Mandated Program Information:
Alcohol and Other Drug Policy Violations
Quick Checklist of Everything You Need to Know:
- Prior to your group meeting, you must print out and turn in to a counselor your full e-CHUG or E-Toke assessments (a total of about 18 pages).
- You need to be on time. If you are more than 10 minutes late, you will be turned away. Groups take place in the Wellness Services conference room in the lower level of Heinz Hall
- Sessions last for two hours - no exceptions.
- No one will receive information about you after completion other than you did or did not complete your mandate.
Reason for Policy
The primary mission of Arcadia University faculty and staff is to educate students, in and out of the classroom, to prepare them for life in a rapidly changing global society. We recognize that alcohol and other drugs are a part of this global society; and therefore, approach the issue of substance use in a way that educates while holding students accountable for their actions and for the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. We also know that alcohol and other drug abuse can interfere with a student’s ability to fully participate in the educational mission of the University and that alcohol and other drug abuse is the number one health problem on college campuses. Our primary appeal to students who choose to drink is that they make legal and low-risk choices that do not interfere with their overall health or their ability to take full advantage of the opportunities offered to them at the University.
Arcadia University staff and faculty value personal accountability, care for oneself and respect for others in the community; therefore, in compliance with the Drug Free Workplace act of 1988 (P.L. 100-690) and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (P.O. 101-206), the University community recommends that all students read and understand the following information. This information applies to all members of the University community. University employees must adhere to the guidelines found in the Faculty Handbook and the Staff Handbook. All visitors are expected to comply with this policy.
How the Alcohol and Other Drug Policy and Code of Conduct Intersect
Any violation of the Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) policy is a violation of the Code of Conduct and is therefore subject to disciplinary action. While the AOD policy designates suggested sanctions for violations, sanctions can be substituted or added should the violation be especially egregious. Due to the effects of the use and/or abuse of alcohol and other drugs, it is not unusual for a violation of the Code of Conduct to occur at the same time that an AOD policy violation occurs (for example, vandalism, violence, failure to comply with the directions of staff). These violations will be adjudicated in conjunction with the violation of the AOD policy.
It is important to note that graduate schools and some employers (particularly governmental agencies and schools) can legally request information regarding a student’s disciplinary record. An alcohol or other drug violation noted on a disciplinary record can negatively affect one’s chances to be admitted to some graduate programs and/or to be hired for certain jobs.
Arcadia University Alcohol and Other Drug Policy
The University follows the laws of Pennsylvania. Consistent with Pennsylvania State Law, Arcadia University:
- permits the responsible and low-risk use of alcohol by individuals, including students, who are 21 years old or older;
- does not permit individuals under 21 to use, possess, or transport alcohol;
- does not permit the use of illegal drugs*.
* As applied throughout this document, “illegal drugs” are controlled substances as defined by federal, state and local laws. Only those drugs which are properly prescribed, in the original container, for the person prescribed, and used in the manner prescribed are permitted.
Alcohol and Other Drug Education
There are numerous consequences related to alcohol use and abuse including: accidents, violence, alcohol poisoning, poor academic or athletic performance, sexual assault, date rape, sexually-transmitted diseases, unplanned pregnancy, etc. Through education, the members of the University community attempt to prevent these outcomes. When policy violations occur, University staff members assist students in looking at the choices they have made, and assists them in making healthier choices. Through disciplinary sanctions, a student is held accountable for his or her actions. Through education and counseling, University staff members provide a free opportunity for a student to examine his or her choices related to substance use, and provide assistance in changing behavior. Students are annually provided with additional information regarding the alcohol and other drug education efforts on campus.
Violations (As applied to individuals or groups)
Please note: Violations are accrued over a student’s career at the University. A student who violates University policy or the law will be subject to University disciplinary actions and may be subject to criminal prosecution. Ignorance of the law or policy is not an excuse for any violations.
Violations of the Alcohol and Other Drug policy include:
- The possession, consumption, purchase, attempt to purchase, or transportation of alcohol by anyone under 21 years of age.
- The furnishing of any alcoholic beverage to those under 21 years of age.
- The sale, possession, production, purchase, use, or being under the influence of any illegal drugs on University premises, at University-sponsored activities, or the possession of paraphernalia that can be used with illegal drugs.
- Regardless of age, the reckless use of alcohol resulting in disorderly, intoxicated, or offensive behavior.
- The consumption of alcohol in public places or buildings on University grounds. A public place is defined as all space other than individual rooms, suites, apartments, or private offices.
- The distribution of alcohol at a University sponsored event without following the appropriate notification procedures through the Student Affairs Office.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
- The possession or use of grain alcohol, beer kegs or beer balls on property owned or operated by the University including residence halls and University apartments or at any campus events for which alcohol has not been approved.
- The participation in, or sponsorship of, activities which cause rapid intake of alcohol including drinking games or use of funnels and the possession of paraphernalia that supports these activities including beer pong tables, funnels, etc.
- Any display of empty alcohol containers by students under the age of 21 or the public display of empty alcohol containers by students aged 21 or over.
- Coercing another to drink or to use illegal drugs.
- Becoming injured or in need of medical care due to excessive drinking or other drug use.
- The witnessing of policy violations.
Note: Students who are in a situation in which laws or policies are being violated may receive a warning or a sanction from a hearing officer depending on circumstances. Students in these situations should make good decisions regarding their continued participation in any activity in which laws or policies are being violated.
Legal Use of Alcohol on Campus
Recognizing that alcohol plays a role in today’s society, University policy permits responsible alcohol use in the following situations:
- In student rooms, suites or apartments where at least one resident is 21 or older. In this situation: only residents and guests 21 or older may consume alcohol;
- no open containers may leave the room, suite or apartment;
- alcohol is prohibited from balconies and patios;
- doors to public spaces must be closed; and
- hosts are responsible for ensuring that guests know and follow the policies of the University.
- At functions such as dances, concerts, and receptions where the host has fulfilled necessary requirements to hold such an event. Only those 21 or older can be served (proof of age required). Intoxicated individuals cannot enter or participate in the event and therefore cannot be served and may be asked to leave the event. No alcohol may enter or leave the event.
The University has a responsibility to protect its buildings and property. The University may conduct a search in a residence hall, or apartment for inspection, repair, and insurance of compliance with federal, state and local criminal laws as well as University policies where there is reason to believe that a violation has occurred. In such instances, students are expected to cooperate with University personnel as they perform their duties.
Suggested Minimum Sanctions for Alcohol and Other Drug Policy Violations
These are suggested minimum sanctions for violations of the AOD policy. The University reserves the right of hearing officers to apply additional or more serious sanctions when deemed appropriate. Students who do not comply with their sanctions will be subject to further disciplinary action including, but not limited to, parental notification and housing restrictions. Examples of non-compliance include: being under the influence at any mandated meeting; missing a mandated meeting or appointment; being ten (10) or more minutes late for any mandated meeting or session without appropriate attempt to communicate a given delay; failure to complete mandated assignments; failure to bring completed assignments to a meeting; not completing all sanctions as outlined in one’s disciplinary letter; etc.
Illegal Drug Offenses
The University does not condone the use of illegal drugs. Students will face serious repercussions for violations involving drugs including, but not limited to, counseling/education sessions, disciplinary probation, removal from University housing, fines, parental notification, and a hearing by the Judicial Board that can possibly result in suspension, dismissal or expulsion. While the Cheltenham Police Department may be informed or involved in any illegal drug infraction, they will always be informed in cases where an individual possesses a significant quantity of an illegal drug or if there is sufficient information to believe a person is dealing drugs on campus.
First Alcohol or Other Drug Offense
In keeping with the educational mission of the University and its commitment to personal accountability, a student who violates the policy for the first time is usually given sanctions that are intended to inform their decisions about their use of alcohol and other drugs.
- Completion of homework, two online educational tools available on the AOD website on MyArcadia. Homework is due to the Counseling Center within one week of the date on the sanction letter, no later than 2 days prior to the assigned AOD meeting.
- Attendance at an AOD meeting closest to the violation date.
- Attendance at follow-up sessions if required by Counseling Center staff, and completion of any additional sanctions assigned by the hearing officer.
Second Alcohol or Other Drug Offense
A second offense during the time that an individual is a student at Arcadia indicates the need for additional assessment and follow-up with our staff. Requirements must be met within thirty (30) days from the receipt of the sanction or students will need to seek this assessment off-campus.
- Attendance at no less than two mandated sessions with a member of the Counseling Center Staff.
- Attendance at subsequent mandated sessions, not to exceed six additional sessions (eight sessions total). Subsequent sessions will be mandated at the discretion of the Counselor, following the second session.
- A $100 fine.
- Completion of any additional sanctions assigned by the hearing officer.
Third Alcohol or Other Drug Offense
- Disciplinary probation.
- Required completion of a formal release to discuss case dispensation with Student Affairs professional staff or an appropriate external agency to determine appropriate treatment or sanction.
- $200 fine.
Attendance at follow-up sessions if required by Counseling Center staff, and completion of any additional sanctions assigned by the hearing officer.
Additional sanctions may include one or a combination of the following at any level of the Alcohol and Other Drug program, based upon the violation.
- Disciplinary probation.
- Mandated assessment at a facility approved by the hearing officer. The facility must provide the hearing officer with a report following the assessment. The hearing officer may set a time limit in which this assessment must occur. The assessment will be at the expense of the student.
- Parental Notification. Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), institutions may reveal information about violations of University policies related to alcohol and other drugs.
- Suspension or removal from University Housing
Subsequent Alcohol and Other Drug Offenses
A student who continues to violate the Alcohol and Other Drug policy will be referred to the Judicial Board for a hearing and possible suspension, dismissal or expulsion from the University.