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California State University, Long Beach
Dean of Students
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Alcohol & Drug Policies

California State University, Long Beach is dedicated to the elimination of the use of illicit drugs and alcohol abuse. The university makes every effort to create an environment that promotes and reinforces good health. The use of alcoholic beverages must be in compliance with California state law and is strictly limited to persons 21 years of age or older. The possession, transportation and/or consumption of alcohol by individuals under 21 years of age is strictly prohibited. Possession and comsumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in and around campus residence halls.

Residents need to also understand:

  • Containers that contain or contained an alcoholic beverage are not permitted in the residence halls.
  • Residents are responsible for the con- duct of their guests
  • Residents in the company of someone who is consuming or in possession of alcohol or alcohol containers in student rooms are also subject to judicial action.

University police officers strictly enforce federal and state laws, as well as the university’s zero-tolerance policy, for the use and sale of illegal drugs. Violators are subject to university discipline, criminal prosecution and removal from university housing. Students engaging in the sale of illegal drugs will be expelled.
The university education/disciplinary plan for alcohol or other substance abuse is composed of the following three steps:

  • First violation of policy — mandatory alcohol and other substance education workshop;
  • Second violation of policy — mandatory counseling assessment
  • Third violation of policy — removal from the halls.

The clear intention of this policy is to meet federal requirements for colleges and universities while also meeting the expressed desire of many students and parents to create a quieter, more educational environment. Since approximately 80 percent of resident hall students are under age 21, this policy should significantly impact only a small number of residents.