Student Handbook

Policy on Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD)

Skidmore College, in accordance with New York State Law, regulates the use and possession of alcohol and other drugs on campus. The College's main objective in this regulation of AOD is to provide a safe environment that promotes academic success as well as physical and psychological health on both the individual and community levels. Research has shown that as student alcohol use increases, academic success lessens. Furthermore, AOD use and abuse are associated with increased risk to physical well-being as instances of interpersonal violence, sexual violence, and unintentional injury increase with use of these substances. The College is particularly concerned with occurrences of DWI/DUI and alcohol overdose that are associated with alcohol abuse. At a psychological level, AOD use and abuse has been linked to suicide, depression, anxiety, interruptions in cognitive development in young adults, and addiction issues. Additionally, high rates of alcohol abuse often lead to heightened levels of vandalism and lessened participation in campus and community life. For these reasons, the College considers the abuse of AOD a public health problem and works to reduce AOD abuse among students.

The College understands that students make their own choices about AOD. However, the College also believes that students should also be held accountable for their choices. The College will not ignore violations of the law or the Skidmore regulations elaborated in this policy. The College will discipline students whose conduct undermines the vitality of the academic community.

AOD policy sanctions hold students accountable for breaking college policy and contain an educational component. If a student's conduct includes honor code violations in addition to AOD violation(s), they will be held responsible for those choices as well. From an educational standpoint, AOD sanctions provide students with information on AOD and encourage informed decision-making, offering students the opportunity for individual growth and empowerment. The College encourages students who are found in violation of the AOD Policy to discuss, reflect on, and receive support around issues that may contribute to AOD abuse and/or addiction and provides those students with the resources to do so. Ultimately, AOD sanctioning prepares students to be responsible citizens both at Skidmore and in their future communities.

The following table "Actions and Sanctions for violations of Skidmore College's Policy on Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD)"summarizes the range of possible sanctions for violations of the College AOD policy. The College generally interprets more than three violations of the AOD policy as indication that the student is unwilling to abide by College regulations. Violations of the AOD policy result in sanctions ranging from warning, censure, and fines, to participation in educational programs, and may include suspension from the residence halls. Repeated violations may result in suspension or expulsion from the College. Given the consequences that repeated violations of the AOD policy have on a student's standing with the College, the College notifies parents when students violate the AOD policy.