MIP means 'Minor In Possession' and refers to Underage Drinking tickets. In South Carolina it is against the law to purchase, consume or possess beer, wine or alcoholic liquors under the age of 21. That means that for this ticket, unlike a DUI, level of drunkenness does not matter. ANY alcohol at all is a violation. Even holding an unopened beer can in your hand is possession and that is enough. Likewise, officers are not required to collect much evidence: they smell it on your breath and find out you’re under 21, that’s good enough.
In addition to resolving the matter through the courts, your case will be referred to the Office of Community and Ethical Standards on campus.
For more information on South Carolina Laws, please click here.
For more information on the Student Code of Conduct Alcohol and Other Drug Policies, please click here.
The mission of the Office of Community and Ethical Standards is to promote an environment which encourages students to uphold Clemson University’s Core Values and standards. OCES provides programs which educate students regarding the consequences of their behavior and empower students to become responsible members of our community. No student shall violate any provisions of the University Drug and Alcohol Policy (see Drug and Alcohol Policy).
View the Student Code of Conduct Program Guide.
Upon receipt of an incident report, police report, or written complaint, the report will be reviewed and the student(s) will be contacted by a staff member via letter, telephone or e-mail to schedule an appointment for a discipline conference, when possible, to discuss the allegations and the disciplinary process. During the discipline conference, the student will be given an opportunity to review the information describing the alleged violation (or violations) and to respond to the allegations. If the facts and/or sanctions concerning the alleged violation(s) cannot be agreed upon by the staff member and the referred student(s), the student(s) will be provided with the following options:
If a referred student fails to appear at a scheduled discipline conference, an additional charge of failure to comply with an official request will be added and the staff member may render a decision in the absence of the student(s). The Office of Community and Ethical Standards encourages full participation in the conduct process as a means to fairly and objectively resolve conduct issues.
In the hearing, the student will have the opportunity to present and examine statements, facts and any relevant information regarding the case. The referred student shall have the privilege of presenting any questions for witnesses to the Student Judicial Board when appropriate. Once this is completed, the Student Judicial Board members will move to a closed session to determine whether a student committed the alleged violations. The determinations are made based on whether it is more likely than not that the referred student violated the Student Code of Conduct. As soon as a decision is made, the referred student will be informed of the outcome. Please see the Student Code of Conduct for more details.
A finding of ‘In Violation’ will stay on the student’s disciplinary record for a period of six years. A finding of ‘Not in Violation’ stays on a student’s disciplinary record for a period of one year. The student’s disciplinary record is separate from their academic record and can only be accessed with the student’s written permission.
MAAP stands for Medical Alcohol Amnesty Policy
Basically MAAP is a policy that may apply when a student receives emergency medical assistance that is (a) related to the consumption of alcohol and (b) sought by a person not serving in an official University capacity. The student will not be charged or sanctioned for violations of University alcohol-related policies but will be required to participate in every step of the MAAP process. For more information, follow this link: http://www.clemson.edu/administration/student-affairs/student-handbook/universitypolicies/medical-alcohol-amnesty.html