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Can DUI convictions get you kicked out of college in California?

On Behalf of | Feb 19, 2024 | Drunk Driving

Driving under the influence carries potential consequences that extend beyond legal penalties. For college students in California, a DUI conviction may lead to academic repercussions.

These repercussions include the possibility of expulsion from their educational institution.

Institutional policies on DUI

Colleges and universities in California typically maintain strict codes of conduct that they expect students to follow. These codes often include provisions regarding illegal activities, such as DUI. While policies may vary between institutions, many expressly prohibit behavior that endangers the safety of oneself or others, including driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Impact on student conduct proceedings

If authorities arrest a student on DUI charges or a conviction occurs, the college will likely become aware of the incident through various channels, such as police reports or court records. In response, the college may initiate conduct proceedings to investigate the matter further. During these proceedings, the student may have to provide information about the incident and any resulting legal consequences.

Potential disciplinary actions

Depending on the severity of the offense and the institution’s policies, disciplinary actions for a DUI conviction can range from probation to expulsion. Colleges often consider factors such as the student’s past disciplinary record, the circumstances surrounding the DUI incident and any mitigating factors the student presents. A student can face charges with a 0.01% BAC if they are younger than 21 years old.

Considerations for student athletes

For students in collegiate athletics, a DUI conviction can have additional ramifications. Many athletic programs impose stricter standards of behavior on their participants. A DUI may result in suspension from the team or loss of athletic scholarships.

Support services

Students facing DUI charges should be proactive in seeking support services that their college or university offers. These may include counseling and substance abuse education programs.

A DUI conviction does not automatically guarantee expulsion from college in California. By understanding what could happen, students can navigate this challenging situation and work toward mitigating its impact on their academic lives.