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Adult Children of Alcoholics

Counseling Services
Heinz Hall, Ground Floor
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Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOAs) have special strengths. In many cases they are real “survivors” from difficult home lives. One of every eight children in this country grew to adulthood in a household directed by one or more alcoholic parents. Research is indicating a genetic vulnerability that predisposes some individuals to alcoholism. Environmental contributors are important as well. Some 10 million Americans suffer from the disease of addiction to alcohol.
Children of alcoholics learned to live with chaos, trauma, confusion and pain. Their emotional scars can run deep. Often it is in close relationships where trouble surfaces. It is often here that these individuals seek help to work things out.

Help for ACOAs is available such as self-help books, ACOA peer support groups and personal therapy. If you identify as an ACOA, decide what is best for you. Such help is available on campus, along with resources, and in the community.

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Alcohol and Other Drug Education

Through education and counseling, University staff members provide free opportunities for students to examine their choices related to substance use, and provide students assistance in changing behavior. Annually students are equipped with information regarding alcohol and other drug education efforts on campus. There are numerous consequences related to alcohol use and abuse including: accidents, violence, alcohol poisoning, poor academic or athletic performance, sexual assault, date rape, sexually-transmitted infections, unplanned pregnancy, etc. Through education, the members of the University community attempt to prevent these outcomes. When policy violations occur, University staff members assist students in looking at the choices they have made, and assist them in making healthier choices. Through disciplinary sanctions, a student is held accountable for  their behavior. 

Under the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, the University is required to have an alcohol and other drug policy and distribute this policy annually to all students. This Policy must outline the University's prevention, education and intervention efforts, and consequences that may be applied by both the University and external authorities for policy violations. The law also requires that individuals be notified of possible health risks associated with the use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs, and sources of assistance for problems that may arise as a result of use.


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Arcadia University Alcohol and Other Drug Policy

Arcadia University follows the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The alcohol and drug policy are consistent with Pennsylvania State Law. The consumption, distribution, or service of alcohol must be in compliance with the Pennsylvania liquor and crime codes, which defines the lawful consumption and service of alcohol and prescribed sanctions for violations. The consumption, distribution, or service of alcoholic beverages must also comply with University regulations and policies. Arcadia University:

  • Permits the responsible and low-risk consumption of alcohol by students who are 21 years old or older
  • Does not permit individuals under 21 to consume alcohol
  • Prohibits simulated drinking games regardless of whether or not alcohol is used

For students that reside in University housing, additional alcohol policies apply. These relevant policies can be found in the Resident and Commuter Life Policies.

The possession and/or use of narcotics or drugs other than those medically prescribed, properly used, properly secured, and in the original container (hereafter: Drugs) is prohibited. Drugs and drug paraphernalia will be confiscated if found on University property. Arcadia University:

  • Does not permit the use of illegal drugs*
  • Prohibits inhaling or ingesting substances (e.g., nitrous oxide, glue, paint, etc.) that will alter a person’s mental state
  • Possession or use of any and all types of Drug paraphernalia including, but not limited to, scales, baggies, stems, bongs, pens, pipes, water pipes, grinders, or any items modified or adapted that can be used to consume/distribute/handle/prepare/use drugs are not permitted on University property
  • Prohibits the use of medical marijuana (THC) on University property or at University-sponsored events

THC is classified as a Schedule I drug according to the Controlled Substances Act. Thus, the use, possession, cultivation, or sale of THC in any form (vaping, eating, smoking, and so on) violates federal policy. Federal grants are subject to university compliance with the Drug-Free Communities and Schools Act, and the Drug-Free Workplace Act. The university is also subject to the Controlled Substances Act. This prohibits the university from allowing any form of THC use on campus.

The university will accommodate legally recognized Pennsylvania medical marijuana users residing in university housing with a release from housing and if desired, dining. Specifically, students who obtain a medical marijuana registration card from the Pennsylvania Department of Health pursuant to the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program may submit a letter including evidence of the same to the Dean of Student Affairs Office requesting to be released from their university housing and dining contract. In such situations, students will be released from their contracts with no financial penalty. Any payments made to the university for dining services or housing facilities will be returned to the student in proportion to the remainder of their time on a university meal plan or in university housing. Students with medical marijuana registration cards from states other than Pennsylvania may also submit such requests but may be asked to provide additional information.

* As applied throughout this document, “illegal drugs” are controlled substances as defined by federal, state, and local laws. Only those drugs which are properly prescribed, in the original container, for the person prescribed, and used in the manner prescribed are permitted.

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University Consequences for Alcohol and Other Drug Policy Violation

All members of the University community and all University organizations are expected to comply with applicable local, state and federal laws regarding the possession, use or sale of alcohol or other drugs, whether on or off-campus, and are expected to comply with all University regulations regarding alcohol and other drug possession or use. Individuals and organizations who violate University policy are subject to the conduct process which may result in sanctioning. 

Sanctioning for violations of University policies may be educational, restorative, or punitive in nature. Potential sanctions include warnings, fines, restrictions, denial of privileges to campus facilities or events, etc.  Sanctions imposed by the Judicial Board for violation of the Code of Conduct or University policies may include suspension or expulsion.The conduct process includes administrative actions and judicial board actions when appropriate.

For a list of minimum potential sanctions for Alcohol and other Drug Policy violations available to hearing officers and/or the Judicial Board, please see Suggested Minimum Sanctions for Alcohol and other Drug Policy Violations

Along with disciplinary consequences, the University is committed to providing resources and education as appropriate to assist members of the community.


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Drugs at a Glance

1. Alcohol

Alcohol consumption causes a number of marked changes in behavior. Even low doses significantly impair the judgment and coordination required to drive a car safely. Low to moderate doses also increase the incidence of a variety of aggressive acts. Moderate to high doses of alcohol cause marked impairments in higher mental function, severely altering a person’s ability to learn and remember information. Very high doses cause respiratory depression and death. If combined with other depressants of the central nervous system, much lower doses of alcohol will produce the effects just described. Repeated use of alcohol can lead to dependence. Sudden cessation of alcohol intake is likely to produce withdrawal symptoms, including severe anxiety, tremors, hallucinations and convulsions. Alcohol withdrawal can be life-threatening. Long-term consumption of large quantities of alcohol, particularly when combined with poor nutrition, can also lead to permanent damage to vital organs such as the brain and the liver.

Mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy may give birth to infants with fetal alcohol syndrome. These infants have irreversible physical abnormalities and mental retardation. In addition, research indicates that children of alcoholic parents are at greater risk than others of becoming alcoholics.

2. Cannabis

Use of cannabis is often accompanied by sleepiness, wandering mind, craving for sweets, increased appetite, and time and space distortion. Sometimes a panic attack or paranoia occurs. It may impair short-term memory and comprehension. It also reduces ability to perform tasks requiring coordination and concentration such as driving a car. It is very irritating to the lungs and contains more cancer-causing agents than tobacco. Use during pregnancy can lead to low birth weight and damage to fetus.

Long-term users may develop an addiction to marijuana and require more of the drug to get high. In the case of heavy users, it becomes the center of their lives.

3. Inhalants

The immediate negative effects of inhalants include nausea, sneezing, coughing, nosebleeds, fatigue, lack of coordination, and loss of appetite. Solvents and aerosol sprays also decrease the heart and respiratory rates and impair judgment. Amyl and Butyl nitrate cause rapid pulse, headaches, and involuntary passing of urine and feces. Long-term use may result in hepatitis or brain damage.

Deeply inhaling the vapors, or using large amounts over a short time, may result in disorientation, violent behavior, unconsciousness, or death. High concentrations of inhalants can cause suffocation by displacing the oxygen in the lungs or by depressing the central nervous system to the point that breathing stops.

Long-term use causes weight loss, fatigue, electrolyte imbalance, and muscle fatigue. Repeated sniffing of concentrated vapors over time can permanently damage the nervous system.

4. Cocaine

Cocaine stimulates the central nervous system. Its immediate effects include dilated pupils and elevated blood pressure, heart rate, and body temperature. Occasional use can cause a stuffy or runny nose. Chronic use can ulcerate the mucous membrane of the nose. Injecting cocaine with contaminated equipment can cause AIDS, hepatitis, and other diseases. Cocaine can produce psychological and physical dependency, a feeling that the user cannot function without the drug. This often happens rapidly. Crack or free base rock is extremely addictive, and its effects are felt within 10 seconds. Physical effects include: dilated pupils, increased pulse rate, elevated blood pressure, insomnia, loss of appetite, tactile hallucination, paranoia and seizures. The use of cocaine can cause death by cardiac arrest or respiratory failure.

5. Other Stimulants

Stimulants can cause increased heart and respiratory rates, elevated blood pressure, dilated pupils, and decreased appetite. In addition, users may experience sweating, headaches, blurred vision, dizziness, sleeplessness, and anxiety. Extremely high doses can cause a rapid or irregular heartbeat, tremors, loss of coordination, and even physical collapse. Users report feelings of restlessness, anxiety and mood swings. Persons who use large amounts of amphetamines over a long period of time can develop an amphetamine psychosis that includes hallucinations, delusions and paranoia. These symptoms usually disappear when drug use ceases.

6. Depressants

The effects are similar to alcohol. Small amounts can produce calmness and relaxed muscles, but larger doses can cause slurred speech, staggering gait and altered perception. Very large doses cause respiratory depression, coma and death. The combination of depressants and alcohol can multiply the effects of the drugs, thereby multiplying the risks. The use of depressants can cause both physical and psychological dependence. Regular use over time may result in a tolerance to the drug, leading the user to increase the quantity consumed. When regular users suddenly stop taking large doses, they may develop withdrawal symptoms ranging from restlessness, insomnia, and anxiety to convulsions and death. Babies born to mothers who abuse depressants during pregnancy may be physically dependent on the drugs and show withdrawal symptoms shortly after they are born. Birth defects and behavioral problems also may result.

7. Hallucinogens

Phencyclidine (PCP) interrupts the functions of the neocortex, the section of the brain that controls the intellect and keeps instinct in check. Because the drug blocks pain receptions, violent PCP episodes may result in self-inflicted injuries. The effects of PCP vary, but users frequently report a sense of distance and estrangement. Time and body movement are slowed down. Muscular coordination worsens and senses are dulled. Speech is blocked and incoherent. Chronic users of PCP report persistent memory problems and speech difficulties. Some of these effects may last 6 months to a year following prolonged daily use. Mood disorders—depression, anxiety and violent behavior—also occur. In later stages of chronic use, users often exhibit paranoid and violent behavior and experience hallucinations. Large doses may produce convulsions and coma, as well as heart and lung failure.

Lysergic acid (LSD), mescaline and psilocybin cause illusions and hallucinations. The physical effects may include dilated pupils, elevated body temperature, increased heart rate and blood pressure, loss of appetite, sleeplessness, and tremors. Sensations and feelings may change rapidly. It is common to have a bad psychological reaction to LSD, mescaline and psilocybin.

The user may experience panic, confusion, suspicion, anxiety and loss of control. Delayed effects or flashbacks can occur even after use has ceased.

Some depressants that produce amnesia, such as Rohypnol or GHB, may be involved in rape cases.

8. Narcotics

Narcotics initially produce a feeling of euphoria that often is followed by drowsiness, nausea and vomiting. Users also may experience constricted pupils, watery eyes, and itching. An overdose may produce slow and shallow breathing, clammy skin, convulsions, coma, and possible death. Tolerance to narcotics develops rapidly and dependence is likely. The use of contaminated syringes may result in diseases such as AIDS, endocarditis, and hepatitis. Addiction in pregnant women can lead to premature, stillborn or addicted infants who experience severe withdrawal symptoms.

9. Designer Drugs

Illegal drugs are defined in terms of their chemical formulas. To circumvent these legal restrictions, underground chemists modify the molecular structure of certain illegal drugs to produce analogues known as designer drugs. These drugs can be several hundred times stronger than the drugs they are designed to imitate.

Many of the so-called designer drugs are related to amphetamines and have mild stimulant properties but are mostly euphoriant. They can produce severe neurochemical damage to the brain.

The narcotic analogues can cause symptoms such as those seen in Parkinson’s disease; uncontrollable tremors, drooling, impaired speech, paralysis and irreversible brain damage. Analogues of amphetamines and methamphetamine cause nausea, blurred vision, chills or sweating, and faintness. Psychological effects include anxiety, depression and paranoia. As little as one dose can cause brain damage. The analogues of phencyclidine cause illusions, hallucinations and impaired perception.

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How the Alcohol and Other Drug Policy and Code of Conduct Intersect

Any violation of the Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) policy is a violation of the Code of Conduct and is therefore subject to disciplinary action. While the AOD policy designates suggested sanctions for violations, sanctions can be substituted or added should the violation be especially egregious. Due to the effects of the use and/or abuse of alcohol and other drugs, it is not unusual for a violation of the Code of Conduct to occur at the same time that an AOD policy violation occurs (for example, vandalism, violence, failure to comply with the directions of staff). These violations will be adjudicated in conjunction with the violation of the AOD policy.

It is important to note that graduate schools and some employers (particularly governmental agencies and schools) can legally request information regarding a student’s disciplinary record. An alcohol or other drug violation noted on a disciplinary record can negatively affect one’s chances to be admitted to some graduate programs and/or to be hired for certain jobs.

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Laws Regulating Use of Alcohol and Other Drugs

Drug-Related Federal and State Laws

Federal and state laws prohibit the possession, use and distribution and manufacture of controlled substances. (The term “controlled substance” means those substances included in Schedule I through IV of Section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act and as further defined by regulation at 21 CFR 1300.11 through 1300.15 and by Pennsylvania law 204 PA Code 303.1-303.9.) Sanctions upon conviction range from fines to probation to imprisonment. Amounts of fines, terms of probation, or years of imprisonment are generally contingent upon the circumstances and amounts of drugs in possession, sold, distributed or made.

Financial Aid Implications of Drug Offenses

Effective July 1, 2000, a conviction in a state of federal court for a drug-related offense will result in a student losing eligibility for federal financial aid.

Applicable Legal Sanctions under Pennsylvania State Law

(This is a summary only and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone wishing legal advice should consult a lawyer.)

Drug Offenses

1. Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substances 35 P.S. 780-113

Offense: Possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana or less than 8 grams of hashish.
Sanction: Misdemeanor; maximum jail sentence 30 day and/or fine of $500.

Offense: Possession of cocaine, PCP, methamphetamine, heroin, designer drugs, LSD, phenobarbital, mescaline, peyote, psilocybin and all other controlled substances and over 30 grams of marijuana or over 8 grams of hashish.
Sanction: Misdemeanor; one-year maximum jail sentence and/or $5,000 fine for the first offense. Three-year maximum jail sentence and/or $25,000 fine for second and subsequent offenses.

2. Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession with Intent to Manufacture or Deliver Controlled Substances 35. P.S. 780-113

Offense: Manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver heroin and other narcotics classified as Schedule I or Schedule II controlled substances and designer drugs.
Sanction: Felony; maximum jail sentence of 15 years and/or $250,000 fine.

Offense: Manufacture, delivery, possession with intent to manufacture or deliver cocaine, methamphetamine, phencyclidine and marijuana in excess of 1,000 pounds.
Sanction: Felony; maximum jail sentence of 10 years and/or $100,000 fine.

Offense: Manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver marijuana (less than 1,000 pounds), mescaline, peyote, LSD, Psilocybin and all other Schedule I, II and III controlled substances.
Sanction: Felony; maximum jail sentence of three years and/or $10,000 fine.

3. Trafficking Drugs to Minors 18 PA C.S.A.6314

A person over 18 years of age who distributes or possesses with intent to distribute a controlled substance to a minor shall be sentenced to a minimum of one year in jail. An additional two years is added to the mandatory one-year jail sentence if the offense was intended to engage a minor in drug trafficking or habitual use, or was committed within 1,000 feet of a school.

4. Drug Paraphernalia 35 P.S. 780-113

Offense: Possession, delivery or advertisement of drug paraphernalia.
Sanction: Misdemeanor. Maximum jail sentence of one year and/or $2,500 fine.

Offense: The delivery of drug paraphernalia to a person under 18 years of age, who was three or more years younger than the deliverer.
Sanction: Second degree misdemeanor, maximum jail sentence of two years and/or fine of $5,000.

Alcohol-Related Offenses

Underage drinking

Offense: Purchase, consumption or possession of alcohol beverage by a person under 21 years old.
Offense: Misrepresentation of age to purchase alcohol.
Offense: Possession of a false ID card.
Sanction: First Offense: $300 fine and suspension of driving privileges for 90 days. Subsequent Offense: $500 and suspension of driving privileges for one year (2nd violation); or two years (3 or more violations).

Offense: Altering, selling or manufacturing false identification.
Sanction: First Offense: $1,000 fine and suspension of driving privileges for 90 days. Subsequent Offenses: $2,500 fine. Maximum penalties are $5,000 in fines and two years in prison.

Offense: Selling or furnishing alcoholic beverages to those under 21 years old. Furnish is defined as follows: to supply, give or provide to, or allow a minor to possess on premises or property owned or controlled by the person charged.
Sanction: First Offense: $1,000 fine. Subsequent Offenses: $2,500 fine. Maximum penalties are $2,500 in fines and one-year imprisonment.

Offense: Driving under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance or both, to a degree that renders the person incapable of driving.

If over 21, Pennsylvania State Law says that a person is intoxicated when their Blood Alcohol Level reaches 0.08 percent. If under 21, a person is considered DWI if the BAC is .02 (the equiv. of one drink). Driving ability is affected as early as .03 percent (which is the equivalent of one can of beer in a 150 lb. man).

When you receive your driver’s license, you have given your consent to submit to one or more chemical tests of breath, blood or urine for the purpose of determining your Blood Alcohol Level or the presence of a controlled substance. Refusal results in a 12-month suspension of your driver’s license.

Sanction: First Offense: may be eligible for ARD (Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition.) This is a special form of probation for a period of time with requirements to be met. If person not eligible for ARD, there are fines, a minimum of 48 hours in jail and other requirements to be met. Subsequent Offenses: higher penalties

Offense: Public Drunkenness
Sanction: Maximum fine of $300 and/or up to 90 days in jail.

Offense: Open container in a car.
Sanction: Fine

Pennsylvania has no state law to prohibit open containers of alcohol in public. Many local governments, however, have enacted such ordinances.

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Legal Use of Alcohol on Campus

Recognizing that alcohol plays a role in today’s society, University policy permits responsible alcohol use in the following situations:

In student rooms, suites or apartments where at least one resident is 21 or older. In this situation:

  • only residents and guests 21 or older may consume alcohol
  • no open containers may leave the room, suite or apartment
  • alcohol is prohibited from balconies and patios
  • doors to public spaces must be closed
  • hosts are responsible for ensuring that guests know and follow the policies of the University.

At functions such as dances, concerts, and receptions where the host has fulfilled necessary requirements to hold such an event. Only those 21 or older can be served (proof of age required). Intoxicated individuals cannot enter or participate in the event and therefore cannot be served and may be asked to leave the event. No alcohol may enter or leave the event.

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Medical Amnesty


  • The health and safety of Arcadia University community members is of the highest significance.
  • You must seek immediate medical attention for yourself or others when someone’s health and/or safety are at risk.
  • You may be reluctant to seek assistance for yourself or someone else for fear of disciplinary action.
  • Arcadia University seeks to remove barriers that prevent you from seeking the medical attention you or someone else may need.


Note: This policy only provides amnesty from violations of the Arcadia University Code of Conduct for students who seek immediate medical attention for themselves or individuals in a life threatening drug/alcohol related condition. The student(s) reporting the incident must state their name and remain with the individual in need of medical assistance until help arrives. The policy does not grant amnesty from criminal, civil, or legal consequences for violations of Federal, State, or Local law.

  1. A student who seeks emergency medical attention for themself due to consumption or use of drugs or alcohol will not be charged with applicable violations of the Arcadia University Code of Conduct, provided that they complete an assessment at Arcadia University Counseling Services and complete any recommended treatment plan within a reasonable time frame to be determined by Student Affairs.
  2. Students who seek emergency medical attention for someone else due to consumption or use of drugs or alcohol who are likewise engaged in violations of University policy will not be charged with violations of the Arcadia University Code of Conduct, provided that they complete an assessment at Arcadia University Counseling Services and complete any recommended treatment plan within a reasonable time frame to be determined by Student Affairs. 
  3. Students who seek emergency medical attention for someone else due to consumption or use of drugs or alcohol who are engaged in violations of University policy will be required to meet with a member of the Student Affairs staff to discuss the incident. 
  4. This policy applies only to those who seek emergency medical assistance for an alcohol or drug-related medical emergency. This policy does not apply to individuals who are found to be under the influence by University employees (i.e. Public Safety, Faculty, Administrative Staff, Residence and Commuter Life Staff including Commuter or Resident Assistants).
  5. The Arcadia University Medical Amnesty Policy is not intended to shield or protect students who repeatedly violate the Code of Conduct. In egregious cases, or where repeated violations of the Arcadia University Code of Conduct occur, the University reserves the right to take disciplinary action on a case by case basis regardless of the manner in which the incident was reported.
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On-Campus Support

Counseling Services Alcohol and Other Drug Program
Location: Counseling Center, Ground Floor of Heinz Hall, 215-572-2967
Services include:

  • Confidential counseling for self-referred students
  • Assessment and education to mandated students
  • Consultations with faculty and staff
  • Educational outreach on campus
  • Referrals to off-campus resources when necessary
  • Maintains a library of materials to borrow
  • Collaborates with other campus departments to review AOD Policy and procedures; design and implement prevention and intervention strategies
  • Work with regional colleges and universities and local organizations to unify approaches for substance abuse prevention among college students

Any contact made with this office is held in strictest confidence. No information can be released without the individual’s consent. The service the office provides can include one session to on- going sessions throughout the year. Appointments are easy to make by calling Counseling Services at 215-572-2967.

Other Campus Resources (the last four digits can be dialed if calling on-campus)

  • Counseling Services and AOD Program, 215-572-2967
  • Andrew Goretsky, Dean of Students, 215-572-2934
  • Dian Taylor-Alleyne, Associate Dean of Students, 215-572-2932
  • Breann Donnelly, Assistant Dean of Students, 215-572-2086
  • Residence Life Staff in each building

Off-Campus Support

  • Alcoholics Anonymous - self-help group for those who would like to stop drinking 215-923-7900 or
  • Al-Anon - self-help group for families and friends of alcohol –215-222-5244 or
  • Children of Alcoholics - self-help group derived from Al-Anon; for children who grew up around addiction; often helpful for those who have grown up in dysfunctional families – 215-333-0444 or
  • Nar-Non - family and friends of drug addicted people – 215-446-8452
  • Narcotics Anonymous – 215-440-8400 Overeaters Anonymous – 215-674-4418
  • Gamblers Anonymous –1-888-442-7085 Contact (Crisis Hotline) – 215-879-4402
  • Outpatient Treatment Facilities

Aldersgate Youth Services, Willow Grove, Montgomery County, 215-657-4545

Inpatient Treatment Facilities

Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment 215-877- 2000 
Horsham Clinic, 215-643-7800

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Planning an Event Where Alcohol Will be Served

The following procedures and guidelines are provided to encourage responsible use of alcohol when it is provided at events. The University reserves the right to prohibit consumption of alcohol at certain events and in certain facilities. It further reserves the right to limit the days and hours of social events, the way alcohol is served and the amounts of alcohol that may be made available at a given event. Conversely, the University may stipulate areas where such beverages may be consumed under special and unique circumstances.

Initial Planning

Members of the sponsoring organization must meet with the Dean of Students at least ten days in advance of the event to discuss all aspects of the event. The meeting should occur before any commitments for purchases or contracts need to be made. (Those expected to attend must be indicated.)

Responsible Hosts

Sponsoring student groups must provide between 5 and 8 trained individuals for every 100 guests expected in attendance. Training will be held at least twice each semester. Individuals who are responsible for monitoring the entrance, checking IDs, supplying refreshments or generally hosting the events are responsible for all aspects of the event, including controlling the entrance and exits, refreshments and the condition of the facility following the events.

Distribution of Alcohol

  1. It is essential that every effort be made to assure that no one under 21 is served alcohol. Wristbands or hand stamps will be used to designate individuals who have provided proof that they are at least 21.
  2. Only those individuals with proper wristbands or hand stamps can be served alcohol.
  3. Alcohol should be directly handed to individuals who have the appropriate wristband or hand stamps.
  4. No alcohol can be consumed by those behind the bar or serving.
  5. No one should be served alcohol to or beyond the point of intoxication.
  6. Only one beverage per person is to be served at a time.
  7. The bar should close at least a half hour before the ending time of the event. Other refreshments must continue to be available.
  8. Alcohol should never be the main attraction.
  9. Adequate supply of food other than snacks must be provided along with alternative beverages.
  10. Alcohol cannot be sold without a liquor license.


In publicity of events alcohol cannot be specifically referred to by words, symbols or designs.

Host, Hostess and Bartender Liability

Pennsylvania courts have held that if a person is furnished alcohol illegally to the point of intoxication, and as a result, injures himself or someone else, the person furnishing the alcohol can be held liable for the injury. Involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment charges have been successfully filed against establishments and individuals that have served visibly intoxicated minors who were injured or killed in alcohol-related incidents.

Managing Legal Risks

Social hosts, servers or organizations risk being sued each time they hold a social function. Damages for alcohol-related injuries and deaths have ranged from a few thousand dollars to over $21 million. Even if the lawsuit is unsuccessful, legal fees can still pose a substantial financial burden for the defendant.

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Reason for Alcohol and Other Drug Policy

The primary mission of Arcadia University faculty and staff is to educate students, in and out of the classroom, to prepare them for life in a rapidly changing global society. We recognize that alcohol and other drugs are a part of this global society and therefore approach the issue of substance use in a way that educates while holding students accountable for their actions and for the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. We also know that alcohol and other drug abuse can interfere with a student’s ability to fully participate in the educational mission of the University and that alcohol and other drug abuse is the number one health problem on college campuses. Our primary appeal to students who choose to drink is that they make legal and low-risk choices that do not interfere with their overall health or their ability to take full advantage of the opportunities offered to them at the University.

Arcadia University staff and faculty value personal accountability, care for oneself and respect for others in the community; therefore, in compliance with the Drug Free Workplace act of 1988(P.L. 100-690) and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989(P.O. 101-206), the University community recommends that all students read and understand the following information. This information applies to all members of the University community. University employees must adhere to the guidelines found in the Faculty Handbook and the Staff Handbook. All visitors are expected to comply with this policy.

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The University has a responsibility to protect its buildings and property. The University may conduct a search in a residence hall or apartment for inspection, repair, and insurance of compliance with federal, state and local criminal laws as well as University policies where there is reason to believe that a violation has occurred. In such instances, students are expected to cooperate with University personnel as they perform their duties.

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Suggested Minimum Sanctions for Alcohol and Other Drug Policy Violations

Alcohol and Other Drug Offenses

In keeping with the educational mission of the University and its commitment to personal accountability, a student who violates the policy for the first time is usually given sanctions that are intended to inform his or her decisions about use of alcohol and other drugs. However, significant violations, even for a first-time violator, may be assigned sanctions that fall under AOD II or III. Examples include marijuana possession, use, or distribution.

Alcohol and Other Drug I

This sanction is generally issued for a first offense, unless the severity of the offense dictates that AOD II or III would be more appropriate.

Alcohol and Other Drug II

Significant violations (violations that result in hospitalization, involvement of law enforcement, and other offenses deemed significant by Student Affairs) require assessment via the Counseling Services staff. As the Counseling Center schedule permits, requirements must be met within thirty (30) days from the receipt of the sanction.

Alcohol and Other Drug III

Students whose behavior is significantly disruptive to the community, or that undermines community standards may be sanctioned to AOD III. Off-campus assessment by an external agency is required. The off-campus provider should be given permission to communicate with the conduct officer recommendations.

Additional Sanctions

Additional sanctions may include one or a combination of the following at any level of the Alcohol and Other Drug program, based upon the violation.

  • Disciplinary probation;
  • Mandated assessment at a facility approved by the hearing officer. The facility must provide the hearing officer with a report following the assessment. The hearing officer may set a time limit in which this assessment must occur. The assessment will be at the expense of the student;
  • Parental notification. Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), institutions may reveal information about violations of University policies related to alcohol and other drugs;
  • Suspension or removal from University Housing; restriction from residence halls or university events.

A student who continues to violate the University AOD policy may be referred to the University Judicial Board and face possible suspension, dismissal or expulsion from the University.

Please refer to the University's FERPA Compliance Policy.


Students are provided step-by-step instructions and rationale for sanctions in conduct hearings, via sanction letters, and in follow-up discussions with conduct officers. Failure to complete sanctions in the allotted time indicates apathy toward our community standards and philosophy of accountability. Therefore, failure to comply with sanctions may result in fines or additional sanctions as appropriate. Below are typical guidelines; however, additional sanctions are at the discretion of the conduct officer and may include items not listed below.

Failure to Comply

AOD I Failure to Comply:

  • Failure to attend AOD I Session or complete assigned AOD I homework:  
    • Non-compliance and/or missed appointments may result in significant monetary fines.
  • Subsequent absence at AOD I session or incomplete homework:
    • Non-compliance and/or missed appointments may result in significant monetary fines.
  • Meeting with a conduct officer:
    • Disciplinary probation, restriction from events, housing, removal from housing are all potential consequences.

AOD II Failure to Comply:

  • Failure to attend both mandated appointments with Counselor:
    • Non-compliance and/or missed appointments may result in significant monetary fines.
    • Consistent non-compliance could result in extended disciplinary probation, removal from housing, restriction from housing, and restriction from campus events.

AOD III Failure to Comply:

  • Failure to produce documentation of off-campus mandated assessment in a timely manner, failure to attend follow-up with Counseling Services, and any other AOD III sanctions:
    • Removal/restriction from housing
    • Restriction from campus events
    • Extended disciplinary probation
    • Non-compliance and/or missed appointments may result in significant monetary fines.

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AOD 1 

  • Schedule and complete a one-session assessment with Dr. Nicole Young, AOD Coordinator.
    • You need to be 10 minutes early, to complete paperwork. If you are more than 5 minutes late, you will be turned away and you may be fined.
    • Sign a release of confidentiality form to grant permission for Counseling Services to give completed attendance and counseling recommendations to Student Affairs.
    • Sessions last for 30 minutes.
  • $100 fine for non-compliance of homework completion or attendance.


  • Payment of a $100 fine.
  • Schedule and complete a two-session assessment with Dr. Nicole Young, AOD Coordinator.
    • You need to be 10 minutes early, to complete paperwork. If you are more than 5 minutes late, you will be turned away and you may be fined.
    • Sign a release of confidentiality form to grant permission for Counseling Services to give completed attendance and counseling recommendations to Student Affairs.
    • Sessions last for 45-50 minutes each.
  • Additional $100 fine for each missed session.
  • Completion of any additional sanctions assigned by the hearing officer.


  • Payment of a $200 fine.
  • Disciplinary probation possible.
  • Removal from housing.
  • Required off campus counseling assessment. See Resources page for provider recommendations.
  • Schedule and complete a one-session follow-up with Dr. Nicole Young, AOD Coordinator, to review off-campus assessment treatment recommendations.
    • You need to be 10 minutes early, to complete paperwork. If you are more than 5 minutes late, you will be turned away and you may be fined.
    • Sign a release of confidentiality form to grant permission for Counseling Services to give completed attendance and counseling recommendations to Student Affairs.
    • Session lasts for 45-50 minutes.
    • Additional $100 fine for each missed session.
  • Parental notification.
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Violations of the Alcohol and Other Drug Policy

Please note: Violations are accrued over a student’s career at the University. A student who violates University policy or the law will be subject to University disciplinary actions and may be subject to criminal prosecution. Ignorance of the law or policy is not an excuse for any violations.

Violations of the Alcohol and Other Drug policy include:

  1. The possession, consumption, purchase, attempt to purchase, or transportation of alcohol by anyone under 21 years of age.
  2. The furnishing of any alcoholic beverage to those under 21 years of age.
  3. The sale, possession, production, purchase, use, or being under the influence of any illegal drugs on University premises, at University-sponsored activities, or the possession of paraphernalia that can be used with illegal drugs.
  4. The possession or consumption of medical marijuana or CBD products.
  5. Regardless of age, the reckless use of alcohol resulting in disorderly, intoxicated, or offensive behavior.
  6. The consumption of alcohol in public places or buildings on University grounds. A public place is defined as all space other than individual rooms, suites, apartments, or private offices.
  7. The distribution of alcohol at a University sponsored event without following the appropriate notification procedures through the Student Affairs Office.
  8. Driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
  9. The possession or use of grain alcohol, beer kegs or beer balls on property owned or operated by the University including residence halls or at any campus events for which alcohol has not been approved.
  10. The participation in, or sponsorship of, activities which cause rapid intake of alcohol including drinking games, use of funnels, possession of paraphernalia that supports these activities including beer pong tables, funnels, etc. and securing party buses or other high occupancy vehicles to transport students to events at locations whose primary purpose is to serve alcohol.
  11. Any display of empty alcohol containers by students under the age of 21 or the public display of empty alcohol containers by students aged 21 or over.
  12. Coercing another to drink or to use illegal drugs.
  13. Becoming injured or in need of medical care due to excessive drinking or other drug use.
  14. The witnessing of policy violations.

Note: Students who are in a situation in which laws or policies are being violated may receive a warning or a sanction from a hearing officer depending on circumstances. Students in these situations should make good decisions regarding their continued participation in any activity in which laws or policies are being violated.

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