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Drug & Alcohol Abuse Prevention Policy


In compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act and the Drug-Free Workplace Act, the University seeks to provide a drug-free learning environment and workplace.

BRIAR CLIFF UNIVERSITY’S PLEDGE TO STUDENTS

The University provides information, programming, and personal assistance to help each student develop a strong character and a high standard of behavior. Thoughtful, healthy decision-making is the University’s chief concern. Briar Cliff University holds students responsible for the consequences of using alcohol and will uphold the rights of students who choose not to drink alcohol.

GUIDELINES FOR A SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY

The Franciscan tradition exemplifies a commitment to developing ethical and moral awareness in our campus community. Briar Cliff University believes that the campus environment does influence character developments and values. The University acknowledges that students are motivated, mature, and responsible, and as such have both freedom and responsibilities. All policy and regulations support these beliefs. Briar Cliff’s regulations permit responsible use and possession of alcohol on campus by students of legal age and in the designated residence hall rooms or in the Campus Pub when authorized by the proper authority.

NOTE: With direct authorization from the Vice President for Student Development, Briar Cliff may permit alcohol at a student event. See procedures listed.

Definitions

Alcohol: any beverage, mixture or preparation containing ethyl alcohol.

Campus: all University buildings, vehicles, grounds, including sidewalks, lawns, athletic fields, woods, parking lots, and cars located on campus.

Designated areas: Residence hall rooms designated as "wet" in Baxter and Noonan, Pub in Stark, and authorized special events.

Dry residence hall: Toller and Alverno Halls in which students are not allowed to consume or possess alcohol or alcohol-related paraphernalia.

Dry room: Room or suite in which all students assigned are under the age of 21, room or suite in which a minor lives, or when a minor visits a wet room.

Legal age: 21 years old

Minor: any person under age 21 years.

Official University event: meets one or more of the following conditions open to all Briar Cliff students, uses the name Briar Cliff, or sponsored by a University organization.

Open container: Any container in which the manufacturer’s seal has been broken, including water bottles, cups, and other open-faced containers.

Under the influence: meets one or more of the following symptoms: obviously confused, cannot find way in familiar area, leaning on walls or being held up, vomiting, can’t be awakened, slurred speech, not in control of self or not functioning under own power, erratic behavior, threat to self or others.

Wet rooms: room or suite in which all students assigned are 21 or older in Baxter or Noonan Hall, without the presence of a minor in the room. 

Wet room contract: Agreement is signed by students in room/suite in which all residents are of legal age.

Drinking Game: Games in which the intent is to consume alcohol in an irresponsible way. (e.g. beer pong, quarters).

VIOLATIONS OF THE UNIVERSITY’S ALCOHOL REGULATIONS

  • Intoxication is prohibited anywhere on campus or at any official University event off campus, including athletic events. Being under the influence never justifies irresponsible behavior or violation of University policies. Students violating any University regulation while under the influence will face additional penalties for violating the alcohol policy.
  • Providing alcohol to minors anywhere on campus or at University events off the campus, even if the minor is not a Briar Cliff student is prohibited.
  • Possession (on their persons, in their rooms or cars) by Minors possessing alcohol containers, open or closed, empty or full or in the presence of alcoholic beverages (i.e., in residence hall room with open and closed container of alcohol), or students 21 and older possessing open alcohol containers outside their rooms or in the Pub during an approved program.
  • Possession of alcohol by anyone in a location designated as dry.
  • Keg or large alcohol container, full or empty, larger than a half-gallon (1.75 liters or 64 oz) constitutes an automatic $200 fine charged to the provider(s). Providers also may face additional alcohol violation sanctions and fines.
  • Possession of beer bongs, keg taps, or other paraphernalia by any student regardless of age.
  • For sanitary reasons, can and bottle displays are not allowed in any University residence hall. Minors will be fined for possession of alcohol cans, bottles, and other containers. Cans and bottles should be disposed of properly.

SANCTIONS FOR ALCOHOL VIOLATIONS

The appropriate Student Development staff member determines specific sanctions for alcohol violations. Students violating alcohol policies may receive one or more of the following sanctions: confiscation and disposal of alcohol, monetary fine, educational sanctions, campus work assignment, disciplinary probation, loss of scholarship, suspension from the University, or mandatory alcohol counseling. Staff will confiscate paraphernalia. All fines are directly charged to student accounts.

First violation within an academic year:

  • Minimum $50 fine
  • Educational sanction(s)
  • University will require the student to undergo a chemical dependency evaluation or participate in an alcohol education, rehabilitation, or counseling program.
  • Vice President for Student Development or designee may notify parent(s) or guardian(s)

Second violation within an academic year:

  • Minimum $100 fine
  • Educational sanction(s)
  • Alcohol Assessment at students expense
  • Counseling session based on assessment results
  • Community Restitution
  • Vice President for Student Development or designee may notify parent(s) or guardian(s)

Third violation within an academic year:

  • Minimum $150 fine
  • Student placed on conduct probation
  • Required out-patient alcohol class
  • University restrictions imposed
  • Community restitution
  • Mandatory counseling session with campus counselor
  • Vice President for Student Development or designee will notify parent(s) or guardian(s)

Fourth violation within an academic year:

  • Mandatory appearance before the Conduct Review Board to determine sanctions. Possible sanctions include loss of campus housing, scholarships, or suspension from the University.
  • The Vice President for Student Development or designee may notify parent(s) or guardian(s) that the student has violated the University’s alcohol code for a fourth time

Fifth violation within an academic year: May result in expulsion from the University.

GOOD SAMARITAN EXCEPTION

At Briar Cliff, we are "our brother’s keeper." In order to promote helping without fear of penalty, the University establishes the Good Samaritan Exception. If an individual or group assists a BCU intoxicated student or guest obtain assistance from a University staff member, security officer, medical professional, or law enforcement official, the intoxicated student and individual(s) assisting may not be subject to University discipline for either being intoxicated or for providing alcohol.

GUIDELINES FOR ALCOHOL AT SOCIAL EVENTS

The following guidelines apply to all social events sponsored by BCU, both on and off campus: Sponsors must register the event with the Student Development Office. Sponsors must uphold Iowa law and BCU’s alcohol policy. (This is an old policy that no longer applies to us. The liquor license is currently on file with the VP of Finance.) Sponsors must present clear procedures to ensure that alcoholic beverages are not consumed by persons under the legal drinking age or persons who appear intoxicated. Consumption of alcoholic beverages is permitted only within the area designated for the event. Nonalcoholic beverages must be available and featured more prominently than the alcoholic beverages.

ILLICIT DRUGS POLICY

It is the policy of Briar Cliff University that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of controlled substances is prohibited on its property or as part of any of its activities. Any full or part-time employee or student (regardless of length of the student's program of study) found to be illegally manufacturing, distributing, dispensing, possessing, or using controlled substances on university premises or while conducting university business off university premises shall be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with applicable policies of the state of Iowa, the Board of Trustees, and Briar Cliff University, up to and including termination or expulsion. Employees and students are reminded that illegal manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of controlled substances may also subject individuals to criminal prosecution.

REGULATIONS

As a condition of enrollment for students, any criminal drug statute conviction (conviction means a finding of guilt, including a plea of nolo contendere) occurring on university premises, or while conducting university business off university premises, must be reported to the Vice President for Student Development/Enrollment Management within five days of conviction. If not reported, disciplinary action will be taken, up to and including expulsion. Specific regulations regarding controlled substances are as follows: 

  1. Students may not possess any illegal drug in university buildings or on the general university property. The maximum penalty for violating this rule is expulsion from Briar Cliff University, with the right of appeal, and/or civil prosecution.
  2. Irresponsible conduct under the influence of drugs while on campus is subject to disciplinary action by the Vice President for Student Development/Enrollment Management or his/her designee
  3. Irresponsible conduct, while under the influence of drugs off campus, which brings discredit or ill favor to the good name of the university is subject to disciplinary action by the Vice President for Student Development/Enrollment Management.
  4. In accordance with state and federal laws, possession of controlled drugs is prohibited at off-campus functions sponsored by any organization representing the university. Students at off-campus functions found to be in possession of or using illegal drugs will be subject to disciplinary action by the Vice President for Student Development/Enrollment Management or his/her designee.
  5. In the specific case of marijuana, the detection of the odor of marijuana is sufficient evidence to constitute complicity in the use for those present. In addition, the smoking of any kind of herbal blend or mix is strictly forbidden on campus and will be subject to the same penalty as applies to controlled substances.

Disciplinary Action/Treatment

Conduct which brings discredit or ill favor to the good name of the university and involves the use of drugs or alcohol on campus, while conducting university business off campus, or while attending an off-campus function sponsored by any organization representing the university, is subject to disciplinary action. If any of the above occurs Briar Cliff University may require an assessment/evaluation at a local or regional drug treatment facility (at the employee's or student's expense) and, if warranted, successful completion of a drug/alcohol treatment program at the employee's or student's expense.

Inspections

Any employee or student whose actions give Briar Cliff reasonable cause to suspect that he/she has violated this policy will be required to submit to an inspection by the security department of any vehicle brought on Briar Cliff premises and/or inspection of any pocket, package, purse, briefcase, tool box, lunch box or any other container brought onto or being removed from Briar Cliff premises and to submit to inspection of desk, file cabinet, locker or other furniture on the Briar Cliff premises. The inspection must be related to the suspected violation and will be completed with a witness and the employee/student present if possible.

Referral to Enforcement Agencies and Professional Licensing Boards

Any employee or student who violates this policy shall be subject, depending on the circumstances, to notification of appropriate law-enforcement agencies and professional licensing boards. This action may be taken at the university's sole discretion.

Drug Statute Convictions

Employees convicted of any federal, state, or local criminal drug statute violation occurring at the workplace must notify their supervisors or vice presidents of that conviction within five days of conviction. Failure to do so may result in discipline up to and including immediate discharge from employment. Supervisors and vice presidents are to promptly relay this information to their superiors and/or to the Director of Human Resources for investigation.

As a condition of enrollment for students, any criminal drug statute conviction occurring on university premises, or while conducting university business off university premises, must be reported to the vice president for enrollment management and student development within five days of conviction. If not reported, disciplinary action will be taken up to and including expulsion.

Federal, state and local sanctions regarding drug and alcohol violations are attached to this Policy.