Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Policy

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This policy is intended to provide the NHTI community with information about alcohol and other drugs, and is distributed as part of the college's compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989 (PL101226). Recipients of funding and other support (i.e. grants, contracts) from the federal government may be subjected to additional restrictions and conditions imposed upon them by the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988.

  1. All students and guests must follow the Alcohol & Other Drug Policy at NHTI. To support the policy and to minimize confusion in enforcement, no one under the legal drinking age may consume alcoholic beverages or possess manufactured containers that hold or transport alcoholic beverages on the public areas of campus, in the residence halls, or at NHTI sponsored events or activities off-campus.
  2. Alcoholic beverages may be consumed by students of legal drinking age who are (a) living in the residence halls, (b) at off-campus NHTI sponsored events or activities, or (c) as designated by Presidential waiver.
    1. Residence Hall students of legal drinking age will not be permitted to have excessive amounts of alcohol in their residence hall room. Excessive is defined as amounts more than 72 ounces of beer or wine per resident of the room that is of legal drinking age. Hard liquor is not permitted.
    2. For health, sanitation, and security reasons, residence hall students of legal drinking age can only consume beer and wine in their assigned residence hall room with the door closed. All alcoholic beverage containers must be disposed of properly. No residence hall student may use full or empty alcohol containers for display purposes.
    3. Alcohol is prohibited in rooms where all residents are under the legal drinking age.
    4. Illegal drugs as defined by State or Federal Laws are prohibited on campus and at any NHTI sponsored off campus activity. Any student having illegal drugs or paraphernalia (to include but not limited to, bongs, hookahs, bowls, etc.) in their possession may be referred to civil authorities and face sanctioning pursuant to the Student Code of Conduct and Judicial Process.
    5. Illicit drug use is prohibited on campus and at any NHTI sponsored off campus activity.  Illicit drug use is defined as the use or abuse of illegal drugs and misuse of prescription medications, synthetic drugs, household or other mind-altering substances.  Medications and substances which have been prescribed by a licensed prescriber may be utilized only as prescribed.  Marijuana, regardless of whether it is legally possessed for therapeutic use is not permitted  and may not be used on NHTI property.  Over-the-counter medication may be utilized in the manner intended by the manufacturer.  Using prescribed and/or over-the-counter medications for purposes other than those intended by the prescriber or manufacturer are prohibited.
    6. The President may approve alcoholic beverages for any function on campus. The rules and regulations to be followed are:
      1. Alcoholic beverages will be permitted in segregated areas which provide for controlled checking of driver's licenses or other approved identification card. Such areas will be available only to individuals of legal drinking age, and alcoholic beverages will be consumed only in these areas.
    7. The sale or raffle of alcoholic beverages on campus is prohibited. Exceptions to this policy may be made by the President.
    8. Students who know or should know that they are in the presence of an alcohol or other drug violation may also be found in violation of the Alcohol and Other Drug Policy.
    9. Students who exhibit inappropriate behavior due to being under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs, prescribed or otherwise, may be investigated and then may be sanctioned accordingly.
    10. NHTI students attending an NHTI sponsored off campus event (social, cultural, athletic, and academic, etc.) are expected to comply with all NHTI policies including the NHTI Alcohol and Other Drug Policy.
    11. NHTI shall not be responsible for treatment or medical expenses for any student or guest who is discovered to be in need of medical attention and/or transported to the hospital via ambulance.
    12. No NHTI Student Organization funds are to be used to purchase alcoholic beverages.
    13. Alcohol, Alcohol containers, etc. that are in violation of this policy may be confiscated and disposed of by an appropriate authority of NHTI, to include but not limited to, Campus Safety, Residence Directors, Residence Assistants, Coaches, etc.  Confiscated drugs and paraphernalia will be turned over to the Campus Safety Department for proper disposal following protocols established by NHTI.

Alcohol and Other Drug Sanctions*

* Fines are subject to change.

All Students

First Violation:

  1. The student will meet with/contact the appropriate staff member as indicated on the Incident Report Form.
  2. A Letter of Notice will be sent to the parent(s)/guardian(s) of students who are under the age of 21 indicating the student has violated college policy.
  3. The Student will be fined $50.00. Payment will be made within five business days. If the fine is not paid, the student will be removed from the residence halls and placed on the Persona Non Grata list until the fine is paid in full.
  4. At the discretion of college officials, students may be required to fulfill additional alcohol/drug education, restorative justice programming and/or seek further evaluation by a community-based professional which will be at the student’s expense. If such evaluation is required, students will also be required to provide the NHTI Counseling Office with a signed release of information to facilitate verification that this requirement is fulfilled.

Second Violation:

  1. The student will meet with/contact the appropriate staff member as indicated on the Incident Report Form.
  2. A Letter of Notice will be sent to the parent(s)/guardian(s) of students who are under the age of 21 indicating the student has violated college policy.
  3. The Student will be fined $100.00. Payment will be made within five business days or the student will make arrangements by signing a promissory note to pay $25.00 per week until the fine is paid. If the fine is not paid, the student will be removed from the residence halls and placed on the Persona Non Grata list until the fine is paid in full.
  4. The student will be required to participate in two substance abuse education sessions provided through the Substance Abuse Awareness Program. Failure to participate in sessions will result in removal from the residence halls, placement on the Persona Non Grata list, and being placed on College Probation until this requirement is fulfilled.
  5. At the discretion of college officials, students may be required to fulfill additional alcohol/drug education, restorative justice programming and/or seek further evaluation by a community-based professional which will be at the student’s expense. If such evaluation is required, students will also be required to provide the NHTI Counseling Office with a signed release of information to facilitate verification that this requirement is fulfilled.

Third Violation:

  1. The student will meet with/contact the appropriate staff member as indicated on the Incident Report Form.
  2. The student will be removed from the residence halls and placed on the Persona Non Grata List. If the third violation occurs on or before the posted mid-semester warning due date, the student will be removed from the residence halls and placed on the Persona Non Grata list until the end of the current semester. If the third violation occurs after the posted mid-semester warning due date, the student will be removed from the residence halls until the end of the following semester. In either case, the student may apply for consideration for readmission to housing for the semester following the end of this sanction. The summer semester is excluded from the process of consideration for readmission.
  3. A Letter of Notice will be sent to the parent(s)/guardian(s) of students who are under the age of 21 indicating the student has violated college policy.
  4. The Student will be fined $200.00. Payment will be made within five business days or the student will make arrangements by signing a promissory note to pay $25.00 per week until the fine is paid. Failure to pay the fine will result in the student being placed on College Probation.
  5. The student will be required to participate in four alcohol education sessions provided through the Substance Abuse Awareness Program. Failure to participate in the sessions will result in the student being placed on College Probation.
  6. At the discretion of college officials, students may be required to fulfill additional alcohol/drug education, restorative justice programming and/or seek further evaluation by a community-based professional which will be at the student’s expense. If such evaluation is required, students will also be required to provide the NHTI Counseling Office with a signed release of information to facilitate verification that this requirement is fulfilled.

Fourth Violation

If the fourth violation of the Alcohol and Other Drug Policy occurs on or before the posted mid-semester warning due date, the student will be removed from NHTI until the end of the current semester. If the fourth violation occurs after the posted mid-semester warning due date, the student will be removed from NHTI until the end of the following semester. In either case, the student may apply for consideration for readmission to the Institute for the semester following the end of this sanction. The summer semester is excluded from the process for consideration for readmission.

Individuals not enrolled at NHTI

Individuals not enrolled at NHTI who are found to be in violation of the college’s policy will be placed on the Persona Non Grata list.

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