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Alcohol and Other Drug Use

NOTE: As per vote by the Board of Trustees in June, 2017, the Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy was moved from the Community Constitution and Bylaws. The Trustees tasked the Dean of Students and President with drafting an interim policy, stated below. During the Fall 2017 semester, the Community is tasked with drafting a new Policy to be put back in the Bylaws. 

A. Preamble: Marlboro College cultivates self - discovery and community awareness through rigorous coursework and energetic debates in Town Meeting and other settings We recognize that more significant learning takes place when students are given the opportunity to explore, experiment, to take risks and to change one’s opinion after self-reflection. While the campus culture provides myriad opportunities for exploration and experimentation, it must also provide a structure for guidance and self-examination. The Alcohol and Drug Policy strives to balance autonomy with accountability. We assume that all students want to enhance their intellectual and social capabilities. We believe that abuse and dependence of alcohol and drugs restricts those capabilities. The goal of this policy is to provide education and support to students who choose to use intoxicants; and for students who abuse or become dependent on intoxicants, to also provide education and support, but also intervention and appropriate consequence.

The Office of the Dean of Students is charged with ensuring the community both abides by the Alcohol and Drug policy and receives necessary education and supports to help both prevent and address consequences of alcohol and drug abuse.

Abuse of alcohol and other drugs, either illicit or prescribed threatens individual health, compromises educational development, and undermines community integrity. A summary description of certain health risks associated with the abuse of alcohol and illicit drugs is presented in the APPENDIX to this section of the HANDBOOK. Detailed information is available through the Total Health Center. 

This interim Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy was adapted from a policy created through the joint participation of students, faculty, and staff. Edits to the policy were authored by the Dean of Students in the summer of 2017 as mandated by the Marlboro College Board of Trustees. Whereas the original policy had been approved by the President and Town Meeting, this interim policy will be subject to review and edit the Dean’s Advisory Committee. The policy will also be subject to review by the Selectboard and Town meeting in the fall of 2017. Final approval of the Alcohol and Drug Policy will come from the Board of Trustees in December of 2017. In the mean time this policy will function as the Alcohol and Drug Policy for Marlboro College.

As this policy is part of the Marlboro College Handbook, all students will sign acknowledging receipt of the policy either at the start of the Fall semester or at the start of their first semester at Marlboro College.  The Dean of Students in conjunction with the Dean’s Advisory Committee will review this policy biennially.

B. Alcohol

  1. Relevant Vermont State Law
    1. Persons under 21 years of age may not possess or consume alcohol, nor may they falsely represent their age in order to procure alcohol. (7 V.S.A., § 656).
    2. No person shall furnish alcohol to a person under 21 years of age.
    3. No person may knowingly create a direct and immediate opportunity for a person under 21 years of age to consume alcohol. (7 V.S.A., § 658).
    4. Individuals are liable under the law if they furnish alcohol to another individual either apparently under the influence of alcohol (defined as, ―a state of intoxication accompanied by a perceptible act or series of actions which present signs of intoxication‖) or reasonably likely to be under the influence of alcohol as a result of the amount of alcohol served to that person. These person furnishing the alcohol is liable whether they have caused intoxication in whole or in part (7 V.S.A., § 501).
    5. Vermont laws and applicable sanctions regarding the possession and distribution of alcohol, and Vermont drunk driving laws are summarized in the APPENDIX to this section of the HANDBOOK.
  2. College Regulations
    1. As required by federal statute and in order to maintain federal funding, Marlboro College prohibits the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of alcohol by students and employees on college property or as a part of any of its sponsored activities. In particular individuals under the age of 21 are prohibited from possessing or using alcohol and no Marlboro College community member may distribute alcohol to other community members except in a manner consistent with State Law.
    2. No alcoholic beverages will be served to persons less than 21 years of age at college events or social gatherings. Sponsors of events are therefore required to check the ages of those being served alcohol.
    3. Sponsors of college social events at which alcohol is served are responsible for ensuring that the amount of alcohol served does not lead to excessive drinking. The college requires sponsors of such events to inform the Office of Residential Life if an event or social gathering is being planned or held, alcohol is being served and 6 or more community members will attend. Informing the Office of Residential Life entails contacting the RA associated with the area the event will be held. Contact includes email, phone or face to face informing. Sponsors of events or social gatherings that include alcohol need to provide the following: location, approximate numbers expected, approximate hours of event and name of sponsor of event. If the event or social gathering is to be held in a location on campus but not in a residence hall common room, the SLC on call is to be contacted and presented with the above information. Residential Life and Director of Community Safety in conjunction with community members will act to ensure the success and safety of the event or social gathering.
    4. Any gathering on college property with 6 or more participants and includes alcohol is considered an event and must follow the above guidelines.
    5. Gatherings of 6 or more participants that include alcohol that DO NOT follow the above guidelines will have all intoxicants removed. Participants will be subject to consequences as per this Alcohol Drug Policy.
    6. State Law mandates and the college prohibits serving alcoholic beverages to anyone who is intoxicated.
    7. Sponsors of any college social event who serve alcohol will provide non-alcoholic options, water and food options.
    8. The college forbids any coercion to drink and discourages any kind of group pressure to drink alcohol.
    9. Individuals or groups who wish to purchase kegs for non-Social Committee or non-official college events at the college (such as a private party in a common room) must register the keg with the Dean's Office at least two working days before it is being brought on campus. The purpose of registration is to ensure that the sponsors of the keg fully understand the law regarding alcohol distribution and the serious liability involved with sponsoring a keg.
    10. Alcohol-related behavior that causes or can reasonably be expected to cause physical harm to persons or damage to property or is unreasonably disruptive will be subject to college discipline through the Office of Dean of Students and Community Court
    11. As the college currently does not possess a liquor license, alcoholic beverages or kegs as described in sections 2b, 2c, 2d and 2g may only be served by hiring the services of an outside caterer with a liquor license.
  3. Individual and Community Guidelines
    1. The college requires application of the specific college regulations and all expectations in the Alcohol and Drug Policy at all privately held events.
    2. In an effort to further the college's dedication to personal growth and responsible, safe living, the college encourages persons concerned about their use of intoxicants to seek advice or assistance through the Resident Assistants, the Student Life Coordinators, the Total Health Center Staff or the Office of Dean of Students. Furthermore, the college encourages persons concerned about the substance use or abuse  of another to communicate with that person urging her or him to seek advice or assistance through college support offices. Counseling and medical resources are available on a confidential basis. Community members seeking help and reaching out to college staff or faculty will not suffer judicial consequence if in violation of the alcohol policy.
    3. The college will provide education and information regarding alcohol and drug related issues and will publish and distribute information about local alcohol counseling and guidance resources. The college will arrange transportation for individuals seeking support outside the college area.

C. Other Illegal Drug Use

  1. Vermont State Law
    1. Marlboro College in keeping with Vermont State laws pertaining to the possession and distribution of illicit drugs, prohibit the use, sale, or possession of regulated substances without a prescription. In the event that a member of the community becomes subject to legal action for the violation of these laws, the college will review the individual's status and will take appropriate disciplinary action. Federal and Vermont State Laws and applicable sanctions concerning regulated drugs are summarized in the APPENDIX to this section of the HANDBOOK.
  2. College Regulations
    1. Marlboro College prohibits the use, possession, manufacture, or distribution of non-prescribed narcotics, amphetamines, barbiturates, hallucinogens, or cannabis. The college also strongly views abuse of the above substances a threat to the health, safety, and welfare of the individual, the college community, and the educational mission of the college. 
    2. Abuse of alcohol and drugs, either illicit or prescribed, threatens individual health, compromises educational development, and undermines community integrity. A summary description of certain health risks associated with the abuse of alcohol and illicit drugs is presented in the APPENDIX to this section of the HANDBOOK. Detailed information is available through the Health Center.
  3. Individual and Community Guidelines
    1. The college encourages individuals needing help as a result of their drug abuse, to contact a Resident Assistant, a Student Life Coordinator, a member of the Total Health Center staff (Health and Psychological Counseling offices), or the office of Dean of Students. Further, the college encourages persons concerned about the abuse of drugs by another to communicate with the other, urging him or her to seek advice and/or assistance through appropriate college support offices. Counseling and medical resources are available on a confidential basis. Community members seeking help and reaching out to college staff or faculty will not suffer judicial consequence due to their abuse.
    2. The college supports all efforts to provide education in the area of drug abuse and supports individuals seeking help with drug related problems. Information on local drug counseling and assistance programs is available through the Health Center, and the college will arrange transportation when necessary for individuals seeking help outside the college. A partial list of community services available in the area is presented in the APPENDIX. 

D. College Action: The following chart was created to inform community members as to how the college will respond to a violation of the Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy. As each case is unique with its own specific set of circumstances, the chart reflects in most cases how the college will respond to breaches of the Alcohol Drug Policy. Failure to follow through with any of these sanctions will result in further college action which can include but not limited to fines, suspension or expulsion.

Referral to Health Center is a referral for an assessment with a mandate to follow any recommendations. This is a three-part process:

  1. The student must make an appointment with Total Health Center within 24 hours of the meeting with the Dean of Students.
  2. The student must show up on time for that appointment. Tardiness may count as a missed appointment. Should an emergency arise that prevents a student from keeping an appointment with the Total Health Center, it is the student's responsibility to notify the Total Health Center to reschedule the appointment in a timely manner.
  3. The student is mandated to follow the recommendations for treatment. Housing Probation means that another violation may result in expulsion from college housing. Social Probation means that another violation may result in the student being allowed on campus only for academic purposes and being restricted from campus when classes are not in session. 

 

 Category A – Alcohol Related Responder  1st Offense

2nd Offense

3rd Offense

Consumption and/or possession of alcohol by an individual under the age of 21

Dean of Students (DOS)

Interview with Student Life

Referral to THC for educational session

Documentation in Student file. 

Meeting with Dean of Students

Mandated to THC for alcohol assessment

$50.00 Fine

Documentation in student file.

Dean referral to Community Court for suspension

$50.00 Fine

Documentation in Student file. 

Category B – Alcohol Related

Responder

1st Offense

2nd Offense

3rd Offense

Providing alcohol to an individual under the age of 21  Dean of Students

Meeting with Dean of Students

$50.00 Fine

Community Service

Documentation in Student file. 

Meeting with Dean of Students

Referral to Community Court or $100.00 fine

Documentation in Student file. 

Automatic suspension from office of Dean of Students.  

Documentation in Student file. 

Providing alcohol to someone who is visibly intoxicated

Dean of Students

Meeting with Dean of Students

Community Service

Documentation in Student file. 

Meeting with Dean of Students

Community Service

Referral to THC

Fine: $50.00

Documentation in Student file. 

Referral to Community Court for suspension 

Documentation in Student file. 

Category C – Alcohol Related

Responder

1st Offense

2nd Offense

3rd Offense

Consumption of alcohol that necessitates medical intervention

Dean of Students

Mandated referral to THC 

Meeting with Dean of Students

Documentation in Student file. 

Mandated referral to THC

Meeting with Dean of Students

Community Service

Documentation in Student file. 

Meeting with Dean of Students

Suspension or medical leave to be determined by Dean 

Documentation in Student file. 

 

Failure to abide by the event Policy. (6 or more and alcohol is served)  Dean of Students

Meeting with Student Life 

$50.00 Fine

Documentation in Student file. 

Meeting with Dean of Students 

$75.00 Fine

Referral to Community Court

Document in Student File

Meeting with Dean of Students

$100.00 Fine

Review suspension or loss of Housing 

Document in Student File

Category A – Other Drug Related

Responder

 

1st Offense

2nd Offense

3rd Offense

Possession or use of illegal drugs

Dean of Students

Meeting with Dean of Students

Referral to THC

$50.00 Fine

Documented in Student File

Mandated referral for assessment at THC

Mandated review of Housing placement.

Meeting with Dean of Students

$50.00 fine

Documented in Student File

Dean referral to Community Court for suspension

Documented in student file

$100.00 Fine

Possession or use of legal drugs not lawfully prescribed for the individual or intentional misuse of legally prescribed drugs

Dean of Students

Meeting with Dean of Students

Referral to THC

$50.00 Fine

Documented in Student File

Mandated referral for assessment at THC

Mandated review of Housing placement.

Meeting with Dean of Students

$50.00 fine

Documented in Student File

Dean referral to Community Court for suspension

Documented in student file 

$100.00 Fine

Possession or use of drug paraphernalia

Dean of Students

Meeting with Dean of Students

Referral to THC

$50.00 Fine

Documented in Student File

Mandated referral for assessment at THC

Mandated review of Housing placement.

Meeting with Dean of Students

$50.00 fine

Documented in Student File

Dean referral to Community Court for suspension

Documented in student file

$100.00 Fine

 

 

Drug and Alcohol Awareness and Prevention Programs

In efforts to promote a healthy and informed environment, several student and community organizations educate the Marlboro community to make health-positive choices. The Student Health and Peer Education Resources (SHAPERs), a peer education student group sponsors events and initiatives such eCHECKUP TO GO and Smart Party that promote safety awareness regarding healthy alcohol use and decision making skills. eCHECKUP TO GO is an online assessment tool that evaluates students’ usage and gives feedback, resources, and guidance for making changes in their habits. Smart Party education emphasizes alternatives to substance use in social situations, and simulates college party environments for learning through role-playing. Medical and Counseling services are available through the Total Health Center and include referrals to area resources.