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Student Guide - Drug and Alcohol Policies

The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act

Violations of Bethany Lutheran College's standards of conduct concerning drugs and alcohol include:

  • Possession, use, or being in the presence of alcohol on campus by any student.
  • Illegal use, possession, distribution, or sale of alcohol off campus by any student.
  • Intoxication of any student on or off campus.
  • Illegal use, possession, or distribution of drugs on or off campus or being in the presence of such use, possession, or distribution.

Bethany will impose sanctions on a student (consistent with local, state, and federal law) up to and including expulsion and referral for prosecution for violations of the standards of conduct. A student may also be required to attend a drug and alcohol treatment program and/or to seek special counseling at the student's expense if it is determined that the student has a dependency or abuse problem. Such a program or counseling may be required as a condition for continued enrollment.

Information will annually be distributed that includes the following:

  • Health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol.
  • Applicable legal sanctions under state and federal law for unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol.
  • Drug or alcohol counseling, treatment, or rehabilitation or re-entry programs that are available to students.

There are several community facilities, programs, or counselors that can provide drug and alcohol counseling, assessment, treatment and/or rehabilitation programs. They include:

Bethany Lutheran College will conduct an annual alcohol and drug awareness program and will conduct a biennial review of this program to determine its effectiveness. The College will implement changes if they are needed and ensure that the sanctions are consistently enforced.

Sanctioning Guidelines

The Standard Sanctions have been adopted by Bethany Lutheran College to respond to violations of the Standards of Conduct relating to alcohol and drugs. Incidents involving alcohol and drugs which are not described in the Standard Sanctions will be handled on a case-by-case basis in light of all the circumstances.

Examples of specific situations to which Standard Sanctions do not apply are as follows:

  1. Where a student is found to have engaged in multiple violations of the Standards of Conduct in a single incident, rather than solely in the violation addressed by the Standard Sanction;
  2. Where a student is already on a judicial sanction status equal to or greater than the Standard Sanction for a subsequent offense;
  3. Where a specific incident presents exacerbating circumstances, an on going risk to persons or property, or other serious concerns; and/or
  4. Where the student is on current disciplinary probation thus the violation may be subject to more severe penalty.

In these situations, the appropriate sanctions will be determined on a case-by-case basis in light of all the circumstances. Generally, these situations will result in sanctions in excess of the Standard Sanction.

The presence of substantial mitigating or other appropriate circumstances may result in the reduction of a Standard Sanction at the discretion of the Dean of Students, his designee, or the Dean's Advisory Committee.

Standard Sanctions for Substance and Alcohol Abuse-Related Violations

Parental notification in cases where the student is under the age of 21

Use or possession of alcohol in violation of the College Alcohol Policy

First Violation
$200 fine
Parental notification
9 week probation
On-line alcohol educational program
reflection paper

Second Violation
$250 fine
Parental notification
5 day suspension
16 week probation
Possible referral for evaluation
reflection paper

Third Violation
Indefinite suspension for a minimum of 1 academic year

In the presence of alcohol or illegal drugs, not using

First Volation
$100 fine
Parental notification
9 week probation
reflection paper

Second Violation
$150 fine
Parental notification
9 week probation
On-line alcohol educational program
reflection paper

Third Violation
$200 fine
Parental notification
16 week probation
reflection paper

Alcohol intoxication, no current possession

First Violation
$100 fine
Parental notification
9 week probation
On-line alcohol educational program
reflection paper

Second Violation
$150 fine
Parental notification
5 day suspension
16 week probation
Possible referral for evaluation
reflection paper

Third Violation
Indefinite suspension for a minimum of 1 academic year

Supplying alcohol to underage person(s)

First Violation
$250 fine
Parental notification
5 day suspension
16 week probation
Mankato PD involvement
reflection paper

Second Violation
Expulsion
Mankato PD involvement

Third Violation
Not applicable*

Use or possession of illegal drugs, controlled substances, or drug paraphernalia

First Violation
$250 fine
Parental notification
5 day suspension
16 week probation
Mankato PD involvement
reflection paper

Second Violation
Expulsion
Mankato PD involvement

Third Violation
Not applicable*

Manufacture, sale, purchase, or distribution of illegal drugs or controlled substances

First Violation
Expulsion
Mankato PD involvement

Second or Third Violation
Not applicable*

* In these circumstances, sanctions will be determined on a case-specific basis

 

Appeals

Students have the right to appeal sanctions for Drug and Alcohol Policy violations.  The appeal process is the same as outlined in the Standards of Conduct section of the Student Guidebook under Appeal Procedure.