Policies and Related Information - Alcohol and Other Drug Policy

I. Philosophy

This policy supports the mission of St. Cloud State University by:

Enhancing Learning and Service: St. Cloud State University seeks to provide an excellent learning environment and to provide support and service to our community and the broader community. We recognize the best educational environments are free from the adverse affects of high-risk and illegal alcohol and other drug use. We recognize also that high-risk drinking among our students on or off campus has a negative effect on academic performance and negative consequences for our community.

Respecting Individual Freedom and Responsibility: The University supports the individual freedoms accorded to our community members. However, we believe that with those freedoms come responsibilities to the University and the surrounding community. At a minimum, fulfilling those responsibilities requires that individuals understand and act in accordance with University policy and applicable local, state and federal laws.

Promoting Health, Safety and Well-Being: The misuse and abuse of alcohol and other drugs pose a serious threat to individuals and the University’s ability to fulfill its educational mission. Excessive drinking among St. Cloud State University students is potentially associated with death, sexual assault, violence, injury, property damage, and a host of other negative effects.

Reducing these negative effects requires that we care for members of our community and our guests and visitors. Every member of the University community has a stake in promoting the goals listed above. As a result, University employees are expected to support this policy by:

  • Supporting efforts to reduce or eliminate high-risk and illegal use of alcohol and other drugs.
  • Holding students accountable for behavior that violates this policy, including referring incidents to University and/or law enforcement officials as appropriate.
  • Supporting students’ efforts to achieve healthy and productive lives by referring them to appropriate services, programs and activities.

Some employees have a greater responsibility in supporting compliance, including but not limited to, student organization advisers, Community Advisers, Public Safety Officers, and those traveling with students to off-campus events.

All University employees (non-students) are expected to comply with the employee policy regarding alcohol and other drugs. This policy can be found on the Office of Human Resources website, http://www.stcloudstate.edu/humanresources/policies/documents/DrugandAlcohol.pdf

II. St. Cloud State University Alcohol and Other Drug Policy

St. Cloud State University and this policy comply with and support Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) Board policy, which prohibits the unlawful use, possession, production, manufacture, and distribution of alcohol and other drugs and controlled substances at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and University-sponsored events on or off campus.

  1. Definitions
    1. Alcohol- Any product, including spirits, wine, beer or other containing one-half of one percent or more of alcohol by volume and every consumable liquid or solid containing alcohol
    2. Controlled Substances- In the context of this policy, the term "controlled substance" includes, but is not limited to, any drug, substance or immediate precursor in Schedules I-V of section 152.01 (MN Statutes). This definition includes any synthetic drug, prescription drug not issued to the student, and/or any otherwise lawfully available product used for any purpose other than its intended use.
    3. Student- All persons who:
      1. Are enrolled in one or more courses, either credit or non-credit, through the University.
      2. Withdraw, transfer or graduate, after an alleged violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
      3. Are not officially enrolled for a particular term but who have a continuing relationship with the University.
      4. Have been notified of their acceptance for admission or have initiated the process of application for admission or financial aid.
      5. Are living in a University residence hall although not enrolled in the University.
    4. Registered Student Organization- Any student organization that has successfully completed the registration process outlined in the Student Organization Manual and registers each academic year with the Center for Student Organizations and Leadership Development Office.
    5. Travel Status- The period from departure until return to campus by students who have obtained travel authorization through the appropriate University representative for a University student event.
    6. Event -Activities that include, but are not limited to, official meetings, practices, competitions or trips involving students, registered student organizations, or intercollegiate athletic teams.
    7. University Premises, Property and Facilities- Any building or property owned by St. Cloud State University or that is controlled by the institution but owned by a third party.
  2. Applicability of the Policy
    1. Violation of the Alcohol and Other Drug Policy, the University Student Code of Conduct, MnSCU and University policies including, technology policies and/or local, state, or federal laws regarding use, possession, or distribution of alcohol and/or other drugs, or drug paraphernalia which may result in issuance of a court summons, arrest, or referral for University conduct action or any combination of the above.
    2. This policy applies to all on-campus and off-campus activities that are considered university activities, such as events and officially sanctioned field trips. This policy also applies to student organization-sponsored activities and events.
    3. This policy applies to students, student organizations, and their guests or visitors on university property and facilities engaged in a university activity. SCSU employees should refer to the Human Resources Office for applicable policies.
    4. Violations or apparent violations of local ordinances, state or federal laws may subject student(s) and/or student organizations to conduct action by the University when these violations occur on campus, on university-owned property, during a University activity or event, or when behavior on or off campus adversely affects the University's educational, research or service functions. Examples of off-campus behavior which may be subject to University conduct action include, but are not limited to the following: selling or otherwise providing alcohol to underage persons; hosting underage drinking or disruptive parties; actions that threaten or endanger the health or safety of individuals; using, selling or distributing illicit drugs; sexual violence; and hazing.
  3. Alcohol and Other Drug Policy Section
    1. On Campus: The use, possession, distribution, manufacture or sale of any alcoholic beverages, controlled substances, illegal drugs, and/or drug paraphernalia is prohibited on campus. In addition, it is considered a violation of the Alcohol and Other Drug Policy to be in the presence of alcohol, controlled substances, illegal drugs and/or drug paraphernalia in University operated residence halls and apartments.
    2. Off Campus: As members of the University community, students are expected to behave responsibly and legally. University community members violating civil or criminal law may be subject to University student conduct procedures when that conduct occurs off campus and adversely affects the educational, research, or service functions of the University. Unlawful behavior by individual students or student organizations should be reported to the University. If reported, the University may take appropriate disciplinary action. The illegal use, possession, distribution, manufacture or sale of any alcohol beverages, controlled substance, drugs and/or drug paraphernalia is prohibited for individual students and/or student organizations:
      • at University events on or off campus;
      • on travel status when representing the University (e.g., as a member of athletic team, sports club, Student Government Association, student organizations, etc.). Further restrictions or allowances for legal and responsible use of alcohol may apply to individual students or student groups on travel status, based on the specific program’s needs and direction of the faculty or staff supervisors/ advisors. Student leaders, faculty, staff supervisors/advisers and coaches assume responsibility for ensuring University policies and local, state, and federal laws are followed.
    3. Disruptive use of alcohol and other drugs is prohibited. Disruptive use of alcohol and other drugs, regardless of where consumed or ingested, includes behavior that disrupts the University community, endangers the health or safety of self or others, results in damage to University or personal property, or requires the intervention of university or community resources. Examples of disruptive use include, but are not limited to, disorderly conduct, excessive noise, violence, threats, vandalism, or intoxication (regardless of age), that leads to intervention by university personnel, law enforcement personnel or medical personnel.
    4. The public display of advertising or promotion of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs, in University buildings or any other public campus area including all University-owned housing areas is prohibited. This includes alcohol containers, banners, lighted beer/ liquor signs, and large inflatable advertising.
    5. The possession or display of alcohol "trophies," or other forms of empty alcohol containers, is not allowed on campus. The presence of empty containers, devices designed or intended to be used for the rapid consumption of alcohol (i.e., races, games, etc.), or drug paraphernalia, is prohibited. Possessing any of these materials may be considered evidence of use, consumption, or distribution.
    6. The following advertising and promotional activities are prohibited for any student, university employee, registered student organization, or university office, department or program:
      1. Using alcoholic beverages as awards or prizes in connection with University events;
      2. Providing promotional items or advertising associated with alcohol and illegal drugs at university sponsored student events. This includes, but is not limited to, such items promoting alcohol or drug use on cups, shirts, beverage can coolers, or any other items advertising or promoting alcohol or illegal drug use;
      3. Advertising alcohol and/or illegal drugs in university controlled or affiliated publications, or on university premises, including university-affiliated web sites;
      4. Advertising that includes brand names, logos, prices, visual images or phrases that refer to consumption of alcoholic beverages and use of illegal drugs;
      5. Use of alcohol for recruiting and student organization fund-raising activities and events;
      6. Purchasing alcohol and other drugs with University or organization funds, including student activities fee allocations
      7. Consuming or transporting alcohol and other drugs in university vehicles.
    7. The University does not regulate content or advertisements in autonomous student-edited media, such as student newspaper. Because of the belief that advertising alcohol perpetuates the culture of high-risk and underage drinking, the University encourages student media publications including, but not limited to, the University Chronicle to maintain internal policies which are compatible with this policy, to help promote student health and success.
  4. Exceptions to these policies
    1. An exception for instructional purposes in accordance with MnSCU Board Policy 5.18 allows for the use of alcohol in laboratory and classroom instruction or experiments.
    2. The Chancellor or the Office of the Chancellor, and the President of St. Cloud State University have delegated authority to approve use of alcohol at specific special events on campus or University-sponsored events off campus. Approval shall be consistent with the Alcohol and Other Drug Policy and with MnSCU procedures. The procedures shall address the following: compliance with local ordinances and state law relating to sale; possession or consumption of alcohol; providing adequate dram shop/public liability insurance; and any other matters deemed necessary. Students who are of legal age to consume alcohol may choose to do so at these events.
    3. Students studying overseas are expected to comply with the laws of the foreign country and the policies of the host institution or sponsoring program. Additionally, all enrolled students, including students who are studying overseas, must abide by all University policies, including but not limited to the SCSU Student Code of Conduct and Alcohol and Other Drug Policy.
    4. A “Good Samaritan” exception for violations of the Alcohol and Other Drug Policy will be recognized and honored. A student, who may be in violation of the Alcohol and Other Drug Policy, but comes to the aid of another student by seeking professional help, will not be cited for an alcohol and other drug policy violation through the University student conduct process. This exception is subject to the discretion of the Vice President for Student Life and Development or designee. This exception will not be granted to those who flagrantly or repeatedly violate the Alcohol and Other Drug Policy. This exception does not suggest that laws or policies should be violated in order to help individuals.
    5. The University recognizes that various violations of the Student Code of Conduct involve use of alcohol. The University encourages the reporting of conduct violations such as sexual assault, hazing, physical violence, harassment and others and, therefore, the University may choose not to hold complainants accountable for Student Code of Conduct violations related to alcohol and other drugs when a more serious violation/crime has occurred.
  5. Additional Information and Resources

    Prevention, counseling, treatment services, and referrals.

    The University recognizes that chemical abuse and chemical dependency impact academic and personal success. This policy is not designed to discourage people from seeking counseling or rehabilitation.

    All information about those individuals who voluntarily seek drug or alcohol counseling or rehabilitation services will remain confidential. Seeking counseling or rehabilitation will not be used as a basis for conduct action or be used against an individual in any way. SCSU provides many varied programs to help individuals experiencing problems. Counseling is free and confidential to all SCSU students. Assistance with alcohol and drug issues can be received at:
    Counseling and Psychological Services

    On Campus:
    www.stcloudstate.edu/counseling
    103 Stewart Hall
    (320) 308-3171
    Confidential online alcohol screening is available through the Counseling & Psychological Services web site.

    Health Services
    www.stcloudstate.edu/healthservices

    1st Floor, Hill Hall
    (320) 308-3191

    Note: For additional information or referrals please call Cunseling & Psychological Services (320) 308-3171 or Student Health Services (320) 308-319

    Alcohol and other drug health risks:

      The use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs can cause a number of problematic changes in behavior and physiology. Alcohol or substance dependence occurs when a person continues their use despite recurrent social, interpersonal, physical and/or legal consequences. For basic information about the risks of using alcohol and/or other drugs please visit: http://www.stcloudstate.edu/humanresources/policies/documents/DrugandAcohol.pdf

    St. Cloud State University’s employee (non-students) policy regarding alcohol and other drugs along with additional information can be found at the Human Resources website at http://www.stcloudstate.edu/humanresources/policies/documents/DrugandAlcohol.pdf

    Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) Board Policy 5.18 can be found at http://www.mnscu.edu/board/policy/518.html

    Relevant Minnesota Laws

    Current Minnesota statutes including those related to alcohol and drugs are found at http://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/statutes.asp [use “Search by key words or phrases” to find the specific topics of interest (e.g., alcohol, marijuana, etc.)]

    For a summary of Minnesota alcohol-related statutes prepared by the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism please see http://www.alcoholpolicy.niaaa.nih.gov/Home.html

    Relevant Federal Laws

    Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988

    Public Law 100-690

    Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989

    Public Law 101-226

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