Sep 6, 2013 1:28 AM by Victoria Johnson
Cal Poly students living off campus may face a new kind of punishment if they are caught breaking the law. The new program will be introduced in the fall semester beginning on September 23rd. The program's goal is to promote student safety and responsibility. The University is now cracking down on students who are first time offenders, whether they are arrested for alcohol, drugs or other city ordinance violations, happening off campus.
Students cited with a violation, will be able to participate in a 90 minute workshop and write a research paper, reflecting on personal responsibility, to learn from their mistakes through an educational program rather than through disciplinary action.
The program stemmed from a pilot program tested on students arrested on Cesar Chavez day this year. 55 percent of those arrested at a huge beach party in Shell Beach were enrolled at Cal Poly.
The program received positive feedback from participating students. University administrators say it honors Cal Poly's learn by doing approach.
"My hope for this program is that students become better neighbors off campus, that students make healthier choices, do things that promote their academic success and build lifelong habits of health and wellness," said Keith Humphrey, Vice President for Student Affairs at Cal Poly.
Cal Poly and San Luis Obispo Police Departments teamed up to monitor student citations and address student behavior off campus that may negatively affect neighbors and the student's safety.
This program is another way Cal Poly and the City of San Luis Obispo are working together to address student misbehavior.
For example, San Luis Obispo's noise ordinance program issues $350 tickets for the first violation, $700 on the second and a thousand dollars for the third violation.
Pismo Beach Police added extra patrols in Shell Beach and enforced a zero tolerance policy during this year's unofficial celebration of Cesar Chavez day, thrown by Cal Poly students in April.
Cal Poly and San Luis Obispo Police Departments continue to be actively involved in committees run by students and community members responding to any type of concern.
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