University 101 Programs

Top Ten Ways to Get Kicked Out

“Top Ten” begins with the explanation of why it was created – to openly discuss what the students in the freshman class before them wish they hadn’t done!  The goal that the presenters and participants share is to prevent students from ending up in the Student Conduct office for easily avoidable errors in judgment.  We set a new mantra, “What could go wrong?” as a helpful decision making model. The interactive “Top Ten” presentation is focused on the most commonly occurring incidents. For each of the top violations the facilitator and students walk through scenarios and the decision making turning points in each. With the red solo cup as the presentation’s mascot, students and conduct staff enjoy laughter while directly addressing the some of the foibles of the college student mentality and the predictability of how their environment affects their decisions.            

Learning Outcomes

The “Top Ten Ways to Get Kicked Out” presentation supports University 101 learning outcomes:

I. Foster Academic Success

c. Recognize the purpose and value of academic integrity and describe the key themes related to the Honor Code at the University of South Carolina

This presentation addresses the importance of the Honor Code through discussion of the common pit falls that occur and emphasizes how students can preventatively address academic concerns.

III. Prepare Students for Responsible Lives in a Diverse, Interconnected, and Changing World

c. Describe and demonstrate principles of responsible citizenship within and beyond the campus community

With the consistent theme throughout the presentation of "What could go wrong?" the presentation looks to help students understand the greater implications of their actions and thus providing them strategies to assess their decision-making process.

d. Describe processes, strategies, and resources, and explain the implications of their decisions, related to their overall wellness

With a consistent theme throughout the presentation of "What Could Go Wrong" the presentation looks to help students understand the greater implications of their actions and thus providing them strategies to assess their decision-making process.

As a result of attending this presentation students will:

  • Be able to identify the most commonly violated laws and policies
  • Be able to identify decision making pitfalls, the repercussions they carry, and the benefits of legal and safe decisions
  • Connect their decision making to adult accountability and responsibility


Presentation Outline

  • Introduction & Presentation Philosophy
  • Key Messages:
    • Your new mantra is "What could go wrong?"
    • Own your risk, if you choose to take them, be ready for consequence
  • Structure for Top 10 cards:
    • Have students, turn over the cards counting down from 10 asking them
      • What could go wrong?
      • Why/what are some of the dangerous things that can happen?
  • Top 10
    • Football Games
      • What could go wrong: binge drinking, being arrested and the consequences of being ejected
      • Consequences include: $250 fine, call home, alcohol education class, loss of tickets
    • Weapons {airsoft gun}
      • What could go wrong: Even toy guns can hurt, plus they look real and can cause panic
      • Consequences include: removal from housing, immediate suspension
    • Jeopardizing others' safety {stealing, fighting, sexual assault, breaking the plane}
      • What could go wrong: the school has to protect the community as a priority
      • Consequences vary, although often removal from housing is highly likely.
    • Drugs
      • What could go wrong: arrest or ticket, this covers drug paraphernalia
      • Consequences include: $350 fine, parental notification, random drug tests, probation, essay, educational sanction through STIR
    • First Safety
      • What could go wrong: life and death safety risk for all that live on the hall
      • Consequences include: $150 fine,  reimbursement to fire department, removal from housing
    • Plagiarism/Cheating
      • What could go wrong: suspension, probation, F in the course or for the assignment
      • Why do people cheat: procrastination
      • What should we do about it: determine a list to brainstorm as a group
    • Disorderly conduct
      • What could go wrong: poor interaction with the police
      • Consequences include: jail, civility workshop, probation
    • House party
      • What could go wrong: MIP (Minor in Possession), sexual assault, DUI
      • Consequences: they vary based on the situation
    • Stop Performing
      • What could go wrong:  grades suffer, depression etc.
      • Consequences:  academic discipline
      • Utilize the counseling center
    • Five Points
      • What could go wrong: Fake IDs, DUI, being mugged
      • Take the shuttles, be smart
  • Three Take-Aways
    • What happens in the Student Conduct Process?
    • Financial and parental repercussions from school
    • Carolinian Provision

Presentation Length

50 minutes or 75 minutes

Presenter Training

Presenters are professional staff members in the Office of Student Conduct.  Each member is required to observe at least one presentation in advance and then review the content with their supervisor before being scheduled.  There are no undergraduate presenters for this presentation.