Rider University’s Department of Public Safety and the Resident Advisor (RAs) can really get on students’ cases for drinking. The University’s first priority is keeping its students safe, so they are really strict about underage drinking, drinking games, and doing illegal drugs, and with good reason. In 2007, an underage Rider student died after drinking excessively at a party. His parents sued the University, and a settlement was reached. Rider has since raised the fines it gives to anyone caught underage drinking or providing alcohol to underage students. So, while some students feel that the school can be too strict at times, the whole goal is to keep everyone safe.
Every other violation on campus is assigned a level of 1 through 5, and punishment is determined by the level. For example, a student charged with a Level 1 violation could be expelled, while a Level 5 punishment is a small fine or written warning.