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Alcohol and Other Drug Sanctioning Guidelines
The Alcohol and Drug Sanctioning Guidelines provide more clarity on how the University will respond to alcohol and drug violations. Once a determination has been made that a student violated the Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy (through an appropriate disciplinary process as described under Student Conduct Program or Residence Hall Policies in the Student Handbook), sanctions appropriate for the level of violation (based on severity or recidivism) will be assigned. Students with questions about the violation level issued to them should consult with their hearing officer or the office that assigned the level violation (Office of Student Conduct or the Office of Residence Life and Housing). Students with general questions about the Alcohol and Other Drug Sanctioning Guidelines can contact the Health and Wellness Program (HWP) staff as well as Office of Student Conduct and Residence Life and Housing staff. The chart below is a general representation and is not all-inclusive. The application of the sanctioning guidelines is at the discretion of the hearing officer handling a particular case. The Office of Student Conduct (OSC), Office of Residence Life and Housing, and/or the Health and Wellness Programs (HWP) have the right to make determinations as to the violation level and sanction(s) of any violation of the Alcohol and Other Drugs Policies.
Violation Levels: Violation levels are based on the severity and/or the recidivism of the violation. Additional violations of the same level may also increase the level of sanctions (e.g. from Level 1 to 2). Mitigating (positive), aggregating (negative) and compounding factors are also considered when determining the violation level and the appropriate sanctions.
Fines: Fines are penalty assessments issued for the violation(s). In most instances repeated violations will result in the doubling of the fine. Fines are not eliminated for multiple violations in one incident.
Parental Notification Regarding Alcohol and Other Drug Violations: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) afford exceptions permitting colleges and universities to disclose certain information to the parents or guardians of students. Gallaudet’s position on parental notification regarding alcohol and other drug violations is intended to develop a partnership with parents/guardians as a way of addressing student high-risk behaviors in order to enhance campus safety, student health and academic success, and to provide notification in instances involving the health and safety of students and our campus community. Exceptions that may preclude parental notification involve certain situations related to a student’s personal relationship with or the current status of a parent/guardian, or violations that are considered less serious (e.g. empty alcoholic bottles or beverages used for decorative purposes in a “dry” residence hall room). Student Affairs administrators reserve the right to exercise professional judgment and discretion in such parental notification decisions.
Gallaudet will notify parents or guardians of students under the age of 21, regardless of dependency, in writing when their student is found responsible for a Student Code of Conduct violation involving the use, possession, manufacturing, sale, or distribution of illegal drugs and/or drug paraphernalia.
Gallaudet will also notify parents or guardians of students under the age of 21, regardless of dependency, in writing when their student is found responsible for a Student Code of Conduct violation involving the use, possession, manufacturing, or distribution of alcoholic beverages.
Gallaudet will also notify parents or guardians, regardless of age, when a student is experiencing a medical or psychological emergency. The Office of Residence Life and Housing or the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs and Academic Support will make such notification by calling or in writing.
Coach and Academic Advisor Notification: Gallaudet informs coaches and/or academic advisors of alcohol and other drug violations in order to enhance student health and academic success. Student Affairs administrators reserve the right to exercise professional judgment and discretion in such notifications, including notifications made prior to the determination of whether the student is responsible for the violation.
Educational Programs and Alcohol/Drug Assessment: It is important that educational programs and alcohol/drug assessments be completed immediately following the assignment of sanctions. Letters from the Office of Student Conduct (OSC) and/or Health and Wellness Programs (HWP) will note the type of educational/assessment program the student is assigned and the date that it should be completed. In the case where a student is appealing an alcohol and/or drug violation and is waiting for the outcome of the appeal, the student IS STILL REQUIRED to complete the sanctions assigned unless instructed otherwise by the person reviewing his/her appeal.
Expectations for Participation:
BAC Testing: BAC testing is conducted by designated University staff addressing the situation. DPS officers, Resident Advisors, or other unauthorized individuals will not administer BAC testing. Students who wish to be voluntarily tested should communicate their desire for testing to University staff at the scene of the incident.
Health and Safety Emergency Consideration: Gallaudet University’s primary concern is the health and safety if its students and offers health and safety emergency consideration for students in potential life-threatening emergencies as a result of alcohol and/or other drug(s) consumption, in order to encourage students to seek help for themselves without being too overly concerned about possible sanctions imposed. Health and safety emergency consideration will be considered for students who seek medical attention for themselves by contacting a University staff or friend. This is a one-time opportunity, and health and safety emergency consideration does not apply to students found by DPS, other University staff or students, or MPD.
Good Samaritan: To qualify under the Good Samaritan provision of the Alcohol and Drug Sanctioning Guidelines, the student seeking assistance for the student needing medical attention must:
Multiple Violations in One Incident: The student will be assigned the violation level of the most serious violation from items #A – #R. However, the violation level and/or sanctions (items #AA through #EE) may increase if certain policy violations were committed when violations of the Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy occurred. However, fines are not reduced or eliminated for multiple violations in one incident.
Other Potential Sanctions: In addition to the sanctions listed above, Residence Life staff, the Coordinator (or Director) of Student Conduct, and/or the Administrative/Student Conduct Board may also assign other sanctions, depending on the specific circumstances of the situation. These sanctions include, but are not limited to, reflective essays, educational activities, one-on-one sessions with the Health and Wellness Programs, anger management assessment, community service hours, restriction/loss of parking privileges, residence hall reassignment, residence hall reassignment to dry floors/buildings, residence hall access restrictions, loss of housing priority points, counseling assessment, alcohol/drug educational programs, and restitution.
University Suspension: A key component of Gallaudet University’s mission is to provide a safe environment where students are able to pursue their academic and social goals. The University may suspend the student if the student demonstrates that he/she is repeatedly unable to make sound and/or safe decisions about alcohol and drug use, or the student engages in drinking or drug use that threatens the life, health, and safety of one’s self or others.
Students suspended for alcohol and/or other drug violations may submit an appeal online to the Dean of Student Affairs. Any appeal including the grounds that the suspension was excessive, and not appropriate for the violation will have the suspension reviewed on that specific ground of appeal by selected Alcohol and/or Other Drugs Committee members. The Alcohol and/or Other Drugs Committee will make a recommendation to the Dean of Student Affairs on whether the student’s circumstances warrant special consideration and an alternative array of severe sanctions could be imposed. The Dean of Student Affairs will make the final decision on all grounds of appeal, as per the Office of Student Conduct disciplinary procedures.
EFFECTIVE DATE: JULY 22, 2019
UPDATED: AUGUST 20, 2019
Student Accountability & Restorative Practices (SARP)
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