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:
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.
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:
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
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 Affairs 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.
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
ii. Student Organizations’ Sponsorship of Events Serving Alcohol
iii. Guidelines for Student-Organization-Sponsored Events Serving Alcohol
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.
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