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Purpose

The purpose of the Drew University Alcohol, Marijuana, and Other Drug Policy is to promote student responsibility, respect for the community and self, and to establish a University community that is safe, healthy, and conducive to serious academic endeavors.  While students must define their own values and make their own choices, the University expects all of its members to comply with both Drew University Policy and federal, state, and local laws as they apply to alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs. The University holds students accountable for the decisions they make, particularly when they have an adverse effect on the health and safety of the community, on the quality of life of other students, on the learning environment, or on the students themselves.  To To support student responsibility, the University offers a wide range of educational and counseling services that provide accurate alcohol and other drug related substance use information and evaluation. In addition to the formal services, students can gain support from faculty, staff, and other members of the community. The policy provides a range of sanctions yet students should be aware that law enforcement may also be involved leading to arrest and charges in the appropriate venue.

The policy seeks to establish clear community standards around alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs. While the policy defines guidelines for the consequences of various behaviors, the context of those behaviors will be considered when policy violations are adjudicated. Therefore, the most severe consequences will result from situations involving illegal possession, consumption, distribution or sales of controlled substances, hosting or serving to minors, and for high risk alcohol behaviors. Repeat offenders may face a higher level of sanction.

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Students who need assistance in addressing concerns regarding alcohol and other drug use/abuse for themselves or others are encouraged to contact Drew’s Alcohol and Other Drug counselor at 973-408-3318.  Additional Additional information is found at:http://www.drew.edu/Counseling/services/substance-awareness-and-education

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Additional information about local and state Medical Amnesty laws are available in the section below.Laws section at the end of this policy.

Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor

In view of the University’s commitment to educate and support the growth and development of the whole person, a full-time NJ Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor is available to anyone in the campus community during the academic year. If you or someone you know may have a problem with alcohol and/or drugs, the counselor provides assessment, education, and individual and group counseling. Referrals off-campus and to local support groups are also available. Call 973-408-3318 for assistance.


Hosting

According to the Social Host Law of New Jersey, a host accepts a level of responsibility for guest behavior, the amount of alcohol consumed, and any injury that occurs due to drinking. In order to reduce the risk of incidence, common sources, high-proof alcohols (over 100 proof), “jungle juice” and progressive parties are specifically identified. Those stated either encourage excessive drinking, or make it difficult for the host to monitor the amounts of alcohol consumed.

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The University will sanction those involved with hosting a function and/or providing alcohol, differently from an individual attending the function. The goal is to increase education and awareness of the responsibilities that go along with hosting and living in a community. If a member of a room/suite is found responsible for hosting, then all members of the room/suite may be placed on “Social Host Probation." Those who are documented for and found responsible for hosting a party will have the amount and type of alcohol confiscated considered during adjudication.  

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Students should be familiar with the penalties that can happen via a third party and NJ Social Host Law.

Use of Alcohol

  1. Alcohol possession and consumption on campus is permitted only for students of legal age (21).  Alcohol can only be consumed in a students’ room or at university sponsored events.

  2. Healthy, legal consumption does not include competitive or binge drinking.  Competitive drinking includes any type of drinking games.

  3. Alcohol may not be above 100 proof.

  4. Common Sources are not allowed, including kegs and other containers of alcohol (e.g., punch bowls, “Jungle Juice”“jungle juice”, etc), including an amount of alcohol that is not reasonable to be consumed by the above age residents of a room/suite.  

  5. Students of legal age may not give, leave in an easily accessible place, or sell alcohol to minors to transport, possess, or consume.   

  6. Students of legal age may not permit underage persons to possess or consume alcohol in their living unit.

  7. Minors may not transport, possess, consume, or purchase alcohol.   Used Used or empty containers found in a room or on one’s person, may constitute possession.

  8. Persons may not transport nor consume open containers of alcoholic beverages in public areas.

  9. Consumption in student rooms should neither infringe on the rights of other students to study nor negate any normal student activity.

  10. Alcoholic beverages may not be sold at any time except through approved liquor licenses by the university, borough and state.  Alcohol Permit (one-day): Special one-day permits are necessary for student events where alcohol is to be served. A form, available from the Madison town clerk, must be signed by both the Dean of Students and the Director of Public Safety and submitted to the Alcoholic Beverage Commission in Trenton.

  11. Public areas include hallways, foyers, stairwells, bathrooms, lounges, or other public areas, including outdoor University grounds, without an event liquor license, or any other area beyond an individually assigned resident room.  Propped room/suite doors may make that space public.

  12. All parts of an individual suite/quad, etc. shall be considered a residence hall room including a bathroom connected to the individual suite/quad, etc.

  13. Alcohol may be confiscated or the student may be asked to pour out containers.

  14. Full responsibility for compliance with policies and laws belongs to all students.  A student will be held responsible for their guests’ actions.  Guests violating the policies and laws may be asked to leave the campus or may be trespassed.  

Marijuana

Under the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, Drew University is required to strive to maintain a drug free community in order to receive federal education funding. At the federal level, Marijuana, in all its forms, remains an illicit drug, and therefore is prohibited from being possessed, consumed, distributed, or produced on campus.

The intent of defining marijuana within the policy is to recognize the unique context of its use and a belief that education and engagement within the community for violators is the most effective approach to reducing and eliminating its use. In line with Drew University's mission of engaging thoughtfully with the students and community, the goal of this policy is to put forward rehabilitative sanctions that balance individual accountability with community impact and that are consistently enforced and evaluated.

Marijuana, within the University policy, refers to all parts of the plant Genus Cannabis L., whether growing or not; the seeds thereof, and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the plant or its seeds, containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and/or utilized as a psychoactive substance. It is inclusive of products such as resin, wax, butter/budder, shatter, taffy, etc. Commonly acknowledged marijuana paraphernalia is defined as equipment, products, or materials of any kind intended for use to plant, propagate, cultivate, grow, harvest, manufacture, compound, convert, produce, process, prepare, test, analyze, pack, repack, store, contain, conceal, ingest, inhale, or otherwise introduce into the human body marijuana. For the purpose of this policy, concentrate will refer to any marijuana product containing a THC content of greater than 35%.

  1. Students may not consume or be in possession of marijuana or marijuana paraphernalia as defined above.
    1. Possession means that such substances are on one's person, in one's living environment, automobile, or known hiding location. If a student is hosting a guest, possession extends to their guests.
    2. Consumption refers to active use or being under the influence.
  2. Students may not sell or distribute, or possess with the intent of distribution or sale, any controlled substance or commonly acknowledged drug paraphernalia.
    1. Distribution of marijuana is providing a person with marijuana and not accepting or intending to accept money or barter.
    2. Students may not sell for money or barter marijuana.
    3. Students may not manufacture via purchasing or possessing the materials necessary to make or synthesize marijuana for personal use, distribution, or sale.
  3. Medical marijuana may not be possessed, used, or distributed on campus.

Students should be aware that federal law dictates that any conviction in a court of law regarding controlled substances, including marijuana, may lead to a loss of financial aid for a set period of time.

Use of Drugs

Drugs (“controlled substances”) are defined as including all illegal drugs and misused legal drugs, both over-the counter and prescription, synthetic and other derivatives.  Commonly acknowledged drug paraphernalia is defined as equipment, products, or materials of any kind intended for use to plant, propagate, cultivate, grow, harvest, manufacture, compound, convert, produce, process, prepare, test, analyze, pack, repack, store, contain, conceal, ingest, inhale, or otherwise introduce into the human body a controlled dangerous substance.

  1. Students may not consume or be in possession of any controlled substance or commonly acknowledged drug paraphernalia, as defined above.

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  1.  
    1. Possession means that such substances are on one’s person, in one’s living environment, automobile, or known hiding location.  If a student is hosting a guest, possession extends to their guests. 
    2. Consumption refers to active use or being under the influence.

  2. Students may not sell or distribute, or possess with the intent of distribution or sale, any controlled substance or commonly acknowledged drug paraphernalia.

    1. Distribution of controlled substance(s) is providing a person with a controlled substance, and not accepting or intending to accept money or barter.

    2. Students may not sell for money or barter, any controlled substance.

    3. Students may not manufacture via purchasing or possessing the materials necessary to make or synthesize illegal drugs for personal use, distribution, or sale.

  3. Prescribed drugs may only be in possession of, and consumed by, the individual to whom the medication has been prescribed.  It It should always be in the prescription container with the prescription label.  Medical Marijuana cannot be consumed on campus.

Students should be aware that federal law dictates that any conviction in a court of law regarding controlled substances may lead to a loss of financial aid for a set period of time.

Violation of Policy

Alcohol Violations

Level 1 Alcohol Offense•   Underage

  • Underage possession and consumption of alcohol

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  • Open container in any public area of the University

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Level 1 Adjudication - -- Potential sanctions•   Attend

  • Warning
  • Attend alcohol education class (in person or online); the course fee must be paid directly by the student to the course provider

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  • Educational activity or service to the Drew community

•   Additional fine up to $100

•   Official warning or written reprimand

•   ParentalLevel 2 Alcohol Offense

  • Repeat of a Level 1 offense
  • Engaging in high-risk alcohol behavior
  • Hosting underage consumption of alcohol
  • Possession of common sources of alcohol

Level 2 Adjudication - Potential sanctions

  • Warning or disciplinary probation
  • Alcohol assessment and compliance with subsequent recommendations
  • Educational activity or service to the Drew community
  • Parental/guardian notification via copy of sanctioning letter, or

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  • Social host probation

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Level 2 3 Alcohol Offense•   Repeat

  • Repeat of

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•   Open container in any public area of the University and under age 21

Level 2 Adjudication---Potential sanctions

•   Attend alcohol education class (in person or online); the course fee must be paid directly by the student to the course provider

•   Alcohol and other drug assessment.  Failure to complete an assessment and recommendations may impact a student’s ability to register for courses or continue in University Housing

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  • 2 offense
  • Serving alcohol to minors
  • Selling alcohol on campus

Level 3 Adjudication - Potential sanctions

  • Disciplinary probation, suspension or expulsion from housing
  • Suspension or expulsion from the University
  • Housing relocation
  • Restriction of some campus events
  • Referral to off-campus substance abuse assessment and compliance with subsequent recommendations
  • Completion of an online education course or an alcohol and drug assessment
  • Educational activity or service to the Drew community

•   Additional fine up to $100

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  • Parental/guardian notification via copy of sanctioning letter, or

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  • Social host probation

Level 3 Alcohol Offense

•   Providing alcohol to those under the legal age (21)

•   Common source (i.e., keg, beer ball, punch bowl, “Jungle Juice,” or other alcoholic beverages in bulk quantities)

•   Repeat of any Level 2 offense

•   Serving as the host of progressive parties

•   Consuming/hosting/providing grain alcohol or other spirit with more than 100 proof

•   Selling alcohol to another (i.e. charging entrance to a party, paying for cards or items as part of the function, etc.)

•   Hosting or participating in drinking games; Funnels or other paraphernalia used for binging purposes

Level 3 Adjudication---Potential sanctions

•   Attend alcohol education class (in person or online);  the course fee must be paid directly by the student to the course provider

•   Alcohol and other drug assessment.  Failure to complete an assessment and recommendations may impact a student’s ability to register for courses or remain in University Housing

•   TIPS training if found responsible for hosting

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Marijuana Violations

Level 1: Possession and Consumption

  • Possession of plant material not exceeding one (1) ounce or 28 grams
  • Consumption of marijuana

Level 1 Adjudication: Possession and Consumption - Potential Sanctions

  • Warning
  • Completion of an online marijuana education course
  • Educational activity or service to the Drew Community

Level 2: Possession and Consumption

  • Repeat of Level 1 offense
  • Possession of marijuana concentrate not exceeding seven (7) grams

Level 2 Adjudication: Possession and Consumption - Potential Sanctions

  • Warning or disciplinary probation
  • Referral for substance abuse assessment
  • Educational activity or service to the Drew community
  • Parental/guardian notification via a copy of sanctioning letter or phone call

Level 3: Possession and Consumption

  • Repeat of Level 2 offense
  • Possession of quantities of plant material greater than one (1) ounce or seven (7) grams of concentrate

Level 3 Adjudication: Possession and Consumption

  • Disciplinary probation
  • Referral to off-campus substance abuse assessment and compliance with subsequent recommendations
  • Educational service to the Drew community
  • Parental/guardian notification via copy of sanctioning letter or phone call

•   Disciplinary probation

•   Educational Sanction

•   Restriction to campus (or part of), events, etc.

•   Housing relocation

•   Housing suspension

•   University Suspension/Expulsion

•   Fine for common source, $250 per student

•   Fine, general, up to $500

•   Social Host Probation wherein each member of the room/suite is permitted to have only one guest at any given time and roommates/suitemates must be present in order for their guests to be permitted in the room/suite.  Each member of the room/suite will be responsible for their guest's actions and will be held accountable for any policy violations that occur. No parties can take place in the room/suite and no one under the age of 21 may consume alcohol

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  • Potential referral for prosecution

Level 4: Possession and Consumption

  • Repeat of Level 3 offense

Level 4 Adjudication: Possession and Consumption

  • Suspension or expulsion from housing
  • Suspension or expulsion from the University
  • Referral to off-campus substance abuse assessment and compliance with subsequent recommendations
  • Educational activity or service to the Drew community
  • Parental/guardian notification via copy of sanctioning letter or phone call
  • Potential referral for prosecution

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Level 1: Distribution, or Intent to Distribute

  • Engaging in distribution or attempting to distribute marijuana

Level 1 Adjudication: Distribution, or Intent to Distribute

  • Suspension from the university for a specified period of time

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•   Loss of the privilege to attend Campus wide events in which alcohol is served including Senior Week.

 

Drug Violations

 Possession and Consumption

1st Offense

  • Disciplinary probation.

  • Commuter students will be restricted from access to and around the residence halls.
  • Suspension or expulsion from housing
  • Residence hall restriction

Level 2: Distribution, or Intent to Distribute

  • Repeat of Level 1 offense

Level 2 Adjudication: Distribution, or Intent to Distribute

  • Expulsion from the University
  • Potential referral to prosecution

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Level 1: Sale or Manufacturing, or Intent to Sell or Manufacture

  • The attempted sale, the sale, or the manufacture of marijuana

Level 1 Adjudication: Sale or Manufacturing, or Intent to Sell or Manufacture

  • Expulsion from the University
  • Potential referral to prosecution

Other Drug Violations

Level 1: Possession and Consumption

  • Possession or consumption of drug or drug paraphernalia

Level 1 Adjudication: Possession and Consumption - Potential Sanctions

  • Disciplinary probation

  • Residence hall restriction

  • Educational activity or service to the Drew community

  • Required substance abuse assessment and compliance with recommendations, or completion of a online course. Fee must be paid directly by the student to the course provider.  Failure to complete an assessment and recommendations, or course, may impact a student’s ability to register for courses or continue in University Housing.

  • Parental/guardian notification via copy of sanctioning letter or phone call.

  • No board positions in co-curricular activities for the duration of probation

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Level 2: Possession and Consumption

  • Repeat of Level 1 offense

Level 2 Adjudication: Possession and Consumption - Potential Sanctions

  • Suspension from residence halls for a specified period of time.  Commuter students will be restricted from access to and around the residence halls.
  • Residence hall restriction
  • Probation effective for the remainder of time enrolled at Drew
  • Required substance abuse assessment and compliance with recommendations.  Failure to complete an assessment and recommendations may impact a student’s ability to register for courses or remain in University Housing.recommendation
  • Educational activity or service to the Drew community
  • Parental/guardian notification via copy of sanctioning letter or phone call.
  • No board positions in co-curricular activities for the duration of probation

3rd Offense

  • Suspension or Expulsion

Level 3: Possession and Consumption

  • Repeat of Level 2 offense

Level 3 Adjudication: Possession and Consumption

  • Suspension or expulsion from the University

 

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  • Suspension or expulsion from housing
  • Potential referral for prosecution

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Level 1: Distribution, or Intent to Distribute

1st Offense

  • Engaging in distribution or attempting to distribute drugs other than marijuana

Level 1 Adjudication: Distribution, or Intent to Distribute

  • Suspension from the university for a specified period of time
  • Expulsion from Housing; ban from being in or around residence halls

2nd Offense

  • Suspension or expulsion from housing
  • Residence hall restriction

Level 2: Distribution, or Intent to Distribute

  • Repeat of Level 1 offense

Level 2 Adjudication: Distribution, or Intent to Distribute

  • Expulsion from the University

 

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  • Potential referral to prosecution

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Level 1: Sale or Manufacturing, or intent Intent to Sell or Manufacture

1st Offense

  • The attempted sale, the sale, or the manufacture of any drug other than marijuana

Level 1 Adjudication: Sale or Manufacturing, or Intent to Sell or Manufacture

  • Expulsion from the University
  • Potential referral to prosecution

Laws

According to New Jersey State law, it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to:

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•   Change in peer group or isolation from others

Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor

In view of the University’s commitment to educate and support the growth and development of the whole person, a full-time NJ Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor is available to anyone in the campus community during the academic year. If you or someone you know may have a problem with alcohol and/or drugs, the counselor provides assessment, education, and individual and group counseling. Referrals off-campus and to local support groups are also available. Call 973-408-3318 for assistance.