The review board process for college underage drinking

On Behalf of | May 15, 2023 | Criminal Defense

Underage drinking is a common problem among college students, and it can lead to serious consequences such as legal charges, academic probation and even expulsion.

In Minnesota, colleges and universities have established review boards to address violations of alcohol policies by students who are underage. This article will provide an overview of the review board process and what you can expect if you are facing underage drinking charges.

What is a review board?

A review board is a panel of college administrators, faculty and sometimes students, who review cases involving violations of college policies related to underage drinking. Colleges design the review board process to be fair and impartial and to provide students with an opportunity to explain their actions and defend themselves against the charges.

What happens during the review board process?

If the police charge you with underage drinking, the college will typically notify you of a hearing before the review board. During the hearing, the board will give you an opportunity to present your side of the story and to provide any evidence or witnesses that may support your case. You may also have the opportunity to question witnesses and to make a closing statement.

After the hearing, the review board will deliberate and make a decision regarding your case. The decision may include sanctions such as community service, alcohol education classes, fines or probation. In more serious cases, the review board may recommend suspension or expulsion from the college.

How can you prepare for the review board process?

If you are facing a hearing before a review board, it is important to take the process seriously and to come prepared. Here are some tips to help you prepare:

  • Understand the policies related to underage drinking at your college or university.
  • Gather any evidence or witnesses that may support your case.
  • Be respectful and honest during the hearing.

It could also be helpful to seek the advice of a student advocate or advisor who can help guide you through the process.

If you are facing charges of underage drinking, it is important to understand the process and to be prepared. By following the tips outlined in this article, you can increase your chances of a favorable outcome and move forward with your college career.