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Dean of Student Affairs: Travis Imel
Contact: Jennifer Little
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The Alcohol and Drug Sanctioning Guidelines provide more clarity of how the University will respond to alcohol and drug violations. Once a determi3nation 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), sanctions appropriate for the level of violation (based on severity or recidivism) will be assigned. Students with questions about the violation level issued to them should consult with their hearing officer or the office that assigned the level violation (Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices [SARP] or the Office of Residence Life and Housing). Students with general questions about the Alcohol and Other Drug Sanctioning Guidelines can contact the Health and Wellness Programs (HWP), as well as Student Accountability and Restorative Practices (SARP) and/or Residence Life and Housing.
The chart below is a general representation and is not all-inclusive. The application of the sanctioning guidelines is at the discretion of the hearing officer handling a particular case. The SARP, Office of Residence Life and Housing, and/or the Health and Wellness Programs (HWP) have the right to make determinations as to the violation level and sanction(s) of any violation of the Alcohol and Other Drugs Policies.
1. Level 1 Sanctions.2. BASICS/CASICS.21+: No Hosting Alcohol PArties in Room/Suite Relocation of RH Assignment or loss of Residence Hall Privileges
Violation levels are based on how serious the violation is and if it has
been repeated Additional violations of the same level may also increase the
level of sanctions (e.g. from Level 1 to 2). Mitigating (positive),
aggregating (negative) and compounding factors are also considered when
determining the violation level and the appropriate sanctions.
Fines are a fee issued for the violation(s). In most instances repeated
violations will result in the doubling of the fine. Fines are not
eliminated for multiple violations in one incident.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) allows 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
alcohol 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
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
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
will make such notification by calling or in writing.
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
It is important that educational programs and alcohol/drug assessments be
completed immediately following the assignment of sanctions. Letters from
Student Accountability and Restorative Practices and/or Health and Wellness
Programs (HWP) will note the type of educational/assessment program the
student is assigned and the date that it should be completed. In the case
where a student is appealing an alcohol and/or drug violation and is
waiting for the outcome of the appeal, the student IS STILL REQUIRED to complete the sanctions
assigned unless instructed otherwise by the person reviewing their appeal.
● Online alcohol and/or drug course: This is around a 90
minute online course focusing on alcohol/drugs, with a test at the end of
the course. All participants must pass the test with a score of 70 or
● Alcohol and Drug Class: This class gives participants
the opportunity to examine attitudes and perceptions, how these influence
behavior, strategies to reduce risk, and healthy alternatives to alcohol
and/or drug use. It also focuses on the mental, physical, and legal effects
of alcohol and drug use on individuals and the community. Several
departments on- and off-campus collaborate to provide multiple
perspectives. All participants are expected to be fully attentive, pass the
test with a score of 70 or better, and complete a reflection paper.
● BASICS/CASICS: This one on one session used the brief
alcohol (BASICS) or cannabis (CASICS) screening and intervention for
college students. This program provides an opportunity for students to get
personalized feedback about their use and to think critically about
decisions. There are generally at least two sessions, along with the
completion of the 20-minute online feedback form.
● Alcohol/Drug Assessment: Students will meet individually
with a Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) staff member for an
alcohol and/or drug assessment; the assessment will also help determine
whether the student will benefit from ongoing therapy sessions.
● Online alcohol and/or drug course: Students will receive
the website URL, the session password, and a deadline for completion of the
online course through a letter from Health and Wellness Programs (HWP). It
is expected that the students complete the online course before the
deadline given in the letter.
● All students are expected to participate in the one-on-one interventions
within the stated deadlines. Students who do not respond to or attend
BASICS/CASICS meetings will be charged by the University for Non-Compliance
with University Decision.
● Alcohol and Drug Class: All students are expected to
attend the session they are assigned to regardless of any prior commitments
or extracurricular activities (i.e. athletic competitions, intramural
activities, student organization meetings and activities, and student body
government meetings and activities).
If a student has extenuating circumstances that would affect their
attendance, they must contact the Prevention Education Coordinator at
least 24 hours in advance prior to the date of the session or class.
The Prevention Education Coordinator will review the request and if
approved, will reassign the student to the next session. Students are
expected to be attentive and respectful during class. Distractions,
including the use of cell phones, pagers, and other electronic devices, are
not permitted. Any facilitator who feels participants are not complying
with these expectations can ask the student to leave. It will be the
student's responsibility to complete the course at a later date.
● Alcohol/Drug Assessment: If an alcohol/drug assessment
is required, students will receive a letter from the Health and Wellness
Programs (HWP); upon receiving the letter, students are expected to make an
appointment with the Prevention Education Coordinator or his/her designee
to meet to discuss the expectations of the alcohol/drug assessment. The
letter will also have a deadline for completion of the alcohol/drug
assessment. All alcohol/drug assessments are done at CAPS and there may be
an additional fee incurred every time the student misses their appointment
for their alcohol/drug assessment.
BAC testing is conducted by designated University staff addressing the
Students who wish to be voluntarily tested should communicate their
desire for testing to University staff at the scene of the
Gallaudet University's primary concern is the health and safety if its
students and offers health and safety emergency consideration for students
in potential life-threatening emergencies as a result of alcohol and/or
other drug(s) consumption, in order to encourage students to seek help for
themselves without being too overly concerned about possible sanctions
imposed. Health and safety emergency consideration will be considered for
students who seek medical attention for themselves by contacting a
University staff or friend. This is a one-time opportunity, and health and
safety emergency consideration does not apply to students found by DPS,
other University staff or students, or MPD.
To qualify under the Good Samaritan provision of the Alcohol and Drug
Sanctioning Guidelines, 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;
● Provide their own name when they contact DPS or Residence Life;
● 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
● Not have purchased, supplied, or otherwise made alcohol and/or other
drugs available to the student needing medical attention.
The student will be assigned the violation level of the most serious
violation from items #A - #R. However, the violation level and/or sanctions
(items #AA through #EE) may increase if certain policy violations were
committed when violations of the Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy occurred.
However, fines are not reduced or eliminated for multiple violations in one
In addition to the sanctions listed above, Residence Life staff, the
Coordinator (or Director) of Student Accountability and Restorative
Practices, and/or the Administrative/Student Conduct Board may also assign
other sanctions, depending on the specific circumstances of the situation.
These sanctions include, but are not limited to, reflective essays,
educational activities, one-on-one sessions with the Health and Wellness
Programs, anger management assessment, community service hours,
restriction/loss of parking privileges, residence hall reassignment,
residence hall reassignment to dry floors/buildings, residence hall access
restrictions, loss of housing priority points, counseling assessment,
alcohol/drug educational programs, and restitution.
A key component of Gallaudet University's mission is to provide a safe
environment where students are able to pursue their academic and social
goals. The University may suspend a student who demonstrates that they are
repeatedly unable to make sound and/or safe decisions about alcohol and
drug use, or the student engages in drinking or drug use that threatens the
life, health, and safety of one's self or others.
Students suspended for alcohol and/or other drug violations may submit an
appeal online to the Dean of Student Affairs. Any appeal including the
grounds that the suspension was excessive, and not appropriate for the
violation will have the suspension reviewed on that specific ground of
appeal by selected Alcohol and/or Other Drugs Committee members. The
Alcohol and/or Other Drugs Committee will make a recommendation to the Dean
of Student Affairs on whether the student’s circumstances warrant special
consideration and an alternative array of severe sanctions could be
imposed. The Dean of Student Affairs will make the final decision on all
grounds of appeal, as per the Student Accountability and Restorative
Practices disciplinary procedures.
EFFECTIVE DATE: JULY 22, 2019
UPDATED: AUGUST 8, 2021
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