A Letter from Nancy Reynolds, Campus Health Educator

Hello parents! My name is Nancy Reynolds, and I serve as our campus health educator. My specialty area is substance abuse prevention, a field I've worked in for the past 30 years at five different campuses.

At Ithaca College, I am the chair of our Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Prevention Team. The AOD team meets monthly to plan and implement best-practice strategies for our campus. If you'd like to learn more about the membership, mission, and activities of the team, you can find this information on the Center for Health Promotion website.

If you attended orientation with your son or daughter this past summer, you heard about the college's new Judicial Protocol for Alcohol and Other Drugs. The protocol revision process was one of the first tasks undertaken by the AOD team. Research has demonstrated that clear, fair, consistently enforced, and well-publicized alcohol policies are associated with reductions in high-risk drinking. The new IC protocol represents the result of a two-year collaborative process.

The e-mail featured below was sent to our incoming and returning students in August, and provides important information about the new protocol. Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with this information.

You may also visit the Office of Judicial Affairs website or call us at (607) 274-3375.

Dear Ithaca College Student:

As you return this fall we wanted to make you aware of some significant changes in the protocol regarding the college's judicial response to alcohol and marijuana violations. Specifically, the changes serve to equalize the judicial sanctions and interventions for both alcohol and marijuana. This new protocol represents the outcome of a collaborative process involving staff, faculty, students, and administrators. The original Equalization Proposal was presented in 2011 by the student organization, Students for a Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), and endorsed by the Student Government Association (SGA). SSDP is also the organization that proposed the Medical Amnesty Policy (MAP) that was successfully implemented on our campus over the last two years. Please be aware that the alcohol and drug policies that are part of the Student Conduct Code have not changed; this protocol relates only to the judicial sanctions and educational interventions for such violations.

Students representing SSDP and SGA worked along with members of the Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Team to develop an understandable and consistently enforced protocol with clear outcomes regarding violations of the Student Conduct Code and residential life rules and regulations. It is our hope that this new protocol will reduce the harm from substance abuse and improve the health and success of our students. The judicial protocol places an emphasis on educational interventions which are intended to help students make safer and healthier choices in the future. Please note that there are program fees associated with each sanction. The fees will be used to directly support alcohol and other drug education and intervention programs for IC students.

Please go to the Judicial Affairs website to familiarize yourself with the current Alcohol and Other Drug Policy and the new judicial protocol. It is your responsibility as an Ithaca College student to be aware of the policies.

Mike Leary, Assistant Director of Judicial Affairs
On Behalf of the Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Team