Student faces college policy, legal consequences

A Linfield student who was arrested for drunk driving in May 2013 has returned to Linfield and Linfield’s football team.

Senior Colin Forman was charged with 10 Class A misdemeanors, in which he plead guilty to one count of second-degree criminal mischief and drving under the influence of intoxicants. He was also charged with two counts of recklessly endangering another person and hit-and-run.

Although Forman was 20 years old at the time of the incident, his citation for being a minor in possession of alcohol was dismissed. He was also sentenced with 96 hours in jail and two years of bench probation, a 90 day suspension to his driver’s license, as well as required attendance and completion of a safetly driving class.

Forman also faced the consequences of both Linfield and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. As punishment for his actions last spring, the college has suspended Forman for 25 percent of the 2013 football season, according to Susan Hopp, vice presidnet of student affairs and athletics.

“[The consequences are] pretty standard sanction,” Hopp said. “Its tied to the severity [and] it’s tied to appropriateness. For some things, student would be dismissed from the team and or dismiss[ed] from the school.”

The NCAA was also involved in teh decision of how many games Forman would bew suspended for and whether he’d be allowed to play this season.

Hopp explained the way in which student discipline is handled at Linfield, but she could not go any further into Forman’s record, as he is protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

“In general, the philosophy behind student discipline issues, whenever possible, is it becomes a learning opportunity,” Hopp said. “We hold students accountable for college policies that they break.”

Forman did not respond to the Linfield Review’s efforts to reach him.

Kaylyn Peterson / Managing Editor