Party leads to misconduct allegations for students

Three UAA students are facing allegations that they may have violated UAA’s Student Code of Conduct.

Daniel Rawlings, Jim Powers and Micah Miller were asked to speak with Dean of Students Bruce Schultz March 10, in order to schedule administrative reviews to discuss allegations that they violated the Student Code of Conduct Rule Six: Endangerment, Assault, or Infliction of Physical Harm, and Rule 10: Harm, and Misuse of Alcohol or Other Intoxicants or Drugs.

“APD officers reported unsafe conditions including a physical assault and a student transported to the hospital with alcohol poisoning,” Schultz wrote in a letter to Rawlings. “You (Rawlings) were issued a minor consuming alcohol citation.”

Schultz also wrote that his office received information alleging that on Jan. 31, Anchorage Police found underage participants attending a large party hosted at Rawling’s off-campus residence.

Schultz wrote that the allegations may result in major sanctions if substantiated. Rawlings has an opportunity to choose between an administrative review or a student judicial board hearing to present contrary evidence, the letter read. Schultz did not say in the letter who provided the information to him about Rawlings.

Schultz could not be reached for comment; however, the Federal Education Right to Privacy Act generally prohibits administrators from discussing personal information of students without the express written consent of the affected party.

Rawlings said the party he thinks Schultz is referring to took place Jan. 21. He said he, Powers and Miller asked several uninvited guests to leave, who they said were intoxicated and breaking beer bottles on their stairs. It is not uncommon for unwelcome visitors to show up at their parties, Miller said.

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“Multiple times I have told people: ‘This is my house. I don’t know you. You need to leave,'” Miller said.

Rawlings said the party was called the “Brown and Orange Party,” which celebrated the National Football League team the Cleveland Browns. He said after the intoxicated guests left they proceeded to walk back toward campus.

“There was a giant fight on the corner of Piper (Street) in front of the Outdoor Club’s house and some kid got really beat up,” Rawlings said. “The cops came here to ask what happened, but that was all.”

Rawlings said he was never issued a minor consuming alcohol citation, nor was anyone at his residence arrested for any reason. He said while he and his roommates did take a UAA student to the hospital with alcohol poisoning, they did not provide the student with the alcohol.

Although Schultz’s letter does not state how his office acquired the information used to bring allegations against the students, the three students think online pictures that show parties taking place at their residence are being used against them and other UAA students in the academic disciplinary action.

Rawlings said he saw a stack of pictures printed from multiple UAA students’ online Web sites showing parties that had taken place at his house in Schultz’s office.

Rawlings and Powers said their residence is not on campus nor do they condone underage drinking and while Powers is over 21, he said when there are parties at his house he does not drink in order to help maintain a responsible atmosphere.

“We can’t control if underage students come to our parties already drunk,” Powers said. “We’re not their parents, we don’t ID people, but we have kicked out people who look underage.”

The students said they have decided to fight the accusations, and are scheduled to meet with Schultz individually over the next three weeks for preliminary hearings and to give testimony regarding the matter.

A university regulation being cited against the students reads: “Students’ behavior which, were it to occur on property owned or controlled by the university or at activities authorized by the university, would constitute a code of violation is subject to disciplinary action when the university determines that the behavior would likely have an adverse impact on the health or safety of members of the university community, regardless of where the behavior occurs.”