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Alcohol and Drug Policy/Drug Free Schools and Community Act

The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA) of 1989 — also known as the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act — requires institutions of higher education to establish policies that address unlawful possession, use, or distribution of alcohol and illicit drugs. The DFSCA also requires the establishment of a drug and alcohol prevention program.

All members of the SIT community are encouraged to review the information on the following pages.

Statement of Philosophy
In keeping with its mission, it is the intent of SIT to provide an environment that fosters tolerance, commitment to learning, personal development, and respect for others. While there is some latitude for individual choice regarding the personal use of alcohol, that freedom of choice exists within certain guidelines. Students and staff are required to obey all federal, state, and local laws regarding the possession, use, and distribution of alcohol; comply with SIT alcohol policies; and take full responsibility for their conduct. This includes respect for individual rights and property. Behavior which threatens to create disorder, public disturbance, damage to oneself or to others, or that otherwise interferes with the proper functioning of the institution will not be tolerated. SIT expressly prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession, or use of any controlled substance on its premises or during any of its sponsored activities by students or staff.

State Law
In the state of Vermont, a person must be at least 21 years old to buy or drink beer, wine, mixed beverages, and spirituous liquor. Any person under the age of 21 who orders, pays for, purchases, or consumes beer or intoxicating liquor, or provides false information as to name, age, etc., in order to obtain said beverages, is subject to a fine of up to $500, imprisonment of up to one year, or both. Finally, the law prohibits the sale or dispensing of alcohol to an intoxicated individual.

Use and/or possession of illegal drugs could result in fines ranging from $500 to $25,000 and imprisonment from six months to 25 years. Sale and/or distribution of illegal drugs could result in imprisonment of up to 25 years.

Inappropriate behavior as described above is subject to disciplinary action by World Learning / SIT.

Those studying or working outside the State of Vermont are responsible for obeying all applicable state and local laws.

Students who violate the SIT Alcohol and Drug Policy are subject to disciplinary action and may face possible criminal or civil liability. Such persons may be referred to law enforcement authorities for prosecution and/or referred to substance abuse programs for evaluation or treatment.

SIT Alcohol Policy Code of Conduct
Consumption of alcohol, within the limits of state and local law, may be permitted under the following guidelines:

  • You must be 21 years of age to drink alcohol in the United States.
  • Students must obey state and local laws, and take full responsibility for their conduct.
  • Behavior must be respectful of the rights of others, including roommates, other students, and employees. RAs or any other officials or administrators of World Learning/SIT have the right to request and expect inappropriate behavior to stop. Behavior which is not permitted includes:
    • Actions which violate the right to quiet
    • Destruction of property
    • Behavior which is clearly offensive to and/or interferes with the rights of others (including physically or sexually abusive behavior)
    • Behavior which affects on-the-job performance
    • Behavior that causes embarrassment or otherwise interferes with the proper functioning of the institution.
  • Possess and consumption of alcohol by students (age 21 or older) is limited to individual rooms of residence halls and El Café unless it is part of an authorized campus activity. If all residents of a dormitory are 21 or over, and all are in agreement, they may petition the manager of Student Activities and Residential Life to permit use of alcohol in the common areas (such as the lounge) of the building. In addition, certain residence halls may be designated as alcohol and substance free.
  • It is illegal to supply alcohol for anyone under the age of 21.
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal.
  • Guests and visitors of staff and students are required to abide by the above policies.

Sponsoring Events Where Alcohol is Served
There may be campus events where alcohol is served. In keeping with state laws and campus alcohol and drug policy, the following rules apply:

  • All student events where alcohol is to be served must be approved by the Student Activities Office (258-3365). An Alcohol Party Form must be completed three (3) days before the event.
  • At any event where alcohol is served, there must be a designated individual who agrees to ensure that all people consuming alcohol are 21 years of age or older and that alcohol is served responsibly.
  • When alcohol is served at an event, food and an equal amount of non-alcoholic beverages (such as soda and juice) must also be provided.
  • A bartender must be secured to distribute alcohol at any event where alcohol is purchased with World Learning or SIT funds.
  • Three (3) weeks notice of intent must be given to SIT’s Food Service vendor for any event requiring a bartender so that arrangements can be made for:
    • The purchase of alcohol
    • The scheduling of a bartender,
    • The securing of a catering permit for events that are not scheduled for either the first floor of the International Center or the adjacent patio

Resources for Substance Abuse Counseling and Treatment
World Learning/SIT supports the prevention of substance abuse and encourages the rehabilitation of those who may be affected by drug or alcohol problems. Information and counseling is available in the Counseling Office (258.3367), as well as through the following community resources:

  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): 257.5801. Information on AA meetings and support for recovering alcoholics
  • Alanon: 254.3361. Support for friends and family members of alcoholics
  • Narcotics Anonymous: 802.773.5757. Support for recovering drug users

Health Risks
Specific serious health risks are associated with the use of alcohol and illicit drugs. Some of the major risks are listed below. For more information contact the Dean of Students Office in the Appel Building or by calling 802 258-3292.

Alcohol and other depressants (barbiturates, sedatives, and tranquilizers)
Addiction, accidents as a result of impaired ability and judgment, alcohol poisoning, overdose when used with other depressants, damage to a developing fetus, heart and liver damage.

Impairs short-term memory, thinking, and physical coordination. Can cause panic reaction and increase the risk of lung cancer and emphysema. Can interfere with judgment,  attention span, concentration, and overall intellectual performance. Impairs driving ability. May cause psychological dependence and compromises the immune system.

Addiction,  cardiovascular system damage including heart attack, brain damage, seizures, lung damage, severe depression, paranoia, psychosis. Similar risks are associated with other stimulants, such as speed and uppers.

Tobacco smoke contains thousands of chemical compounds, many of which are known to cause cancer. Nicotine, which is a central nervous system stimulant, produces an increase in heart and respiration rates, blood pressure, adrenaline production, and metabolism. People can rapidly become physically and psychologically dependent on tobacco. Compromises the immune system.

Inhalants are a diverse group of chemicals that easily evaporate and can cause intoxication when their vapors are inhaled. Most inhalants are central nervous system depressants. Use of these drugs slows down many body functions. High doses can cause severe breathing failure and sudden death. Chronic abuse of some of these chemicals can lead to irreversible liver damage and other health problems.

Prescription drug abuse
Adverse reactions, dependency, withdrawal, and overdose.

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