Adelphi University realizes the importance of a drug-free campus and is therefore strongly committed to the prevention of substance abuse.

Adelphi University Policies, Rules and Standards Regarding Illicit Drugs and Alcohol

Adelphi University—in its mission to provide a quality education for students and to prepare them for a productive and civilized life—realizes the importance of a drug-free campus and is therefore strongly committed to the prevention of substance abuse.

To maintain an atmosphere conducive to this mission, the following policies, rules and standards have been implemented. They apply to all students, employees and their organizations, and are in accordance with all applicable federal, state and local laws.

A biennial review of this program will be conducted to determine its effectiveness and to suggest the implementation of changes to the program, if deemed necessary. This review will also ensure that the sanctions developed by the University are consistently enforced.

General Policies

  1. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or improper use of either illicit or prescription drugs, or alcohol is prohibited.
  2. Students and others who have demonstrated a repeated abuse of alcohol will be referred to appropriate counseling services.
  3. Disruptive behavior, inappropriate behavior or intoxication caused by drugs or alcohol use will not be tolerated. Violators are subject to removal from campus and disciplinary action.
  4. All members of the Adelphi community must abide by the terms of this policy.
  5. Violations of the policies, rules and standards adopted by the University concerning substance abuse should be reported to the Office of Human Resources when the violation involves an employee. The assistant vice president for human resources and labor relations or a designated representative will be assigned to process reports (as defined in the Drug-Free Workplace Act) regarding convictions of employees. Student-related reports should be made to the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs. Convictions of anyone employed on a federal grant program must be reported to the Office of the Provost so that a report can be made to the federal government within 10 days after conviction.
  6. Any member of the Adelphi community found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, which may range from referral for counseling, disciplinary probation, loss of University housing, suspension or dismissal from the University or employment, based on the merits of the case.
  7. Any student or employee convicted under federal, state or local law applicable to the policy stated above (No. 1) must report said conviction within five days. Students report to the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs; employees report to the Office of Human Resources.

Rules Governing the Use of Alcohol

  1. Alcoholic beverages will not be permitted under any circumstances anywhere in the residence halls, including student rooms. Students who bring alcoholic beverages into the residence halls or rooms will be subject to strict disciplinary action.
  2. Alcoholic beverages may be provided only through the University in licensed premises, including the Ruth S. Harley University Center and Alumni House. No other alcoholic beverages may be brought onto campus or served.
    1. Licensed premises must operate within the rules, regulations and statutory requirements of federal, state and local governments.
    2. Drinking contests of any kind are strictly prohibited.
    3. When alcoholic beverages are provided on campus, food and non-alcoholic beverages must also be made available.
    4. Advertisements for student events should be commensurate with the educational mission of the University. Emphasis on alcohol terminology will not be permitted in advertisements.
  3. The possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages outdoors is restricted by Village of Garden City ordinance.
  4. Solicitation and publication of alcohol-related advertisements in University publications and media is prohibited.

Sanctions for Violation of these Policies, Rules and Standards

Students charged with violations of this policy shall be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards (or in some cases to the student’s residence hall director, if the student is a resident) for adjudication under provisions of the Code of Conduct. Outcomes of disciplinary proceedings may result in the following determinations:

  1. Dismissal of charges, student found not responsible
  2. Student found responsible and sanctions imposed

Depending on the merits of the case, possible sanctions may include:

  1. Referral for substance abuse assessment, counseling and/or treatment
  2. Community service and/or educational sanction (which may include the mandatory completion of an educational program for which a fee is charged to the student)
  3. Restitution
  4. Probation
  5. Loss of privilege(s)
  6. Loss of University housing
  7. Suspension from the University
  8. Expulsion from the University

In addition to University sanctions, the president of the University or a designated representative may refer the students to appropriate governmental authorities when the student’s activity is in clear violation of federal, state or local laws.

Employees suspected of violating these policies, rules and standards, or convicted under a federal, state or local drug or alcohol statute, shall be subject to review in accordance with human resources policies and in compliance with all federal, state and local laws. Such a review may result in the following findings:

  1. Dismissal of charges
  2. Official warning or other appropriate discipline/action
  3. Institution of proceedings in accordance with the applicable University Human Resources policies, which may lead to suspension and/or termination of employment

For findings 2 and 3, the employee may be required to seek rehabilitation through a counseling, rehabilitation, treatment or re-entry program approved by the assistant vice president for human resources and labor relations or a designated representative.

Failure to cooperate with the review process may result in expulsion from the campus and will result in the immediate institution of termination proceedings under the appropriate human resources policies.

In addition to University sanctions, the assistant vice president for human resources and labor relations or a designated representative may refer the employee to appropriate governmental authorities when the employee’s activity is in clear violation of federal, state or local laws.

Counseling, Treatment and Education Programs

The Student Counseling Center, 516.877.3646, a unit of the Division of Student Affairs, has been designated as the coordinating office for all matters regarding referrals for substance abuse counseling and/or treatment programs for students. The Center for Psychological Services, 516.877.4820, has been designated as the coordinating office for employees, who may be referred to the center by the Office of Human Resources. For on-campus counseling, information about or referrals to off-campus detoxification, inpatient and outpatient treatment programs, please contact the above offices.
During each semester, a program for new students that includes a seminar concerning the use and abuse of illicit drugs and alcohol is provided. In addition, the University’s policies, rules and standards for maintaining a campus free of substance abuse, as well as available counseling, treatment and educational programs are reviewed.

The University participates in the National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week. This week features a variety of programs and activities geared to educating the campus community and reducing substance abuse.
Literature and educational materials on relevant topics regarding substance use and abuse are readily available in the Student Counseling Center, Health Services Center and the Office of Human Resources.

The Student Counseling Center provides ongoing seminars, workshops, educational programs and outreach activities regarding substance abuse. Programs can be geared to any particular campus group or department upon request.

Legal Sanctions for Unlawful Possession and Distribution of Illicit Drugs and Alcohol

It is not possible to exhaustively list all the applicable laws pertaining to controlled substances and alcohol. The following summary is provided as a guide. Adelphi University assumes no responsibility for changes to or errors in interpreting local, state or federal laws.


Please click the image at right to see tables for federal penalties and sanctions. In addition, students convicted of possession or sale of a controlled substance face a period of one year or more of ineligibility for federal grants, loans or work assistance. Second and subsequent convictions result in ineligibility for five years.


New York State law has a variety of sanctions for the criminal possession or sale of controlled substances, as well as criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument, criminal injection of a narcotic drug, criminally using drug paraphernalia, criminal possession of precursors of controlled substances and criminal sale of a prescription for a controlled substance. These offenses range from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class A felony with penalties ranging from a fine to life imprisonment.

New York State law also deals with possession and sale of marijuana. Unlawful possession of marijuana (less than 25 grams) is a violation punishable by a fine (first or second offense) or a fine and/or 15 days imprisonment (third offense). Criminal possession or sale of marijuana offenses range from a Class B misdemeanor to a Class C felony with penalties ranging from a fine to 15 years imprisonment.

New York State regulates the use of alcohol. It is against the law for a person under 21 to possess alcohol with the intent to consume and is punishable by a fine and/or completion of an alcohol awareness program and/or community service. A person under 21 who uses a fraudulent proof of age may be fined and ordered to perform community service. If a driver’s license is so used, the license may be suspended and reinstated with restricted use. Procuring for or giving or selling alcoholic beverages to persons under 21 is an offense punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment. Operating a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs is a crime punishable by fine and/or imprisonment.

New York State’s Zero Tolerance Law applies to a person under 21 who operates a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .02% or more, but not more than .07%. Procedures include an administrative hearing punishable by a license suspension for six months and a civil penalty of $125. If you have any prior alcohol-related traffic offenses on your record, your license will be revoked for one year or until you reach the age of 21, whichever is longer.


It is a violation of local ordinance to possess or consume alcoholic beverages in public and is punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment.

Alcohol Effects

Alcohol consumption causes a number of marked changes in behavior. Even low doses significantly impair the judgment and coordination required to drive a car safely, increasing the likelihood that the driver will be involved in an accident. Low to moderate doses of alcohol also increase the incidence of a variety of aggressive acts, including spousal and child abuse. Moderate to high doses of alcohol cause marked impairments in higher mental functions, severely altering a person’s ability to learn and remember information. Very high doses cause respiratory depression and death. If combined with other depressants of the central nervous system, much lower doses of alcohol will produce the effects just described.

Repeated use of alcohol can lead to dependence. Sudden cessation of alcohol intake is likely to produce withdrawal symptoms, including severe anxiety, tremors, hallucinations and convulsions. Alcohol withdrawal can be life threatening. Long-term consumption of large quantities of alcohol, particularly when combined with poor nutrition, can also lead to permanent damage to vital organs such as the brain and the liver.

Mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy may give birth to infants with fetal alcohol syndrome. These infants have irreversible physical abnormalities and mental retardation. In addition, research indicates that children of alcoholic parents are at greater risk than other youngsters of becoming alcoholics.

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