Student Handbook

Policy on Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD)

Policy | Sanctions | Responsible Student Policy

Policy

Skidmore College, in accordance with federal and 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. The College understands that students make their own choices about AOD and, when appropriate, utilizes a harm reduction framework to encourage responsible choices and safety. However, the College also believes that students should be held accountable for their choices. AOD sanctions are designed to educate students about AOD use and encourage informed decision-making while deterring illegal and unsafe behavior. Specifically:

  1. Education: encourages students to discuss, reflect on, and receive support around issues that may contribute to AOD abuse and/or addiction.
    1. Educational fees: cover the cost of evidence-based educational programming for individuals as well as for the entire Skidmore community. In the event that a student is required to complete an off-campus AOD assessment, additional fees, payable directly to the provider, will apply.
  2. Parent notification: aims to establish a partnership with parents in reducing high-risk drinking and drug use. The College notifies parents because repeated violations of the AOD policy indicate risk both to the student personally and to the student’s academic career at Skidmore. When the College contacts parents, tips are provided for beginning a non-judgmental, open, helpful dialogue between parents and students.
  3. Points: are designed to discourage high risk AOD use. The number of points assigned correlates with the riskiness of the behavior in which the student was engaging.
    1. Accumulation of points: Students who accumulate 10 or more points will be recommended for immediate suspension. The Dean of Students/Vice President of Student Affairs makes final decisions with regards to suspension.
    2. Point reduction and expiration
      1. Point reduction: Students can reduce up to two points by completing community service work (one point reduction for every 10 hours of community service completed). Community service for point reduction must be independent of other scheduled service work and must be pre-approved by the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution.
      2. Point expiration: Points will expire two years after they are assigned 

New York State Law states that:

Students should also be aware of a Saratoga Springs ordinance prohibiting any person to “have in his possession any open bottle or container containing liquor, beer, wine or other alcoholic beverages while such a person is on any public highway, public street, public sidewalk, public parking area or in any vehicle or public place.” The city enforces the policy downtown, and the College prohibits “open containers” in public spaces on campus.

Students should also be aware of New York State law governing the operation of motor vehicles while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. The College is especially concerned about the potential consequences of students driving with their ability impaired. The College will intervene with students ticketed—on or off campus—for driving under the influence of drugs and or alcohol.

Beverage Control Policies

  1. The College permits alcohol in the Spa, Falstaff’s, and at official all-College events only when a College-approved vendor provides the alcohol. Students may not bring alcohol to any event. The College will consider canceling for one year any event, even an alcohol-free event, disrupted by illegal or inappropriate drinking.

  2. Alcohol is available only to those 21 years or older. A valid state or federal identification card (driver’s license, non-driver identification card, etc., as per the ABC Law of New York State) and campus event card shall be the only forms of accepted proof of age for Skidmore students. Guests must show two forms of ID, at least one of them being a valid state or federal identification card.

  3. When alcoholic beverages are available at an event, the sponsors may sell the alcohol on a cash-per-drink basis only and at a cost consistent with current alcohol beverage pricing. Sponsors who intend to sell alcohol at an all-College event must submit the all-College event notification form and obtain the approval of the Director or Assistant Director of Leadership Activities at least three weeks in advance of the proposed event.

  4. With the exception of Falstaff’s, alcoholic beverages must be served and consumed within a designated area (“beer garden”). Only students who have shown proper proof of age may enter the beer garden.

  5. At all events serving alcohol, non-alcoholic beverages and food must be available in an adequate amount, throughout the event.

  6. The College does not tolerate drinking games (i.e. beer pong) in residential buildings, College events, or student parties. The College will discipline students who permit drinking games in their rooms, apartments, events, or at parties. Additionally, the College is concerned about the presence of “empties” (empty and/or discarded beer bottles/cans and liquor bottles) in residence halls and in underage students’ apartments. In the spirit of the AOD policy, the College reserves the right to respond when there is a concern for health and wellness and/or violation of College policy.

  7. The College does not permit mass-consumption containers at informal (as opposed to formal College-sponsored) events in the dining halls, Case Center, academic buildings, or residential buildings.
  1. At private, invitation-only functions, alcoholic beverages may be available on an open-bar basis. Individual sponsors of and guests at private functions must comply with New York State ABC laws.

  2. With the approval of the Office of Residential Life, students over 21 residing in Sussman Apartments or Northwoods Village Apartments may serve alcohol at parties. The Event Authorization Form details expectations and requirements. This form is also available in the Office of Residential Life.

Student Bartenders

Skidmore College utilizes TIPS-certified student bartenders and individuals who check identification for legal age verification at all Student Government Association-sponsored events. The College expects these individuals to abide by and enforce the Skidmore College alcohol and drug policy.

Guidelines for Marketing Alcoholic Beverages

Advertising of alcoholic beverages at College events is for informational purposes only. Alcohol may not be the primary focus of a banner, poster, flyer, or other event promotion. Alcohol advertising contained on posters, banners, flyers, etc., shall be limited solely to stating what alcoholic beverages will be sold, that a driver’s license or passport and the Skidmore College campus event ID is required for purchase and consumption, and that alternative beverages will be available.

Alcoholic beverage marketing programs specifically targeting students or held on campus shall conform to Code of Social Conduct of Skidmore College and avoid sexually demeaning or discriminatory portrayal of individuals.

  1. Advertising must encourage informed and responsible decisions about the use of alcohol.
  2. Alcohol marketing programs directed at students, held on or off campus, may include sampling or other promotional activities only when time and quantity are limited. As with all events, sponsors must observe all other relevant regulations including the availability of alternative beverages, food, and planned programs.
  3. Campus events or programs cannot include corporate promotional materials without approval of the Leadership Activities Office.
  4. Students promoting local off-campus activities that involve the sale of alcohol must obtain approval from Leadership Activities before posting the marketing materials.

Laws and Policy Related to Drugs

Skidmore College prohibits the use, possession, and sale of illegal drugs or unauthorized prescription medications. All members of the Skidmore community are required to abide by federal, state, and local laws regarding these substances.

Skidmore College does not provide students protection from the law. Students found possessing or selling illegal drugs are subject to disciplinary action and criminal liability. The College may submit the names of students it believes to have supplied or sold drugs to local law enforcement authorities. 

Under the New York State Penal Law:

Medical Marijuana Policy

The use, possession, or cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes is not allowed in any Skidmore housing or at any other Skidmore property; nor is it allowed at any College sponsored event or activity off campus.

Students’ use of marijuana (or any other drug) on College premises is strictly forbidden and subject to action under the Student Code of Conduct. Students’ use of marijuana (and/or any other drug) on campus premises is strictly forbidden and subject to action under the Code of Social Conduct. Students may also face criminal sanctions for the unlawful possession, use or sale of marijuana under the NYS Penal Law.

Effective in 2016, New York State law will permit the use of medical marijuana. Students who have valid medical marijuana prescriptions may petition the College for a waiver of their requirements to live on campus. Federal laws (including the Controlled Substances Act and the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act) prohibit marijuana use, possession and/or cultivation at educational institutions and on the premises of other recipients of federal funds. Therefore, even students with medical marijuana prescriptions will not be able to possess or use marijuana on the Skidmore campus. 

Drug-Free Campus

The manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or illegal use of controlled substances, except by prescription, is prohibited by Skidmore College. College policy also prohibits the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages by any person under the age of 21. For any employee over the age of 21, College policy prohibits the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages unless they are attending a College sponsored event where alcohol is provided.

Violation of this policy on Skidmore College owned or controlled property, including the use of College-owned or -controlled motor vehicles, will result in College sanctions appropriate to the situation and will not protect employees or students from arrest or prosecution by civil authorities for illegal involvement with drugs or alcohol.

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ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS (AOD) POLICY SANCTIONS

Behavior  1st Offense**  2nd Offense**  3rd Offense** 

Underage possession/consumption of alcohol, alcohol paraphernalia, possession in residence hall

Possession or use of marijuana or drug paraphernalia (less than 2 ounces)

  • AOD education
  • Educational fee, $30
  • 2 points
  • AOD education
  • Educational fee, $30
  • 3 points
  • AOD education/assessment
  • Educational fee, $30
  • 4 points

Alcohol possession/consumption posing a substantial risk to the health and well-being of self and/or others, disorderly conduct due to intoxication, public intoxication

Social host violation (hosting an unauthorized event with alcohol, supplying alcohol to minors, disturbing community due to event)

  • AOD education
  • Educational fee, $30
  • 3 points
  • AOD education/assessment
  • Educational fee, $30
  • 4 points
  • AOD education/Assessment
  • Suspension from on-campus housing
  • Educational fee, $30
  • 5 points

Possession of criminal amount of marijuana (more than 2 ounces)

  • Police notification*
  • AOD education/assessment
  • Educational fee, $30
  • 4 points
  • Police notification*
  • AOD assessment
  • Suspension from on-campus housing
  • Educational fee, $30
  • 5 points
  • Integrity Board Hearing
  • Police notification*
  • 6 Points

Possession or use of any illegal substance (e.g. cocaine, MDMA) or the use of any substance in a way that was not intended for the purpose of altering mood, perception and/or performance without medical advice

  • AOD education/assessment
  • Educational fee, $30
  • 5 Points
  • Integrity Board Hearing
  • Police notification*
  • 6 Points
  • Integrity Board Hearing
  • Police notification*
  • 7 Points

DUI/DWI

Production or sale of any illegal substances, e.g. marijuana, stimulants, and prescription drugs, etc.

  • Integrity Board Hearing
  • Police notification*
  • 6 points
  • Integrity Board Hearing
  • Police notification*
  • 7 Points
  • Integrity Board Hearing
  • Police notification*
  • 8 Points

* The decision to contact police will be made by the Dean of Students/Vice President for Student Affairs

** A guardian may be notified with the goal of increasing support for the student. This will be discussed with the student during a meeting with the Office of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution.

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AOD Responsible Student Policy

The purpose of the Responsible Student Policy is to minimize barriers and to encourage students to seek help whenever there is an alcohol or other drug (AOD) related emergency. The College aims to provide caring, supportive interventions in response to such incidents.

THE POLICY APPLIES WHEN:

WHEN TO CALL

Students should call Campus Safety (518-580-5566) for help if they notice or experience any of the following:

WHAT WILL HAPPEN

Campus Safety will immediately dispatch Skidmore College Emergency Medical Services (SCEMS) and/or local emergency medical responders. An evaluation of the student will be conducted and, if further medical assistance is deemed necessary, the College will require the student to be transported to Saratoga Hospital.  

FOLLOW UP AFTER THE INCIDENT

The student who required medical assistance will meet with the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (SCCR) to discuss the situation.

Although there is typically no follow-up for a student who requests help for someone else, a meeting with the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution may occur if additional information about the situation is needed or if there is concern about another Code of Conduct violation. A student will never be penalized for calling for help for another student. 

REPEATED INCIDENTS

Consistent with putting the student’s health and wellness first, the College will approach repeated incidents as a serious health risk. If there are subsequent incidents, amnesty is at the discretion of the Conduct Office and/or the Dean of Students/Vice President for Student Affairs.

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