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student_policies.substanceuseabuse_policy

SUBSTANCE USE & ABUSE POLICY

PHILOSOPHY

The abuse of alcohol and other drugs severely limits the ability of individuals to succeed academically, professionally, and personally. Substance abuse has been linked to health problems, accidents, decreased academic and job performance, violence, vandalism, sexual misconduct, financial difficulties, legal problems and other negative consequences for individuals and the entire University community.

In keeping with its mission and in complying with federal regulations such as the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989, Alfred University has established this policy to promote an environment that encourages learning, fosters respect for people and property, and supports individual development and success. The responsibility for preserving this environment extends to all members of the University community including faculty, staff, administrators, and students. Therefore, this substance use and abuse policy is intended to provide information about standards of conduct, the risks of use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol, applicable legal and University sanctions for employees and students, and resources available for the prevention, intervention, and treatment of substance abuse.

POLICIES

The following policies consider the rights people have to privacy, to be treated as equal members of the University community and to participate in the responsible possession and consumption of legal substances as defined by federal, state, and local laws and the statements below.

  • No person (including students and employees) under the age of 21 will be allowed to possess, purchase, consume, or knowingly be in the presence of alcohol.
  • No alcoholic beverages shall be permitted in rooms, apartments or suite common areas of students under the age of 21. If an underage student resides in the same room, apartment or suite as a student of legal drinking age, the over-21 student may not distribute, sell, possess or consume alcohol in their assigned residence hall room.
  • Only quantities and containers appropriate to individual consumption are permitted for private use by students of legal age.
  • No person (including students and employees) will be permitted to provide an individual under the age of 21 with alcohol.
  • No open alcoholic container will be allowed on University premises except at:
          • Events in locations that carry the appropriate reservations and an approved university alcohol permit. 
          • Residence hall rooms, suites, or apartments assigned to students who are at least 21 years old.
  • NOTE: No one under the age of 21 may possess, consume, or knowingly be in the presence of alcohol in any location at any time. If an underage student resides in the same room, apartment or suite as a student of legal drinking age, the over-21 student may not distribute, sell, possess or consume alcohol in their assigned residence hall room.
  • The sponsor of an event to be held on University premises will be responsible for the acquisition, distribution, and monitoring of alcohol as prescribed by this policy and the University alcohol permit.
  • The office of student affairs may recommend or mandate the presence of an advisor, security, additional staff, and/or other controls at any event where alcohol will be served.
  • If alcohol is being served, the sponsoring organization must provide food and non-alcoholic beverages in sufficient quantities as outlined by the University alcohol permit.
  • Alcohol service must cease at least one hour prior to the end time of the event.
  • Any organization or individual(s) wishing to advertise a function on University premises may not include any reference to providing or selling alcoholic beverages at that activity.
  • Alcoholic beverages shall not be provided as free awards to individual students or recognized organizations. This includes promotional activities such as raffles and contests.

  • Beer balls, kegs or any other materials used to enable mass consumption of alcohol are not permitted on University premises unless approved by the office of student affairs.
  • No person under the age of 21 will be allowed to possess empty alcoholic beverage containers.
  • No person (including students and employees) shall possess, use, or distribute illicit drugs or drug paraphernalia.
  • Alcoholic beverage consumption or possession at University athletic facilities, including but not limited to Merrill Field and McLane Center, during scheduled athletic events is prohibited.  Any containers of alcoholic beverages will be confiscated at the entrances.  Disorderly conduct on the part of an individual(s) will result in that person(s) being asked to leave the event.

PROCEDURES

  • Any organization or individual(s) planning to sponsor a function with alcohol present on University premises must submit a University alcohol permit for approval to the office of student affairs, at least three weeks prior to the date of the event. The University alcohol permit form may be obtained from the office of student affairs.
  • The use of alcohol on campus is not encouraged and the sponsor/host must justify why alcohol should be present.
  • The Dean of Students or designee will review the request to determine if it will be granted, denied, or granted subject to modification. All decisions will be final. Permits will be returned to the originator(s) within seven working days of receipt in the office of student affairs.
  • Where alcohol is to be served at a facility other than Ade Hall, Howell Hall, or the Powell Campus Center, a New York State Alcohol Beverage Control Board (ABC) permit will have to be obtained in addition to the University alcohol permit.  Allow additional time for this process.
  • The University alcohol permit should not be confused with facility reservations.  All facility reservations will be made by the sponsoring club, organization, and/or University office. A list of contacts for facility reservations is available in the University directory.

RESPONSIBILITY

In keeping with Alfred University’s philosophy, the primary control for responsible alcohol use lies with the individual. Additionally:

  • Sponsoring organizations or individuals will ensure that all University regulations, and specifically the substance use and abuse policy, are adhered to when organizing and conducting activities.
  • The division of student affairs will respond immediately to reported incidents of inappropriate alcohol use or distribution and to any illegal drug use or distribution. This response will follow current  procedures and may be referred to local, state, or federal police agencies.
  • Residence hall staff is authorized to monitor the use of alcohol or illicit drugs within the residence halls, confront inappropriate use, and report misuse according to the current internal procedures.
  • University staff, including but not limited to public safety and residence life staff, is authorized to report violations of the University’s substance use and abuse policy to the appropriate office.

VIOLATION OF THE UNIVERSITY ALCOHOL PERMIT POLICY

The following sanctions are intended to promote learning and personal development while preventing individuals and groups from compromising the learning environment or the health and safety of themselves and others.

  • If any organization or individual(s) are found to be in violation of the University alcohol permit agreement, the violator(s) will not be allowed to file for another permit for a maximum of two years.
  • If a student is found to be in violation of the University substance use and abuse policy, that person will be subject to the STUDENT CONDUCT  action up to and including expulsion from school. If a student is held responsible for a violation of this policy, the parent or legal guardian may receive a copy of the letter sent to the student documenting outcome of a related STUDENT CONDUCT  hearing. Federal regulations permit this notification without the student’s consent for those students who are under the age of 21. This notification will be mailed to the address of record of the parent or guardian.
  • If an employee is found to be in violation of the University substance use and abuse policy, that person will be subject to the current disciplinary policies of the University up to and including termination of employment.
  • If a student or employee is assessed with a substance abuse problem, that person may be given the opportunity to seek assistance for the problem. However, if that person refuses or fails to follow through with the assistance program, sanctions will be imposed up to and including expulsion from the University or termination of employment.

POLICY REVIEW

This policy is reviewed on an annual basis.  Comments or questions may be directed to the office of student affairs.

Contact: 607-871-2132 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM or studentaffairs@alfred.edu

DISTRIBUTION

A reasonable effort will be made to distribute this policy annually to every student and employee as directed by the 1989 Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act.

CRITICAL INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES - WARNING

Alcohol is the drug most frequently abused in American society. The irresponsible use of alcohol is directly related to poor grades, violence, vandalism, sexual assault, sexually transmitted diseases, unplanned pregnancies, accidents, health problems, addiction, and death on college campuses. Alcohol is the number one health risk for college drinkers and nondrinkers who are often impacted by the behavior of intoxicated individuals. It is imperative to stay in control whenever in a situation where alcohol is being used.

RESOURCES

There are numerous resources both on and off campus to confidentially assist individuals with alcohol or other drug related concerns including prevention, education, assessments, and treatment referrals. Early contact with a professional can often prevent a subsequent crisis or a tragedy.

 

On Campus 

Alcohol and drug education - Wellness Center - Counseling Services 871-2300

Wellness  Center – Health Services  871-2400

Office of Residence Life - Bartlett Hall   871-2186

Alcoholics Anonymous (716) 372-4800

Off Campus

The Allegany Council on Alcoholism & Substance Abuse

76 Park Ave, Wellsville, NY 14810    (585) 593-6738

The Steuben County Department of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse

115 Liberty Street, Bath, NY 14895   (607) 664-2156

National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence (212) 206-6770

NYS Drug Info Line   (800) 522-5353

MATCH Program, St. James Hospital

Bethesda Drive, N. Hornell, NY 14843   (607) 324-6925

National Association for Children of Alcoholics

11426 Rockville Pike Suite 100

Rockville, MD 20852    (301)468-0985

Drug Abuse and Addiction Hotline (585) 593-5706

24 Hour Crisis Hotline (585) 593-5706

 

SUMMARY OF LOCAL, STATE, AND FEDERAL LAWS

Students and employees are responsible for knowing local, state and federal laws that apply to the possession, consumption, and distribution of alcohol and controlled substances. Listed below are some of these relevant laws. For more information or a complete listing, contact any law enforcement agency.

 

Open containers -It is unlawful to possess an open container, resealed or partly open bottle, can, container, or similar article containing an alcoholic beverage in a public place within the Village of Alfred.

 Maximum fine, first offense: $500

Providing alcohol to those under 21 - Giving or selling alcohol to persons under the age of 21 is a Class B misdemeanor.

Maximum fine, first offense: $500

Selling alcohol without a license - Selling alcohol without a license (i.e. charging admission to a party where alcohol is distributed) is a misdemeanor.

    Fines range from $250-$1,000

Fake identification - Creating, altering or possessing an altered written instrument officially issued or created by a public office, public servant or government instrumentality (i.e., a driver’s license) is a Class D felony.

    Maximum fine of $5,000 for the first offense. 

Social host liability (The Dramshop Act) - It is illegal to give or sell alcohol to a person who is already intoxicated. Additionally, individuals and organizations that host parties can be held liable for damages and injuries that intoxicated guests inflict on themselves or others during or after these events.

Possessing marijuana - It is illegal to possess marijuana.

    • less than 25 grams – violation;  maximum fine, first offense:     $250
    • more than 25 grams-Class B misdemeanor;  maximum fine, first offense:     $500
    • more than 2 ounces-Class A misdemeanor;  maximum fine, first offense:  $1,000
    • more than 16 ounces-Class D felony;  maximum fine, first offense:  $5,000
    • more than 10 pounds-Class C felony; maximum fine, first offense:$15,000

Selling marijuana - Selling marijuana in tiny quantities is a misdemeanor with fines between $250 and $1,000. However, selling more than 25 grams is a Class E felony and selling more than one pound is a Class C felony

   Maximum fine of $15,000 for first offenders.

Other controlled substances -   Penalties for the possession and sale of other controlled substances are much harsher than for marijuana and often include mandatory jail terms in addition to substantial fines.

A note about criminal penalties - For alcohol and other drug violations, each criminal case is evaluated separately and individual penalties can vary to include greater or lesser fines and other sanctions including community service, probation, and/or prison. The criminal justice process is separate from the Alfred University STUDENT CONDUCT  process and both may occur simultaneously.

Alfred University assumes no responsibility for changes to or errors in interpreting local, state, or federal laws.

Refer also to the Controlled Substances - Uses & Effects Chart

 

Auguat 2013