The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989 (U.S. Public Law 101-226) and the Drug-Free Workplace Act require annual distribution of certain information to all students and employees. This information is specific to students and includes (not in particular order):
In addition to the policy information below, see the
Office of Student Conduct, Student Conduct Policies and Procedures.
IUP seeks to encourage and sustain an academic environment that both respects individual choice and promotes the health, safety, and welfare of all members of the university community. Accordingly, the university offers these statements for guidance and the policies, which follow as regulation of alcoholic beverages, consistent with the statutes and laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
In support of its mission, the university sponsors educational programs on the physical, psychological, social, and behavioral effects of alcohol consumption. It provides substance-free activities to promote social interaction, and it provides services and resources for community members who experience difficulty in dealing with personal or family alcohol-related issues. IUP’s alcohol policy and programs are intended to encourage community members to make responsible decisions about the use of alcoholic beverages and to promote a safe, lawful, and healthy environment for social interaction.
While acknowledging that alcohol may play a role in some social settings, the university expects all members of the community to recognize the potential for (alcohol-related) problems whenever it is consumed. Such problems are absolutely inimical to the mission of the university. Alcohol consumption will not be considered an excuse for misconduct, but rather as an aggravating factor to the misconduct in question.
The university expects that members of the campus community who choose to consume or serve alcoholic beverages will abide by state law, and will do so in a low-risk manner and as a result of making an informed decision. This decision should be based upon consideration of the consequences to self, to others, and to the community at large and with full awareness and understanding of individual and group accountability, behavioral consequences, relevant policies, regulations, and laws.
Since IUP students live among the permanent residents of the Indiana community, the university also expects alcohol-related behavior to be in accordance with local community standards. Such standards are not tolerant of gatherings which are either boisterous or in violation of Pennsylvania alcohol laws, as may occur in concentrated residential environments characterized by student housing. The university reserves the right to initiate disciplinary proceedings when students violate alcohol laws either on or off campus.
The preceding statements exist for the guidance of all university community members. The regulations, which follow, are intended to govern the use of alcoholic beverages on property owned, operated, or supervised by the university or Student Cooperative Association.
The following represents a summary of relevant articles from the Pennsylvania Crimes Code and Indiana Borough ordinances. Statutes for alcohol violation come from the Pennsylvania Crimes Code Title 18, Pennsylvania Liquor Code Title 47 and Indiana Borough ordinances.
Sales of alcoholic beverages without a Liquor Control Board license or the purchase of such beverages from an unlicensed source of liquor or malt or brewed beverages are prohibited. Maximum penalty is $300 fine, 90 days in jail plus $200 per ounce of alcohol sold. (Approximately $4000 for each keg used illegally).
It is unlawful to possess an open container of all alcoholic beverage while in or upon public streets, alleys, parks or other public grounds. Fine is a maximum amount of $100 plus court costs.
In December 1986, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, in a case titled Fasset vs. Delta Kappa Epsilon (New York), the Villanova chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon, et. al., reviewed the law of Pennsylvania concerning the liability of a social host who serves alcohol. The court held that particular defendants could be held liable if they had an intention to promote or facilitate the consumption of alcohol by a minor or attempted to aid in the consumption of alcohol by minors. Consequently, the court held that the president of the fraternity that sponsored the party (because he helped organize the party), the treasurer of the fraternity who signed a check for the purchase of the alcohol, and three other individuals who allowed their apartment to be used for the party where minors were served intoxicating beverages could all be held liable for injuries to the intoxicated minor and any third parties injured by the minor.
Thus, individuals in Pennsylvania who furnish alcoholic beverages to minors not only commit a violation of law, but they also render themselves potentially liable for any injuries the minor might sustain and for any injuries that third parties might sustain due to an act of an intoxicated minor. Individuals potentially liable for such damages include not only those who physically furnish the alcohol to the minor, but any persons who aid and assist in the furnishing of the alcohol through its purchase or through organizing, hosting, or supporting the event at which the alcohol is made available.
Too much alcohol, too fast, can kill you. It is always okay not to drink. If you do choose to drink, make healthy choices. Following 0-1-3 can reduce impairment, health, and legal problems:
A human brain continues major development through age twenty-five. Drinking during this critical developmental period—especially drinking to the point of getting drunk—may impair brain function for the rest of the person’s life. Memory, motor skills, and coordination can be affected. Young people are particularly likely to binge drink and to suffer repeated bouts of withdrawal from alcohol. This repeated withdrawal may be a key reason for alcohol’s harmful effects on the brain.
All drugs—even over-the-counter and legal prescriptions—have possible side effects that can cause impairments for some people. However, these drugs are regulated, and risks are written on the packaging. With illegal drugs, there are no guidelines, and you can never be sure of their strength or purity. Here are some things to consider:
Members of the university community who experience drug and or alcohol-related problems, or who are concerned about another who may be having such difficulties, are encouraged to seek assistance from any of the following agencies:
Center for Health and Well-Being:
The Counseling Center (treatment and counseling) 724-357-2621
Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Program (education and information) 724-357-1265
The Open Door, 334 Philadelphia Street, Indiana, PA — 724-465-2605
Armstrong/Indiana Drug and Alcohol Commission, Inc., RR 2, Box 67, Rte 422, Shelocta, PA 15774 — 724-355-2746
A.A. (Alcoholics Anonymous), Al-anon, and/or Alateen — 724-349-4041 (Call and leave a message)
As required by the federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the State System of Higher Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, hereby declares as its policy that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance is prohibited at any workplace under the authority of the Board of Governors. Any employee violating the policy will be referred to the commonwealth’s employee assistance program and/or disciplined, in an appropriate manner, up to and including termination. Discipline, when appropriate, shall be taken under relevant provisions of collective bargaining agreements, Civil Service Policy, or other personnel policies adopted by the Board of Governors.
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