Frequently Asked Questions
I got an email about an alcohol violation, what happens now?
Please speak with your Hall Director regarding violations. Click here to learn about sanctions for alcohol or drug violations. But, in a nutshell, if you are found in violation of the alcohol policy for the first time, you are required to complete the following:
- Pay $75 fine
- Complete an online alcohol education course
- Attend individual meeting with ADE educator or Conduct Manager
Why do I have a hold on my account?
Students have three weeks from the time they are found in violation of the alcohol or drug policy to complete all required sanctions. If a student does not complete the required sanctions within that three week period, a hold will be placed on the student’s account and will remain on the registration account until all of the sanctions of the violation are complete. This hold will prevent a student from adding, dropping, or registering for classes, or from getting a TCU transcript. It is in the student’s best interest to complete any requirements in as timely a manner as possible.
To inquire about a hold, please contact the Campus Life Office at 817-257-7925, or visit their office, located in Sadler 2006.
Can I appeal my violation?
Students have 72 hours from the time he/she receives notification of an alcohol violation from his/her Hall Director to complete the online request for an appeal hearing. To request an appeal, log on to my.tcu.edu, click Main Menu, choose “Housing and Residence Life” and then “Request PDB Meeting.” You will then be contacted by the Office of Housing and Residence Life by email to schedule and confirm the date and time of your appeal. Should your violation be dismissed, the appeal board or Hall Director will notify the Alcohol & Drug Education office.
I missed my appointment/the Alcohol Education Workshop, what do I do now?
Please call Alcohol & Drug Education at 817-257-7100 during business hours to reschedule. It is important for you to complete any requirements for an alcohol or drug violation in a timely manner.
What is the individual meeting with ADE like?
During your individual meeting with ADE, you will complete paperwork (which takes about ten minutes) and then meet face-to-face with a counselor or trained educator. The paperwork is scored and assessed to provide harm-reduction education and feedback regarding personal substance use/lifestyle. Individual alcohol and drug assessments are conducted by both counselor and educators in ADE who are trained specialists in alcohol and drug education. Each meeting will last for approximately an hour (including the time for paperwork).
How do I know if I have a problem with alcohol or drugs?
If any of the following are true for you, we encourage you to talk to someone:
- Drinking to calm nerves or forget worries
- Feeling guilty about drinking
- Unsuccessful attempts to cut back/quit drinking
- Lying or hiding drinking habits
- High tolerance/need to drink more to achieve desired effect
- Family history of alcoholism or addiction
- Persistent drinking or using, despite negative consequences
I’m worried about my friend’s alcohol/drug use, what should I do?
- Contact us or other campus professionals and find out about the available resources.
- Don’t make excuses for your friend’s behavior. Protecting a friend from experiencing consequences of their drinking behavior may enable them to continue using.
How do I talk to a friend about my concerns?
If you are worried about a friend’s substance use, try first to speak with them directly about your concerns:
- First of all, choose a time when he or she is sober.
- Be factual and specific about your concerns. Give examples of how his or her behavior concerns you. State what you have observed, rather than opinion.
- Do what you can to encourage your friend to make an appointment with Alcohol & Drug Education and use the resources available to her/him. However, remember the only person you can change is yourself.
- Contact us if you would like more information or want to discuss your concerns with one of our staff.