Alcohol Policy

The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (Public Law 101-226; Final Regulations published on August 16, 1990) requires the College to certify to the United States Department of Education by October 1, 1990, that it has adopted and implemented a program to prevent the illicit use of drugsand the abuse of alcohol by it’s students and employees. This program must include the annual distribution of the following to each student and employee:

  1. standards of conduct that clearly prohibit, at a minimum, the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of drugs and alcohol by students and employees on the institution’s property or as any part of the institution’s activities;
  2. a description of the applicable legal sanctions under local, state, or federal law for unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol;
  3. a description of the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol;
  4. a description of any drug and alcohol counseling, treatment, or rehabilitation programs that are available to students and employees; and
  5. a clear statement that the institution will impose sanctions on students and employees (consistent with local, state, and federal law) and a description of these sanctions, up to and including expulsion or termination of employment and referral for pr osecution for violations of the standards of conduct.

The law further requires that the college conduct a niennial review of it’s program to (a) determine it’s effectiveness and implement changes as they are needed; and (b) ensure that the sanctions developed are consistantly enforced.
The following document is the Bates College’s response to section 22 of the law, entitled “Drug-Free Schools and Campuses.”