West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
To All Members of the University Community
West Chester University is a learning community that encourages community responsibility. The University strives to create a campus environment that is safe for the individual - one that is free of violent crime, free of power-based personal violence, free of the use of illegal drugs, and free of the abuse and misuse of alcohol and prescription drugs. Those acts threaten not only the individual user but also the entire University community.
Out of concern for the health and safety of campus communities, the federal government enacted the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment (Public Law 101-226) in 1989. This law requires institutions of higher education to inform the campus community about issues related to substance use and abuse, including resources available to assist students, faculty, and staff in combating alcohol and drug problems, as well as relevant regulations and laws.
I ask you to review the following information carefully. I urge you to act responsibly and seek additional knowledge about our educational programs, support services, and current laws from the University resource personnel listed in this handbook. West Chester University is committed to fostering an environment that promotes the health and safety of everyone in our campus community.
Do you have questions or concerns about alcohol or drug use? There are people within the University community to help with private, confidential counseling, referral, and information. Please seek assistance from the following University offices:
If you have questions or need more information please contact:
YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO GET THE FACTS
First, please be aware that in PA, an “Alcohol Amnesty” law is in effect. The law states that an underage person who calls for medical assistance for a friend in need will not be charged for alcohol related violations. West Chester University will also waive alcohol related judicial charges in this instance. For more information see the Medical Amnesty policy on this website.
A similar Drug Overdose Immunity law protects both the caller and the person needing medical attention in a medical emergency related to a possible drug overdose
Too much alcohol, too fast, can kill you. To reduce impairment, health and legal problems, use the 0-1-3 guideline for making low-risk choices.
In general, low-risk drinking is defined as no more than 4 drinks per day for men (maximum 14 per week) and no more than 3 drinks per day for women (maximum seven per week).
Remember: An average drink is 1 oz. of 100 proof liquor, 1 1/2 oz. of 80-proof liquor, a 12-oz. beer, or a 4-5-oz. glass of wine.
It is always okay not to drink. If you do choose to drink, make healthy choices and follow 0-1-3.
For new information and interactive feedback, please visit Rethinking Drinking.
New research tells us that the human brain continues to develop through age 25. Drinking during this critical developmental period, especially to the point of intoxication, may lead to life-long impairments in brain function, particularly as it relates to memory, motor skills, and coordination. Young adults may be likely to over drink and to suffer repeated bouts of withdrawal from alcohol. This repeated withdrawal may be a key reason for alcohol's harmful effects on the brain.
Any drug, even if it's over the counter or a legal prescription, has possible side effects that can cause impairments for some people. However, these drugs are regulated, and risks are written on the packaging. With illegal drugs, there are no guidelines, and you can never be sure of their strength or purity. Here are some things to consider:
West Chester University prohibits the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees on its property or as part of any of its activities. The University vigorously enforces all local, state, and federal laws as they pertain to the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol. Conviction under such laws provides for punishment that includes fines and/or imprisonment. The specific codes are described in detail in the Student Code of Conduct.
The links below show summaries of the legal consequences of alcohol-related violations in Pennsylvania, the state Marijuana Crime Code, and legal sanctions for drug violations under federal government law:
Many employers, including those in education and government, require a background check that includes University judicial records as well as criminal records. In addition, many graduate schools also require a clearance from the Dean of Students Office, which includes any judicial records.
A single use of marijuana can show up on a drug test 20 days later (and in some cases even longer). One in ten drinkers develops severe drinking problems. And if you are the "adult child of an alcoholic" (ACoA), you are three times more likely than others to develop an alcohol problem.
This information was prepared as part of the educational efforts associated with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989.