Syracuse University has been cracking down on violations of the alcohol and drug policies on campus for a few years now. What used to be a fairly widely-regarded school for partying is now trying to change the image and focus efforts on reversing this trend. Although partying in frats and house parties are a generally safe proposition, drinking and smoking marijuana has grown increasingly risky. Students who may be making a lot of noise or inviting many different friends into the dorm can easily draw attention to themselves and subsequently be subject to a room check by resident advisors on duty at the time. If there is a continued problem with the room, Public Safety officers may be called and a date with Judicial Affairs could be imminent.
Getting written up by Public Safety is not considered getting written up by an RA, but both end up in the Judicial Affairs office. For your first alcohol violation, you'll be given a warning, then a letter will be written to your home for the second, and you'll get a one-semester suspension for the third. For drug violations, you'll first be placed on probation, then a one-semester suspension for the second. Other offenses carry different mandatory sentencing, although these rules are sometimes subject to change, and it is possible to plead your case before a group of peers. It is, however, safe to say you should avoid ever dealing with Judicial Affairs if at all possible.