Drug Policy

Section B. Conduct Associated with Personal Responsibility and Integrity (Student Code of Conduct)

Students may not be in the presence of, possess, distribute, or use/misuse of prescription, medication, narcotics, controlled/illegal substances except as expressly permitted by law. Any student who is struggling with an addiction to any narcotic or controlled substance may seek help at the College’s Health & Wellness Center located on the third floor of the Student Center (Ext. 3314). Possession with the intent to sell or distribute narcotic or illegal will likely result in dismissal from the College. Any drug related violation of College policy will be considered a violation of the Drug Policy.

Medical Amnesty/Good Samaritan Policy: Student health and safety are of primary concern at Marist College. As such, in cases of intoxication and/or alcohol or other substances, the College encourages individuals to seek medical assistance for themselves or others. If an individual/ or others seek medical attention due to his/her level of intoxication, the Office of Student Conduct under most cases will not pursue conduct charges against the student for violations of Alcohol/Drug Policy . In lieu of student sanctions, the intoxicated student (and possibly the referring student) will be required to meet with the Director of Student Conduct who may issue education requirements such as alcohol education class, and/or referral to the Health and Wellness Center.  Those students who assist in obtaining medical attention for individuals who are intoxicated may not receive student conduct sanctions for violations of the Alcohol Policy of the Code of Conduct.

Actively assisting requires that an individual: Call security or 911 or seek another individual qualified to assess the student’s condition such as a Resident Advisor (RA) or other Residence Life professional.

The following are not covered by the Medical Amnesty Policy: Medical Amnesty will not be granted to students who do not seek medical assistance. Students who are confronted by college staff or (i.e.e.g., Residence Life staff, Security) other authority will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct for alleged policy violations. The College is concerned with the use and abuse of alcohol/drugs and other substances. A person is as responsible for his/her behavior and the consumption/ use in conjunction with the violation of any College policy can result in a more severe disciplinary sanction. Any student found intoxicated may be transported to St. Francis Hospital or other local medical facilities for medical evaluation.

Application to Student Organizations: In circumstances where an organiza- tion is found to be hosting an event where medical assistance is sought for an intoxicated guest, the organization (depending upon the circumstances) may be held responsible for violations of the Alcohol Policy or Drug Policy. However, the organization’s willingness to seek medical assistance for a member or guest will be viewed as a mitigating factor in determining a sanction for any violations of the Alcohol or Drug Policy.