October brings many exciting gatherings to the University of Arizona community. We are excited to have you back on campus to join in the celebrations starting with Family Weekend October 14-16, 2016, followed by Homecoming October 27-29, 2016. These are great events for students and alumni alike to celebrate with friends and family. With these events and with our students’ school spirit at an all-time high, there is much cause for celebration. Now is a great time to talk to your child about the consequences of underage drinking.
It is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to consume any amount of alcohol. It is also illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to be in possession of alcohol, including any alcohol already consumed. Arizona law considers your body to be a container. In addition, marijuana possession and use is strictly prohibited on the UA campus, regardless of whether it is for medical purposes or not. Especially during times of high attendance such as Family Weekend and Homecoming, law enforcement officers from various agencies will be out in full force enforcing these laws. Officers from the UA Police Department, Tucson Police Department, Arizona Liquor Board, and any other law enforcement agencies can and will cite students with a Minor in Possession (MIP) charge.
This criminal charge, along with any other criminal charges, creates several problems for UA students. Not only are there criminal consequences, but criminal violations are also considered a violation of the UA Code of Conduct. Don’t let these types of violations rain on your October celebrations. In case your child is cited, Student Legal Services (SLS) is available, free of charge, to consult with students on any legal problems they may face.
Students can make an appointment by visiting legal.asua.arizona.edu and clicking on the “Book An Appointment” tab. If they have any questions they can call the front desk of the SLS office at (520) 621-ASUA (2782). The SLS office is located on the main campus on the third floor of the Student Union Memorial Center in ASUA (above the bookstore).