Drug Free College Community
The online Student Handbook is produced as a resource for the
students, faculty, staff, and administration of Dickinson College. Content
is subject to change. Please contact the appropriate person or office to obtain
the most current information.
The Congress’s Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act
Amendments of 1989 require that, as a condition of receiving funds or any other
form of ﬁnancial assistance under any Federal program after October 1, 1990,
all institutions of higher education must certify that they have adopted and
implemented a program to prevent the unlawful manufacturing, dispensing,
possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and
employees. Likewise, anyone who submits research proposals to federal agencies
must certify that they will not engage in any of the aforementioned activities
during the period covered by the grant.
Individuals who do not make such certiﬁcation and those who
violate its terms will lose federal funds. As required by Federal regulations,
this information was developed and distributed to inform all College community
members of the seriousness of the use and abuse of illicit drugs and alcohol.
It also sets forth standards of conduct regarding such activity.
Standards of Conduct
The unlawful manufacturing, possession, distribution,
dispensing or use of illicit drugs or alcohol on college property or as part of
any college activity by any member of the college community is strictly
prohibited. Any violation of college policies and/or local ordinances, State or
Federal laws will result in appropriate disciplinary action. In addition to
college sanctions, students should know that where appropriate, the college
will cooperate fully with law enforcement agencies. A student who has been convicted of any
offense under any federal or state law involving the possession or sale of a
controlled substance will not be eligible to receive any Title IV Federal
grant, loan, or work assistance. See Suspension of Financial Aid
Eligibility for Drug-Related Offenses section of this handbook.
When on college-owned property or at any college activity
(on or off-campus), all individuals and groups will be expected to observe and
comply with drug and alcohol laws. The host of any event at which alcohol is
provided in any way is responsible for complying with public laws, regulations
and policies established by the college. The “host” is the person, persons or
organization who provides the food, beverages or accommodations in which the
activity takes place. The college reserves the right to prohibit or otherwise
limit consumption of alcohol at certain events and in certain facilities. For
more information, contact the Office of Campus Life at 717-245-1671.
Illicit Drugs are controlled substances that possess a high
potential for abuse, have no currently accepted medical use in the United
States and demonstrate a lack of accepted safety for use under medical
supervision. Controlled substances so deﬁned fall under seven headings:
marijuana (marijuana, hashish); stimulants (amphetamines, cocaine); depressants
(barbiturates, tranquilizers, hypnotics); hallucinogens (LSD, PCP); opiates or
narcotics (heroin, morphine, opium, codeine); inhalants (sprays, solvents,
glue); and designer drugs (synthetic drugs similar in effect to stimulants,
hallucinogens and narcotics). To be used legally and safely, some of the drugs
above must be prescribed by a physician. This list is not comprehensive; there
may be substances omitted that are also illegal and fall under the designation
of controlled substances.
Alcohol, the shortened term for ethyl alcohol, is a
depressant that slows the activity of the central nervous system and the brain.
Alcohol is a substance regulated by local, state and federal agencies with
respect to its purchase, transportation, consumption and possession.
In Pennsylvania, the following violations are punishable by
ﬁnes and, in some instances, loss of driving privileges (not exhaustive list, illustrative only):
- purchase, consumption,
transportation or possession of alcoholic beverages by a person under age 21;
- misrepresentation of age
to purchase alcohol and altering, selling or manufacturing of false
- selling or furnishing of
alcoholic beverages to those under age 21.
Lying about age to obtain alcohol, making a false ID and
furnishing alcohol to individuals under age 21 are misdemeanor offenses.
The legal sanctions for the unlawful possession, use or
distribution of illicit drugs are more diverse than the sanctions governing
alcohol. Sanctions may vary from ﬁnes, for ﬁrst-time misdemeanor offenses
involving simple possession of certain substances, to felony counts and
multiple year terms of imprisonment for more serious violations. A summary of
penalties related to illicit drugs and alcohol may be found online at the U.S. Drug Enforcement
Administration and the Pennsylvania
Liquor Control Board. Individuals seeking legal advice regarding drug or
alcohol laws should consult legal counsel.
Illicit drugs can interfere with important brain activities
including coordination, memory and learning. They increase the risk of lung
cancer, destroy liver cells, initiate severe weight loss and may weaken the
immune system. Users may also experience abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting,
rapid heartbeat and irregular breathing. Convulsions, coma and death are also
possible. Combining drugs can be fatal.
Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant that is
absorbed into the blood stream and transmitted to all parts of the body.
Moderate doses reduce physical coordination and mental alertness while larger
doses of alcohol drastically impair an individual’s ability to function,
sometimes rendering them unconscious. Long-term drinking can increase the risk
of developing liver and heart disease, circulatory and stomach problems,
various forms of cancer and causes irreversible brain damage.
Education, Counseling and Treatment
Drug and alcohol education programs are conducted regularly
to heighten everyone’s awareness of the necessity to have a drug-free college
community. Resources are provided to community members by sources such as the
Health Center, Office of the Dean of Students, Office of Campus Life,
Counseling Center and Human Resources Services.
Dickinson College adheres to the laws, regulations and
ordinances of federal, state and local authorities. Any student or employee
violating them will be subject to referral and external prosecution through the
college’s Department of Public Safety and/or the state and local police.
Students are also subject to disciplinary action through the Community
Standards. Any questions regarding this policy should be addressed to the Dean
of Students Ofﬁce, the Department of Public Safety or Human Resources Services.
Assistance, Treatment, Support and Community
On-campus call x1111 (717-245-1111)
Off-campus call 911
Health Center x1835 (717-245-1835) students only
Carlisle Regional Medical Center Emergency Department 717-
Counseling Center x1485 (717-245-1485) students only
Employee Assistance Program 717-243-1896 employees
Alcoholics Anonymous 717-249-6673
Holy Spirit Hospital Drug and Alcohol Services 717-763-2369
The Letort Center 717-243-9000 (conﬁdential treatment for