Drug and Alcohol Prevention
A. KGI Student Drug-Free Campus Policy
1. Purpose and Scope of Policy
The Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences ("KGI") is committed to providing a safe, healthy, and productive learning and working environment. Consistent with this commitment and its obligations under applicable law, KGI has adopted this policy. Page 58
Students who are also KGI employees will be subject to this policy and Drug-free Campus and Workplace Policy (POL 140). KGI students are also subject to KGI's Student Use of Alcoholic Beverages On and Off Campus Policy (POL 341)
KGI prohibits the unlawful manufacture, possession, distribution, dispensation, sale, transportation, offer to sell, promotion, purchase, and/or use of drugs (including marijuana1) and alcohol on KGI-owned or controlled property ("KGI property"); at KGI-sponsored/sanctioned activities and events; and while conducting or performing KGI-related business, regardless of location.
Additionally, any and all types of drug paraphernalia, including but not limited to bongs, pipes, hookahs, water pipes, or any items modified or adopted so that they can be used to consume drugs, are not permitted on KGI property. Any such drug paraphernalia found on KGI property will be confiscated.
Students shall not report for class, lab, clinic, or experiential sites under the influence of any drug, alcohol, or substance that will impair their performance, alertness, coordination, or response, or affect the safety of others.
Nothing in this policy, however, is meant to prohibit the appropriate use of over-the-counter medication or other medication that can legally be prescribed under both federal and state law, to the extent that such use does not impair one's performance or affect the safety of others.
 KGI does not permit the use of marijuana for any purpose on KGI property, even if the use meets the qualifications of the California Compassionate Use Act, Proposition 215. Therefore, even students who qualify under Proposition 215 to use marijuana for medical purposes are not permitted to possess, store, provide, or use the marijuana on KGI-owned or controlled property (including but not limited to residence halls, academic buildings, athletic facilities, and parking lots) or during KGI-sanctioned activities or events, regardless of the location.
This policy does not prohibit the responsible consumption of alcohol by students over 21 at KGI-sponsored/sanctioned activities and events where alcohol is served, or at social, business, or professional events that KGI students attend in their capacity as such or to perform work for KGI. The consumption of alcohol by students at KGI-sponsored/sanctioned activities or events is governed by KGI's Policy on Student Use of Alcoholic Beverages On and Off Campus (POL 341).
The consumption of alcohol by KGI students under twenty-one (21) years old on KGI's campus or at KGI-sponsored/sanctioned activities or events is strictly prohibited.
3. Legal Sanctions
Federal, California and local laws establish severe penalties for violations of drug and alcohol statutes. These sanctions, upon conviction, may range from a fine to life imprisonment. In the case of possession and distribution of illegal drugs, these sanctions could include the seizure and summary forfeiture of property, including vehicles. It is especially important to know that recent federal laws have increased the penalties for illegally distributing drugs to include life imprisonment and fines in excess of $1,000,000.
Some examples of these laws include:
- Unlawful possession of any controlled substance is punishable by imprisonment in the state prison.
- The purchase, possession or consumption of any alcoholic beverages (including beer and wine) by any person under the age of 21 is prohibited.
- It is unlawful to provide alcohol to a person under the age of 21.
- Selling or serving alcohol to an intoxicated person is prohibited.
- Any person found in a public place to be under the influence of an intoxicating liquor or drug and unable to care for his/her own safety or interfering with the use of a public way is guilty of disorderly conduct, which is a misdemeanor.
Selling, either directly or indirectly, any alcoholic beverages except under the authority of a California Alcoholic Beverage Control License is prohibited. This includes selling glasses, mixes, ice, or tickets for admission.
- Possession of an alcoholic beverage in an open container in a motor vehicle or on a bicycle is unlawful, regardless of who is driving or whether one is intoxicated.
- Driving a motor vehicle or bicycle while under the influence of alcohol is unlawful.
4. KGI Sanctions
Students who are found to be in violation of KGI's alcohol and/or drug policies will face disciplinary action up to and including expulsion for students, and/or referral for legal prosecution in accordance with local, state, and federal laws and regulations. Disciplinary sanctions may also include completion of an appropriate rehabilitation program.
5. Financial Aid
A student will be ineligible for financial aid (e.g., federal grants, loans, work-study, fellowships, and/or scholarships) if the student is convicted of an offense under federal or state law involving possession or sale of a controlled substance, provided the conduct occurred while the student was enrolled and receiving financial aid. Ineligibility will run from the date of conviction for the following periods of time:
- For possession of illegal drugs: a first offense carries a one-year disqualification, a second offense carries a two-year disqualification, and a third offense makes the student ineligible indefinitely.
- For sale of illegal drugs: a first offense carries a two-year disqualification, and a second offense makes the student ineligible indefinitely.
A student can regain eligibility by successfully completing an approved drug rehabilitation program. (For additional information, see Appendix.)
A federal or state drug conviction can also disqualify a student from obtaining an intern or pharmacist license. A student's inability to obtain an intern license will result in termination from the Pharm.D. program.
7. Available Resources, Education, and Assistance with Respect to Substance Abuse
KGI is committed to education and counseling as the primary focus of its substance abuse program and will provide confidential, professional assistance for any students who want it. Students are urged to seek information and help regarding substance abuse for themselves or their friends. A variety of services including counseling, educational materials, and/or referral are available at the following offices as a part of the overall Claremont Colleges' program.
Health Education Outreach Office - McAlister Center, ext. 3602 or 3465
- Monsour Counseling Center, 735 N. Dartmouth, ext. 8202
- Baxter Student Health Services, 175 E. 6th Street, ext. 8222
- KGI Student Services, Building 517, Room 111, ext. 0389
In particular, the Health Education Outreach Program will provide ongoing, student-centered education and prevention programs including a peer education and training program, health promotional materials, and activities throughout the academic year. For more information, contact Student Services at extension 0389.
To protect students' privacy, information regarding a student during participation in any related program will be treated confidentially.
Approved by the KGI President's Cabinet September 9, 2014.
B. Student Use of Alcoholic Beverages On and Off Campus Policy
1. Purpose and Scope of Policy
This policy is intended to sanction only the legal, safe, and appropriate consumption of alcoholic beverages by KGI students on campus and at KGI-sponsored/sanctioned off-campus activity or event. This policy should be read in conjunction with KGI's Drug-free Campus Policy 340. Students who are KGI employees are also subject to KGI's Drug-free Campus and Workplace Policy 140.
a. Students' Possession or Consumption of Alcohol on Campus or at Off-Campus KGI-Sponsored Programs Must Be Approved in Advance
No student under the age of twenty-one may possess or consume an alcoholic beverage (as that term is defined in California Business and Professions Code § 23004) on KGI-owned or controlled property ("KGI property") or at a KGI-sponsored/sanctioned off-campus activity or event at any time.
Students twenty-one years of age and older may not possess or consume alcoholic beverages on KGI property or at a KGI-sponsored/sanctioned off-campus activity or event, unless the possession and consumption of alcohol has been specifically approved in advanced by the President or Deans.
b. Rules Related to Students' Approved Possession or Consumption of Alcohol
i. Possession or Consumption by Individual Students
- At events where students' possession and consumption of alcohol has been approved by KGI in advance, only students twenty-one years of age and older may possess and consume alcohol.
- Students violate this policy if they are present on campus (including program sites, such as internship, clinic, and experiential education sites) while intoxicated, regardless of where they consumed the alcohol. For purposes of this policy, whether a KGI student is intoxicated is a determination that may be made based on the student's behavior and observations by third parties (and without any requirement that a student submit to a breathalyzer, blood alcohol, or other tests).
- Individual violations of this policy and/or related federal or state regulations will be subject to disciplinary action as outlined in the KGI Honor Code and the School of Pharmacy (SoP) Student Clinical Code of Conduct.
ii. Student Organizations' Sponsorship of Events Serving Alcohol
- All official student organizations are governed by this policy. A student organization's violation of this policy and/or of related federal or state law may result in the suspension or revocation of the organization's official recognition by KGI, thus precluding the organization from functioning on campus.
- Student organizations governed by this policy also may be governed by the policies of national organizations. Where a provision of this policy and a provision of a national organization policy concerning the use or possession of alcoholic beverages are in conflict, the more stringent provision shall apply.
- Student organizations are expected to supervise and conduct their off-campus activities in a responsible and lawful manner. Students attending off-campus student organization activities are expected to take personal responsibility for their conduct and to comply with this policy, as well as with all local, state, and federal laws and statutes.
iii. Guidelines for Student-Organization-Sponsored Events Serving Alcohol
- The possession, use, serving, and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages during any event sponsored by a KGI-sanctioned student organization shall be in compliance with any and all local, state, and federal laws and statutes.
- The serving and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages shall be carried out only by individuals at least twenty-one years old. Valid age determinations must be made to assure compliance with minimum age requirements, including efforts to determine if a person is using a false I.D.
- The sale of alcoholic beverages on campus is prohibited.
- No portion of any charge levied for attendance at an event shall be used to pay for alcoholic beverages unless the event is specifically approved by the President or Dean following review of the purpose of the event and the plans to ensure that the provisions of this policy are followed by participants.
- Alcohol consumption shall not be promoted as the primary focus of any event.
- Organizations are responsible for ensuring that moderation is encouraged during the lawful consumption of alcoholic beverages.
- A person's decision not to use alcohol is to be respected.
- Food, snacks, and nonalcoholic beverages must be readily available at any event in which alcoholic beverages are served.
- Student organizers must ensure that an appropriate number of designated drivers and/or additional transportation will be available at any event in which alcoholic beverages are served. Transportation will be coordinated by the student organizations with assistance from the Office of Student Affairs (SoP) and/or the Office of Student Services (SALS).
iv. Assistance Available to Students with Difficulties Related to Alcohol Use or Dependency
Every effort will be made to assist students who are experiencing difficulty related to substance use, abuse, or dependency. Detailed information about the support that KGI offers such students can be found in the KGI Drug-free Campus Policy.