• Monmouth University Alcohol & Other Drug Policies

    1. ALCOHOL AND DRUG POLICIES AND SANCTIONS
    2. NEW JERSEY STATE LAW
    3. HEALTH RISKS
    4. UNIVERSITY RESOURCES AND PROGRAMS
    5. REVIEW OF THE PROGRAM

    ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES POLICY AND SANCTIONS

    The Division of Student and Community Services at Monmouth University is committed to the educational and social growth of students within the University's community. On campus, students and their guests interact through a variety of programs and activities. The purpose of these events is to promote a healthy social experience on campus. The misuse and abuse of alcohol in whatever form is inconsistent with this purpose. The University encourages and supports students who abstain from the use of alcoholic beverages. It acknowledges that we live in a social environment which establishes by law a minimum age for the use of alcohol (21). Monmouth University does permit the consumption of alcohol on campus provided the guidelines established by the University, and departments within, are followed.

    This policy has been established to regulate the use of alcohol on Monmouth University property or in University-owned or -sponsored housing and to promote the responsible conduct of Monmouth University students with regard to such use. In addition, Monmouth University students are expected to follow the laws of the state of New Jersey off campus as well involving the use of alcoholic beverages. Students violating local and state alcoholic regulations off campus will be disciplined under the Student Code of Conduct. We recognize the need for order and regulation in this process and will not tolerate disruptive behavior or conduct that infringes upon the rights of those who wish to pursue their academic interests as responsible members of this community. The specific ramifications of violating this policy are outlined and specifically noted in the University's Student Code of Conduct.

    The Basics - New Jersey State Law

    1. No one under 21 years of age may purchase, possess, or consume alcoholic beverages.
    2. Transportation of open alcoholic beverage containers in any kind of vehicle on or off campus is a violation of state law. The transportation of alcoholic beverages by persons under 21 on campus is strictly prohibited. No person, regardless of age, may consume alcoholic beverages in public areas of the campus unless specifically approved by the Office of the Vice President for Student and Community Services.
    3. The attorney general has defined public areas as including residence hall entrances and lobbies, lounges, hallways and stairwells, or common grounds of a college or university to which the general public by specific or implied invitation has access, and in which an individual could have no expectation of privacy.
    4. The sale or distribution of alcoholic beverages to persons under the legal drinking age is a serious criminal offense. Individuals can be held liable to both criminal and civil action (i.e., lawsuits for damages and negligence) for the injury or death of any person resulting, either directly or indirectly, from the distribution of alcoholic beverages by them to a person under the legal drinking age.

    Definition of Alcohol

    1. This policy has been designed to ensure a uniform application and understanding. The definition of "alcoholic beverage" is to be interpreted in the broadest sense. Therefore, alcohol and alcoholic beverages are defined as any beverage which has an alcohol content. This would include but not be limited to all forms of beer, wine, wine coolers, and distilled spirits.

    Jurisdiction and Violations

    1. The Alcoholic Beverages Policy shall apply to every function and event, including but not limited to receptions, banquets, dinners, picnics, or any outdoor event, social event, and campus-wide activity sponsored by organizations or individuals associated with Monmouth University. All events must be registered and regulated as outlined below.
    2. This policy shall be in effect during all periods of the year including the summer.
    3. Student violations of this policy will be reviewed under the jurisdiction of the Student Code of Conduct, and appropriate sanctions apply. Applicable sanctions are outlined within the Code of Conduct. Violations by other constituencies, within the University, will result in a loss of future approval for alcohol-related events for a prescribed period of time.
    4. This policy shall apply to all Monmouth University students who violate New Jersey state law within local municipalities.
    5. This policy shall apply to all University-owned or -sponsored housing.

    Restrictions on Quantity

    1. Kegs, beer balls, and similar products are prohibited on University property. Kegs and beer balls as well as taps will be subject to confiscation by University officials should they be discovered. Kegs, beer balls, and taps will not be returned to the person(s) from whom they were confiscated. This applies to full as well as empty containers.
    2. Only cash bars will be permitted and approved for student events.

    Personal Consumption Within University Housing

    1. Possession or use of alcohol in any form, including being in the presence of alcohol, is strictly prohibited in any University-sponsored housing by all students who are under the age of 21. This restriction applies to all students of Monmouth University, their guests, and members of their families.
    2. Only students who are at least 21 years of age and their guests who are at least 21 years of age may possess or consume alcohol on campus in designated areas. Under no circumstances shall students who are at least 21 years of age possess or use alcoholic beverages in any form in any University housing designated for first-year students or as a "dry" hall. Students must present a valid ID to University personnel upon request. No alcohol is allowed to be consumed in the presence of roommate(s), apartment mate(s), and/or guest(s) under the age of 21.
    3. Alcoholic beverages are permitted only in the assigned residence hall rooms or apartments of students 21 years of age or older.
    4. Alcoholic beverage containers must be sealed and concealed from public view when transported on campus.
    5. Intoxicated individuals may not be served alcoholic beverages.
    6. All forms of excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, participating in or encouraging and/or coercing drinking games, alcoholic consumption against one's will, and binge drinking.
    7. The possession of and/or use of devices or engaging in activities designed for group and/or excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, punch bowls, beer pong, funnels, and/or shot blocks.

    Registration and Regulation of Events: Policy Implementation

    1. Any event at which there will be alcoholic beverages must be authorized by the Vice President for Student and Community Services. A request for authorization must be made two weeks in advance of the event. All individuals at an authorized event must be of the legal drinking age (21) to possess, consume, or transport alcoholic beverages.
    2. All wine and cheese parties, theater receptions, pre- and post-game activities for athletic events, homecoming and reunion activities, and all other events where the consumption of alcohol has been authorized must comply with all hosting responsibilities outlined in this policy, as well as approved University tailgate guidelines and regulations. These regulations are available through the Office of the Vice President for Student and Community Services.
    3. No event involving alcohol will be permitted within University housing on the north side of campus, nor within the Quad or other open areas of the north campus.
    4. Unauthorized consumption, possession, selling, or serving of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.
    5. Any person who is authorized to host an event with alcohol must follow all guidelines established by this policy and adhere to the section entitled "Hosting Responsibilities for an Event."
    6. The Vice President for Student and Community Services may suspend the privilege of serving alcoholic beverages on the campus by any group or organization for any time period considered appropriate when there is evidence that the group or organization has failed to cooperate with the University in achieving the objectives of this alcohol policy.

    Hosting Responsibilities for an Event

    Any person(s) who is authorized to host an event is responsible for the following:

    1. Make appropriate arrangements to obtain all applicable permits and complete and submit a Monmouth University Alcohol Contract. A copy of these materials must be submitted to the Office of the Vice President for Student and Community Services at least two weeks in advance of the event.
    2. If alcoholic beverages are being served at an event either through the cost of admission or on a cash basis, a permit from the New Jersey State Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control may be required. The cost associated with the attainment of such a license will be the responsibility of the host. The Office of the Vice President for Student and Community Services will assist a host in applying for such a license, and the license application must be made four weeks in advance of the event.
    3. Ensure that those persons consuming alcoholic beverages are of legal age.
    4. Provide adequate safety and security as determined by the Vice President for Student and Community Services in consultation with the chief of University Police and the event's sponsor.
    5. Ensure that the consumption of alcoholic beverages will take place only during the time frame authorized by the Vice President for Student and Community Services and within the designated area. The event must stop serving alcohol at least one half hour before the time that the event is scheduled to end. Any deviation from the established time frame or designated area will be a violation of this policy.
    6. Ensure that provisions are made to regulate portions of alcoholic beverages that will be served during an event. Intoxicated persons should not be served. In addition, "drinking games" and shots are strictly prohibited.
    7. Acquire the alcohol provided for the event through the University's Dining Service contract or via any means deemed appropriate by the Vice President for Student and Community Services.
    8. Issue wristbands at the entrance of the social event to all those persons of legal drinking age. Persons who are not wearing wristbands are not permitted to possess or obtain alcoholic beverages.
    9. Be responsible for the care of the facility and make all arrangements to have the area cleaned.
    10. Ensure that all state and local laws with regard to the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages are being complied with. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action against the host of the organization or the organization itself.
    11. The host or a designee must be present at the event throughout the entire period that alcohol is being served or consumed. There are no exceptions to this policy.

    Prohibition of "Open" Events and Consumption

    1. All University events on campus that involve the consumption of alcohol are limited to the members of the University and their invited guests.

    SANCTIONS GUIDELINES FOR VIOLATIONS OF THE ALCOHOL POLICY

    The following sanctions will be in effect for students found responsible for violating the Monmouth University alcohol policy. The University reserves the right at any point in the range of offenses to impose sanctions deemed appropriate, in addition to or in place of sanctions listed below. Additionally, the University reserves the right at any point in the range of offenses to request students to seek a formal alcohol evaluation as deemed necessary by the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, the Coordinator of Substance Awareness, and/or the Vice President for Student and Community Services or their designee. In all cases, the University reserves the right to prosecute criminally for violation of policies concerning alcohol and drugs.

    First Offense:

    1. Minimum $100 fine (depending upon quantity) and/or a service work assignment.
    2. Assignment to an on-campus educational program. (Failure to complete this program will result in an increased fine as well as an alternative assignment to be determined by the Vice President for Student and Community Services or her designee.)
    3. Parental notification. (Applicable when a summons for a violation of state law or borough ordinance is received.)

    Second Offense:

    1. Minimum $200 fine. (no exceptions)
    2. Educational and/or service work assignment.
    3. Parental notification.
    4. A mandatory meeting with Monmouth University's Substance Awareness Coordinator.
    5. Arrest by the MUPD and face criminal prosecution for violations that occur on campus.

    Third Offense:

    1. One semester suspension from the University. Readmission contingent upon review by the Vice President for Student and Community Services in consultation with the Coordinator of Substance Awareness and the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services.
    2. Parental notification.
    3. Arrest by the MUPD and face criminal prosecution.

    DRUG POLICY AND SANCTIONS

    The use of drugs by students can create conditions that are contrary to those deemed necessary for the maintenance of an optimal academic environment. Monmouth University affirms its responsibility to secure this optimal educational atmosphere by establishing the following policy:

    The use, possession, or sale of alcohol, illegal drugs, or narcotics, and/or paraphernalia by a student will subject that individual to disciplinary action and legal prosecution under federal, state, or local statutes. The decision rendered shall be determined by the circumstances of the student's involvement. In addition, the presence of the odor of marijuana, and the possession of drug paraphernalia or any device used to ingest marijuana in any campus residence hall, building, etc., may also subject students to internal disciplinary action.

    SANCTIONS

    The University reserves the right at any point in the range of offenses to impose sanctions deemed appropriate, in addition to or in place of sanctions listed below. Additionally, the University reserves the right at any point in the range of offenses to request students to seek a formal evaluation as deemed necessary by the director of Psychological Services, Coordinator of Substance Awareness, and/or the vice president for Student and Community Services. In all cases, the University reserves the right to prosecute criminally for violation of policies concerning alcohol and drugs.

    USE, POSSESSION, OR IN THE PRESENCE OF CONTROLLED DANGEROUS SUBSTANCES/PARAPHERNALIA

    First Offense:

    1. Residence hall probation.
      Non-residents found in violation will have privileges of being in any residential facility including the quad, apartments, and parking lots of the residence halls held on a probationary basis. Any subsequent violation of University or residence hall policy will result in suspension from the residence halls.
    2. Up to $200 fine.
    3. Possible service work assignment.
    4. Disciplinary probation for one full semester.
    5. Possible educational program.
    6. A mandatory meeting with Monmouth University's Substance Awareness Coordinator.
    7. Parental notification.
    8. Arrest by MUPD.

    Second Offense:

    1. Suspension from the University for a minimum of one semester.
    2. A fine up to $400.
    3. Reinstatement upon approval of Student and Community Services personnel and Director of Psychological Services and/or a formal alcohol and other drug evaluation at a licensed treatment facility.
    4. Disciplinary probation upon return to the Institution for a period of two full semesters.
    5. Permanent loss of on-campus housing privileges.
    6. Parental notification.
    7. Arrest by MUPD.

    Third Offense:

    1. Expulsion from the University.
    2. Parental notification.
    3. Arrest by MUPD.

    Selling or Distribution of Controlled Dangerous Substances

    1. Expulsion from the University and criminal prosecution.

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    II. New Jersey State Law

    ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

    Students should be aware of the following aspects of New Jersey State Alcoholic Beverage law:

    1. No one under the age of 21 may purchase, possess, or consume alcohol.
    2. Transporting an open alcoholic beverage container in any kind of vehicle, on or off campus, is a violation of the law.
    3. The sale or distribution of alcoholic beverages to persons under the legal drinking age is a serious criminal offense. Individuals can be held both criminally and civilly liable for the injury or death of any person resulting, either directly or indirectly, from the distribution of alcoholic beverages by them to a person under the legal drinking age.

    DRUGS AND NARCOTICS

    According to the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice pertaining to controlled substances, employees should be aware of the following:

    1. It is unlawful for any person, knowingly or purposely, to manufacture, distribute or dispense, possess or have under his/her control with the intent to manufacture, distribute or dispense, a controlled dangerous substance or controlled substance analog.
    2. It is unlawful for any person, knowingly or purposely, to obtain or to possess a controlled dangerous substance unless the substance was obtained directly by a valid prescription from a practitioner (physician, dentist, etc.)
    3. Anyone convicted of distributing a controlled substance to a person under age 18 will be subject to twice the term of imprisonment, fine, and penalty.
    4. New Jersey law provides strict liability for drug-induced deaths. Even if the victim voluntarily takes the drug, the person who distributes or dispenses the controlled substance can be prosecuted for a homicide. Anyone convicted of any drug offense, including use, will have to pay a special penalty which starts at $500 and goes up to $32,000.
    5. Anyone convicted of any drug offense will automatically lose his or her driver's license for at least six months. It doesn't matter if a car was used in committing the offense.

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    III. Health Risks

    The health risks most commonly associated with the use of alcoholic beverages, drugs and narcotics are described below:

    ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

    Whether in the form of beer, wine, or liquor, alcohol is a mind-altering chemical, which has effects similar to barbiturates and narcotics. Alcohol acts as a depressant to the central nervous system. In small amounts, alcohol can produce mild relaxation and a feeling of well-being. In large amounts, alcohol can cause intoxication, sedation, unconsciousness, or death.

    Hangovers are probably the best known sign of too much alcohol in the body. They are caused by the body's reaction to the toxic, or poisonous, effects of alcohol. Often those effects can occur at very low levels of drinking.

    Liver

    - 95% of all alcohol is metabolized by the liver. Because clearing alcohol out of the body is a "priority," the other functions of the liver, such as regulating blood glucose levels, are slowed down.

    Stomach

    - Alcohol causes a surge in the flow of digestive acids, which can irritate the stomach lining. Nausea and vomiting frequently occur, while regular, heavy drinking can cause ulcers and chronic stomach problems.

    Nervous System- Alcohol suppresses almost every function causing problems such as slurred speech, in-coordination, loss of balance, and memory loss.

    Heart- Alcohol makes the heart work harder and less efficiently. Long-term heavy drinking is associated with heart muscle disease, irregular heartbeats, and an increased risk of coronary artery disease.

    Other Heart Problems - Heavy, prolonged or excessive drinking can lead to malnutrition, cancer, psychological problems, miscarriages, possible birth defects, and infertility in women, as well as impotency and sterility in men.

    DRUGS AND NARCOTICS

    We live in a drug-oriented society. Drugs have saved lives, reduced pain, and improved the quality of our lives. However, misuse and abuse of drugs can cause critical injury or death.

    Marijuana- Marijuana is a drug taken to produce a high or euphoric feeling and a state of relaxation. The short-term effects of marijuana include distortion of time perception, increased heart rate, dilation of the blood vessels, and loss of short-term memory. Visual perception and psychomotor skills are also decreased which have adverse effects on driving ability. The effects of long-term use include loss of motivation, chronic bronchitis, decreased lung capacity, and an increased risk of lung cancer. In men, marijuana use can result in reduced levels of testosterone.

    Cocaine - Cocaine is a powerful stimulant. It is most often inhaled (snorted) into the nose. It can also be smoked or injected. No matter how it is taken, the drug's immediate effect is to create a high that is often described as orgasmic of euphoric. It creates increased alertness, suppresses appetite, and temporarily relieves depression.

    Studies indicate that cocaine's effect on the body and psyche is dangerous. It is thought that some of the damage caused by cocaine is irreversible. The least harmful effects are nosebleeds and nasal erosions that result from irritation of the lining of the nose. Most dangerous are the "coke blues" which are intense downs that often occur after a high, which results in the user trying other drugs to relieve the psychological and emotional discomfort. There is a strong psychological dependency on "coke" which slowly increases as tolerance develops.

    Stimulants- Caffeine is the most widely used stimulant, and can be found in coffee, tea, cola, and cold medications. Amphetamines are also stimulants. They are also referred to as "speed and uppers." Stimulants increase awareness, keep people awake and depress the appetite. Short-term effects include elevated blood pressure, nervousness, and hyperactivity. Long-term effects include insomnia, malnutrition, and acute psychosis.

    Depressants- Depressants, also called "downers," include Quaaludes, barbiturates, and tranquilizers. These drugs reduce anxiety, induce sleep, and promote relaxation. Used together, they can be extremely dangerous and can suppress the central nervous system enough to cause death. Downers cause slower response time, loss of rational judgment, decreased coordination, and loss of motor skills. Driving skills are seriously affected. Tolerance and physical dependence often develops.

    Hallucinogens- Hallucinogens include LSD, mescaline, and PCP. They produce dream-like perceptions and/or panic reactions that produce horrifying perceptions. PCP is a hallucinogen, which is particularly dangerous and can cause a person to become violent to himself/herself and others. Ecstasy (MDA) is a drug that became popular in the 1980s. It has been billed as "the perfect drug" by enhancing thinking, coordination, and empathy. The use of "Ecstasy" also results in irreversible brain damage. Although most hallucinogens do not result in physical or psychological dependence, tolerance to them can develop.

    Narcotic Analgesics- These drugs include opium, morphine, heroin, and codeine. They relieve pain. Improper use of narcotics can result in physical dependence in a relatively short period of time. A narcotic overdose can result in death.

    Steroids- Steroids are drugs that resemble the male sex hormone, testosterone. Popular since the 1950s, steroids have been used by athletes and body builders to increase muscle mass and improve athletic performance. The true effectiveness of steroids in improving strength and performance is not known; however, it is known that steroids pose certain health risks. Taken in large doses, steroids can cause psychological dependence, increased anger, aggression, depression, and will stunt growth in adolescents who have not attained their full height. Men may also experience nipple and breast growth, shrunken testicles, and baldness. Intravenous steroid users are at risk for hepatitis, liver cancer, an altered sex drive, and AIDS.

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    IV. University Resources and Programs

    Monmouth University has developed a multifaceted response to meet the needs of students who may be at risk for alcohol and other drug problems. Substance awareness programs are coordinated through the Office of Substance Awareness, in collaboration with the Office of Counseling and Psychological Services, Health Services, Judicial Affairs, Athletics, Residential Life, and Student Activities.

    Drug and alcohol counseling, treatment, or rehabilitation programs available to students

    • Confidential substance abuse assessments, short-term counseling, recommendations, and referrals are available from a licensed clinician.
    • The Health Center staff of physicians and nurse practitioners can also assist with substance abuse concerns, especially if a health problem exists. Visits to the Health Center are confidential. The number is 732-571-3464.

    Educational Programs and Courses targeted at preventing drug and alcohol abuse

    • The HERO Campaign Committee is a group of students and employees who raise awareness of the dangers of drunk driving and promote the use of designated drivers.
    • Monmouth provides an online alcohol education program for students.
    • Substance abuse assessments are provided for violators of the alcohol/drug policy.
    • Presentations for student organizations, groups, or classes on alcohol and other drug issues are regularly scheduled, as well as hosting outside national speakers.
    • The Substance Awareness Resource Center, located in the Health Center, contains pamphlets, schedules for 12 Step Meetings, brochures, videos, books, etc., that focus on a variety of substance awareness topics.
    • Alcohol Awareness Month and National Alcohol Screening Day Events are held in the spring semester.
    • National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week and Drunk Driving Awareness Month Events are held in the fall semester.
    • Substance Use and Abuse (HE160) is a three-credit elective course open to all students.
    • Support services are available for students who are concerned about a family member or friend's substance abuse or addiction.

    V. Review of the Program

    In compliance with Federal Law, this policy will be reviewed biennially to determine the effectiveness of the University's Alcohol and Drug Prevention Program; implement changes to the program as required and to ensure that disciplinary sanctions are consistently enforced.

    APPENDIX A

    USCS 11145G. DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE PREVENTION

    Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no institution of higher education shall be eligible to receive funds or any form of financial assistance under any Federal program, including participation in any federally funded or guaranteed student loan program, unless it certifies to the Secretary that it has adopted and has implemented a program to prevent the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol by students and employees that, at a minimum includes:

    1. The annual distribution to each student and employee of –
      1. standards of conduct that clearly prohibit, at a minimum, the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees on its property or as part of any of its activities;
      2. a description of the applicable legal sanctions under local, State or Federal law for the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol;
      3. a description of the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol;
      4. a description of any drug or alcohol counseling, treatment or rehabilitation or entry programs that are available to employees or students; and
      5. a clear statement that the institution will impose sanctions on students and employees (consistent with local, State and Federal law), and a description of those sanctions to, and including expulsion or termination of employment and referral for prosecution for violations of the standards of conduct required by paragraph 1.a; and
    2. a biennial review by the institution of its program to –
      1. determine its effectiveness and implement changes to the program if they are needed; and
      2. ensure that the sanctions required by paragraph 1.e are consistently enforced.

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