Alcohol and Drugs Policy-Student Affairs - Carnegie Mellon University

Alcohol and Drugs Policy

This policy is available in full on-line: http://www.cmu.edu/policies/documents/DrugAlcohol.html

Alcohol and Drugs

Possession and use of illicit drugs and the unlawful possession and use of alcohol are wrong and harmful. Unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs or alcohol by students or employees on Carnegie Mellon University property or as part of any of its activities is prohibited. Compliance with the following policy is mandatory and violation of the policy will be cause for disciplinary action.

Policy Statement Regarding Alcohol

Carnegie Mellon faculty, administrators, staff and students recognize the responsibility and potential harm inherent in the use of alcoholic beverages. The following university policy will govern all university social activities on and off campus at which alcoholic beverages will be served.  University social activities are any social activities on university property or for which university funds or other resources are used.  All members of the university community have an individual and collective responsibility to adhere to the following policy:

  1. In all circumstances, the university expects its faculty, administrators, staff, students, alumni and their respective guests to conduct themselves, both individually and collectively, in a responsible manner. Illegal, abusive or    excessive consumption of alcohol resulting in interference with the rights of other persons, personal injury or damage to property will result in severe disciplinary action, beginning with monetary sanctions, up to and including suspension or expulsion.
  2. In residential areas such as private residence hall rooms, campus apartments, fraternities or sororities, there exists an expectation of privacy; however, in these areas members of the university and their guests are still governed by the applicable law and will be responsible for their own behavior. In addition, any actions which violate the law and/or the rights of others, or in some way damage personal or public property, will result in the loss of the above-mentioned privacy rights and will be cause for university intervention and enforcement.
  3. Where lawful, permission to serve alcoholic beverages at a social activity where students will or may be in attendance can only be obtained through the dean of student affairs. Before permission is given, a dean, department head, faculty member or staff member who is on the exempt payroll must take personal responsibility for ensuring that alcoholic beverages are served only to those persons who are of legal age. Such responsibility may be assumed only after completing the Social Host Responsibility session offered through the University Police. This session will be offered periodically throughout the year. Please contact the University Police at 412-268-2323 for details.
  4. In addition, the following guidelines must be observed for all events:
    1. Social activities at which alcoholic beverages are served must take place in an area that is private or semi-private. Privacy is determined by the ability to control access to the area of the social activity and limit attendance to invited guests only. Alcoholic beverages are not to be consumed anywhere outdoors on the grounds of Carnegie Mellon. Therefore, alcoholic beverages are prohibited at social activities on the Cut, on the Mall, on the fraternity area grounds, on housing grounds, on the athletic field or on any other similar outdoor area either owned or used by the university.
    2. A fee must never be charged for the service of alcohol where prohibited by applicable law or without obtaining the appropriate license or meeting the appropriate legal requirements to do so.
    3. Public advertising of events at which alcohol is to be served must not include any reference to alcohol, nor may such events be publicly posted outside of the university community.

All questions involving the interpretation of this policy should be directed to the Office of the General Counsel.

Policy Statement Regarding Illegal Drugs

The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of illicit drugs is prohibited at Carnegie Mellon University.

Student Policy on Illegal Drugs

The university cannot deny access to its property to properly constituted law enforcement agents. Therefore, activity involving the unlawful use or sale of drugs by one student may also, by bringing law enforcement agents to the campus, risk compromising the privacy of the academic community. With the legal and medical welfare of the student in mind, the university cannot approve the medically unsupervised use, possession or distribution of drugs. When such medically unsupervised use, possession or distribution of drugs comes to the attention of the university, the student will be subject to disciplinary action which could include suspension or expulsion.

In any instance where a violation of the laws concerning drugs occurs on the Carnegie Mellon campus or in connection with the activities of Carnegie Mellon's students, the disciplinary policy of the university will permit taking action beyond or separate from any which may be taken by civil authorities.

Campus police officers at Carnegie Mellon must follow state rules of Criminal Procedure and Rules of Evidence when discovering illegal drugs on campus, and then take appropriate legal action.

The medically unsupervised possession, use or distribution of potentially harmful drugs such as marijuana, hallucinogens, amphetamines, barbiturates and opiates is illegal and subject to very harsh penalties. Although the university does not assume the responsibility of acting as an arm of the law, members of the academic community have no immunity from enforcement of the law. Use of many of these drugs may threaten the physical and mental health of the user. Use by one student may also threaten the welfare of other students. Distribution by any student clearly threatens the welfare of the academic community.

University Sanctions

In all of its actions, Carnegie Mellon seeks to complying with applicable laws. Insofar as it is permitted by the applicable laws, the university will apply sanctions that could lead to a student being fined, suspended, expelled or referred for prosecution or an employee being disciplined, suspended, dismissed or referred for prosecution for violations of the university standards of conduct contained herein or violation of laws concerning unlawful possession, use or distribution of drugs and alcohol. The university has available a rehabilitation program which is mandatory in such instances where required by law.

The university will impose sanctions for actions that may or may not be violations of the law but are violations of university standards of conduct regarding illegal drugs and alcohol: http://www.cmu.edu/policies/documents/DrugAlcohol.html#conduct

Information regarding the Pennsylvania laws concerning the use of alcoholic beverages and the sanctions for the violations of those laws can be found at: http://www.cmu.edu/policies/documents/DrugAlcohol.html#PAlaws