High-risk Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention Program

I. This program is a set of standards of conduct prohibiting all students from unlawfully possessing, manufacturing, using or distributing drugs and alcohol on College property or at any activities of the College. In addition, this program is designed to address and eliminate occurrences of binge drinking (five or more drinks at a sitting for men and four or more drinks at a sitting for women) and its consequences.

The program is an imposition of disciplinary penalties on a student in the event of a violation of these standards of conduct. Whether there has been a violation will be determined in accordance with the College’s procedures applicable to student discipline. When students visit another Claremont College, they are responsible for observing the regulations of both that college and HMC.

Penalties will be of varying degrees of severity and may include: warnings, attendance in a substance abuse program, probation, community service, loss of residential privileges (temporary or permanently), suspension, expulsion or referral to governmental authorities for prosecution. The appropriate penalty shall be determined by taking into consideration all relevant circumstances, and particular penalties will not be associated with any particular violation.

Annually, the College will distribute to each student a written statement that will include a copy of this program and:

A. A description of the various federal, state and local laws relating to the unlawful use, possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol and the penalties imposed (see Section II);

B. A description of the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and abuse of alcohol (see Section III);

C. A description of any drug and alcohol counseling, treatment, rehabilitation or reentry programs that are available to students (see Section IV);

D. A statement of any regulations established from time to time by the College with respect to the unlawful use, possession and distribution of drugs and alcohol on College property and at College activities (see Section V).

E. At least every two years, the College will review this program to determine its effectiveness, implement changes to the program if they are needed and ensure that the disciplinary penalties described above are consistently enforced.

II. Local, State and Federal Sanctions

Some local, state and federal laws establish severe penalties for the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol. These sanctions, upon conviction, range from a fine and probation to lengthy imprisonment. The following are lists of topics covered by these laws and the websites where more details can be found.

Claremont Municipal Code

Claremont Municipal Code

9.23 Drinking Alcoholic Beverages in Public

California Codes

California Legislative Information

California Business and Professions Code

25602   Giving Alcohol to Intoxicated People

25604   Retail Establishments Serving Alcohol Must Be Licensed

25607   Limits on Alcohol Approved by Retail Licenses

25658   Limits on Alcohol Provision, Purchase and Consumption to Minors

25662   Public Possession of Alcohol by Those Under 2125659   Confiscation of False Identification

25660.5 Furnishing False Identifications

25661   Use of False Identification

California Vehicle Code

13388   Under 21 Refusing a Blood Alcohol Test

23136  Under 21 Driving Under the Influence

23140  BAC Limit for a Driver Who is Under Age

23152  Driving Under the Influence

23220   Limits on Drinking While Driving

23221   Limits on Consumption of Alcohol in a Vehicle (driver or passenger)

23222  Consequences for Possession of Marijuana or Open Container While Driving

23224   Limits of Under 21 Transporting Alcohol

23502   Alcohol Education Programs for Underage Offenders

23536   Consequences for DUI Conviction

23594  Consequences for Owner of Vehicle Used in DUI

23612   License Suspension for Refusal of Blood Alcohol Test

23645   Further Consequences for DUI Conviction

California Health and Safety Code

11153.5 Manufacture of Controlled Substances

11350   Possession of Narcotics

11351   Possession of Narcotics for Sale

11352   Transportation of Narcotics

11355   Sales of Narcotics

11357  Possession of Marijuana or Hashish

11358   Cultivation of Marijuana

11359  Sale of Marijuana

11360   Transportation of Marijuana

11364   Possession of Device for Consuming Narcotics

11365   Aiding the Use of Narcotics

11377   Consequences for Possession of a Controlled Substance

11378   Possession for Sale of Controlled Substances

11379   Transportation of Controlled Substances

11382   Aiding the Distribution of Controlled Substances

11383   Possession of Materials Intended to Manufacture Methamphetamine

Federal Code

Title 21, Chapter 13 Lists Laws Pertaining to Possession of Controlled Substances and Illegal Traffic

III. Health Risks Associated With the Use of Illicit Drugs and the Abuse of Alcohol

A. The use of any mind- or mood-altering substance, including alcohol, can lead to psychological dependence, which is defined as a need or craving for the substance and feelings of restlessness, tension or anxiety when the substance is not used. In addition, with many substances, use can lead to physical tolerance, characterized by the need for increasing amounts of the substance to achieve the same effect and/or physical dependence, characterized by the onset of unpleasant or painful physiological symptoms when the substance is no longer being used. As tolerance and psychological or physical dependence develop, judgment becomes impaired and people often do not realize they are losing control over the use of the substance and that they need help.

B. Alcohol acts as a depressant to the central nervous system and can cause serious short- and long-term damage. Short-term effects include nausea, vomiting and ulcers; more chronic abuse can lead to brain, liver, kidney and heart damage and even eventual death. Ingesting a large amount of alcohol at one time (five or more drinks at a sitting for men, and four or more drinks at a sitting for women) can lead to alcohol poisoning, coma and death. Drugs such as LSD, amphetamines, marijuana, cocaine and alcohol alter emotions, cognition, perception, physiology and behavior in a variety of ways. Health risks include, but are not limited to, depression, apathy, hallucinations, paranoia and impaired judgment. In particular, alcohol and/or drug use inhibits motor control, reaction time and judgment, impairing driving ability. Abuse of either or both alcohol or drugs during pregnancy increases the risk of birth defects, spontaneous abortion and stillbirths.

IV. Assistance for Alcohol Abuse and/or Drug Use Problems

A. The Claremont Colleges are committed to education and counseling as the primary focus of their substance abuse programs 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, campus Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and referrals are available at the following offices:

B. In particular, Health Education Outreach 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.

C. To protect students’ privacy, information regarding a student who is participating in any related program is treated as confidential.