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.
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.
Any organization or individual(s) planning to sponsor a function with alcohol present on University premises must submit the University’s alcohol event form for approval to the Office of Student Affairs/Dean of Students. Submission of the alcohol event form to the Dean of Students must be submitted four weeks prior to an event.
The University alcohol event form may be obtained from the Office of Student Affairs/Dean of Students or online at https://my.alfred.edu/student-policies/
The University alcohol event form 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.
In keeping with Alfred University’s philosophy, the primary control for responsible alcohol use lies with the individual. Additionally:
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.
As directed by the 1989 Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act annually in August the Student Life Policies & Procedures Handbook is distributed via email to every student by the Dean of Students. Annually each October the Campus Safety & Fire Report is emailed to the entire campus community (students, faculty, staff). Annually each January the handbook and the safety report are emailed to all new and transfer students by the Dean of Students. Human Resources is responsible for all new employees receiving the Annual Campus Safety & Fire Report upon employment.
Alcohol is the drug most frequently abused in American society. The irresponsible use of alcohol may lead to consequences such as 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.
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.
Alfred University’s employee benefits provide substance abuse treatment referrals through our employee assistance program and/or providers identified by the insurance company.
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.
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.
The Alfred Amnesty Policy is designed to encourage students to call for assistance in an alcohol or other drug related medical emergency.
This process is not intended to address possible violations of criminal laws or their consequences outside the University.
Alfred University is committed to the health, security, and welfare of all its students. Students are encouraged to look out not only for their own health and welfare, but also for that of other community members. When a student’s health or safety is threatened or appears to be in jeopardy, we hope by-standers would take immediate action to prevent injury, illness or danger.
The Division of Student Affairs is concerned that, in a medical emergency involving alcohol or other drugs, students may be reluctant to call for assistance because of the fear that to do so, might result in disciplinary action. To address this concern, we have enacted the following policy for addressing possible disciplinary consequences when medical emergencies result from the use of alcohol or other drugs.
Under the Amnesty Policy, formal disciplinary action for mere possession or use of alcohol or drugs will not be taken against students for whom medical assistance is sought, or against those who seek medical assistance for themselves or for others, provided that the student/group has not violated other University policies that warrant formal disciplinary action. After the residence life or public safety staff has reviewed the incident report, a referral may be made to meet with the Dean of Students. In addition, a student who receives medical assistance must then meet with the Health and Wellness Educator and comply with any recommendations prescribed by such office. Students or student organizations seeking medical assistance for another person during an alcohol or other drug-related emergency will not face formal disciplinary action for the mere possession or use of alcohol or drugs as long as such individuals or representatives from organizations meet with the health and wellness educator and comply with any recommendations prescribed by such office.
Parents of students under the legal drinking age may be notified of the incident and completion of the amnesty program in accordance with the University’s alcohol substance use & abuse policy.
Medical amnesty applies only to alcohol or drug-related medical emergencies, but does not apply to other prohibited conduct such as assault, property damage or distribution of illicit substances. In cases where an individual or organization fails to seek emergency medical assistance when it is clearly indicated, formal student conduct action will be taken against the individual(s) or organization.
The responsibility for determining applicability of this policy rests solely with the office of the Dean of Students.