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Half of conduct cases last year dealt with alcohol, majority minor offenses

About half of the Student Code of Conduct violations last year concerned alcohol, while only about a dozen were considered more serious offenses, according to Kris Hodge, director of the Office of Community and Ethical Standards.

Out of 2,346 conduct cases created and addressed last academic year, 1,208 were alcohol-related, 417 were for quiet hours violations, 168 were for violating University policies (excessive parking citations) and 139 were for disorderly conduct.

Of enrolled students, 8.5% found themselves in a conduct case, Hodge said.

Out of all students who were charged with an alcohol-related offense, there was a 5.96% recidivism rate, meaning that 5.96% of students committed the offense at least once more.

Only 11 or 13 were “level 1” offenses — what the University considers more severe cases where the penalty could be suspension or dismissal, including all Title IX offenses.

OCES tries to be educational rather than punitive, Hodge said.

“Our goal in OCES is to educate and empower students to be good citizens that uphold the values of Clemson University,” Hodge said at last week’s board of trustees meeting.

The University recently launched a new Tiger Accountability program for first-time, low-level violations that provides a refresher on the standards of behavior. Eight hundred sixty-nine students participated in the program last year, Hodge said.

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