New policies arise after drug and alcohol abuse

By Amanda Finnegan
August 31, 2006

In light of the severe alcohol abuse on college campuses, Cabrini has reevaluated their own drug and alcohol sanctions. According to George Stroud, director of residence life and chief judicial officer, the policies are the same but the sanctions have changed.

“Both residence life and Dr. Christine Lysionek, vice president of student development, have made the decision to change the sanctions,” Stroud said.

Individuals who are 21 or older may consume and possess moderate amounts of alcohol. Moderate amounts of alcohol means one case of beer or one .75 litter bottle of distilled spirits or one bottle of wine, according to the Community Standards for Student Conduct Handbook. Beer kegs and beer balls are prohibited. The handbook also states that paraphernalia for uses of rapid ingestion of alcohol, such as funnels or beer pong tables, are also prohibited.

Students who are not 21 years of age are not permitted to consume alcoholic beverages nor be in the presence of alcohol. Violations may result in up to a $200 fine, parental notification and residence hall restriction. Sanctions vary by violation.

Stroud said that the college has been looking into changing the sanctions for years and the events of the 2005 Spring Fling were considered. “The big issue is the abuse of alcohol that exists on with college students and we need to find away to control it,” Stroud said.

Possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia is strictly prohibited on campus. Individuals found with marijuana may receive a minimum sanction of a disciplinary warning or a maximum of suspension. Other drugs may result in immediate suspension or expulsion.

Drug and alcohol policies and sanctions can be found on pages 10-13 in the Community Standards for Student Conduct Handbook.

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