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As a Christian educational institution,
Under the direction of the Student Development and Human Resource staff, educational material and programs are available to all students, faculty, and staff. Various professional alcohol and drug counseling agencies within the community serve the College with formal educational presentations and assessment procedures. The purpose of these educational programs are threefold: 1) to provide general education concerning the inherent dangers and health risks associated with the use and abuse of alcohol and drugs; 2) to provide a deterrent to drug and alcohol use; 3) to make information available for those who might identify as having a potential alcohol or drug problem.
Educational activities include a mandatory semester long alcohol education program for all incoming students, residence hall and campus wide programming, and online alcohol education. All members of the
Assessment and Disciplinary Program
The College reserves the right to require assessment and/or counseling for any employee who demonstrates the effects of alcohol or other drug use or abuse in his or her social interactions and/or job performance. The assessment counselor’s purpose is to intervene in the lives of persons whose behavior, while under the influence of alcohol/drugs, is harmful or disruptive to themselves or others. Additional information is available in the Staff and Faculty Handbooks.
As noted in the Student Handbook, drug and alcohol violations are referred to the College Judicial System. The recommended sanctions for a first time alcohol violation could include: community service; a campus confinement for one week; a $75 fine; and probation. Further alcohol violations could result in notification of parents, counseling at one’s own expense and/or suspension/dismissal. The normal sanctions for a first drug violation could involve: the student’s parents being notified; a suspension from the College for a specified period of time; a professional assessment done at the student’s expense before he/she can return to campus; and probation. Further drug violations could result in permanent dismissal.
For further details on student conduct policies and disciplinary procedures, see the Student Handbook.
Legal Sanctions Under Local, State and Federal Law
All law enforcement agencies in
Conviction for a violation of Statue 6308 carries the following penalties: a) First Offense - $300 fine and loss of driver’s license for 90 days; b) Second offense - $500 fine and loss of driver’s license for 2 years.
Conviction for a violation of Statue 5505 (public drunkenness) carries a penalty of a $300 fine. A person is guilty of a summary offense if he/she being less than 21 years of age, attempts to purchase, purchases, consumes, or transports any alcohol, liquor, or malt or brewed beverages. Any fine under this section of civil law is decreed to be paid to the local government of the area in which the offense was committed. Maximum penalties are: $300 fine and/or 90 days in jail.
A person is guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree if he/she, knowingly, willfully and falsely represents a minor to be of legal age to any licensed dealer or other person, for the purpose of buying or securing any intoxicating liquors. Maximum penalties are: $2,500 fine and/or 1 year in jail.
It is a misdemeanor for any person to sell, furnish, or give to any minor under twenty-one years of age any malt or alcoholic liquor. The penalty for such a conviction is a $100 to $300 fine or three months in jail.
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in
In June 1972,
The acquisition, obtaining, or possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception, or subterfuge is a felony and carries a sentence of imprisonment not exceeding 15 years or a fine not to exceed $250,000 or both.
The retail sale or dispensing of any controlled substance listed in Schedules I, II, III, and IV of Act 64 of the State of Pennsylvania to any person except one authorized by law to sell, dispense, prescribe or possess such a substance is a misdemeanor and carries a sentence not to exceed one year imprisonment, and/or a fine not to exceed $5,000 or both.
Drinking alcohol contributes to health problems including diseases of the liver, digestive tract, and respiratory, nervous, and cardiovascular systems. In addition, accidents and violence are highly correlated with alcohol and drug use and abuse. Adverse consequences of drug abuse include and increased risk of morbidity and diseases such as hepatitis and AIDS, as well as the potential for developing drug dependency. Substance use can also lead to academic problems, injuries, campus crime, legal problems, fights, and interpersonal problems.
The Master of Arts in Counseling programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP).