as published in the 2013-14 St. Ambrose University Student Handbook
St. Ambrose University recognizes that students may choose to consume alcohol. However, the University takes seriously the issue of alcohol use and abuse as these behaviors can interfere with an individual's ability to succeed in college both in and out of the classroom. Alcohol consumption causes a number of changes in behavior and physiology, posing a significant threat to the health and welfare of our nation's college-age students. Even minor usage can impair judgment, coordination, and abstract mental functioning. Statistics show that the vast majority of violent behaviors (including acquaintance rape, vandalism and assaults) on college campuses involve alcohol use. Additionally, continued use stresses social relationships and may lead to dependency, which often causes permanent damage to vital organs and is counterproductive to a healthy lifestyle. Wishing to establish an environment that fosters academic excellence while educating our students on the complexities of alcohol use, St. Ambrose University established the St. Ambrose Alcohol Policy as follows:
The 1989 amendments to the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act, Part 86, requires that as a condition of receiving funds or any other form of financial assistance under a federal program, an institution of higher education must certify it has adopted and implemented a program to prevent the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees. The basis for the St. Ambrose University policy stems from our belief that alcohol abuse by college age students is counterproductive to the pursuit of academic excellence. While we believe that alcohol use is not inherently detrimental to college age individuals, a high percentage of college age students are involved in the abusive behaviors associated with alcohol use that impact their academic performance and well-being.
As an institution of higher education, St. Ambrose University is committed to the education of the whole person, both in and out of the classroom. Recognizing the prominence of alcohol use and abuse in our society and that policy does not necessarily dictate behavior, we deem the education of our students on these issues to be of paramount importance. To be most effective, we believe it is critical to establish an environment that allows for this topic to be freely discussed.
St. Ambrose University seeks to encourage and sustain an academic environment that both respects individual freedom and promotes the health, safety and welfare of all community members. St. Ambrose strongly encourages students to call Campus Security (x6104 or 911 from campus phones) for medical assistance for those who are dangerously under the influence of drugs or alcohol. No student seeking medical treatment for the effects of drug or alcohol use will be subject to University discipline for violating the St. Ambrose Alcohol Policy, but may be held accountable and responsible for acts committed while intoxicated. This medical amnesty will be granted to both the intoxicated student and to the student(s) seeking medical assistance for the intoxicated student; educational interventions or discussions may, however, be provided in the response.
St. Ambrose enforces drug policies consistent with state and federal statutes and has declared a drug-free workplace at all locations at which the University conducts business. Students, faculty, and staff are prohibited from the use, possession, manufacturing, sale or distribution of any illegal controlled substance. The use and possession of drug paraphernalia, including but not limited to blow tubes, rolling paper, pipes, etc., is also prohibited.
If a student believes she/he has a substance abuse problem and seeks assistance prior to a violation of this policy, the University will provide support according to the Alcohol and Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) which is outlined below.
As noted above, past history has shown that students may choose to consume alcohol on campus. Mindful of these choices, we extend a level of trust that each student is honoring his/her contractual commitments to follow University policy, local, state, and federal law until given reason to believe otherwise. We will confront all policy violations of which we become aware. The University reserves the right to search any personal property brought on campus if reasonable suspicion exists that a university policy is being violated. This includes backpacks, purses, vehicles and other closed containers.
Empty alcohol containers and other elements found in student rooms or houses that suggest evidence of possession and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages on campus may be grounds for disciplinary action. Should a staff member approach a situation, it is expected that individuals present comply with all reasonable requests made by a college official. All present are expected to be respectful in their interactions with staff and present themselves truthfully.
Local statutes adhere to State guidelines regarding sanctions for violations.
Iowa State law considers the illegal possession and use of alcohol a simple misdemeanor. Please see the following link for full detail: http://www.legis.state.ia.us/IACODE/1997/123/47A.html
Federal laws likewise prohibit the underage use of alcohol. Please see the following link for full detail: http://nationalsubstanceabuseindex.org/alcohollaws.htm
Drug (Controlled Substances) Use
Local statutes adhere to State guidelines regarding sanctions for violations.
Iowa State law considers the manufacture, deliver, or possession of illegal drugs to be a class "B" felony, punishable by confinement of up to fifty years and fines up to $1 million. Please see the following link for a full detail: http://www.legis.state.ia.us/IACODE/1995/124/401.html
Federal law (specifically the Controlled Substances Act passed in 1970) likewise prohibits the manufacture, distribution and possession of controlled substances. Please see the following link for full detail on the limitations and sanctions for violation of this act: http://nationalsubstanceabuseindex.org/act1970.htm
Substance Abuse Support Program
The Alcohol and Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) helps students whose alcohol or drug dependence interferes with their academic or social success. The Director of Counseling serves as the ADAP coordinator. This person uses all available community resources to restore the health and effectiveness of these students. Procedures include:
Alcohol Educational Programming
The St. Ambrose University conduct review process includes educational sanctioning for violations involving the alcohol policy. These include but are not limited to reflection papers, and helping with alcohol programming such as passive displays. Additionally, Informed Decisions has been created and implemented. This educational seminar is designed in a manner that allows students to reflect on their alcohol use and question if that behavior is consistent with their morals, values, and self-perceptions. Informed Decisions is a two-hour seminar offered throughout each semester.
St. Ambrose University recognizes the need and desire for continuous education in regards to alcohol. As a result, a campaign has begun titled BEE Responsible. This campaign is a week-long kick-off event that occurs in the fall of each academic year. By collaborating with community members, the University is able to educate the Ambrose community about alcohol use, abuse, and the effects these choices have on users and friends. Programming varies from mock car crashes, drunk driving simulators, guest speakers, and other activities in an attempt to increase awareness and to further inform students, faculty, and staff regarding current usage and trends of alcohol and higher education.
Health Risks Associated with Alcohol and Drug Use
The use of alcohol serves as a depressant that affects the central nervous system of the body. Effects of alcohol use include, but are not limited to, slowed motor skills, loss of judgment, blurred vision, vomiting, and in extreme cases death. Impacts on University work include missed classes, poor test performance, failure to complete assignments, and course failure. For a full range of effects on the body please consult the Health Services Resources website.
Use of Controlled Substances (Drug Use)
Similar to alcohol use, controlled substances (also referred to as drugs), have a multitude of mind altering, debilitating, and in some cases catastrophic effects for the user. Effects include, but are not limited to, slowed motor skills, loss of appetite, lack of motivation, lack of patience, inability to concentrate, violent outbursts and in some instances death. For a full range of effects that controlled substances have on the body please consult the Health Services Resource.