Our View: Underage drinking is only the beginning

DKS Editors

It’s the end of week five, and we’re betting most of you are beyond thrilled it’s the weekend. Time to throw schoolwork aside, stay out until 4 a.m. and sleep in until 4 p.m.

Before you put your ragin’ shoes on though, we’ve had a few things brought to our attention we think should be passed along.

For starters, let us introduce you to House Bill 1219. The bill was created in the ’70s in response to dangerous situations affecting college campuses across the country, one in particular: the Kent State shootings.

The bill, which is still active today, covers a list of offenses. If any student, faculty or staff member of a college or university that receives state funding is arrested for committing any of those offenses, that person could potentially be dismissed from the university.

Offenses include drug use, possession and sales, assault, sexual battery, arson, robbery, riotous behavior and even something as simple as pulling a fire alarm when there’s not a fire.

So what does that mean?

It means if you go out to the bars one night, get drunk and get in a fight, you could be arrested and dismissed from Kent State.

It means if you think it would be funny to start a bonfire in the street, you could get arrested and dismissed from Kent State.

It means if you get caught in the middle of college fest or another party where things are getting too rowdy, you could get arrested and dismissed from Kent State.

It means if you get caught with rolling papers or a bowl (they don’t even have to catch you with pot!) you can get arrested and dismissed from Kent State.

Robbery and sexual battery may seem like obvious no-no’s, but consider all the ways you could unintentionally find yourself arrested and potentially kicked out of school.

This goes far beyond Bill 1219.

Many programs that you’re devoting thousands of dollars and hours of study time to could be completely useless with one click of an officer’s handcuffs

Programs like nursing, education and law all require graduates to be licensed in order to work in their desired career field. One small arrest on your record, though, and you won’t be able to get one.

One small arrest, and you can never work as a teacher or nurse in the state of Ohio.

Even beyond that, an arrest can cut you off from your financial aid.

So we know it’s the weekend and, yeah, we’re probably gonna go out and party once this article gets finished, just remember to exercise caution. One night isn’t worth losing your education.

The above editorial is the consensus opinion of the Daily Kent Stater editorial board whose members are listed to the left.