Monday, April 12, 2010

3 Strikes & you’re out!

On January 18, 2005 the University of Oklahoma became a dry campus. The drastic change from causal week night drinking and hall parties at fraternity houses to a zero alcohol policy caused quite a stir.
With the new Student Alcohol Policy came the “3 Strike Policy”. It sates that if a student receives 3 alcohol violations on or off campus (a strike), the student can be suspended from the University.

You might wonder what exactly counts as a strike…
  • Minor in possession
  • Public intoxication
  • Manufacture, use or possession of false identification
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Actual physical control while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Involvement in a crime while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages in University Residence Halls, fraternity houses, or sorority houses
  • Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages on University property outdoors, such as housing center lawns and at Brandt Park, or in other public areas of campus
  • Violation of the student Alcohol Policy by individuals or organizations.
(via student alcohol website and the OU Student Code Handbook)
With each strike, harsher penalties are given: parent notification, to fines, to alcohol related classes, to suspension.
The question is, is it fair that strikes can be given for violations off campus?
What about game days? Why is alcohol allowed on campus and in fraternity houses on 6 Saturdays during the Fall, but no other time of the year?

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Thursday, April 8, 2010


Cindy Allen opened her practice in 2003 after being a District Attorney for Cleveland, McClain, and Garvin Counties for 7 years. She represent clients in family law and criminal defense matters in Cleveland County and the surrounding areas of central Oklahoma.  With Clients, Cindy uses the trial experience she gained as a former prosecutor to resolve complex criminal and family law cases involving child abuse, neglect, drug abuse, sexual abuse, and domestic violence.  In our family law practice, we represent individuals in all aspects of the divorce process, including issues of property division and spousal support, child custody and child support.  We work with families in areas of adoption, guardianship, and paternity, and now our office is starting to focus on areas of Bankruptcy and Immigration too.

At the Law Office of Cindy Allen, we work together to aggressively protect our clients' rights.  We have an established reputation in the legal community for getting the job done and for successfully representing clients in high-conflict, contentious and highly emotionally-charged situations.  We do not back down, and we do not stop fighting for your rights.

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