Student Alcohol and Illicit Drugs Policy

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The goal of this policy is to provide an environment at Burlington College that is free from the adverse effects of alcohol and other drug abuse. It is essential that the members of this community recognize that the misuse and abuse of alcohol and the use of illicit drugs constitutes a threat to the educational mission of the College, and community members are encouraged to become informed about substance abuse and its harmful effects. The irresponsible use or abuse of alcohol and other drugs is dangerous and can lead to addiction or psychological dependence and serious physical health problems. Abuse also is harmful in other ways. It can destroy peer and family relationships, it results in reduced academic, athletic, and work performance, and it increases the risk to personal safety because of the effect it can have on personal judgment and reaction time.

All members of the College community are responsible for being fully aware of the requirements of College policy as well as local, state, and federal laws regarding alcohol and other drugs. The College holds students accountable for behavior that violates College policy as well as violations in the Burlington community under the student code of conduct. The College may refer incidents that could constitute a violation of law to the appropriate officials.

Referral to professional assistance and treatment is available to students who seek assistance for substance abuse problems. Please contact the director of Student Services or your academic advisor who will refer you to the appropriate treatment facilities.

This policy applies to students, student organizations, and guests of Burlington College students on College-owned or leased property and facilities and/or engaged in a College activity.

Alcohol and other drugs possessed in violation of this policy are subject to confiscation. Possessing or using devices designed or intended to be used for the rapid consumption of alcohol (i.e., funnels, beer bongs, etc.), or engaging in behaviors intended to intoxicate (i.e., races, games, etc.) may be considered aggravating circumstances when considering appropriate sanctions. If the presence of empty containers or drug paraphernalia leads to a belief on the part of a College official or law enforcement that the occupant(s) of the space in which the empties are located consumed the container’s original contents, all occupants will be held responsible.

The following actions are prohibited:


  • Possessing, consuming or being under the influence of alcohol if under the age of 21.
  • Possession or consumption of alcohol on College grounds regardless of age.
  • Misrepresenting one’s age for the purpose of purchasing, possessing, or consuming alcohol.
  • Possessing, furnishing, or consuming alcohol in College-owned or leased buildings, College grounds or lands except as otherwise permitted.
  • Possessing, furnishing, or serving from a common source of alcohol (i.e., kegs, beer balls, punch bowls, or other approximate equivalent number of servings) regardless of age.
  • Purchasing, furnishing, or serving alcohol to or for an underage person.
  • Being intoxicated to the point that state law mandates being taken into custody.
  • Creating, offering, or engaging in drinking games and other behaviors designed for the purpose of becoming intoxicated through the use of alcohol.

Illicit Drugs

  • Possessing or using illegal substances, as defined by federal, state, or local statutes.
  • Possessing or using controlled substances as defined by federal, state, or local statutes.
  • Distributing, selling, or possessing with the intent to distribute illegal or controlled substances, as defined by federal, state, or local statutes.
  • Possessing or using drug paraphernalia (including but not limited to pipes, bongs, etc.)
  • Being under the influence of illegal or controlled substances as demonstrated by actions and/or other evidence.

Alleged violations of this policy will be referred to the director of Student Services and may be referred to a College Judicial Review Board and/or to local authorities.

Sanctions Applied for Violations of Policy
The following sanctions apply for violations of the College Alcohol and Other Illicit Drugs Policy:

  1. The first offense will result in a verbal warning, a written notice placing that individual on disciplinary probation, a $175.00 fine which will need to be paid prior to a student resuming class attendance, and parental notification.
  2. The second offense will result in a $350.00 fine, mandatory Drug and Alcohol Assessment at the student’s expense, notification to parents or legal guardian of the student, and written notification from the director of Student Services that the student may lose the privilege of campus housing if the violation occurred on campus.
  3. The third offense may result in eviction from College housing where applicable, and referral to the College Judicial Review Board. If evicted, the student is responsible for all housing charges for the remainder of the semester in which evicted. Students will be given 24 hours to gather their belongings and have them out of the residence halls
  4. Fines will be assessed by the Business Office and must be paid prior to a student resuming classes, graduation, or release of transcripts. Re-enrollment will not occur until payment is satisfied.

The police will be called at the discretion of the College. The selling of illegal substances may result in immediate notification of the police.