Alcohol and Other Drugs Services

Alcohol and Other Drugs Services:  Frequently Asked Questions

  What is Alcohol and Other Drugs Services? Where can I find this office and what are the office hours?

Alcohol and Other Drugs Services (ADS) provides support for students dealing with alcohol and/or other drug related infractions of the Student Code of Conduct, and ensures that students complete their assigned sanctions issued by Residence Life or the Office of Student Conduct.  Alcohol and Other Drugs Services handles online alcohol and/or drug educational sessions, alcohol and drug programs, and alcohol/drug classes in collaboration with several units on and off campus.

Together with the Health and Wellness Programs, ADS manages the AlcoholEdu and Haven, required online program for new and transfer students. 

The office is located in Ely 103. The office hours are 9 am - 5 pm, Monday - Friday. 


What is the difference between the Alcohol and Other Drugs Services and the Health and Wellness Programs?

The Health and Wellness Programs houses the Alcohol and Other Drugs Services unit.  Both work together to manage the AlcoholEdu and Haven, required online program for new and transfer students. 

The Health and Wellness Programs (HWP) Office seeks to enhance the well-being of Gallaudet University students by empowering them to make informed health and lifestyle choices in accordance with their own values and belief systems. By supporting students on behavior and lifestyle change via the dimensions of wellness-physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social, and environmental-HWP helps students become more successful members of the academic community.  For more information, please go here.
 

What are the AlcoholEdu and Haven online courses?  Do all students have to take the course?

In an effort to further advance our students beyond the classroom, Gallaudet University has partnered with EverFi, whose mission is to help students address critical life skills such as alcohol abuse prevention and sexual assault prevention in higher education institutions across the country.

Gallaudet University requires all new and transfer students to complete AlcoholEdu and Haven. These online courses will help you develop the critical skills to make more thoughtful and educated choices outside the classroom. Our hope is that with these skills you will find greater success both here at Gallaudet University and well beyond your graduation.

Some students are eligible to be waived from the course.  To learn more about reasons for waivers or to request one, please contact Christine.Gannon@Gallaudet.edu

For directions on how to access AlcoholEdu and Haven, please click here.

It is essential for the health of our campus to have all new/transfer students participating in this program.  Students who do not complete the course by the stated deadlines may face dorm restriction and/or an inability to register for classes for the following semester.

Is marijuana allowed on campus?

Marijuana - medicinal or otherwise - is illegal on campuses that receive Federal funding (which requires it to be in compliance with the Federal Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act).  The University prohibits the possession or use of medical marijuana on campus premises even though medical marijuana is legal in the District of Columbia. The possession, use, and/or aroma of synthetic marijuana is also prohibited.

How many points will I get for alcohol and/or drug violations? Who will decide how many points I get?

For information on points for violations, please go here

The Coordinator of Residence Education (CRE) and the Coordinator of the Office of Student Conduct will assign points for students found responsible for violating the alcohol and/or other drugs policies. For more information on appealing a violation, please go here.

What sanctions are given for alcohol and/or drug violations?

Once a determination has been made that a student violated the Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy (through an appropriate disciplinary process as described under Student Conduct Program or Residence Hall Policies in the Student Handbook), the corresponding number of points and other required sanctions will be assigned.  The Office of Student Conduct (OSC), Office of Residence Life and Housing, and/or the Office of Alcohol and Other Drugs Services (ADS) have the right to make determinations as to the point value and sanction of any violation of the Alcohol and Other Drugs Policies. For more information on sanctions, please go here.

  

Will my parents/guardians be notified if I have an alcohol and/or drug violation?  Who else will find out?

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) afford exceptions permitting colleges and universities to disclose certain information to the parents or guardians of students. Gallaudet's position on parental notification regarding alcohol and other drug violations is intended to develop a partnership with parents/guardians as a way of addressing student high-risk behaviors in order to enhance campus safety, student health and academic success, and to provide notification in instances involving the health and safety of students and our campus community. Exceptions that may preclude parental notification involve certain situations related to a student's personal relationship with or the current status of a parent/guardian, or violations that are considered less serious (e.g. empty alcoholic bottles or beverages used for decorative purposes in a "dry" residence hall room). Student Affairs administrators reserve the right to exercise professional judgment and discretion in such parental notification decisions.

Gallaudet will notify parents or guardians of students under the age of 21, regardless of dependency, in writing when their student is found responsible for a Student Code of Conduct violation involving the use, possession, manufacturing, sale, or distribution of illegal drugs and/or drug paraphernalia.

Gallaudet will also notify parents or guardians of students under the age of 21, regardless of dependency, in writing when their student is found responsible for a Student Code of Conduct violation involving the use, possession, manufacturing, or distribution of alcoholic beverages.

Gallaudet will also notify parents or guardians, regardless of age, when a student is experiencing a medical or psychological emergency. The Office of Residence Life and Housing or the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs and Academic Support will make such notification by calling or in writing.

Coach and Academic Advisor Notification: Gallaudet informs coaches and/or academic advisors of alcohol and other drug violations in order to enhance student health and academic success. Student Affairs administrators reserve the right to exercise professional judgment and discretion in such notifications, including notifications made prior to the determination of whether the student is responsible for the violation.


What happens if a student doesn't complete the sanctions, as assigned for an alcohol and/or drug policy violation?

Students who do not complete sanctions as assigned for an alcohol and/or drug violation may face result additional disciplinary action imposed by the University, which may include the loss of point forgiveness, off-campus housing privileges, residence hall privileges, or University suspension.

  

How do I reduce alcohol and drug violation points?

Students who have points from alcohol and/or drug violations may be eligible to reduce their points.

         Point Forgiveness:

  • For each semester that a student is not involved in any violations of University policy, ONE point will be removed from their record.
  • To qualify for the removal of one point from their record, as described above, students must meet the scheduling expectations for educational programming and alcohol/drug assessment at the time of the initial violation (see the Educational Programs and Alcohol/Drug Assessment section above for more details.)
  • No more than two points can be forgiven for a student in one academic year (fall and spring semesters); no more than one point can be forgiven for a student per semester (fall and spring semesters only).
  • Points cannot be forgiven for the previous semester if the student is being investigated for (or has been charged with) a violation (committed in the previous semester) until the violation has been fully adjudicated.

What is a Good Samaritan?

A Good Samaritan is an underage student who has consumed alcohol who seeks assistance for another in need of emergency care.  To qualify under the Good Samaritan provision of the Alcohol and Drug Point System, the student seeking assistance for the student needing medical attention must:

  • be the first person to contact DPS or Residence Life staff to report that a person needs medical assistance due to alcohol consumption/drug use,
  • the calling student must provide his/her own name when they contact DPS or Residence Life,
  • the calling student must remain with the person needing medical assistance until DPS and the Residence Life on-call team member arrives and the need for their presence has ended, and
  • the calling student must not have purchased, supplied, or otherwise made alcohol and/or other drugs available to the student needing medical attention.

Does Alcohol and Other Drugs Services practice confidentiality?

Alcohol and Other Drugs Services staff are mandated reporters. Any information shared with us that may indicate a threat to oneself/another, child abuse, or sexual misconduct will be reported to the appropriate unit on campus.  We share other information with others only on a need to know basis.