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Ithaca College Alcohol and Other Drug Policy and Judicial Protocol (Abridged)        

For the full policy, please refer to the Student Conduct Code, Section 7.1.2 of the Ithaca College Policy Manual. Questions about the policy may be directed to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards at 607-274-3375.

  • Persons under the age of 21 are prohibited from purchasing, possessing or consuming any type of alcoholic beverage anywhere on campus at any time, including all residence hall rooms and apartments.
  • Persons under the age of 21 may not possess empty alcohol containers, including but not limited to beer bottles/cans, wine bottles/boxes, and liquor bottles.
  • Students age 21 or older may possess and consume alcohol in any residence hall room or apartment, but they are prohibited from purchasing alcohol for or providing alcohol to minors.

The following are PROHIBITED:

  • Open containers of any type of alcoholic beverage in public areas on campus, unless at a registered event.
  • Possession of multiple-quart containers (kegs, wine boxes, or any container that has a tap) in residence hall rooms at all times. 
  • High-risk drinking paraphernalia, including but not limited to beer pong tables and beer bongs/funnels; and all drinking games, with or without alcohol.
  • Consuming alcohol to the point where the student’s behavior poses a danger of causing physical harm to her/himself and/or others.
  • The possession of alcoholic beverages at intercollegiate athletic events.
  • The possession, use, manufacture, purchase, distribution, or sale of illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, or prescription drugs without a prescription.
  • Although New York State law now permits the use of medical marijuana under certain conditions, federal law prohibits all use, possession, and/or cultivation of marijuana at U.S educational institutions. Federal law also requires any institution of higher education which receives federal funding to have policies in place which prohibit possession and use of marijuana on campus. Therefore, the use, possession, and/or cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes is not allowed in any Ithaca College residence hall or on any other Ithaca College property. No exceptions can be made for any student based on their possession of a medical marijuana certification, registry ID card, or any other proof of medical marijuana eligibility.

SANCTION & INTERVENTION PROTOCOL FOR ALCOHOL AND MARIJUANA VIOLATIONS

This protocol is intended as a guideline for conduct decisions regarding minimum sanctions and interventions which shall be imposed for student alcohol and marijuana violations. Sanctions may accelerate based on the progression, severity, or frequency of the violation, particularly when sale or distribution of alcohol or other drugs, or threatening, violent, and/or destructive behavior is present and may include removal from campus housing, suspension, or expulsion. Criminal prosecution may also occur in cases that rise to the level of a crime. Violations accrue over the course of a student’s entire matriculation period. Once a student commits a Level II violation, any future violations within a year of the date of the first will be considered Level II, even if the violation is Level I. If a full year passes without incident, then a Level I violation will be considered as such. Failure to complete conduct requirements may result in accelerated charges, fees, and sanctions including a conduct hold placed on a student's record. The conduct hold will prevent the student from registering for classes or adding/dropping classes until the conduct requirement is completed and the hold is cleared.

Level I Behavior

Level 1 Behavior: Unlawful possession or use of alcohol or marijuana

  • Meeting between Hearing Officer and student.
  • Official Letter of Written Warning.
  • Web-based Education with $50 Program Fee.

*If the violation qualifies as a Medical Amnesty Policy (MAP) case, only a timely completion of the BASICS Program is required, and the fee is waived. Any further violation will be considered a first violation.

  • Meeting between Hearing Officer and student.
  • Disciplinary Probation for one year.
  • Final warning before loss of campus housing.
  • Parent notification.
  • BASICS I with $75. Program Fee.
  • Meeting between Hearing Officer and student.
  • Disciplinary Probation or Deferred Suspension.
  • Removal from campus housing.
  • Parent notification
  • BASICS II with $125 Program Fee.
  • Deferred Suspension or Suspension.

Level II Behavior

Level II Behavior: Unlawful possession or use of alcohol or marijuana accompanied by one or more of the following: significant impairment of functioning, medical transport, behavior that is disruptive, destructive, or disorderly.

  • Meeting between Hearing Officer and student.
  • Disciplinary Probation for six months.
  • BASICS I with $75 Program Fee.
  • Parent Notification may be added based on the severity of the incident. 
  • Meeting between Hearing Officer and student.
  • Disciplinary Probation for one year.
  • Final warning before loss of campus housing.
  • Parent Notification.
  • BASICS II with $125 Program Fee
  • Meeting between Hearing Officer and student.
  • Deferred Suspension.
  • Removal from campus housing.
  • Parent Notification.
  • BASICS III with $150 Program Fee and substance abuse evaluation. Required completion of all treatment recommendations by the given due date.
  • Suspension

Alcohol and Other Drugs on Campus: Student Behavior and Conduct Response

IC MAP: SAVE A LIFE - MAKE THE CALL!

The Medical Amnesty Policy (IC MAP) was created to encourage students to call for help in alcohol or drug-related emergencies without fear of college conduct consequences. In MAP cases, the student who receives medical assistance and the student who summons help are not sanctioned through the college conduct system. Completion of the BASICS Education Program is required. All students are expected to read and abide by the full IC MAP policy, available at: http://www.ithaca.edu/sacl/healthpromotion/icmap 

Campus Resources

Office of Public Safety                                             
607-274-3333                                        
www.ithaca.edu/sacl/safety 

Office of Residential Life
East Tower                                                                      
607-274-3141                                                  
www.ithaca.edu/reslife

Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards   
West Tower     
607-274-3375                                             
www.ithaca.edu/conduct

Center for Health Promotion
Lower Level, Hammond Health Center
607-274-7933                                                   
www.ithaca.edu/sacl/healthpromotion

Counseling and Psychological Services
Lower Level, Hammond Health Center 
607-274-3136                                                   
www.ithaca.edu/sacl/counseling