ALCOHOL POLICY

IWU Philosophical Statement Illinois State Alcohol Laws
IWU Alcohol Policy (handbook) Illinois Drug Law Chart
IWU Alcohol Sanction Guidelines Medical Amnesty Policy
Federal Drug Laws Substance Abuse and Health
Drugs of Abuse Chart Drugs and Controlled Substance
Higher Education Act Drug Provision  

IWU Philosophical Statement

PHILOSOPHY

A review of alcohol issues at IWU begins with guiding principals upon which policies and programs are built.  Following is IWU’s philosophical statement regarding the consumption of alcohol, which is made available online and via student handbooks.

Illinois Wesleyan University exists primarily to provide students a liberal education of excellence – an education fostering the knowledge, skills and values needed to sustain a lifetime of learning, citizenship and leadership.  An essential foundation of academic excellence is a learning environment free from both threats to one’s safety as well as other distractions from the pursuit of personal and academic achievement.  The misuse or abuse of alcohol is such a threat to the safety and productivity of a healthy learning environment.  It is a threat the University will not accept.  To that end, IWU expects all members of the community to make informed and responsible decisions about the appropriate use of alcohol.  The University, in turn, views as one of its fundamental obligations the responsibility to provide students and the other IWU community members with the information, guidance and assistance needed to enhance their wellness.  This obligation incorporates a holistic approach to wellness, including support for both the decision whether to consume alcohol or the manner by which to use it responsibly.  The university affirms that, given such support, its students are endowed themselves with the ability and primary responsibility to regulate and monitor alcohol consumption compatible with a productive educational environment safe for all students.

The University community believes it is able to positively influence alcohol consumption patterns and associated behavior.  The devastating consequences of alcohol misuse and abuse are too obvious and extensive to be left unattended.  Alcohol misuse or abuse contributes to poor academic performance, interpersonal problems, motor vehicle accidents and fatalities, unplanned or unprotected sexual activity, physical and sexual assault, suicide and other unacceptable outcomes.  The University recognizes that alcohol consumption by students and other community members is shaped by pervasive societal, family, and peer norms preexisting entrance to the University community.  Consequently, profoundly re-shaping norms is a difficult task requiring more time than an undergraduate tenure.  Still, the University aspires to create a norm where alcohol misuse or abuse by any community member, is firmly deterred and suitably remedied.  The university acknowledges that students and other community members consume alcohol, but tolerates only the legal consumption of alcohol in a manner consistent with its educational mission and the immediate safety and long-term health of the consumer.

The specific policies adopted by the University to achieve the ideals reflected in this philosophical statement will be built upon two premises.  First, the employment of alcohol education, as both a prevention measure and as a response to conduct indicative of misuse or abuse, is more effective and efficient than codes based solely on admonition and punishment.  The University is committed to provide meaningful, comprehensive, and extensive education to students and others at all stages of their participation in the IWU community.  Educational efforts will have as their goal the creation of an environment conductive to academic achievement, student safety, healthy lifestyles and a reduction of the pressure directed toward students, regardless of their age, to misuse or abuse alcohol.

The second premise recognizes the stake students have in the safe use of alcohol.  The University community acknowledges that students, primarily, experience the negative consequences of alcohol misuse or abuse.  They must live, interact and work collaboratively with peers who may misuse or abuse alcohol and thereby detract from the healthy, safe and constructive educational and social environments students rightfully expect.  A corollary belief is that students are capable both of specifying that behavior which detracts from their safe and productive learning environment and determining the just consequence to those who conduct diminishes their academic opportunities.  Therefore, students intelligently can and should assume a central role in consistently administering the University’s alcohol policy.

Efforts to address alcohol education must be multifaceted, with special emphasis placed on building bridges of communication and trust.  The entire campus community, (students, faculty, parents, administration, alumni, and the Board of Trustees) actively shares in the responsibility of creating an environment that is conductive to healthy lifestyles that include emotional and psychological well-being.         

Given our belief that Illinois Wesleyan University students are capable of making intelligent and informed decisions regarding alcohol use, it is the responsibility of the University to provide accurate information regarding AOD risks and thus empower members of the college community to make informed decisions that positively influence campus climate.

 Alcohol Education at IWU has been divided into five categories:  (1) assessment, (2) communication and coalition building, (3) student involvement, (4) social activities, and (5) awareness, intervention and treatment.  Prescribed goals in each area are paramount to the education process.   

Alcohol Violation Sanction Guidelines

For those reports that rose to the adjudication level (after investigation of reported violations), students found responsible are sanctioned appropriately according to the policy, using the following guideline:

University Policy for Alcohol and Related Offenses

Illinois Wesleyan University prohibits the unlawful possession, distribution, dispensation, or manufacture of alcohol and/or any illegal substance on University or University-affiliated property. Drinking games, beer funnels and other practices or materials that encourage unsafe consumption are also prohibited.  At the same time, the University shall offer programs and procedures that enhance the safety and responsible behavior of all persons relative to the legal use of alcohol in relation to campus life.

University Judicial Process for Alcohol Policy

Normally adjudicated by the Dean of Students or the Dean’s designee (may be adjudicated by the All University Judiciary Committee)

 

Level 1 Alcohol Violations
All level one violations carry over one year from date of occurrence.
• Underage possession/consumption: First offense with no mitigating factors or additional violations.
• Age 21 or over possession/consumption of alcohol other than beer or wine
• Possession/consumption of alcohol in a public area.
• Reference to alcohol in notices or postings.
• Unregistered event with alcohol: First offense with no mitigating factors or additional violations.
Level 1 Alcohol Sanctions (Individual)
• Letter of warning
• Educational program to include either:
- taking the e-chug accompanied by a follow-up reflection paper and/or
- participating in an alcohol education program accompanied by a follow-up reflection paper.
• Parental notification for first year students and those under 21 dependent on the incident.
• Alcohol fine of no less than $50.
Level 1 Alcohol Sanctions (Organization)
• Letter of warning
• Educational program.
• Alcohol fine of no less than $250.

 

Level 2 Alcohol Violations
All level two violations carry over one year from date of occurrence.
• Any level one policy violation: second offense
• Creating a disturbance while under the influence of alcohol:
• First offense with no property damage, personal injury, physical violence, threats of violence area or other aggravating factors.
• Evidence of drinking games, beer funnels or other practices or materials that encourage unsafe consumption. 
Level 2 Alcohol Sanction (Individual)
Minimum sanctions for any of the above violations may include but is not limited to:
• Second letter of warning.
• Placed on a Status of Warning or Disciplinary Probation for 1semester.
• Alcohol fine of not less than $75.
• Policy clarification session with Student Affairs staff.
• Confidential alcohol assessment.
• Parental notification dependent on the incident.
Level 2 Sanctions (Organization)
Minimum sanctions for any of the above violations include but are not limited to:
• Placed on a Status of Warning or Disciplinary Probation for 1semester resulting from a meeting with a Student Affairs staff member.
• Alcohol fine not less than $1000.
• Policy clarification with Student Affairs staff.
• Evaluation of risk management practices with Student Affairs Staff.
• Possible notification of all organization members' parents dependent on the incident.
• Individual sanctions may be assessed dependent on the severity and situation.

 

Level 3 Alcohol Violations
All level three violations carry over through a student's entire college career.
• Any third offense of any level 1 violation; any second offense of level 2 violation
• Level 1 or 2 violation with additional policy violations and/or aggravated by property damage, threats of physical violence, harassment or defiance of directions of staff responding to in the incident.
• Possession of keg, party ball, or other common source: First offense with no aggravating factors.
• Provision of alcohol to minors.
• Unregistered event with alcohol with mitigating factors or additional violations.
Level 3 Sanctions (Individual)
The minimum sanctions for any of the above violations may include but are not limited to:
• Placed on a Status of Probation for 1-3 semesters resulting from a meeting with the Dean of Students or a Student Affairs staff member.
• Alcohol fine of not less than $100. 
• Alcohol Educator assessment with appropriate follow up.
• Restitution for property damaged during the incident.
• Parental notification.
Level 3 Sanctions (Organization)
The minimum sanctions for any of the above violations may include but are not limited to:
• Organization will be placed on a Status of Probation for 1-3semesters resulting from a meeting with the Dean of Students or a Student Affairs staff member.
• Alcohol fine of not less than $1500.
• Community Service Project.
• Confidential alcohol assessment.
• Restitution for property damaged during the incident.
• Temporary loss of campus and/or organization privileges.
• Parental notification.
• Individual sanctions may be assessed dependent on the severity and situation.

 

Level 4 Violations
All level four violations carry over through a student's entire college career
• A fourth offense of a Level 1 violation.
• A third offense of a Level 2 violation.
• Any offense of policy that is grossly aggravated by acts of violence or property damage exceeding $250
• Use of University funds to purchase alcohol.
• Inducing or forcing another to consume alcohol.

Level 4 Sanctions (Individual)
The minimum sanctions for any of the above violations may include but are not limited to:
• Alcohol fine of not less than $200. 
• Separation from the University (temporary or permanent).
• Counseling may be required prior to re-admittance to the University. The University will request appropriate reports from the counselor or agency.
• Alcohol assessment with Alcohol Educator (monthly meeting and/or self assessment) or
• Mandatory assessment with an outside agency at student's expense; follow through with any indicated/recommended plan.
• Restitution for property damaged during the incident.
• Parental notification.
Level 4 Sanctions (Organization)
The minimum sanctions for any of the above violations may include but are not limited to:
• Alcohol fine of no less than $2000.
• Re-examination of the organization and affiliation with the institution and possible redefinition.
• Restitution for damage to University property.
• Parental notification.

Substance Abuse and Health

Illinois Wesleyan University has always recognized the importance of a realistic policy in regard to substance abuse and, at the same time, has always been ready to help those who develop a problem in this area.  Substance abuse is detrimental to every organ system.  Drug usage, in otherwise healthy individuals, may cause gastrointestinal problems, sleep disorders, eating disorders, anxiety or depression, and a compromised immune system.  Continued abuse may lead to deterioration of heart, liver, pancreas, and brain.  Not only can substance abuse result in the negative health impact as described above but may lead to other risks such as compromised relationships, family problems, academic problems, acquaintance rape, unwanted pregnancies, violence injuries, accidents, and sexually transmitted diseases (see “Drugs of Abuse” chart for further information).

Drugs and Controlled Substance Policy

Students are prohibited from the use, possession, distribution or sale of marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines or any other controlled substance covered by the Federal and State Controlled Substance Act.

Financial Aid Regulations for Possession or Sale of Controlled Substances Including Prescription Medications

Higher Education Act Drug Provision

http://www.raiseyourvoice.com/484f.shtml

The following provision was contained in subsection (r) of section 484 of the Higher Education Act of 1998 (see 20 U.S.C. 1091(r)).

(r) Suspension of eligibility for drug related offenses.-
(1) IN GENERAL- A student who has been convicted of any offense under any Federal or State law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance shall not be eligible to receive any grant, loan, or work assistance under this title during the period beginning on the date of such conviction and ending after the interval specified in the following table:

If convicted of an offense involving:

The possession of a controlled substance:
Ineligibility Period
First Offense - 1 year
Second Offense - 2 years
Third Offense - Indefinite

The sale of a controlled substance:
Ineligibility Period
First Offense - 2 years
Second Offense - Indefinite

REHABILITATION- A student whose eligibility has been suspended under paragraph (1) may resume eligibility before the end of the ineligibility period determined under such paragraph if--

(A) the student satisfactorily completes a drug rehabilitation program that--

(i) complies with such criteria as the Secretary shall prescribe in regulations for purposes of this paragraph; and

(ii) includes two unannounced drug tests; or

(B) the conviction is reversed, set aside, or otherwise rendered nugatory.

(3) DEFINITIONS- In this subsection, the term `controlled substance' has the meaning given the term in section 102(6) of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 802(6)).'.

(2) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendment made by paragraph (1), regarding suspension of eligibility for drug-related offenses, shall apply with respect to financial assistance of cover the costs of attendance for periods of enrollment beginning after the date of enactment of this Act.