1. Regarding discipline and punishment, will my student be sent directly to campus police or is there a conduct board to report to?
Most campus discipline is handled through the Office of Student Life. Minor infractions (quiet hours, visitation hours) are handled by the Student Conduct Board. Serious infractions (drugs, alcohol, harassment) are typically handled by administrative hearing officers.
2. If there's a misunderstanding with the local police, is there someone in campus police that can help the student and family negotiate issues?
Our Campus Police have an excellent working relationship with the Galveston Police Department. Campus Police may be able to help a family navigate through the city system and even resolve simple misunderstandings, but may not be able to affect the overall outcome involving issues of a more serious nature.
3. Are "minor in possessions" pretty frequent on campus?
The possession or consumption of alcohol, or being party thereto is not permitted on campus or at University sponsored events. However, we experience the same issues all college campuses do with regard to alcohol. Most of these infractions are handled through the campus disciplinary system, but minors in possession on campus, as well as violations of state law around town, may also be cited and result in an "MIP" (Minor in Possession).
4. Can a student face both criminal and University consequences for the same violation?
While rare, a student can face both criminal/civil and University consequences for the same violation. Unlike civil and criminal court proceedings, University hearings are administrative processes and do not present "double jeopardy" for a student.