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Alcohol and Drug Policy

Introduction

College regulations governing the use of alcohol are designed to ensure the personal health and safety of each member of the Elizabethtown College community. In addition, College policies and procedures are intended to foster an environment that promotes sound judgment, respect for the rights of others, and acceptance of personal responsibility for one’s behavior. College policy is either aligned with the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania regarding alcohol, or includes regulations above and beyond the law to promote a healthy College community.

It is the duty of all students to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with College regulations and to help others do likewise. In all instances, students are considered fully responsible for their own actions and personal well-being. Students also are encouraged to be mindful of the well-being of others. Any behavior which puts health or safety at risk or which infringes on the rights of others shall not be condoned.

The College recognizes that the decision to consume or not consume alcohol is made by the individual in accordance with her/his personal beliefs. Further, the College encourages all students to consider carefully the potential dangers of alcohol consumption and reminds students that they are responsible for abiding by all state laws and institutional polices relative to the possession and consumption of alcohol.

Education

The College takes seriously its responsibility to educate students regarding the effects, uses, and abuses of alcohol. The College delivers a full complement of programs and services intended to help students make healthy decisions. In addition, the College regularly monitors the patterns of alcohol use in order to provide the community with accurate information.

The following is information on the health risks associated with the use of alcohol and other drugs:

Drug

Physical Dependence

Withdrawal Symptoms

Tolerance

Short and Long Term Effects

Effects of Overdose

Narcotics

 

 

 

 

 

Heroin
  Codeine
  Vicodin
  Percocet
  Opium
  Demerol

High
  Moderate
  High
  High
  High-Low

• Watery eyes
  • Runny Nose
  • Yawning
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Gooseflesh
  • Irritability
  • Tremors
  • Panic
  • Cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Chills & Sweating

Yes

• Euphoria
  • Drowsiness
  • Respiratory depression
  • Constricted pupils
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Pulmonary Edema

• Slow & shallow breathing
  • Clammy Skin
  • Pinpoint Pupils
  • Convulsions
  • Respiratory Failure
  • Coma
  • Possible death

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depressents

 

 

 

 

 

Alcohol
  GHB
  Phenobarbital
  Ativan
  Xanax
  Valium
  Rohypnol

High
  Moderate
  High-Med
  Low
  Low
  Low
  Low

• Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Tremors
  • Delirium
  • Convulsions
  • Possible death

Yes

• Slurred speech
  • Disorientation
  • Drunken behavior
  • Slowed reflexes
  • Impaired memory, judgment and coordination

• Shallow respiration
  • Clammy skin
  • Dilated pupils
  • Weak/rapid pulse
  • Coma
  • Possible death

           

Stimulants

 

 

 

 

 

Cocaine
  Ritalin
  Nicotine

Possible
  Possible
  High

• Apathy
  • Long periods of sleep
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  •Disorientation

Yes

• Increased alertness
  • Excitation
  • Euphoria
  • Increased pulse, rate & blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite
  • Psychosis
  • Heart attack/stroke

• Agitation
  • Increased body temp
  • Hallucinations
  • Convulsions
  • Possible death

Marijuana

Unknown

• Reports of insomnia
  • Hyperactivity
  • Decreased appetite
  • Irritability

 

• Euphoria
  • Relaxed inhibitions
  • Increased appetite
  • Disorientation

• Fatigue
  • Paranoia
  • Possible psychosis
  • Disorientation

           

Hallucinogens

 

 

 

 

 

Acid
  Mescal
  Peyote
  PCP
  Ecstasy
  'shrooms

None
  None
  Unknown
  Unknown
  Unknown
  None

Unknown

Yes
 
 
 
 
  Possible

• Illusions and hallucinations
  • Altered perceptions of time/distance

• Longer, more intense “trip” episodes
  • Psychosis
  • Possible death

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inhalants

 

 

 

 

 

Gasoline
  Spray paint
  Paint thinners
  Nitrites
  Nitrous oxide

Low
  Low
  Low
  Unknown
  Unknown

Unknown

Yes
  Yes
  Yes
  Yes
  Unknown

• Poor motor coordination
  • Impaired vision & memory
  • Lightheadedness

• Sudden death
  • Brain, liver and kidney damage
  • Glaucoma

           

Synthetic Marijuana

 

 

 

 

 

Spice
  K2
  Moon Rocks

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

• Rapid heart rate
  • Vomiting
  • Agitation
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations

Unknown

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synthetic stimulant-like drug compounds

 

 

 

 

 

Bath Salts

High

Unknown

Unknown

• Chest pains
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased heart rate
  • Agitation
  • Hallucinations
  • Extreme paranoia
  • Delusions

Unknown

 

Sources: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Relevant Laws

Elizabethtown College and all members of its community are subject to the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. With specific regard to alcohol, the following state regulations should be noted:

  1. The minimum legal age for the purchase, possession, or consumption of alcohol is 21 years.
  2. It is illegal to misrepresent one’s age in order to purchase alcohol (e.g., possession or use of false ID, driver’s license, etc.)
  3. It is illegal to operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. The blood alcohol content maximum in the Commonwealth is .08% for those 21 years of age or older.
  4. It is illegal to sell, furnish or give any alcoholic beverages to a person who is under 21 years of age.
  5. It is illegal for a host to assist in, or otherwise contribute to, a minor’s consumption of alcohol. Hosts may be held liable for injuries caused to a minor(s) or caused by a minor(s) to others as a result of alcohol consumption.
  6. It is illegal to charge admission to an event where alcohol is being served to or to otherwise sell alcohol to others without a state license. (Examples include selling cups, accepting donations upon entry, and so on.)

The above list is representative, not exhaustive, of the relevant laws that currently exist. Penalties for violating these laws may include fines, loss of driving privileges, and incarceration.  For more information on local, state and Federal laws, see the Elizabethtown Borough Ordinances, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Alcohol Education page, and the Depatment of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration.

How Drug Convictions May Affect Federal Student Aid

By law, some students who have drug-related convictions under any federal or state law may be ineligible for federal student aid. According to the law, if you are convicted of a drug-related offense, you may face these restrictions:

For possession of illegal drugs, you are ineligible for Federal student aid from the date of conviction (not arrest) for:

  • 1 year for a first offense
  • 2 years for a second offense
  • Indefinitely for a third offense

For sale of illegal drugs, you are ineligible for Federal student aid from the date of conviction (not arrest) for:

  • 2 years for a first offense
  • Indefinitely for a second offense

For information about specific legal implications, please consult:

http://studentaid.ed.gov/eligibility/criminal-convictions

College Alcohol and Drug Policy

Through the development and implementation of its policies, programs, and services, the College seeks to encourage its members to make responsible decisions about the use of alcohol, to allow for the safe and legal consumption of alcohol as well as abstinence from alcohol use, and to facilitate healthy patterns of social interaction on campus. Alleged violations of the alcohol/drug policy are handled administratively or via Board procedures similar to other violations of the Student Code of Conduct. The following regulations apply:

  1. No one under the age of 21 is permitted to possess or consume alcohol anywhere on or off the Elizabethtown College campus.
  2. Individuals 21 years of age or older may possess alcohol for their personal use in their own living space. The maximum quantity allowed within any housing unit is not more than one six-pack (of      16 oz. containers) of beer, or one liter of wine, or one four-pack of wine coolers, or one pint of a distilled alcohol per of age resident. 
  3. Kegs of any size, beer balls, or other containers of large quantity, whether empty, partially or completely filled, are strictly prohibited.  Possession and/or consumption of ethyl (grain) alcohol is strictly prohibited.
  4. Paraphernalia will be confiscated when found and the issue referred to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Paraphernalia includes but is not limited to partially filled or empty      containers, funnels, keg taps, pong tables, and anything associated with drug substance use. Confiscated items will not be returned to the owner.
  5. A resident who is 21 years of age or older may not consume alcohol in the presence of anyone under 21 years of age other than his/ her roommate(s).
  6. Residents under 21 years of age may not be present where alcohol is being served or consumed except by roommates who are of legal age for consumption.
  7. Any student, regardless of age, who is present where an alcohol and / or drug violation occurs, may be considered equally responsible.
  8. Under no circumstance is a person of legal age permitted to furnish alcohol to a minor (under 21).
  9. Drunkenness (visible intoxication) anywhere is prohibited. The abuse of alcohol by individuals of any age will not be tolerated, and students will be held responsible for their actions.
  10. No alcohol may be possessed or consumed in any campus common area. Common areas are defined as indoor or outdoor spaces used by the residential community. These include but are not limited to lounges, hallways, parking lots, and athletic facilities. In some instances, private spaces, such as residence hall rooms, may become common or public by action of the occupants, e.g., when a social gathering expands into a hallway or lounge, etc.
  11. Actual or intended use, possession, cultivation, manufacture, sale, or distribution of marijuana, synthetic marijuana such as K-2 or Spice, “bath salts”, cocaine, heroin and other narcotics, or other controlled substances except as expressly permitted by law is prohibited.
  12. Distribution, sale or sharing of prescription medication is prohibited. Students should keep prescription medication in its original, labeled container and store it in a secure location. Report any stolen prescription medication to Campus Security. Students should keep over-the-counter medication in original packaging to guard against misuse.
  13. Possession of drug paraphernalia is prohibited; confiscated paraphernalia will not be returned to the owner.
  14. Hosts of private social gatherings are responsible for insuring adherence to state laws and College regulations.
  15. All non-student guests are subject to College rules and regulations. Student hosts will be held responsible for the behavior of their guests (see Guest Policy).
  16. No student, regardless of age, may possess or consume alcohol while representing the College on a College-sponsored trip, event, or other activity, including athletic events, whether on or off-campus.

Medical Amnesty

Elizabethtown College is concerned about the health and safety of its students.  This policy is designed to encourage responsible engagement on the part of any student involved in or aware of an alcohol or other drug emergency.  The College recognizes student reluctance to report such emergencies in light of consequences specified in the Student Code of Conduct.  However, Elizabethtown College is committed to reducing perceived barriers to effective reporting and responding to life-threatening emergencies such as alcohol poisoning or drug overdose.

Please take immediate action if you are aware of an alcohol or drug emergency. You will not be subject to the student conduct process if you call on behalf of another student, friend or guest, and follow the guidelines of the Medical Amnesty policy listed below. The critical concern for you and others involved is to seek immediate help from a qualified professional.

In the event of an alcohol or other drug related medical emergency, students should activate the Medical Amnesty response by:

  1. Calling Campus Security Ext. 1111 or 911 if off campus location
  2. Remaining with the student experiencing the alcohol/drug emergency
  3. Participating in the emergency response by providing medical team or campus security with additional information essential for an effective and timely intervention and cooperating with the Dean of Students through any investigation of the incident.

Under this policy, the Director of Student Wellness or designee will refer students assisted by medical professionals for substance abuse evaluation and/or treatment in lieu of college disciplinary action.  The student will pay the cost of this evaluation/treatment.  Other student(s) involved may be interviewed by the Dean of Students or designee and referred to appropriate educational resources as appropriate.

An individual who believes she/he has been sexually assaulted after consuming alcohol or other drugs and those who are witness to this type of assault are strongly encouraged to come forward without fear of college disciplinary action.

Medical Amnesty may not apply to other violations of college policy associated with the incident.  For example, if the College has evidence of related physical or sexual violence, possession of “date-rape” drugs that induce incapacitation, hazing, or drug offenses beyond mere possession, Medical Amnesty may not apply.  The College reserves the right to review the incident if the student has activated Medical Amnesty more than one time. The Dean of Students will determine the applicability of Medical Amnesty and may refer the incident to the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities in such cases.

Oversight and Review

The Committee on Alcohol Regulations and Education (CARE) provides a forum for regular review of the regulations and procedures pertaining to alcohol and drugs on campus.

CARE shall be chaired by the Dean of Students or her/his designee and shall be comprised of four students (two to be elected by Student Senate, two selected by the Director of Residence Life), the Director of Campus Security or his/her designee, designee of the Office of Residence Life, the Director of Student Wellness and two additional staff members (to be appointed by the Dean of Students).

Student members shall serve one-year appointments. Non-student appointments shall be for two years.

The responsibilities of CARE shall be to:

  • Seek community input regarding the effectiveness of alcohol and drug policies.
  • Recommend change to policies and/or procedures as appropriate
  • Report to the college community regarding alcohol and drug issues
  • Encourage, sponsor and promote alcohol and drug educational programs and services
  • Review survey and other data regarding patterns and effects of alcohol and other drug use on campus.

 

 

 

 

 

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