Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program

1. Standards of Conduct

It is the policy of Benedictine University that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of illicit drugs and alcohol is prohibited by students and employees on University property, as part of its activities or in facilities controlled by the University. Benedictine University has a vital interest in maintaining a safe and healthy learning environment for the benefit of all students, employees and guests.  The following information is provided in compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 and at a minimum is required to be distributed annually in writing to each employee and student.

2. Federal, State and Local Sanctions

http://www.dea.gov/druginfo/ftp3.shtml
https://www.iwu.edu/ccs/Illinois_Drug_Laws.htm
http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/dsd_a118.pdf
http://dui.drivinglaws.org/ill.php
http://www.sterlingcodifiers.com/codebook/getBookData.php?chapter_id=8785#s67005
http://www.sterlingcodifiers.com/codebook/getBookData.php?chapter_id=8785#s67020
http://www.sterlingcodifiers.com/codebook/getBookData.php?chapter_id=8785#s67026
http://dui.drivinglaws.org/arizona.php
http://norml.org/laws/item/arizona-penalties

Village of Lisle, Illinois Code.  Section 9-4-19 & 9-4-4:  Unlawful Possession and Consumption by Persons Underage, to include delivery of alcohol to a minor, open alcohol container, or providing  false identification of name and age.  Penalties range from $75.00 - $750.

Village of Lisle, Illinois Code.  Section 9-4-25:  Offenses Relating to Drugs, to include possession, use and sale of dangerous drugs, not prescribed by a physician, drug paraphernalia and  cannabis sativa.  Penalties range from $75.00 - $750. 

City of Springfield:

1. Delivery of Alcohol to a minor- Ordinance code 90.40- Penalty is up to a $500 fine.

2. Open Container violation- Ordinance code 90.48- Penalty up to $500 fine.

3. Unlawful Possession or Consumption of alcohol by a minor- Ordinance code 131.10- Penalty is up to $500 fine.

4. Possession of Marijuana- Ordinance code 131.07- Penalty is up to $300 fine.

5. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia- Ordinance code is 131.08- Penalty is up to $300 fine.

City of Mesa

Any interaction with officers enforcing alcohol or drug laws in Mesa will involve the use of the State Statutes ARS 4-244.41 involving alcohol and minors and 13-3408 for possession, use, administration, acquisition, sale, manufacture or transportation of narcotic drugs

3. Health Risks Associated with the Use of Alcohol and Drugs

Health risks associated with the abuse of drugs or alcohol are numerous and can include mental and physical impairment. The abuse of drugs or alcohol can affect a person’s academic, professional and personal life. Drug or alcohol use can create a health and safety risk for the user and other members of Benedictine University. Additional information on other commonly abused drugs can be found at http://www.drugabuse.gov/sites/default/files/cadchart_2.pdf.

A. Alcohol:

Alcohol consumption causes a number of changes in behavior and physiology. Even low doses significantly impair judgment, coordination, and abstract mental functioning. Statistics show that alcohol use is involved in a majority of violent behaviors on college campuses, including acquaintance rape, vandalism, fights, and incidents of drinking and driving. Continued abuse may lead to dependency, which often causes permanent damage to vital organs and deterioration of a healthy lifestyle.

B. Illicit Drugs:

1. Cannabinoids (Marijuana, Hashish): The use of marijuana may impair or reduce short-term memory and comprehension, alter sense of time, and reduce coordination and energy level. Frequent users often have a lowered immune system and an increased risk of lung cancer. The active ingredient in marijuana, THC, is stored in the fatty tissues of the brain and reproductive system for a minimum of 28 to 30 days.

2. Hallucinogens: Lysergic acid (LSD), mescaline, and psilocybin cause illusions and hallucinations. The user may experience panic, confusion, suspicion, anxiety, and loss of control. Delayed effects, or flashbacks, can occur even when use has ceased. Phencyclidine (PCP) affects the section of the brain that controls the intellect and  keeps instincts in check. Because the drug blocks pain receptors, violent PCP episodes may result in self-inflicted injuries.

3. Opioids (Heroin and Opium): The use of opioids causes the body to have diminished pain reactions. They can also be a respiratory depressants; cause drowsiness, impaired coordination, feeling of heaviness in the body and fatal overdose.

4. Stimulants (Amphetamines, Cocaine, and Methamphetamine): The use of stimulant drugs can cause a rapid or irregular heartbeat, tremors, reduced appetite, paranoia, loss of coordination, collapse, and death. Heavy users are prone to irrational acts, nasal damage and severe dental problems.

C. Prescription Drugs: An FDA-approved drugs which must, by federal law or regulation, be dispensed only pursuant to a prescription written by an authorized person. Some Common Types of prescription drugs are anti-anxiety drugs, antidepressants, antipsychotics, immunosuppressive and tranquilizers. The misuse and abuse of prescription drugs can have a variety of physical and psychological effects, and can result in addiction, accidental overdose and death.  Mixing prescription drugs and alcohol or other drugs increases the likelihood of overdose and death.

4. Alcohol and Drug Programs

Benedictine University is committed to assisting students and employees with substance abuse problems in utilizing available drug and alcohol counseling, rehabilitation, treatment, or re-entry programs. Contact Information for various counseling, rehabilitation and treatment facilities available for students and employees are listed below.

Lisle, Naperville Campus and Bellwood

The University's Health Services is dedicated to a pro-active approach to the education and prevention of alcohol and other illegal drug use. Awareness that the use and abuse of AODs are a severe impediment to the overall success of students and employees has lead to the implementation of an ever-growing program that strives to communicate the dangers and consequences of such use.

The University's Health Services maintains a collection of materials on its web page. This web page is dedicated to providing evidence-based resources regarding the harmful effects of alcohol and substance abuse. These materials describe the health risks and dangers of AODs. Furthermore, the University's Health Services and Counseling Center's web page has resources for employees and students with links to information on AODs, recommendations for speaking with students concerning the dangers of underage drinking, self-assessment screenings, and contact information for area treatment facilities.

This information is located at: http://www.ben.edu/student-life/student-health-services/health_education/alcohol_abuse.cfm

Alcohol education programs are conducted routinely at Benedictine University. Students experiencing difficulties with alcohol or drug use are encouraged to talk with a staff member in Student Health Services, the Vice President of Student Life, or other members of the University staff.

The University's Health Services hosts an Alcohol Awareness Program during the lunch hour. The effects of alcohol are demonstrated with the use of DUI goggles and performing a task that require minimal skill and coordination. Information regarding alcohol content in various common alcoholic beverages is given and with a visual comparing the concentration of alcohol in those beverages. Informational pamphlets on alcohol poisoning, DUI and “Think Before you Drink” are given to the students.

The University Health Services regularly post informational pamphlets on alcohol related topics. Typically the subject of the alcohol related topic is chosen on what is occurring on campus and what is occurring in the world outside of campus. Homecoming, Halloween, Final Exam Week, Spring break, Spring Ball, and SpringFest are just a few times during the course of the academic year where pamphlets on alcohol dangers, poisoning, sexual assault secondary to abuse of alcohol, Helping a Friend, monitoring alcohol consumption and the effects of alcohol consumption are posted on the bulletin board in the Student Center.

The University Health Services provides alcohol and drug prevention, education, brief assessment, and referral. Call (630) 829-6046 for information or an appointment.

The University Police Department provides "Alternatives to Drinking" events at: http://www.ben.edu/police/campus-programs.cfm.

Partnering with the DuPage County Health Department, University Police Officers are being trained to identify Heroin, Morphine, Codeine, Oxycodone, Methadone and Vicodin overdose systems and have been supplied with Narcan antidote kits to administer at the scene of a drug related medical emergency.

University Police Department also initiated a Drug/Alcohol Abuse awareness workshop, which students could opt-in, during the appeal process, to avoid paying a fine.

University Police produced three alcohol/drug awareness videos, which are shown on campus-TV and on YouTube, in addition to our random alcohol/drugs educational presentations, to student, faculty and staff.

"Sobering Moments" is a video production, displayed on campus-wide closed circuit televisions, that addresses social responsibility and prevention of alcohol abuse, which can lead to sexual assault.

Mock Alcohol Parties is an activity that the University Police along with Residence Life do with the resident students talking about responsible partying, bystander intervention and sexual assaults.

SOAR Academy is specifically a program that all student athletes take which educates them on various topics including alcohol and drug awareness and bystander intervention.

ComPsych Guidance Resources is a company sponsored benefit that is available at no cost to Benedictine University employees and their dependents that offers confidential support, resources and information to get through many of life's challenges. The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a service staffed by experienced clinicians and is available by calling a toll-free phone line 877-595-5284 24 hours/day, seven days a week. A Guidance Consultant may refer the employee to a local counselor or to resources in their community regarding substance abuse.

The Blue Cross Blue Shield health benefits plan, available to benefits eligible employees to elect, gives employees access to drug and alcohol counseling, treatment and rehabilitation programs.  The Substance Abuse toll-free phone line is 800-346-3986 for employees on the HMO plan (this needs a referral from the Primary Care Physician), and the toll-free phone line for the PPO plan is 800-851-7498.

A Taskforce of Student Life staff and student representatives crafted a new Residence Life Alcohol Policy to apply to all residential areas on campus. The policy was approved by the University President in December 2013. Key elements of the policy include:

  • No alcohol is allowed in any of the residence halls, regardless of student age;
  • Alcohol possession and consumption in University apartments is regulated. Students must apply for an Alcohol Use Permit, which incorporates a mandatory alcohol policy information session;
  • Policy prohibits any activity that promotes excessive drinking (e.g. drinking games), use of alcohol in advertisement of events and limits size of social gatherings to fire code occupancy; and
  • Policy emphasizes bystander intervention and includes a Good Samaritan clause.

In addition to the Residence Life Alcohol Policy, the Residence Life staff requires:

  • Before the issuance of an Alcohol Use Permit under the Residence Life Alcohol Policy, permit applicants are required to participate in an alcohol information session sponsored by Residence Life.  The session is designed to address the major elements of the policy, which include student responsibilities and conduct expectations.  All roommates in a given apartment must apply for a permit together and all must attend the information session, as they are bound in responsibility to the policy as a group.
  • When an underage student receives a police-issued administrative citation for Underage Consumption, Residence Life requires the student to complete a written assignment related to issues associated with college student alcohol consumption.  The paper assignment requires a minimum length, citations, a plagiarism check and a meeting with the Writing Learning Specialist.
  • Among RA programming requirements, all RA's are required to plan and deliver one program related to alcohol or drug education.

The Athletic department started a pilot computer program for alcohol education called 360 Proof, which was developed by the NCAA, NASPA and NIAAA. The program combines cognitive-behavioral skills with norms clarification and motivational enhancement interventions, one-on-one approaches using clinical styles to prompt contemplation of changing behavior and challenging alcohol expectancies.  This program is now a permanent part of the Athletic department.

Mesa

AOD education and prevention programming occurs through various platforms at the Mesa campus – specifically, with our 'Safety Day' during the fall semester and our spring break programming in the spring semester.  The Safety Day engages Mesa Police Department in a variety of activities on campus from information sharing to classroom and group presentations.  The spring programming is designed and planned prior to spring break to ensure we reinforce positive messaging before the spring break season.  We utilize a variety of educational programs and activities during these events such as inviting local professionals to be available to meet with students, the use of 'Drunk Goggles' for walk-the-line and other cognitive impairment activities.  We address respect and responsible decision making during our opening housing meeting at the Marriott as well.

ComPsych Guidance Resources is a company sponsored benefit that is available at no cost to Benedictine University employees and their dependents that offers confidential support, resources and information to get through many of life's challenges. The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a service staffed by experienced clinicians and is available by calling a toll-free phone line 877-595-5284 24 hours/day, seven days a week. A Guidance Consultant may refer the employee to a local counselor or to resources in their community regarding substance abuse.

The Blue Cross Blue Shield health benefits plan, available to benefits eligible employees to elect, gives employees access to drug and alcohol counseling, treatment and rehabilitation programs. The Substance Abuse toll-free phone line is 800-346-3986 for employees on the HMO plan (this needs a referral from the Primary Care Physician), and the toll-free phone line for the PPO plan is 800-851-7498.

Springfield

ComPsych Guidance Resources is a company sponsored benefit that is available at no cost to Benedictine University employees and their dependents that offers confidential support, resources and information to get through many of life's challenges. The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a service staffed by experienced clinicians and is available by calling a toll-free phone line 877-595-5284 24 hours/day, seven days a week. A Guidance Consultant may refer the employee to a local counselor or to resources in their community regarding substance abuse.

The Blue Cross Blue Shield health benefits plan, available to benefits eligible employees to elect, gives employees access to drug and alcohol counseling, treatment and rehabilitation programs.  The Substance Abuse toll-free phone line is 800-346-3986 for employees on the HMO plan (this needs a referral from the Primary Care Physician), and the toll-free phone line for the PPO plan is 800-851-7498.

Student Assistance Program (SAP) (Provided by HSHS Medical Group)

New Student Orientation: Presentations given by University Staff and Campus Police on policies and resources with reference to the Student Handbook.

Campus Safety Day: Annual event that takes place the first week of classes presented by Campus Police and the Student Life Department. Activities with beer goggles including a golf cart obstacle course while wearing the goggles (police accompanied).

Informational Packets: Informational material physically given out to students on an annual basis which contains information on dangers of alcohol and drug addiction and consumption from the Illinois Higher Education Center.

Passive Programming: Ongoing passive programming: Examples include educational bulletin boards, and posters.

Student Assistance Program: Ongoing confidential assistance offered to students to assist with alcohol and drug abuse. Informational cards and brochures are given to students on a regular basis. Signs posted all over campus with the resource information.

Campus Police Don't Drink and Drive table: Students given cups that change color when liquid is added to them. The message on the cups is Don't Drink and Drive. Students took quizzes regarding blood alcohol limits, etc.

Discipline Sanctions: Students who have violated alcohol and drug policies are given a sanction which can include drug and alcohol education (example: A student violated the alcohol policy and is put on probation, but also has to also work with his/her resident assistant on an alcohol education program for the residents of his/her hall).

Judicial Educator: Students who violate the alcohol/drug policies may be sanctioned to Judicial Educator which is an online education program (with alcohol and drug education components) with a test at the end.

Women's Self Defense Class: A women's self-defense class was given to the campus community. In the presentation there was education about alcohol/drug use and abuse.

Speak Out and Stand Up: Raising awareness about Sexual Assault: Movie shown annually to students, faculty and staff.

Sexual Assault Education and Resource Presentation:  Educational presentation given annually to staff (open to faculty), by the Prairie Center for Sexual Assault which included a review of date rape drugs. 

Educational information: Ongoing information given to the Student Life Department regarding drug and alcohol abuse, sexual assault, etc. (example: an article on bath salts). After the articles are given there is discussion at staff meetings about the topic.

5. University Disciplinary Sanctions

Each student and/or employee so engaged in the performance of any federal grant is required by federal law to comply with the terms of this statement. Benedictine University must be notified of any criminal drug statue conviction for a violation occurring in the workplace no later than five (5) days after such conviction. Benedictine University is required to notify the granting agency within ten (10) days after receiving notice of a conviction of a student and/or employee under any criminal drug statute. Any student and/or employee who is found to have violated the policy will be subject to sanctions by the University, which may include suspension, expulsion/termination, mandated participation in a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program, or referral for prosecution.

  • Any person who violates this Policy is subject both to the University's disciplinary sanctions and to criminal sanctions provided by federal, state and location law.
  • Faculty, staff and students are responsible for conduct of their guests on property owned or controlled by Benedictine University or as part of any on-campus or off-campus University activity.
  • Students are responsible to seek immediate assistance for any person known to be experiencing a serious crisis resulting from the consumption of alcoholic beverages or the use of illicit drugs. Students seeking such assistance who are themselves under the influence and the student who is in need of assistance will not receive a sanction under this Policy.
  • Students found to be in violation of this Policy will be issued a citation, which will initiate the Student Life Conduct Process. Disciplinary sanctions for students range from a warning to expulsion as provided in the Student Handbook.
  • Students who have been convicted under state or federal law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance are ineligible for federal student aid for specific periods, ranging from one year to an indefinite period depending on the nature of the offense and whether the student is a repeat offender.
  • Employees found to be in violation of this Policy or applicable law will be subject to University disciplinary procedures up to and including dismissal from employment.
  • The University is committed to referring members of the community for appropriate treatment and education through its Student and Employee Assistance Programs.
Alcohol and Drug Policy

Description: Guidelines regarding the use, sale, delivery, possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages in or on any property owned or controlled by the University.