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Misuse of Alcohol at USF

The attorneys at the Sammis Law Firm represent students at the Univerity of South Florida (USF) for a variety of criminal offenses including crimes related to the misuse of alcohol. These offenses can include felony or misdemeanor crimes for DUI, under age 21 possession of alcohol, minor in possession of alcohol, and disorderly intoxication (often called "public drunkenness."). Even a county or municipal ordinance violation related to the misuse of alcohol can result in disciplinary action.

Call us to discuss your case at 813-250-0500. We can help you through this process at every stage.


The Initial Review for Violations of (4.17) Misuse of Alcohol

For many USF students, their first indication of a disciplinary action comes in an email. The email is sent out shortly after the arrest or the issuance of a "notice to appear" in court on the criminal charges. The notification comes in the form of an invitation by an "Initial Review Officer" to schedule an initial review at the USF Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities.

The letter will notify you that the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities has received information indicating that you may have been involved with possible violation(s) of the USF Student Code of Conduct for 

(4.17) Misuse of Alcohol


USF's Code of Conduct to Prohibit (4.17) Misuse of Alcohol

For misuse of alcohol violations, the USF Student Code of Conduct provides:

Failure to abide by the USF System Alcohol Policy (30-023) and all USF System protocols and policies and state and federal law regarding alcohol. Specific Code of Conduct standards including, but are not limited to:

    • The sale of, or intent to sell, alcohol without a proper license.
    • Providing alcohol to any person who is not of legal age to possess or consume alcohol. ?
    • Possession or consumption of alcohol by persons not of legal age.
    • The operation of a motor vehicle by a person under the age of 21 while having a blood alcohol level of .02 or higher. ?
    • The operation of a motor vehicle, by an individual of any age, under the influence of alcohol (DUI). ?
    • The consumption of alcohol on streets, according to local ordinance.
    • Public intoxication.
    • Conducting an open house party which can include, but is not limited to, an event at which minors may possess or consume alcohol.
    • Attending class, an organizational meeting or other USF System event that is specific for an educational gain while under the influence of alcohol is a violation.

If you were notified of an alleged violation of the USF Student Code of Conduct violation for misuse of alcohol under Section 4.17, then contact a criminal defense attorney at Sammis Law Firm. We represent students after they receive a Notification of Initial Review Letter for Code of Conduct Violations

If you were arrested for a criminal offense, either on or off campus, then contact a criminal defense attorney representing USF Students. Call us at 813-250-0500 to discuss your case and ways to avoid adverse educational and

Call us at 813-250-0500 to discuss your case and ways to avoid adverse educational and career consequences.


This article was last updated on Tuesday, August 23, 2016.