Student Affairs Office to avoid conflict among events. Sunday events are not to begin before 12 Noon, to allow folks to attend church services. Meetings/Socials that are held on Sunday through Thursday must conclude by 1AM.
All social events are to be calendared using the Schedule an Event form which is available on My O-Zone except the following: 1. Activities within a residence hall to which only a few residents are invited. 2. Casual entertainment of dates in men’s and women’s residence halls, sorority houses and fraternity houses.
The social chairman of each group has the responsibility for seeing that all events are properly scheduled. Additions or corrections on the calendar must be submitted TWO WEEKS in advance. Cancellations of events must be done no later than ONE WEEK prior to the event. If an event is not cancelled within the allotted time, a fine may be charged and a future social event may be forfeited. This is done because the date could have been used for other events.
NOTE: IF YOUR CARD IS LOST OR STOLEN, you will only receive the stored value on the card, at the time of notification to the Campus Center Office or Otterbein Police Office. Attempting to use a lost and/or stolen card, for any purpose, will be considered theft – a level III or IV violation.
Cardinal Card/ID - All residence halls are secured with a personal identity card (the Cardinal Card) system. A. Students residing in residence halls will obtain the card from the Campus Center. B. No one shall give out his or her card to any other student or guest. Overnight guests must be registered with the Hall Director and be escorted by the resident when entering buildings. C. If a Cardinal Card is given out, disciplinary action will be taken against those students for endangering the personal well-being of the residents. Lending or borrowing the Cardinal Card, altering it in any way or failure to present it when requested by a University official is a violation of University regulations and subjects both the lender and the borrower to disciplinary action.
This is a level IV violation. Background: Ohio’s new concealed weapon law permits individuals to obtain a license to carry a concealed handgun onto many locations. The licensee must carry a valid concealed weapon license and valid identification when carrying the concealed handgun. Purpose: In the interest of maintaining a safe academic and working environment free of violence for all employees, students and visitors, Otterbein University prohibits the possession, transport and storage of dangerous weapons on University owned or leased property including in personal vehicles, or at any University-sponsored function, regardless of whether or not the person is legally licensed to carry a weapon. Scope: This policy applies to all University employees, students, contract employees, visitors and vendors on University property or at any University-sponsored function. This policy does not apply to any law enforcement personnel engaging in official duties. Definitions: “University property” covered by this policy includes all University-owned or leased buildings and surrounding areas such as sidewalks, walkways, driveways, and parking lots under the University’s ownership or control. This policy also applies to all University-owned or leased vehicles. “Dangerous weapons” include, but are not limited to, handguns, firearms, explosives, knives and other weapons as defined by federal, state or local laws or ordinances. If employees or students have a question regarding whether an item is covered by this policy, they should contact the Office of Human Resources or the Otterbein Police Department. Enforcement: The University reserves the right to search all personal and University-owned or leased vehicles, packages, containers, briefcases, purses, lockers, desks, enclosures, and persons entering its property, for the purpose of determining whether any weapon has been brought onto its property or premises in violation of this policy. These searches will only be conducted in the event of probable cause or reasonable suspicion, and will be conducted in accordance with legal search procedures pertaining to searches for concealed weapons. Reporting Obligations: If any employee or student believes another person covered by this policy possesses a concealed handgun or other deadly weapon in violation of this policy, the employee or student shall immediately report this belief and the basis for this belief to the Otterbein Police Department. Failure to report knowledge of the presence of any dangerous weapon shall subject the employee or student to disciplinary action. Sanctions: Violations of this policy will result in prompt disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment or expulsion from school in accordance with University disciplinary policies. Violations may be reported to local law enforcement agencies. Safety: Employees and students, including Otterbein Police personnel, should be aware that the enforcement of this policy might involve confronting individuals carrying dangerous weapons. Under no circumstances should any employee or student take any unnecessary risks or compromise his or her safety in enforcing this policy. Local law enforcement should be contacted immediately if deemed necessary. Notification: The University will publicize this policy in employee and student handbooks. A copy of the policy will be included in the Social Issues Update that is posted and updated annually and is on-line. A copy of the policy will be posted on the University’s Otterbein Police Department web site. In addition, signs may be posted at various locations that state:
OTTERBEIN UNIVERSITY PROHIBITS ANY PERSON FROM CARRYING A CONCEALED HANDGUN OR OTHER DANGEROUS WEAPON ONTO THESE PREMISES. NO PERSON SHALL KNOWINGLY POSSESS, HAVE UNDER THE PERSON’S CONTROL, CONVEY OR ATTEMPT TO CONVEY A DANGEROUS WEAPON ONTO THESE PREMISES EVEN IF SUCH PERSON HAS BEEN ISSUED A LICENSE/PERMIT TO CARRY A CONCEALED WEAPON BY THE STATE OF OHIO.
Jurisdiction and Responsibility: The President, Vice Presidents, department chairs, directors, administrative managers and supervisors shall be responsible for assuring compliance with this policy. The Otterbein Police Department and the Office of Human Resources are jointly responsible for the administration of the policy.
This is a level III violation. Disorderly conduct is any conduct or action that causes inconvenience, annoyance, or alarm to others, or which interferes with the rights of other individuals (including the right to quiet study), disturbs the public peace, endangers personal well-being or causes a risk of/or physical harm to public or private property.
Disruptive behavior while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs are prohibited in all areas and places public and private. Disruptive behavior includes fighting, unreasonable noise, verbal and/or written abusive and/or insulting language, interference with accepted rights of others and damage to property. The student(s) will be held liable for damage or destruction from such behavior.
Individual students or groups who encourage or become involved in such activities are subject to disciplinary action, including restitution for damage. If the conduct or action is prejudicial in nature, the hearing body or hearing officer will consider the motive of the student(s) in issuing sanctions.
This is a level III violation. Peaceful and orderly demonstrations by members of the University on University property are permissible if the demonstrators act in a courteous, dignified and non-disruptive manner. Should action by a group or individuals at any time become dangerous to individuals or property, or should it interfere with the regular operation of the University, the President or Vice President for Student Affairs, or their designee, is authorized to declare the group an unlawful assembly and order the individuals to disperse.
If, after a reasonable interval announced by the above administrator, members of the group have not dispersed; they will be automatically suspended as students of the University and declared guilty of trespass. If they do not then desist from their activity and disperse, they will be subject to arrest and prosecution by the civil authorities and to expulsion from the University. Persons actually engaging in violent attacks on other persons or in the destruction of property will be subject to immediate arrest by civil authorities.
The Office of Student Affairs is located in the back of Hanby Hall on Cochran Alley. Office Hours
M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (summer) Phone p / 614.823.1250
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