Alcohol and Other Drugs
Caldwell University upholds the laws of the Federal Government and Title 24 of the Statutes of New Jersey which prohibit the illegal possession, use or distribution of marijuana, cocaine or other hallucinogens and narcotic drugs, as well as the underage use and possession of alcohol. Students who violate these laws are subject to disciplinary measures, including possible expulsion. The College cannot and does not protect an offender against the penalties of the law. Law enforcement officers, when armed with proper documents, have the legal right to search any and all buildings on campus without prior notice. A conviction in a prior year could negate any future financial aid.
Students may also be subject to Caldwell University’s Code of Student Conduct, as well as the Athletic Department’s Policies and Procedures in matters concerning alcohol and other drug use. In addition, within the Residence Hall, students are subject to the Residence Hall’s Rules and Regulations.
Campus Regulations Governing the Use of Alcohol and other Drugs
In accordance with the Laws of the Federal Government, Title 24 of the Statutes of New Jersey, and New Jersey Statute 2C:33-15, the purchase of alcohol or drugs and their use on the Caldwell University campus will be governed by the following regulations:
1. No one under the legal age for drinking shall be served or allowed to sell, purchase, consume or have in his/her possession alcoholic beverages.
2. Possession of all alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs are prohibited in all residence halls. All students found in a room where alcohol or drugs are present will be fined and a write up will be issued.
3. Students will be held accountable for any vandalism or harassment while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
4. Use, manufacture, possession, sale, distribution or intent to distribute any amount of illegal or controlled drugs or other substances and the misuse of prescription drugs is prohibited. Controlled substances include, but are not limited to, illegal drugs, prescription drugs, designer drugs, bathsalts, caffeinated alcoholic beverages (Four Loko, etc.), and other chemicals that alter the perceptions and motor abilities of an individual. Use of over the counter medications not in compliance with the directions accompanying the products is also prohibited.
5. Use or possession of drug paraphernalia or items that have been or can be used to smoke or ingest illegal drug substances (i.e. pipes, hookahs, bowls, bongs) are prohibited.
6. Anyone in the presence of any other person on campus who is possessing, consuming or selling drugs is in violation of College policy or law.
7. College policy permits the consumption of alcoholic beverages only by persons of legal age at approved social functions when specific permission has been obtained from the appropriate authorities. Even if there is no violation of federal, state or local laws, students are prohibited from being intoxicated, encouraging or contributing to the intoxication of another person, participating in drinking games, or carrying open containers of alcoholic beverages outside the limits of the permitted social gathering. In addition, the use of kegs or beer balls without prior permission is prohibited.
8. The sale of alcoholic beverages at events on campus (outside of properly licensed premises) is prohibited unless a valid license is obtained from the Township of Caldwell. License application is subject to the approval of the Director of Student Activities
Alcohol and other drug-related incidents on campus or at off-campus College-related activities are reportable to the Vice President for Student Life (see Code of Student Conduct, #21) and may qualify as criminal offenses that warrant arrest. Residence Hall incidents are reported to the Director of Residence Life; both are referred to the Substance Awareness Counselor. Each case will be handled with the utmost care to benefit the student, College and the campus community.
First Offense: $140.00 fine and write-up. One (1) hour of educational and one (1) hour of personal counseling with the Substance Awareness Counselor is required, and the College will notify parents of students who are under 21 years of age about the violation.
Second Offense: $240.00 fine and write-up. Three (3) hours of educational and personal counseling with the Substance Awareness Counselor are required. The student will be placed on disciplinary probation for a minimum of two semesters and the College will notify parents of students under 21 years of age about the violation.
Third Offense: If a third incident involving alcohol/drugs occurs, the student will be required to meet with the Vice President for Student Life, along with the Substance Awareness Counselor, to determine whether possible expulsion from the College, a medical leave of absence, and/or probation is necessary.
Fines are payable to Caldwell University and are submitted to the Vice President for Student Life or her designee in the Student Life Office.
Fines must be paid by the due date; otherwise a “hold” will be placed on the student’s account which will affect registration and class attendance for the following semester. No transcripts are issues until all fines have been paid.
Student Recourse Option:
Students who claim that they were not drinking will be given the opportunity to voluntarily submit to a breathalyzer screening. If the screening shows a .00 (point zero) Blood Alcohol Content (BAC), the student will be given an oral warning.
If a student is found in a room with alcohol a second time and screens at .00 (point zero), he/she will be given a second oral warning, incur a fine of $25.00 and be required to receive one (1) hour of educational/personal counseling.
If a student is found in a room where alcohol is present for the third time, an alcohol policy violation will be issued.
Violation disputes must be made within two days of the date the violation was issued. For violations occurring under the jurisdiction of Residence Life, appeals must be made to the Residence Life Office. For violations occurring in all other areas, appeals are made to the Vice President for Student Life. The appropriate official will investigate the appeal and render a decision within 10 business days.
Additional Drug-Related Action
Students involved in the use or possession of a controlled substance will be referred to the Vice President for Student Life or her designee. They will face substantial sanctions which could include suspension or expulsion from the College. Students can be required to enroll and actively participate in a drug or alcohol counseling program or a rehabilitation program as a condition of continued enrollment.
1. Students involved in any way in the distribution or sale of any amount of controlled substances will be suspended from the College as a minimum sanction, even for a first offense.
2. The College reserves the right to evict a resident student from its residence halls for use or possession of a controlled substance at any time during the academic year.
These regulations are in addition to, not substitutes for, criminal sanctions provided for in municipal, state and federal statutes. When required by law, violations of those statutes will be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agencies
Good Samaritan Amnesty
If a person is exhibiting signs of alcohol poisoning or a drug overdose and his/her friend(s) want to help him or her, they must:
1. Call for help: One of the persons calls 9-1-1 and notifies a campus official that a person is in need of medical assistance;
2. Stay with your friend: The first person making the 9-1-1 call (and, if applicable, up to two other persons acting in concert with the caller) remains on the scene with the person in need of medical assistance; AND
3. Cooperate with authorities: The first person who called 9-1-1 (and, if applicable, up to two other persons acting in concert with the caller) cooperates with medical assistance, law enforcement personnel, or any campus officials on the scene.
A member of the Caldwell University community who follows the procedures stated above will not be subject to a write-up or other disciplinary measures for the occasion on which he or she gives assistance. The assisting student will be required to comply with any recommendations set forth by the Vice President for Student Life.
Those who receive medical assistance in circumstances involving the abuse of alcohol or drugs will not be subject to a writeup or other disciplinary measures. They must, however, submit to a substance abuse evaluation and follow any treatment recommendations related to this evaluation. This follow-up must be completed within a timeframe that is determined by the Vice President for Student Life. Failure to complete this evaluation/treatment may result in disciplinary charges.
The Good Samaritan Amnesty refers to isolated incidents only and does not excuse or protect those who flagrantly or repeatedly violate this policy.
Sr. Deborah Lynch, O.P., M.S.