Drug and Alcohol Use

Albertus Magnus College takes seriously the issues presented by drug and alcohol use by students and employees. As members of the Albertus Magnus College community, all students and employees have an obligation to follow the Drug and Alcohol Use policy, as well as all federal, state and local laws. The College has established the following requirements.

I. Standards for Students

Albertus Magnus College seeks to educate, inform and support its students regarding substance use and abuse, and strives to help maintain a safe environment for the College community.

A. Drugs

Albertus Magnus College Drug Policy

The possession, retention, distribution, or use of unauthorized drugs, stimulants or depressants on campus is prohibited. This is a serious violation of State and Federal Law as well as College regulations and is grounds for expulsion from the college. A student is accountable for his/her actions and the use of drugs is not seen as an excuse in a case involving violation of any College regulation. Albertus Magnus College does not tolerate the use of illegal drugs on any part of the campus or at College-sponsored events off campus. At any time, the College reserves the right to contact the parents or guardians of any student about which it has any drug-related concerns.

CT State Laws

It is unlawful to possess ANY controlled drug. The penalty for illegal possession of narcotic drugs for a first time offense is imprisonment for not more than seven years and a fine of not more than $3,000 or both, and for subsequent offenses mandatory imprisonment. The penalty for possession of controlled drugs other than narcotics is a fine of not more than $1,000 or imprisonment of not more than one year.

Connecticut statutes cover a wide range of drug offenses, including the offer, sale, possession with intent to sell, gift and mere possession of various types of drugs 21a Conn. Gen. Stat. Section 277, 278, 279 (1988). Among other provisions, the state laws create the following mandatory minimum prison sentences for first-time offenders who are not “drug-dependent” persons:

  • Five years for the manufacture, sale or possession with intent to sell of one ounce or more of heroine, methadone or cocaine (including “crack”) or one-half gram or more of cocaine in freebase form, or five milligrams or more of LSD;
  • Five years for the manufacture, sale or possession with intent to sell of any narcotic, hallucinogenic or amphetamine-type substance, or one kilogram or more of a cannabis-type substance, including marijuana;
  • Five years for the offer or gift of any of the above drugs in the respective amounts.
    Conviction for the possession of drugs carries no mandatory minimum sentence but the following maximum sentences do exist for first-time offenders:
  • Seven years or $50,000, or both, for possession of any quantity of a narcotic, including cocaine and “crack,” morphine or heroin;
  • Five years or $2,000, or both, for the possession of any quantity of a hallucinogen (such as LSD or peyote) or four ounces or more of a cannabis-type substance (which includes marijuana);
  • One year or $1,000, or both, for possession of any quantity of controlled drugs, such as amphetamines or barbiturates.
  • $150 fine and a $200-$500 fine for subsequent offenses, for possession of a half-ounce or less of marijuana. Offenders under the age of 21 also will receive a driver’s license suspension of 60 days.
    Actual sentences depend on the severity and the circumstances of the offense and the character and background of the offender.
    Federal law also penalizes the manufacture, distribution, possession with the intent to manufacture or distribute, and simple possession of drugs (“controlled substances”) according to the Controlled Substances Act 21 U.S.C. Section 841, 843b, 844, 845, 846, and (1988). The law sets the following sentences for first-time offenders:
  • A minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life imprisonment or $4,000,000, or both, for the knowing or intentional manufacture, sale or possession with intent to sell of large amounts of any narcotic, including heroin, morphine or cocaine (which includes “crack”), or of phencyclidine (PCP), LSD or marijuana (1,000 kilograms or more);
  • A minimum of five years and a maximum of 40 years or $2,000,000, or both, for similar actions involving smaller amounts of any narcotic, including heroin, morphine or cocaine (which includes “crack”), or phencyclidine (PCP), LSD or marijuana (100 kilograms or more);
  • A maximum of five years or $250,000, or both, for similar actions involving smaller amounts of marijuana (less than 50 kilograms), hashish, hashish oil, PCP or LSD, or any amounts of amphetamines, barbiturates and other controlled stimulants and depressives;
    Four years or $30,000, or both, for using the mail, telephone, radio or any other public or private means of communication to commit acts that violate the laws against the manufacture, sale and possession of drugs;
  • One year or $1,000, or both, for possession of any controlled substance. The gift of a “small amount” of marijuana is subject to the penalties for simple possession.
    Penalties may be doubled, however, when a person at least 18 years old: (1) distributes a controlled substance to a person under 21 years of age, and (a term of imprisonment for this offense shall not be less than one year) or (2) distributes, possesses with intent to distribute, or manufactures a controlled substance in or on, or within one thousand feet of, the real property comprising a public or private elementary, vocational or secondary school, or a public or private college. Any attempt or conspiracy to commit one of the above federal offenses, even if unsuccessful, is punishable by the same sentence prescribed for that offense. A first-time offender may receive only probation and later have the charge dismissed.
    State and federal law thus makes crimes of many different activities involving drugs. Simple possession, giving, or merely offering drugs is illegal, as are such offenses as the manufacture or sale of drugs.

B. Alcohol

Albertus Magnus College is committed to encouraging and facilitating responsible student decision making. The College recognizes that responsible decision making concerning alcohol use is especially crucial to the health and safety of students, respect for college property, and the educational mission of the institution.

The College believes that the social development of its students is as important as their academic development. It also believes that the consumption of alcoholic beverages is not a necessary ingredient for the creation of a positive social environment.

Albertus Magnus College does not tolerate the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages by underage students. Appropriate college conduct actions will be taken against those students who are in violation of the College’s Alcohol Policy. Any student whose behavior, resulting from excessive drinking, is inconsistent with the educational goals of the College will be required to seek counseling.

Albertus Magnus College Alcohol Policy

  1. The possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages at Albertus Magnus College is subject to and governed by the relevant statutes of the State of Connecticut. If alcohol is to be sold, or a donation is to be requested at a College function the sponsoring body must obtain permission from the Vice President for Student Services or his/her designee.

  2. All uses of alcohol in public areas of the College, (except a private residence hall room), must be registered with the appropriate staff member for approval:
    Aquinas Hall: Vice President for Academic Affairs
    Hubert Campus Center: Vice President for Student Services, Associate Dean of Campus Activities & Orientation
    Campus Theater: Drama Director
    The administrators will discuss specific criteria which have been approved by Cooperative Council.
  3. Approval for the use of alcohol in public areas of the College will be based on the above mentioned criteria as they relate to the following areas:
    1. focus of event
    2. length of event
    3. group's past record of alcohol use
    4. quantity of alcohol to be served/number of majority age attendees
    5. type of alcohol to be served
    6. serving procedure/servers
  4. The Cooperative Council will periodically review the uses of alcohol which have been registered and approved.
  5. Any campus event at which alcohol is served, must comply with the regulations and policies outlined in the Student Handbook, or be subject to cancellation.
  6. Anti-social behavior resulting from alcohol abuse is subject to disciplinary procedures through the College Conduct System or, if appropriate, the legal procedures of the City of New Haven and State of Connecticut.

Alcohol Regulations and Procedures for Registered Campus Events

  1. A non-alcoholic beverage must be offered if alcohol is to be served.
  2. Alcohol must be served by a bartender who is approved by the Vice President for Student Services or his/her designee
  3. A sign must be posted at the alcoholic serving area which states “We reserve the right to refuse to serve persons at the Administrator’s Discretion."
  4. If alcohol is sold or served, the sponsoring officers must be present throughout the entire event and are legally responsible for the regulations of the amount of alcohol each person present consumes. (Not applicable to House of Bollstadt sponsored activities).
  5. When alcohol is sold on campus, the price of an individual drink and the amount ordered must be discussed with the appropriate staff member for approval.
  6. Liquor permit numbers for any event on campus must be registered with the Associate Dean of Campus Activities.
  7. At College mixers or similar events, only beer or wine may be served.
  8. After an event the sponsors must meet with the appropriate staff member for a follow-up review.
  9. The duration of serving alcohol is to be determined by the Vice President for Student Services or his/her designee.

Additional Alcohol Policy Regulations pertaining to Residential Life:

  1. No persons under the age of 21 are allowed to consume, possess, or be in the presence of alcoholic beverages.
  2. No persons 21 or older may consume or be in possession of alcoholic beverages in the presence of those under 21 years of age.
  3. No persons 21 or older residing in a residence hall room with underage persons may possess or consume alcohol at any time.
  4. The purchasing of alcohol for minors (anyone under the age of 21) is not permitted.
  5. All alcoholic beverages are prohibited from common rooms and hallways.
  6. Anyone who is a guest in substance free housing (including AMC resident students who visit from other halls) will be subject to the policies that govern substance free housing and the sanctions which result from the violation of such.

CT State Laws

Conn. Gen. Stat. Section 30-87 states that it is unlawful for any person to induce a minor to procure alcoholic liquor from any person permitted to sell such alcoholic liquor shall be subject to the penalties prescribed in section 30-113.

Conn. Gen. Stat. Section 30-89(a) states that it is unlawful for a minor (under the age of 21) to purchase, attempt to purchase, or make a false statement in connection with the attempted purchase of alcohol. Section 30-89(b) states that possession of alcohol by a minor anywhere is illegal, except where the minor is accompanied by a parent, guardian or spouse over the age of 21. The fine ranges from $200–$500.

Conn. Gen. Stat. Section Sec. 30-89a states that it is illegal to permit a minor to illegally possess liquor in a dwelling unit or on private property or failing to halt such illegal possession. Violation constitutes a class A misdemeanor.

Conn. Gen. Stat. 30-113 states that any person convicted of a violation of any provision of this chapter for which a specified penalty is not imposed, shall, for each offense, be fined not more than one thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than one year or both.

Amendment to the Higher Education Act:

This legislation allows colleges to notify parents when students younger than 21 commit an alcohol or drug violation or break a college rule involving alcohol or drugs.

Possession or Consumption of Alcohol by an Underage Individual

The College strictly prohibits the possession or consumption of alcohol under the Connecticut legal age of 21 years old. Additionally, it is considered a violation to transport or carry alcohol if the individual is under the legal age of 21 years old.

Excessive Consumption of Alcohol and/or Drinking Games/Drinking Paraphernalia

The College strictly prohibits intoxication requiring medical or staff attention.
Regardless of age, any apparatus designed for the rapid consumption of alcohol or “Drinking games” are not permitted in the residence halls or any other buildings/areas of campus. Such items could be, but are not limited to: kegs, beer bongs, funnels, Beirut tables, Beer Pong tables, ice luges, shot glasses, Jello shots, etc. Please note this is not an exhaustive list.

Students found in possession of drinking paraphernalia or participating in any drinking games will be referred to the College student conduct process. The College reserves the right to immediately and permanently confiscate all drinking paraphernalia and the student(s) are subject to disciplinary sanctions.

Bar -Like Structures

Bar and bar-like structures are prohibited on campus. Displays of alcohol cans and bottles (empty or full) are prohibited in the residence halls by students under the age of 21 (including any of age student residing on campus with underage students) or as otherwise designated by College policy.

Open Container Policy

Alcohol may not be possessed or consumed in residence hall hallways or common rooms regardless of age. Alcohol may not be possessed or consumed in public areas, including outdoors, unless it is part of alcohol being served at a registered event sponsored by the College.

Permissible Quantities of Alcohol

The College prohibits the possession of quantities of alcohol that are larger than what is reasonable for personal consumption. The following are guidelines for the maximum amount of alcohol permitted in on-campus residences for those that are at least 21 years of age, not living with another student that is not of legal drinking age, and are not living in a substance free residence hall.

  • The total amount of alcohol permitted is: twelve 12-ounce coolers, malts or beers, OR one 1.75 liters of hard liquor OR (2) 750 ml bottles of wine.

C. Drug and Alcohol Amnesty Policy

The Albertus community values the health and safety of its members and supports an environment that encourages students to help others who are in need of assistance. This policy has been established to encourage students to take responsible action when another student or guest is at risk due to the consumption of alcohol and/or drugs.

Students for whom medical or staff assistance is necessary due to being dangerously intoxicated and/or under the influence of drugs will be granted amnesty from the College disciplinary process in accordance with the terms of this policy. The Albertus student/guest who calls the Department of Student Services, a Residential Life Staff member and/or Campus Security on behalf of a student/guest in need will likewise be granted amnesty provided:

  • The caller is an Albertus student/guest, and
  • The caller remains with the Albertus student/guest in need until an Albertus Staff member and/or Campus Security arrives.

In rare circumstances such as cases where other violations occur, students may be referred for disciplinary adjudication. Examples include, but are not limited to: fights, verbal or physical harassment, disorderly conduct, property damage or vandalism.

Please note that an Albertus student who requires medical or staff assistance due to being dangerously intoxicated and/or under the influence of drugs on more than one occasion may be subject to disciplinary action.

Students involved in an alcohol and/or drug related emergency for which amnesty is granted are subject to mandatory educational or developmental interventions. An Albertus student/guest who summons assistance for a student in need will receive amnesty on an ongoing basis consistent with the terms of this policy. The College’s response to these incidents is independent of any action taken by law enforcement.

Medical amnesty applies only to alcohol and/or drug-related emergencies but does not apply to other conduct violations such as, but not limited to, assault, harassment, hazing, operating a motor vehicle under the influence, property damage and vandalism or distribution of illegal substances.

D. Sanctions for Drug and Alcohol Policy Violations

Any violation of college rules and regulations combined with violation of the Drug and Alcohol Policy will seriously affect student sanctions** Sanctions may include expulsion from the College at the discretion of the Vice President for Student Services.

Commuter Students

Sanctions will be the same for first, second and third offenses with the exception of suspension or expulsion from the residence halls. All drug and alcohol sanctions apply to ALL guests.

For Underage Offenders:

First Offense

  • Parental Notification
  • Mandatory completion of an online substance abuse and/or alcohol education program

Second Offense

  • Parental Notification
  • $50 fine
  • Mandatory completion of an online substance abuse and/or alcohol education program
  • Residential probation for duration of a semester
  • One week suspension for residence hall [No refund]
  • Community service

Third Offense

  • Parental Notification
  • $100 fine
  • Referral to substance abuse and/or alcohol counseling
  • Community Service (hours to be determined)
  • One or two week suspension from residence hall [No refund]
  • College Conduct Probation for duration of academic year

Fourth Offense

  • Loss of Residency Privileges

For Legal Age Offenders:

First Offense

  • $50 fine
  • Residential probation for duration of semester

Second Offense

  • $100 fine
  • One week suspension from residence hall
  • Residential probation for duration of academic year
  • Mandatory completion of an online substance abuse and/or alcohol education program

Third Offense

  • $300 fine
  • Referral to substance abuse and/or alcohol counseling
  • Community Service (hours to be determined)
  • Two week suspension from residence hall [No refund]

Fourth Offense

  • Loss of Residency Privileges

**Sanctions do not have to be assigned in sequence. Any sanction may be changed, modified, eliminated, or added to, by the Vice President for Student Services and designees. Unpaid fines will result in a “HOLD” on student records and will also prevent registration for future semesters.

II. Standards for Employees

Employees should exercise good judgement and appropriate discretion when engaged in any educational or social activities in which students of legal age are present, when alcohol is available. In addition, Albertus Magnus College is a drug free workplace. The College prohibits the possession, retention, sale, distribution or use of any unauthorized drugs, stimulants or depressants both on and off campus. Violation of this policy is a serious violation of state and federal law as well as College regulations.

Federal law requires that an employee notify the College in writing of any conviction or violation of a criminal drug statute for a violation occurring in the work place, no later than five (5) calendar days after such a conviction. Notice shall be given to the Human Resources Director. An employee who is so convicted or who fails to report such a conviction is subject to discipline, up to and including termination. Albertus Magnus College is required to notify the appropriate federal agency in writing, within ten (10) calendar days of receiving such notice, of any applicable conviction involving employees engaged in work under a federal grant or contract.

The College cannot and does not protect individuals from prosecution under federal, state or local law. The College will not tolerate employees possessing, selling, using, manufacturing, distributing, assisting in distribution or making arrangements to distribute drugs during working hours, on or near College property or so as to affect other members of the College community.

This policy does not prohibit the possession and proper use of lawfully prescribed drugs taken in accordance with a prescription. If an employee is taking a prescription medication that he or she believes may impact his or her ability to safely and fully perform their duties, the employee should contact the Director of Human Resources or designee.

Employees in need of assistance in dealing with substance abuse issues are strongly encouraged to use the confidential assistance offered through Albertus Magnus College Employee Assistance Program (EAP) ComPsych. The service can be accessed through a dedicated toll-free number (877-595-5284) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and/or via the website www.guidanceresources.com. Your company Web ID: EAP Complete.

A notice of the current version of the Drug and Alcohol Policy will be sent annually by email in the fall to all faculty members, students and staff and will also be posted on the Human Resources section of the myAlbertus portal. Education and Counseling Alcoholism and drug abuse are serious problems requiring counseling and other forms of professional assistance. Employees who voluntarily seek help for substance abuse (self-referral) by contacting either their Supervisor or the Director of Human Resources or designee will be provided an opportunity to pursue counseling and rehabilitation. The College will make available to these employees information about counseling and rehabilitation services. All such referrals will be confidential. An employee’s decision to seek help voluntarily will not be used as a basis for disciplinary action, although the individual may be transferred, given work restrictions, placed on leave, and/or required to sign a “last chance agreement” as appropriate. A request for help is considered voluntary only if it is made before the College becomes aware that an employee has violated this policy. As otherwise permitted by law, the College reserves the right to terminate an employee who is unwilling or unable to successfully perform their regular duties as a result of a drug or alcohol problem, who fails to follow a prescribed rehabilitation program or who violates a last chance agreement.

Sanctions for Drug and Alcohol Policy Violations

Disciplinary sanctions for employees who violate the drug and alcohol policy include but are not limited to termination of employment and referral for prosecution, if applicable. Conditions of continued employment may include satisfactory completion of an appropriate rehabilitation program.

III. Federal Drug Penalties

Federal Trafficking Penalties for Marjuana, Hashish and Hashish Oil, Schedule I Substances Federal Trafficking Penalties for Schedule I, II, III, IV, and V (except Marijuana)

Medical Marijuana

In accordance with federal law, the College does not permit the possession, use or distribution of marijuana. As such, students in possession of medical marijuana prescriptions (issued in Connecticut or any other state) are not permitted to use or possess marijuana on College property.

Sanctions:

Possession and/or use of a dangerous article or substance on College property with the potential to injure or discomfort a person and/or cause property damage and/or cause damage to the community.
Typical sanctions may include probation, a minimum fine of $100, community service, and suspension from housing. Sanctions may be as severe as suspension or expulsion from the College. The Vice President for Student Services or designee has the right to revoke any or all privileges regarding participation in Housing Selection.

Drugs and Drug paraphernalia – Possession, use, storage or sale of marijuana, LSD, barbiturates, inhalants, amphetamines, and/or other dangerous, illicit or illegal drugs not prescribed for a student’s personal use by a licensed physician or paraphernalia in connection with the use of illegal drugs.
Typical sanctions may include probation, a minimum of a $100 fine, community service, expulsion or suspension or expulsion from housing and/or the College. The sanction for a student found responsible for selling drugs is expulsion from the College and possible arrest by local authorities. Other sanctions may also be added. The Vice President for Student Services or designee has the right to revoke any or all privileges regarding participation in Housing Selection.

Commission of any act that would constitute a crime under federal, state or municipal law.
Typical sanctions may include arrest, probation, assessment, community service, reimbursement, banning from specific areas of the campus, and suspension or expulsion from housing and/or the College. The Vice President for Student Services or designee has the right to revoke any or all privileges regarding participation in Housing Selection.

IV. The Drug-Free Schools and Communites Act

As a recipient of Federal funds, the College must certify under the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 that it has adopted and implemented a program to prevent the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees.

The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 require Albertus Magnus College to:

  • Notify students of the standards of conduct relative to alcohol and other drugs.
  • Describe applicable sanctions for unlawful possession, use or distribution of alcohol and illicit drugs.
  • Describe the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol.
  • Describe available alcohol and other drug counseling, treatment, or rehabilitation programs.
  • Describe sanctions the College will impose resulting from violation of standards of conduct.

Summary of Effects of Alcohol and Other Drug Use

Potential health risks resulting from alcohol and drug abuse include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Addiction
  • Brain Damage
  • Cancer
  • Cirrhosis
  • Heart problems
  • Impotence
  • Mood swings
  • Malnutrition
  • Aggression
  • Sleep problems

Education, Counseling, and Treatment Services

  • Resident Advisor training includes information on alcohol and other drugs and recognition of abuse patterns.
  • The Orientation program for new students includes discussions on substance abuse, College rules regarding legal drinking and information for counseling and referral through the College’s Health and Counseling Centers.
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Awareness Community Resources are available to students by referral.
  • The Health and Counseling Centers maintain a referral network of inpatient and outpatient programs for students.

Community Resources

The Substance Abuse Treatment Unit (SATU)
1 Long Wharf Drive
New Haven, CT 06511
Phone: 203-974-5777

MCCA
419 Whalley Avenue
Suite 300
New Haven, CT 06511
Tel. 203-285-6475

Biennial Review

Albertus Magnus College will prepare a biennial report on the effectiveness of its Drug and Alcohol Use Policy and the consistency of sanction enforcement.

Notice of Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations

A student who has been convicted of possession or sale of illegal drugs while receiving federal Title IV financial aid loses eligibility for federal and state government financial aid (including Title IV, HEA grant, loan, or work-study assistance) for a period of time specified in the law (HEA Sec. 484(r)(1)); (20 U.S.C. 1091(r)(1)). The period of ineligibility depends on whether the conviction was for possession or sale of (including conspiring to sell) illegal drugs.