Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy

Policy Name:  Alcohol and Other Drugs

Policy Number: STU-7001

Effective:  Legacy

Revised: Not applicable

Policy Statement

Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy

This policy expresses Holy Family University’s educational concern for our students to achieve the greatest level of personal and academic success by creating an environment for growth by and among its community and its commitment to the physical and emotional health and wellbeing of all those who work, study, or congregate at the University. It applies to all members of the University including students, faculty and staff, alumni, friends and guests on the University campus. The University reserves the right to take disciplinary action against any member of the University community for off-campus behavior that violates this policy.

The possession, use, distribution, or sale of narcotics or drugs other than those medically prescribed, and stored in the original container, by students, faculty, staff, or visitors on university grounds or while on University business is prohibited. Off-campus possession, use, distribution, or sale of narcotics or drugs by students, faculty or staff is inconsistent with the university’s policies and goals, and is therefore prohibited. Any and all types of drug paraphernalia, including, but not limited to, bongs, pipes, and any items modified or adapted so they can be used to consume drugs, are not permitted on university property.

Students are expected to immediately report conduct or activity which poses a danger to the community or its members. This is most important in medical emergencies due to drug or alcohol use. Students should not hesitate to seek help because of fear of disciplinary action. An individual person who actively seeks help for an intoxicated or under the influence will not, in most circumstances, be charged under the University Judicial Process for seeking help, as determined within the discretion of the University. If applicable, an investigation into the event may be deemed necessary. While Holy Family reserves the right to follow its own judicial process, Holy Family University works in collaboration with the Philadelphia Police Department when any federal, state, or local laws are violated.

Alcohol Policy

The University prohibits students to consume or possess alcohol under any circumstances. The possession, use, distribution of alcohol, or possession of paraphernalia by members of the University community may result in disciplinary action. Intoxication, disorderliness, or offensive behavior that may be related to alcohol will also result in disciplinary action. The policy also extends to University-related events conducted off campus. The University, under strict approval of the President, may conduct specialized events where alcohol is served; these events must be properly registered and steps must be taken to prevent under-age consumption.

It is unlawful to sell, furnish or provide alcohol to a person under the age of 21. The possession of alcohol by anyone under 21 years of age in a public place is illegal. It is also a violation of the Holy Family University policy for anyone to consume or possess alcohol in any public or private area of campus without prior University approval.

Members of the University community are expected to be aware of and obey state and

municipal laws or ordinances regulating the use, possession or sale of alcoholic beverages and federal and state laws regarding controlled substances. Those who are cited for violations of laws or ordinances by state, federal, or municipal authorities may also face University disciplinary proceedings and may be required to pursue counseling, an educational program, or treatment. Resident students should reference the Residence Life Policies outlined in this Student Handbook for specific information regarding expectations of resident students with regard to the alcohol policy.

Examples of alcohol violations include, but are not limited to:

  • Possession and/or consumption of alcohol;
  • Knowingly furnishing, transporting, and/or allowing minors to consume alcohol;
  • Use of alcohol resulting in involuntary, erratic and/or abusive behavior;
  • Possession of a keg, beer ball or other common source alcohol containers;
  • Involvement in the high-risk use of alcohol;
  • Persons observed in a residence on campus or off-campus when an open container of alcohol is present; and
  • Open container of alcohol in a public area.


Other Drugs Policy

The use, possession, or distribution of illegal narcotics or other controlled substances except as expressly permitted by federal, state and/or local law is prohibited. The misuse of prescription drugs is also prohibited. Drug paraphernalia such as bongs, hookahs, roach clips, pipes, and other drug paraphernalia, which may indicate illegal drug use, are prohibited on campus and possession may result in disciplinary action. Students present in an incident involving drugs who have taken no action to remove themselves from, seek help for, or prevent the behavior could be subject to the same repercussions as those actively involved.

Examples of drug violations include, but are not limited to:

  • Illegal or improper use, possession, cultivation, distribution, manufacture, or sale of any drug(s), including prescribed medications;
  • Illegal or improper use of solvents, aerosols, or propellants; and
  • Administration or employment of drugs or intoxicants causing another person to become impaired without his or her knowledge.


State Law of Pennsylvania on Alcoholic Beverages

In addition to violations of University policies, there are state and local laws including, but not limited to, Title 18 (Pennsylvania Crimes Code) and Title 75 (the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code) that impose significant criminal penalties if violated:

Title 18: Note, in particular, Sections 5505 (Public Drunkenness); 6307 (Misrepresentation of Age to Purchase Liquor or Malt Policies, Regulations, Statements and Guidelines Brewed Beverages (Beer)); 6308 (Purchase, Consumption, Possession or Transportation of Liquor or Malt or Brewed Beverage by a Minor); 6310.1 (Selling or Furnishing Liquor or Malt or Brewed Beverages to Minors); 6310.7 (Selling or Furnishing Non-Alcoholic Beverages to Persons Under 21); 6310.2 (Manufacture or Sale of False Identification Card); 6310.3 (Carrying a False ID); and, 3809 (Restriction on Alcoholic Beverages (Open Container)). Title 75: Note, in particular, Sections 3718 (Minor Prohibited from Operating with Any Alcohol in System); 3802 (Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Controlled Substance); 3802(a) (General Impairment); 3802(b) (High Rate of Alcohol); 3802(c) (Highest Rate of Alcohol); 3802(d) (Controlled Substances); 3802 (e) (Minors); 3802(f) (Commercial or School Vehicles); 3735

(Homicide by Vehicle While Driving under the Influence); and, 3735.1 (Aggravated Assault by Vehicle while Driving under the Influence).

It shall be unlawful for a person less than twenty-one (21) years of age to attempt to purchase, consume, possess, or knowingly and intentionally transport an alcohol or malt or brewed beverage within the commonwealth. The penalty for the second or third violations is a fine no greater than $500.00. It is unlawful to misrepresent your age, or transfer a registration card for the purpose of falsifying age to secure malt or alcoholic beverages. The penalty for the second or third violations is a fine no greater than $500.00. It in unlawful to sell, furnish, or give any minor under twenty-one (21) years of age any malt or alcoholic liquor. The penalty for the second or third violations is a fine no greater than $500.00.


Pennsylvania Liquor Laws:


State Law of Pennsylvania on Drugs

State law prohibits the unauthorized manufacture, sale, delivery and possession of controlled substances. Persons may be subject to 30 days imprisonment and a $500 fine for simple possession of a small amount of marijuana (misdemeanor), a maximum of 15 years imprisonment and a $25,000 fine for manufacture, delivery or possession of a Schedule I or II controlled narcotic drug such as cocaine, PCP, and LSD (felony).

Sentences can be doubled for second and subsequent convictions. Sentences can also be doubled for distribution of controlled substances to persons under the age of 18. Penalties range from mandatory minimum sentence of one year and a $5,000 fine for the first conviction or to a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years and a $50,000 fine for subsequent convictions for the manufacture, delivery or possession of 100 grams or more of a Schedule I or II controlled narcotic drug.

Holy Family University students are subject to prosecution under the Pennsylvania Controlled Substance; Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act for drug abuse and unlawful drug use and unlawful drug sales. The following state and federal laws concerning specific illicit drugs are drawn from the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act, 35 p.s. section 107 708-113 et, seq. of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and from the Federal Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act, 2 U.S.C.A. 801, et, seq., (specifically, the penalties for manufacturing, distributing, dispensing or possessing a controlled substance are found in section 84l of the Act).


Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention

Research on the abuse of alcohol and the use of other drugs by college students indicates that these behaviors pose a serious threat to the educational environment, which includes not only the campus but the surrounding community as well. Therefore, the efforts of the University are primarily directed toward educating students about the effects of alcohol and other drug use and helping them learn to make healthy choices.

Health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and alcohol abuse may include but not limited to heart problems, malnutrition, convulsions, cancer, hepatitis, liver damage, coma and death. Related and equally serious risks include: impaired judgment, sexual assault, unplanned pregnancy, inability to manage academic stress, and academic failure. Recognizing that students may need to seek support for addressing difficulties that can arise from alcohol and/or other drug use, Holy Family University encourages them to visit the Counseling Center, University Health Services, or Campus Ministry. Confidentiality will be strictly enforced as required by the code of ethics of the individual professional.

All students are encouraged to seek early help if they feel they have a problem with alcohol and/or other drugs, and to learn how to assist others with substance abuse problems. It is less likely that serious consequences will result from an alcohol or other drug problem with early assistance. Through the Counseling Center, students have free access to licensed professional counselors for an initial screening/consultation and short-term counseling in regards to a concern around substance use, with possible referral to an outside agency.

Other resources which are available within the community for assistance include:

Referrals to a community agency are provided if a student’s behavioral history, objective

assessment, and individual and/or family interviews indicate more appropriate services are needed than can be provided by the Counseling Center. Counseling is available to students who have successfully completed a rehabilitation program and wish to return. Students may remain on campus if they are capable of maintaining a satisfactory level of performance while participating in a substance rehabilitation program that provides confidential communication to the counseling or health services.