By The Student Publications Editorial Board
Did you hear OCU is in the process of becoming a wet campus and officials might allow Alvin’s to sell beer? We did too.
Not all the Facebook statuses you read on your mini feed are true.
Statements with no discernible sources such as these tend to spread rapidly on campus. Though rumors can be tempting to spread and more difficult to tune out, circulating information not received from a credible source is like writing a 45-page research paper entirely from Wikepedia documents.
The Student Publications Editorial Board members asked university officials about the recent rumors. As we suspected, the rumors were false.
“It’s just a rumor,” said John Riggs, dean of students. “This isn’t the first time students have talked about getting alcohol on campus.”
Officials don’t have plans to make OCU a wet campus, as the university is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Recent trends show that other universities, such as the University of Oklahoma are going dry, because they’re concerned about underage drinking, Riggs said.
No changes to campus drinking policies will be made anytime soon, Riggs said.
Article III Section B of the Student Code of Conduct states, “The use, possession, manufacture, or duplication of alcoholic beverages, and any form of public intoxication, are prohibited on campus.”
Students caught breaking components of the rule still are subject to a $200 fine, but the fines are issued on a case-by-case basis, Riggs said.
We think students of the legal drinking age who choose to drink off campus should do so at their choosing, but students should avoid becoming so intoxicated that they cause a disturbance.
Students also should be skeptical of what they see on their mini feeds.