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Campus Policy: Alcohol and Drugs

The following alcohol and drug policies apply to all students, staff, administrators, faculty and guests of California State University, Long Beach.

CSULB complies with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act and the Higher Education Act Section 120A: Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention by implementing the following:

  1. The annual distribution in writing to each student, regardless of the length of the student’s program of study, and to each employee of:
    1. Standards of conduct that clearly prohibit, at a minimum, the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees on its property or as part of any of its activities;
    2. A description of the applicable legal sanctions under local. State, or Federal law for the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol;
    3. A description of the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and abuse of alcohol; and,
    4. A clear statement that the institution will impose disciplinary sanctions on students and employees (consistent with local, State and Federal law), and a description of those sanctions, up to and including expulsion or termination of employment and referral for prosecution, for violators of the standards of conduct. A disciplinary sanction may include the completion of an appropriate rehabilitation program.
  2. Conducting a biennial review of the campus drug and alcohol abuse prevention program to:
    1. Determine its effectiveness and implement changes to the program if they are needed; and
    2. Ensure that its disciplinary sanctions are consistently enforced.
    3. The review panel consists of Administrative representatives from Academic Affairs, Student Services, Administration and Finance, Chair of the Academic Senate, President of the Associated Students, the Chair of the Academic Senate Student Affairs committee, a member from University Psychological Services, a full-time staff member, an Associated Students Senator and a member from the Student Health Center. Member may send their designees.

As stated in the CSULB Catalog, 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. This includes responsible living, respect for community and campus standards and regulations, individual responsibility within the community and the intellectual, social, emotional, ethical and physical well-being of all members of the campus community.

University police officers enforce laws regulating the use of alcoholic beverages and underage drinking. CSULB is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy environment for the campus community. Alcohol and other drugs should not interfere with the University’s educational mission. All CSULB students, faculty members, staff members, and administrators are subject to local state and federal laws regarding the unlawful possession, distribution, or use of alcohol or other drugs.

The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of illegal drugs on the University campus or at any University-sponsored event off campus is prohibited. No one may use illegal substances, or abuse legal substances, including alcohol, in a manner that impairs performance of assigned tasks.

Excessive use of alcohol and other drugs is a serious health problem in itself. But alcohol and other drug abuse can also contribute to a host of other physical and mental health problems such as unwanted pregnancy, violent behavior, HIV infection and other sexually transmitted diseases and psychological depression.

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 less than 21 years of age is strictly prohibited. Alcoholic beverages may not be consumed in public areas and must be concealed and not in plain view when transported in the residence community. Residents in the residence community under the age of 21 are not permitted to host guests or residents of any age who are in possession of alcohol in the room/apartment.

The University Police 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. Students found in violation of University alcohol, drug and weapons policies may be subject to academic probation, suspension or expulsion. Parents or guardians may be notified about any disciplinary violation involving alcohol or a controlled substance that has been committed by a student who is under the age of 21.

Employees in violation of the university alcohol and drug policies may be subject to corrective action or dismissal or be required to participate fully in an approved counseling or rehabilitation program. Applicable legal sanctions under local, State and Federal law for the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol range from probation, diversion, and imprisonment in the county jail for less than one year. Also, a police officer can take the license from any driver suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs who refuse to take a blood alcohol test.

This policy is reiterated through various programs offered by the Women’s Resource Center, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), University Police, SOAR (Student Orientation and Registration), Student Life and Development (SLD) and Student Health Services (SHS). During each semester students, faculty, staff and housing residents are offered seminars, prevention clinics and training programs to inform and educate them on the health risks of alcohol and drug abuse. In addition, students who live in the Housing and Residential Life facilities are given a Student Handbook and Housing and Residential Life brochure which clearly details the zero tolerance policy on possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages in and around the residence halls. Students must sign that they have read and understood these policies in their Student License Agreement.

Alcoholic Beverages and Sponsored Events

Alcoholic beverages generally may not be consumed on campus except at sponsored events and with specific approval from the Director of Student Life and Development. Alcoholic beverages may only be consumed on university premises that have been licensed by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control or on other university premises at ”approved group sponsored events.” The sponsors of such events must obtain prior written approval from the Office of Student Life and Development. Approval will normally be limited to events in such areas as the Student Union, the Soroptimist House or the Chart Room. The use of alcoholic beverages in any of the residential halls, to include individual rooms, is strictly prohibited by students under the age of 21.

Violation of Campus related Alcohol or Drug Laws

In the event a student is cited for any combination or violation of campus related alcohol or drug laws, rules or regulations the student will be:

  1. Required to attend an alcohol, tobacco, or other drug education class at Student Health Services after the first violation.
  2. Required to see an alcohol assessment counselor after the second violation.
  3. Immediately referred to the Office of Student Conduct & Ethical Development after a third violation of policies.
Regulation XI- Consumption of Beer and Wine

For complete information regarding Student Discipline, Campus Standards of Conduct you may review the following Web pages:
CSULB Campus Regulations or Student Conduct Procedures for the CSU