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Alcohol Policy

Alcohol is strictly prohibited on campus. Use, possession, sale, and/or acting under the influence of alcoholic beverages on University property or as any part of a University-sponsored activity is strictly prohibited.

The risks associated with the abuse of alcohol are numerous and include physical and mental impairment, emotional and psychological deterioration, and devastating effects on family and friends. There are obvious risks, such as suffering a hangover, being charged with driving under the influence or while intoxicated, and sustaining or causing personal injury. There are a number of less obvious risks associated with alcohol abuse that students might not realize, including:

  • Poor academic performance
  • Poor job performance
  • Unwanted sexual activity
  • Sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS
  • Jeopardizing future career prospects (e.g., admission to law school, employment with the federal government).

In addition, alcohol abuse puts the user at considerable health risk, which can include nausea, vomiting, cancer, liver damage, elevated blood pressure, psychotic episodes, hallucinations and, in some cases, death. In addition to the risk to the abuser of illicit drugs and alcohol are the risks to other students and the public.

The Counseling Center as well as the Health Center can provide consultation and referral to students with problems or concerns related to alcohol use. All have procedures to assure confidentiality.

Individuals whose performance is impaired as a result of use or abuse of alcohol (either on or off campus); who use or abuse alcohol on campus; who violate any provision of the Code of Conduct are subject to sanctions.

Use, possession, sale, and/or acting under the influence of alcoholic beverages on campus will be determined by the following:

  1. Physical evidence: any container of an alcoholic beverage whether empty, full, or partially full will constitute sufficient evidence to find a student (or students), in a room (or suite) or in an automobile, guilty of possession of alcoholic beverages on campus.
  2. Physiological Evidence: any physiological indication of intoxication.

At the discretion of the Dean of Students, the following disciplinary actions may be taken:

  • Level I offense: Written warning on file in Dean of Students office, mandatory evaluation through the Reinhardt University Counseling Center, and a letter may be sent to parents.
  • Level II offense: Recommended counseling, letter to parents and possible dismissal from residence hall, and 20-40 Hours of Community Service to be completed in 10 weeks from day of hearing.
  • Level III offense: Dismissal from residence hall or from University.