ALCOHOL AND CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES HEALTH RISKS The illegal use of alcohol and the abuse of alcohol and controlled substances may lead to permanent health conditions including, but not limited to, disorders of the central nervous system, reproductive functioning, cardiovascular and pulmonary systems, and endocrine functioning. In addition, there may be both short-term and long-term effects on cognition, memory, retention, information processing, coordination, athletic performance, academic performance, and the exercise of judgment.
Alcohol: Inappropriate use and abuse of alcohol is often associated with lower academic performance and failures, sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies, vandalism, aggressive behaviors including sexual assault and rape, injuries, death, and prosecution for crimes related to the consumption of alcohol. Even small amounts of alcohol may impair the ability to concentrate, as well as the judgment and coordination required to drive a car safely thus increasing the likelihood that the driver will be involved in an accident. Small to moderate amounts of alcohol may also increase the incidence of a variety of aggressive acts, including spousal and child abuse. Moderate to high doses of alcohol can cause marked impairments in higher mental functions, severely altering a person's ability to learn and remember information. Very high doses may result in respiratory depression and even death. When used in conjunction with other depressants of the nervous system, even a small amount of alcohol can result in these effects. Repeated use of alcohol may lead to dependence or addiction. The sudden cessation of alcohol consumption produces withdrawal symptoms such as severe anxiety, tremors, hallucinations and convulsions, and can be life threatening. Long-term consumption of large quantities of alcohol, particularly when combined with poor nutrition, may also lead to permanent damage to vital organs such as the brain and liver. Women who drink alcohol during pregnancy may give birth to infants with fetal alcohol syndrome. Infants with fetal alcohol syndrome have irreversible physical abnormalities and mental retardation. Further, research shows that children of alcoholic parents are at greater risk than other children of becoming alcoholics themselves.
Controlled Substances: All drugs, whether illegal or prescribed, alter the chemical balance of the body. The misuse of drugs may lead to addiction and even death. Drug addiction and abuse can cause serious damage to the brain, stomach, lungs, liver, kidneys, heart, and the immune and reproductive systems.
ALCOHOL AND CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES RESOURCES Assistance and information can be obtained from the following:
On-campus: Counseling and Wellness Center — 914.323.5155 Health Center — 914.323.5245 Campus Safety — 914.323.5244 Office of Residence Life —914.323.5217 Dean of Students — 914.323.3134
ALCOHOL AND CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES SANCTIONS Any violation of the College's Drug and Alcohol Policy may be disciplined in accordance with the College's disciplinary procedures for students. Further, the College may refer the student for criminal prosecution. Any sanction imposed by the College is independent of, and is in addition to, any penalty imposed in connection with a criminal conviction. The sanctions that may be imposed on a student include, but are not limited to, warning, educational, disciplinary probation, mandated counseling/alcohol or drug use prevention program, deferred suspension, suspension, dismissal and expulsion from College housing and/or the College. In determining a sanction, the College will consider the nature and severity of the violation, the impact of the transaction on the campus community, and the student's disciplinary history.
AlcoholEdu for Sanctions helps students who have violated alcohol policies make safer and healthier choices – and avoid getting in trouble again. The course provides a strong educational foundation to support campus judicial programs and is an essential component of a comprehensive alcohol prevention initiative.
AlcoholEdu for Sanctions engages students by integrating prevention techniques with non-opinionated, science based interactive alcohol education.
AlcoholEdu for Sanctions is a two-part course. Part 1 can take approximately one hour to complete and Part 2 can take approximately 15 minutes. Students will be given one week to complete the course with a passing score of 70% or higher to be in compliance. At the end of the course, a Feedback Report is generated and the student will need to share this report with the Conduct Officer. The Conduct Officer may have the student share the report with the College’s Counseling & Wellness or Health Centers as part of the sanction process.