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Alcohol and Drug Policy

The Catawba College Student Guide is produced by the Office of Student Affairs.  The following information is a copy of the Catawba College policies pertaining to alcohol and drug use.

Alcohol and Drug Use

Catawba College Provisions Regarding the Use of Alcohol Information on North Carolina Laws Regarding Alcohol  
The purchase or possession of beer, wine, liquor or mixed beverages by a person less than 21 years old is illegal in the State of North Carolina. It is also illegal to sell beer, wine, liquor or mixed beverages to those less than 21 years old or to aid and abet a person less than 21 years old in obtaining alcoholic beverages. It is illegal to use a fraudulent ID or to permit the use of one's ID by a person less than 21 years old to purchase alcoholic beverages. It is illegal to give alcoholic beverages to an intoxicated person. Driving with any amount of alcohol in the body is illegal for anyone under 21; driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08%, "Driving While Impaired," carries a range of sentences and fines and may result in a suspended license. A person can be charged with "Driving While Impaired" with blood alcohol concentrations under .08% if police observe erratic driving. And, if you become disruptive in public (violent, insulting, using profanity,   urinating, etc.) as a result of being drunk, you can be fined and spend time in jail. Penalties for alcohol offenses range in seriousness from a significant fine to imprisonment or both. Penalties vary depending on the age of the offender and the nature of the offense. A criminal record (misdemeanor or felony) may preclude admission to graduate or professional schools, professional licensure and certification or security clearance of certain professions and positions.

College Alcohol Policy and Regulations
The following regulations are based on the Alcohol Beverage Control laws of North Carolina and on the College's intent to encourage moderation if alcohol is consumed.

  1. Students under the age of 21 may not purchase, possess or consume any alcoholic beverage.
  2. Students over the age of 21 may consume legal alcoholic beverages only in the privacy of residence hall rooms where at least one resident is 21. Residence hall areas such as entrances, lobbies and hallways are considered to be public areas and, therefore, alcoholic beverages may not be consumed and/or displayed in these areas.
  3. Alcohol containers, whether empty or full, may not be displayed in public areas, to include window sills and other areas in private residence rooms that may be observed from outside. Public areas include residence hall entrances, lobbies, and hallways, as well as non-residence buildings on campus and the campus grounds. Possession of alcohol containers, even though they are empty, may not be in rooms where the occupants are under the age of twenty-one (21). In addition, students residing in a room where both residents are under the age of twenty-one may not host an of age student possessing or consuming an alcoholic beverage.
  4. Alcohol may not be dispensed or consumed during any student social function.          
    1. College funds may not, under any circumstances, be used for the purchase of alcoholic beverages to be dispensed or consumed at any student social function on or off the campus.
    2. Kegs or any other common source container of alcohol are strictly prohibited on campus for student consumption.
    3. The consumption or display of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in all areas except those specifically approved by the Office of the Deans of Students.
    4. Student organizations may not sponsor or co-sponsor a function cooperatively with any alcoholic beverage distributor or brewing company, nor lend its name to any such activity at which an alcoholic beverage is to be dispensed as a promotion for a brewing company or alcohol distributor.

Alcohol Policy Relating to Student Organizations
Distribution, possession or consumption of alcohol beverages, including public drunkenness, at student organization events are in violation of the College's alcohol policy. In addition to individual students being charged with a violation of the College alcohol policy, student organizations and groups are also responsible for and subject to meeting all regulations governing their charter or sponsorship. This includes all student organizations, clubs, athletic teams, etc.

Alcohol and Drug Policy Relating to Student Athletes
In addition to the policies listed here, student athletes are also accountable for the policies as listed in the Student Athlete Alcohol and Drug policy distributed by the Athletic Department. Athletes will receive a copy of the Student Athlete Alcohol and Drug policy from the Athletic Department. Student athletes are encouraged to speak with their coaches or the Athletic Director for more information about this policy. This policy is meant to supplement the Code of Student Conduct and offer additional educational opportunities on an individual basis.

Guidelines for Alcohol Policy Violation Sanctions
Violations of the College Alcohol Policy are sanctioned on two levels.

Level 1:   General violations of the College Alcohol Policy, including but not limited to the following:

  1. Underage consumption or possession of alcohol;
  2. Consumption or possession of alcohol in a substance free residence hall;
  3. Participation in drinking games/possession or use of drinking devices;
  4. Consumption of alcohol in a public area;
  5. Intoxication or public drunkenness;
  6. Presence of alcohol containers in an under-aged student's room;
  7. Use of false identification to purchase or gain access to an establishment at which alcohol is served.

Level 2:   Violations of the College Alcohol Policy related to more serious or harmful behavior, including but not limited to the following:

  1. Causing harm to oneself, others or damage to College property;
  2. Engaging in physical violence or vandalism;
  3. Showing disrespect to a College employee;
  4. Possession of a common source container;
  5. Providing or distributing alcohol to an underage person;
  6. Illegally operating a vehicle after having consumed alcohol.

Level 2 violations are of a more serious nature and a violation will therefore carry a two-offense penalty. Students who are issued a Level 2 alcohol violation will be responsible for the next two offenses as listed in the sanctioning schedule. The violation will count as two offenses in determining the student's scheduled sanction. The College reserves the right to issue an alcohol violation based on information received from outside agencies such as law enforcement officers or other colleges. The Student Affairs Office is charged with the enforcement of all College policies. The following sanctions will be assessed when students accept responsibility or are found responsible for a violation of the College alcohol policy. Any sanction may be accompanied by a required educational component.

Alcohol Sanctioning Schedule:

First Offense: Written Warning, Parental Notification &  Education Component
Second Offense: $50 Fine, Parental Notification & 10 Hours Community Service
Third Offense: $100 Fine, Parental Notification, 20 Hours Community Service & Off Campus Alcohol Assessment.                
Fourth Offense:

The Education Component will be added to all new sanctions for students who are issued an alcohol violation and have not completed the Education Component.

Clemency Clause:  
Students who are sanctioned beyond a First Offense alcohol violation will have one violation removed from their record upon accumulating one calendar year free of further alcohol or substance abuse violations. Students will be eligible for one reduction during their college tenure.

Notification Policy:
The administration of Catawba College believes that the greatest opportunity for social and academic success exists when all members of the College community work together as a team to meet student needs. To this end, College administrators reserve the right to notify and inform such other College personnel who may have a significant relationship to a student of matters arising under the Student Conduct Code. Other personnel who may be notified include student advisors, professors, athletic director, coaches and/or other College administrators. The College further reserves the right to notify parents of students found to be in violation of the College policies regarding the possession or use of alcohol and other drugs. If a member of a College athletic team is issued a violation of the Alcohol or Drug Policy, the athletic director and/or coaches will also be notified.

College Provisions Regarding the Use of Drugs Illegal Drug Use  
Catawba College is an academic community that believes that the life of the mind is intrinsically alluring and worthy of pursuit. The abuse of drugs seriously runs counter to that deeply held value and is clearly detrimental to the individual's welfare. Thus, consistent with the beliefs and purposes of this institution, the use of any drugs in the College community must be within the limits of federal and state laws.

The College reminds students of their responsibility to be aware of and to obey those federal and state statutes that prohibit the use of various drugs. While the College is not specifically responsible for the enforcement of federal and state drug laws, those agencies charged with this legal responsibility have the authority to carry out their duties on the campus. The College cannot, nor does it wish to, provide a haven for illegal drug activity. Thus, individuals who illegally possess, use, or supply prohibited drugs within the academic community risk action by the appropriate civil authorities and consequent penalty.

In addition, there is considerable evidence that prolonged use of such drugs can be harmful to the individual's psychological or physical health. Students whose use of drugs results in academic difficulties or psychological/physical health problems will be advised to seek professional assistance and may be required to withdraw from the College. Students who actively promote, supply or sell illegal drugs thereby engage in behavior that may infringe on the rights of others, endanger the well-being or safety of others, or result in psychological or physical injury to others. They will, therefore, be subject to the full range of College disciplinary action as defined in this Handbook, including permanent expulsion. The local police may be summoned by a member of the College staff who encounters the possession, use, distribution or sale of a drug by a student on the campus.

Standards of Conduct Related To Drugs and Alcohol
The College has long had a personal conduct regulation that addresses improper behavior with respect to alcoholic beverages. Members of the College community are reminded that the following will subject an individual to College disciplinary review and action: distribution, possession, or consumption of alcoholic beverages in violation of stated College policy and/or local ordinances and state law. In accordance and compliance with the requirements of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of l989 (Public Law 101-226), effective October 1, l990, the following behavior is prohibited: the unlawful possession, use or distribution of drugs by students and employees on College property or as part of any College activity.

Performance-Enhancing Drugs
The use of performance-enhancing drugs (e.g. anabolic steroids, amphetamines, etc.) by athletes in an attempt to gain a possible athletic advantage is a threat to their health and undermines the spirit of sportsmanship. Such drug use also threatens the health of others because of the pressure it may put on them to experiment with dangerous substances.

The Catawba Department of Athletics states emphatically that the use of such drugs will not be tolerated, and that anyone using them will not be permitted to represent the College in intercollegiate athletic competition. When an athlete is found to be using such drugs, that individual may be referred to the Office of the Dean of Students.

Controlled Substances
The unlawful distribution, possession or use of controlled substances on property owned or controlled by the College, or as part of any College activity, or off campus when the interests of the College are involved, is strictly prohibited. Controlled substances include, but are not limited to, substances that are prescribed by a physician that are being distributed to others even though the distributor may have a prescription from a physician for that particular controlled substance. Health services must be notified of any medications taken on a daily basis. Students are required to complete this information on the health history form and to notify health services of any additions or changes that may occur.

The Abuse of Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drugs
Individuals should follow the instructions of the prescribing physician in using prescription and/or over the-counter drugs. Abuse of such drugs can result in serious physical and mental disability.

College Drug Regulations
The use, possession, distribution or sale of any illegal drug or controlled substance for which the student does not possess a prescription from a physician is strictly forbidden on the Catawba College campus. The distribution of a controlled substance for which a student has a prescription from a physician is also a violation of this policy. The use or possession of any drug paraphernalia is prohibited.

Guidelines for College Drug Violation Sanctions
Students found responsible for the use or possession of any illegal drug or drug paraphernalia will be subject to fines, community restitution, probation, suspension or expulsion. Students found responsible for the distribution or sale of illegal drugs or controlled substances or the possession with intent to distribute or sell will be subject to the immediate suspension or expulsion from the College.

Alcohol and Drug Policy Definitions

Alcohol: any spirituous malt, fermented, brewed or other liquors or any other mixture that contains alcohol and is used as a beverage.

Common Area: any campus area outside of a student's residence hall room.

Common Source Container: any keg, mixed punch or other communal dispensers from which a quantity of beverage is distributed to more than one person.

Container: any cup, can, bottle or other device that may be used to hold (whether opened or unopened) an alcoholic beverage.

Controlled Substances: include, but are not limited to, substances that are prescribed by a physician that are being distributed to others even though the distributor may have a prescription from a physician for that particular controlled substance.

Distribution/The Sale of/Intent to Sell: any amount of illegal drugs, narcotics or controlled substances with the intention to supply another person either through financial, trade or other means.

Drinking Games/Drinking Devices: any possession or participation in gaming or challenge activities used to promote the consumption of alcohol. Drinking devices include but are not limited to funnels, beer pong tables, etc.

False Identification: any document with information that contradicts the legal name, birth date or other personal information.

Illegal Drugs: any non-prescribed narcotic, mind-altering, hallucinogenic or illicit illegal drug as defined by state and federal laws.

Paraphernalia: includes equipment, products and materials of any kind that are used to facilitate violations of the Controlled Substance Act, including planting, growing, harvesting, producing, preparing, testing, analyzing, packaging, repackaging, storing, containing and concealing controlled substances and injecting, ingesting, inhaling or otherwise introducing controlled substances into the human body.

Possession: is defined to include the transportation, carrying on person, within immediate proximity or storage of alcohol, drugs or other paraphernalia.

Substance Free Residence Halls: a residence hall that has been designated free from the consumption, possession or use of alcohol.