Suggested Minimum Sanctions for Alcohol and Other Drug Policy Violations

Alcohol and Other Drug Offenses

In keeping with the educational mission of the University and its commitment to personal accountability, a student who violates the policy for the first time is usually given sanctions that are intended to inform his or her decisions about use of alcohol and other drugs. However, significant violations, even for a first-time violator, may be assigned sanctions that fall under AOD II or III. Examples include marijuana possession or use or distribution.

Alcohol and Other Drug I

Completion of homework, two online educational tools (e-Chug and e-Toke) available on the AOD website on MyArcadia. Homework is due to the Counseling Center within one week of the date on the sanction letter.

  1. Attendance at an AOD meeting closest to the violation date.
  2. Attendance at follow-up sessions if required by Counseling Center staff, and completion of any additional sanctions (see below under Additional Sanctions) assigned by the hearing officer.
  3. Non-compliance and/or missed appointments may result in significant monetary fines.

Second Alcohol or Other Drug OffenseAlcohol and Other Drug II

Significant violations (violations that result in hospitalization, involvement of law enforcement, and other offenses deemed significant by Student Affairs) require assessment via the Counseling Services staff. As the Counseling Center schedule permits, requirements must be met within thirty (30) days from the receipt of the sanction.

  1. ***Disciplinary probation
  2. Attendance at no less than two mandated sessions with a member of the Counseling Center Staff.
  3. Non-compliance and/or missed appointments may result in significant monetary fines.
  4. Completion of any additional sanctions (see below under Additional Sanctions) assigned by the hearing officer.

Third Alcohol and Other Drug III

Students whose behavior is significantly disruptive to the community, or that undermines community standards may be sanctioned to AOD III. Off-campus assessment by an external agency is required. The off-campus provider should be given permission to communicate with the conduct officer recommendations.

  1. Removal from housing, restriction from housing, and/or restriction from campus events.
  2. Disciplinary probation (a maximum of one year from the date of sanction).
  3. Mandated off-campus AOD assessment required. Required completion of a formal release to discuss case dispensation with Student Affairs professional staff or an appropriate external agency to determine appropriate treatment or sanction.
  4. Non-compliance and/or missed appointments may result in significant monetary fines.

Non-Compliance

Students are provided step-by-step instructions and rationale for sanctions in conduct hearings, via sanction letters, and in follow-up discussions with conduct officers. Failure to complete sanctions in the allotted time indicates apathy toward our community standards and philosophy of accountability. Therefore, failure to comply with sanctions may result in fines or additional sanctions as appropriate. Below are typical guidelines; however, additional sanctions are at the discretion of the conduct officer and may include items not listed below.

AOD I Failure to Comply:

  1. Failure to attend AOD I Group Session or complete assigned AOD I homework:  
    1. Non-compliance and/or missed appointments may result in significant monetary fines.
  2. Subsequent absence at AOD I session or incomplete homework:
    1. Non-compliance and/or missed appointments may result in significant monetary fines.
    2. Meeting with a conduct officer
    3. Disciplinary probation, restriction from events, housing, removal from housing are all potential consequences.

AOD II Failure to Comply:

  1. Failure to attend mandated alcohol assessment with Counselor:
    1.  Non-compliance and/or missed appointments may result in significant monetary fines.
  2. Consistent non-compliance could result in extended disciplinary probation, removal from housing, restriction from housing, and restriction from campus events.

AOD III Failure to Comply:

  1. Failure to produce documentation of off-campus mandated assessment in a timely manner, and any other AOD III sanctions:
    1. Removal/restriction from housing
    2. Restriction from campus events
    3. Extended disciplinary probation
    4. Non-compliance and/or missed appointments may result in significant monetary fines.

Additional Sanctions 

Additional sanctions may include one or a combination of the following at any level of the Alcohol and Other Drug program, based upon the violation.

  1. Disciplinary probation;
  2. Mandated assessment at a facility approved by the hearing officer. The facility must provide the hearing officer with a report following the assessment. The hearing officer may set a time limit in which this assessment must occur. The assessment will be at the expense of the student;
  3. Parental notification. Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), institutions may reveal information about violations of University policies related to alcohol and other drugs;
  4. Suspension or removal from University Housing; restriction from residence halls or university events.

A student who continues to violate the University AOD policy may be referred to the University Judicial Board and face possible suspension, dismissal or expulsion from the University.

AOD I

  • Prior to your group meeting, you must print out, put your name on, and turn in your full e- CHUG and E-Toke assessments (a total of about 18 pages). Hand your results into Meghan O’Meara in Counseling Services, Office #31, by given date, or put into the lockbox outside of Counseling Services.
  • Non-compliance and/or missed appointments may result in significant monetary fines.
  • You need to be on time. If you are more than 10 minutes late, you will be turned away.
  • Sessions last for two hours—no exceptions.
  • No one will receive information about you after completion other than you did or did not complete your mandate and the recommendations that were made.

AOD II

  • Schedule and complete a two-session assessment with a senior staff member from Counseling Services.
  • Sign a release of confidentiality form to grant permission for Counseling Services to give completed attendance and counseling recommendations to Student Affairs.
  • Completion of any additional sanctions assigned by the hearing officer.
  • Non-compliance and/or missed appointments may result in significant monetary fines.

AOD III

  • Non-compliance and/or missed appointments may result in significant monetary fines.
  • Disciplinary probation possible.
  • Removal from housing.
  • Required off campus counseling assessment.
  • Parental notification.