Jun 22, 2018  
Student Handbook 2015-2016 
Student Handbook 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Alcohol and Other Drug Policies (AOD)


College regulations governing the use of alcohol and other drugs are designed to ensure the personal health and safety of each member of the Elizabethtown College community. In addition, College policies and procedures are intended to foster an environment that promotes sound judgment, respect for the rights of others, and acceptance of personal responsibility for one’s behavior.  College policy is aligned with the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania regarding alcohol and other drugs and includes regulations above and beyond the law to promote a healthy College community.

It is the duty of all students to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with College regulations and to help others do likewise. In all instances, students are considered fully responsible for their own actions and personal well-being. Students also are encouraged to be mindful of the well-being of others. Any behavior which puts health or safety at risk or which infringes on the rights of others shall not be condoned.

The College recognizes that the decision to consume or not consume alcohol or other drugs is made by the individual in accordance with the individual’s personal beliefs. Further, the College encourages all students to consider carefully the potential dangers of alcohol or other drug use and reminds students that they are responsible for abiding by all state laws and institutional polices.

Alleged violations of the AOD Policy are handled through the student conduct process and may be referred to local law enforcement. The following regulations apply:

  1. No one under the age of 21 is permitted to possess or consume alcohol anywhere on or off the Elizabethtown College campus.
  2. Individuals 21 years of age or older may possess alcohol for their personal use in their own living space. The maximum quantity allowed within any college housing unit is not more than one six-pack (of 16 oz. containers) of beer, or one liter of wine, or one four-pack of wine coolers, or one pint of a distilled alcohol per resident of legal age.
  3. Under no circumstance is a person of legal age permitted to furnish alcohol to a person under the age of 21.
  4. A student who is 21 years of age or older may not consume alcohol in the presence of anyone under 21 years of age other than the student’s roommate(s).
  5. Students under 21 years of age may not be present where alcohol is being served or consumed except by roommates who are of legal age for consumption.
  6. Any student, regardless of age, who is present where an alcohol and / or drug violation occurs, may be considered equally responsible.
  7. Possession or use of a false ID is prohibited.
  8. Kegs of any size, beer balls, or other containers of large quantity, whether empty, partially or completely filled, are strictly prohibited on campus, or off-campus when representing the College in any event whatsoever, either as a participant or as a spectator.
  9. Paraphernalia will be confiscated when found and will be destroyed by Campus Security.  Paraphernalia includes but is not limited to partially filled or empty containers, funnels, keg taps, kegerators, pong tables, and anything associated with drinking games or alcohol or other drug use. Confiscated items will not be returned to the owner.
  10. Sale of alcoholic beverages (includes door cover charge and sale of cups) is prohibited.
  11. Use or possession of distilling, winemaking or brew kits is prohibited.
  12. Visible intoxication or public drunkenness is prohibited.
  13. Driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs is prohibited.
  14. The abuse of alcohol or other drugs by individuals of any age will not be tolerated, and students will be held responsible for their actions.
  15. Emergency medical response to any alcohol or other drug related emergency will be at the student’s expense.
  16. No alcohol may be possessed or consumed in any campus common area. Common areas are defined as indoor or outdoor spaces used by the residential community. These include but are not limited to lounges, hallways, parking lots, and athletic facilities. In some instances, private spaces, such as residence hall rooms, may become common or public by action of the occupants, e.g., when a social gathering expands into a hallway or lounge, etc.
  17. Actual or intended use, purchase, possession, cultivation, manufacture, sale, or distribution of marijuana, synthetic marijuana such as K-2 or Spice, bath salts, cocaine, heroin and other narcotics, or other controlled substances except as expressly permitted by law is prohibited. This includes designer drugs and edibles containing marijuana, synthetic marijuana, or other drugs.
  18. Distribution, sale or sharing of prescription medication is prohibited. Students should keep prescription medication in its original, labeled container and store it in a secure location. Report any stolen prescription medication to Campus Security. Students should keep over-the-counter medication in original packaging to guard against misuse.
  19. Hosts of private social gatherings held off campus are responsible for insuring adherence to alcohol and drug laws and Standards of Conduct.
  20. All non-student guests are subject to this AOD Policy and other college policies and regulations. Student hosts will be held responsible for the behavior of their guests (see Guest and Visitor Policy ).
  21. No student, regardless of age, may possess or consume alcohol while representing the College on a College-sponsored trip, event, or other activity, including athletic events, whether on or off-campus.


Medical Amnesty Provision

Elizabethtown College is concerned about the health and safety of its students.  This provision is designed to encourage responsible engagement on the part of any student involved in or aware of an alcohol or other drug emergency.  The College recognizes student reluctance to report such emergencies in light of consequences specified in the Student Code of Conduct.  However, Elizabethtown College is committed to reducing perceived barriers to effective reporting and responding to life-threatening emergencies such as alcohol poisoning or drug overdose. 

Take immediate action if you are aware of an alcohol or drug emergency. You (and the person needing medical assistance) will not be subject to the student conduct process if you call on behalf of another student, friend or guest, and follow the guidelines of the Medical Amnesty provision listed below. The critical concern for you and others involved is to seek immediate help from a qualified professional.

In the event of an alcohol or other drug related medical emergency, students should activate the Medical Amnesty response by:

  1. Calling Campus Security (717) 361-1111 or 911.
  2. Remaining with the student experiencing the alcohol/drug emergency.
  3. Participating in the emergency response by providing medical team or Campus Security with all information essential for an effective and timely intervention.  For example, answering questions about what the person consumed, when and where the incident occurred, etc.

Students who experience an alcohol or other drug-related emergency that results in being transported to the hospital are required to meet with the Director of Student Wellness for assistance in connecting with support resources.  In some situations, other student(s) involved may be contacted by the Dean of Students or designee.

Any individuals who believe they have been sexually assaulted after consuming alcohol or other drugs and those who are witness to this type of assault are strongly encouraged to come forward without fear of college disciplinary action.

Medical Amnesty may not apply to other violations of college policy associated with the incident.  For example, if the College has evidence of related physical or sexual violence, possession of “date-rape” drugs that induce incapacitation, hazing, or drug offenses beyond mere possession, Medical Amnesty may not apply.  The College reserves the right to review the incident if the student has activated Medical Amnesty more than one time.

In all cases, the Dean of Students or designee will determine the applicability of Medical Amnesty and may refer the incident to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities.


Alcohol Emergencies

Never assume someone can just “sleep off” alcohol poisoning.  Even if the individual has stopped drinking, alcohol continues to be released into the bloodstream and the blood alcohol level is rising.


  • Person is unresponsive
  • Can’t focus, confused
  • Slurred speech, difficulty standing/walking
  • Person looks pale, lips are blue
  • Cold, sweaty skin, slow, irregular breathing

One warning sign is sufficient reason to take action!

CALL (717) 361-1111 or 911 for immediate emergency response.

All members of the Elizabethtown College community are expected to take responsibility for the well-being of others.


Relevant Laws

Elizabethtown College and all members of its community are subject to the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. With specific regard to alcohol, the following Commonwealth of Pennsylvania regulations apply:

  1. The minimum legal age for the purchase, attempted purchase, possession, consumption, or knowing or intentional transport of alcohol is 21 years.
  2. It is illegal to misrepresent one’s own age or the age of another person in order to purchase or otherwise obtain alcohol (e.g., possession or use of false ID, driver’s license, verbal misrepresentation, etc.).
  3. It is illegal to operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. The blood alcohol content maximum in the Commonwealth is .08% for those 21 years of age or older, and .02% for those under 21 years of age.
  4. It is illegal to sell, furnish or purchase with intent to sell or furnish any alcoholic beverages to a person who is under 21 years of age.
  5. It is illegal to charge admission to an event to cover the cost of alcohol being served or to otherwise sell alcohol to others, regardless of age, without a state license. (Examples include selling cups, accepting donations upon entry, and so on.)
  6. Public Drunkenness- It is illegal to appear in any public place manifestly under the influence of alcohol, to the degree that self, others or property may be endangered, or that the intoxicated person may annoy those within the vicinity.
  7. The above list is representative, not exhaustive, of the relevant laws that currently exist. Penalties for violating these laws may include fines, loss of driving privileges, and incarceration. For more information on local, state and Federal laws, see the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and the PLCB brochure, Under 21-Know the Laws.

It is illegal in the Borough of Elizabethtown to consume, use or possess any open bottles, flasks, cups, or other containers of alcoholic beverages on any public street, sidewalk or parking lot.  It is illegal for any person under the age of 21 to have alcohol in their system anyplace in the Borough.  The Borough police have the authority to use a breath test devise to determine whether a person under the age of 21 has alcohol in their system, and refusal to agree to take the breath test may result in a citation.  Any violation of these borough ordinances may result in fines of no less than $25 and no more than $600 plus costs, and failure to pay the given fines and costs may result in imprisonment for up to 30 days.

This information is current as of the time of the initial publication of the 2014-15 Student Handbook.  Ordinances may be updated and amended by Borough officials at any time.  A copy of the current Borough Ordinances may be obtained upon request at the Borough Offices at 600 South Hanover Street, Elizabethtown, PA.

It is a violation of federal law to possess, manufacture (this includes growing marijuana plants), or distribute a controlled substance. Defined by federal statute, controlled substances include, but are not limited to, marijuana (both natural and synthetic), cocaine, PCP, LSD, and other narcotics.

A student found guilty of possessing a controlled substance may be subject to some or all of the following sanctions under federal law:

  • First conviction: Up to one year imprisonment and a fine of at least $1,000, or both.
  • With one prior state or federal drug conviction: At least 15 days in prison, not to exceed two years and fined at least $2,500, or both.
  • After two or more prior drug convictions: At least 90 days in prison, not to exceed three years, and/or a fine of at least $5,000 (21 U.S.C. § 844(a)).

Federal law may require the forfeiture of property used to possess or to facilitate possession of a controlled substance (21 U.S.C. § 881(a)), and the forfeiture of vehicles, boats, aircraft or any other conveyances used to transport or conceal a controlled substance (21 U.S.C. § 881(a)(4)). In addition, any individual who knowingly possesses a controlled substance may be assessed a civil fine of up to $10,000 (21 U.S.C. § 844a).

Penalties for the manufacture or sale of drugs are even more severe if the violation occurs within 500 feet of an educational institution, such as the College or other area schools.

Legal defense against drug charges, even without conviction, may cost many thousands of dollars. 

Upon a drug conviction, the federal government may also deny or revoke federal benefits, such as student loans, grants, and contracts.   Felony and (in some states) misdemeanor convictions on drug charges will make you ineligible for commercial and professional licenses, such as those required to practice medicine, law, psychology, nursing, etc., for up to one year for first offense, and up to five years for second and subsequent offenses, (21 U.S.C. § 862(b)).

Intoxication from illicit drugs may impair your judgment and put you at greater risk of performing a negligent act (e.g., an automobile accident in which someone is injured) for which you could be sued. You may also risk being included in a lawsuit if you sell or provide drugs to another person who, after using them, goes on to perform a negligent action. The cost of legal defense, either for the actual drug charge or as a result of a lawsuit, along with possible fines or civil judgments, could cause considerable financial hardship for you and your family.  

Complete text of Federal drug laws is available at the Title 21 United States Code Controlled Substances Act. The text of local ordinances is available at the Elizabethtown Borough Office, 600 South Hanover Street, Elizabethtown, PA.


How Drug Convictions May Affect Federal Student Aid

By law, some students who have drug-related convictions under any federal or state law may be ineligible for federal student aid.  According to the law, if you are convicted of a drug-related offense during a period of enrollment for which you are receiving federal student aid, you may face these restrictions:

For possession of illegal drugs, you are ineligible for Federal student aid from the date of conviction (not arrest) for:

  • 1 year for a first offense
  • 2 years for a second offense
  • Indefinitely for a third offense

For selling or conspiring to sell illegal drugs, you are ineligible for Federal student aid from the date of conviction (not arrest) for:

  • 2 years for a first offense
  • Indefinitely for a second offense

If a student loses federal student aid eligibility due to a drug conviction, the College will provide written notice describing the ways in which the student can regain eligibility.  For information about specific legal implications, please consult the U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid webpage.



The College takes seriously its responsibility to educate students regarding the effects, uses, and abuses of alcohol or other drugs. The College offers programs and services intended to help students make healthy decisions. In addition, the College regularly monitors the patterns of alcohol and other drug use in order to provide the community with accurate information. Students are encouraged to participate in educational programs facilitated by Student Wellness and the Office of Residence Life.

Educational programs include but are not limited to:

  • First-year Student Orientation programs such as U Decide Every Choice, a panel discussion that includes information about making good decisions about alcohol or other drug use.
  • Student Wellness – Wellness Wednesdays special topics, National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week; Alcohol Awareness Month programming, Social Norming programs, etc.
  • Student Health 101 – all students have access to a monthly newsletter about personal health and wellbeing - readsh101.com/etown.
  • BASICS – (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention of College Students) Students may choose to meet with a staff counselor to examine alcohol use in a judgment-free two-session process. Fee is waived if student voluntarily elects to participate.
  • CHOICESStudents may choose to attend a 90-minute, alcohol abuse prevention and harm reduction session. Students are presented with educational information, and are encouraged to reflect in a personal journal on what they have learned as it relates to their choices about drinking.  Fee is waived if student voluntarily elects to participate.
  • E-CHUG is a free 15-minute online, personalized and confidential, brief alcohol screening.
  • E-TOKE is a free 15-minute online, personalized and confidential, brief marijuana screening.
  • Student Skills for Life Classes A three-session interactive alcohol/drug education class held on campus. Fee is waived if student elects to enroll.
  • Alcohol/Drug Assessment with a college staff counselor which requires two sessions. The fee is waived if not a sanction.

Commonly Abused Drugs

From the National Institute on Drug Abuse – www. drugabuse.gov

Substances: Category and Name

Examples of Commercial or Street Names

Acute Effects/Health Risks



Found in cigarettes, cigars, bidis, and smokeless tobacco (snuff, spit tobacco, chew)

Increased blood pressure and heart rate/chronic lung disease; cardiovascular disease; stroke, cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, cervix, kidney, bladder, and acute myeloid leukemia; adverse pregnancy outcomes; addiction


Alcohol (ethyl alcohol)

Found in liquor, beer and wine

In low doses, euphoria, mild stimulation, relaxation, lowered inhibitions; in higher doses, drowsiness, slurred speech, nausea, emotional volatility, loss of coordination, visual distortions, impaired memory, sexual dysfunction, loss of consciousness/increased risk of injuries, violence, fetal damage (in pregnant women); depression; neurologic deficits; hypertension, liver and heart disease; fatal overdose



Blunt, dope, ganja, grass, herb, bud, Mary Jane, pot, reefer, green, trees, smoke, sinsemilla, skunk, weed

Euphoria, relaxation, slowed reaction time, distorted sensory perception, impaired balance and coordination, increased heart rate and appetite, impaired learning, memory, anxiety, panic attacks, psychosis / cough; frequent respiratory infections; possible mental health decline; addiction.


Boom, gangster, hash, hash oil, hemp



Diacetylmorphine/ smack, horse, brown sugar, dope, H, junk, skag, skunk, white horse, China white, cheese (with OTC cold medicine and antihistamine)

Euphoria, drowsiness, impaired coordination, dizziness, confusion, nausea, sedation, feeling of  heaviness in body, slowed or arrested breathing/ constipation, endocarditis, hepatitis, HIV, addiction, fatal overdose


Laudanum, paregoric/ big O, black stuff, block, gum, hop



Cocaine hydrochloride/ blow, bump, C, candy, Charlie, coke, crack, flake, rock, snow, toot

Increased heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature and metabolism, feelings of exhilaration, increased energy, mental alertness, tremors, reduced appetite, irritability, anxiety, panic, paranoia, violent behavior, psychosis/ weight loss, insomnia, cardiac or cardiovascular complications, stroke, seizures, addiction.

Also, for cocaine—nasal damage from snorting

Also, for methamphetamine—severe dental problems


Biphetamine, Dexedrine/ bennies, black beauties, crosses, hearts, LA turnaround, speed, truck drivers, uppers


Desoxyn/ meth, ice, crank, chalk, crystal, fire, glass, go fast, speed

Club Drugs

MDMA (methylenedioxymethampheta-mine)

Ecstasy, Adam, clarity, Eve, lover’s speed, peace, uppers

Mild hallucinogenic effects, increased tactile sensitivity, empathic feelings, lowered inhibition, anxiety, chills, sweating, teeth clenching, muscle cramping/ sleep disturbances, depression, impaired memory, hypothermia, addiction


Rohypnol/ forget-me pill, Mexican Valium, R2, roach, Roche, roofies, roofinol, rope, rophies

Sedation, muscle relaxation, confusion, memory loss, dizziness, impaired coordination/ addiction


Gamma-hydroxybutyrate/ G, Georgia home boy, grievous bodily harm, liquid ecstasy, soap, scoop, goop, liquid X

Drowsiness, nausea, headache, disorientation, loss of coordination, memory loss/ unconsciousness, seizures, coma

Dissociative Drugs


Ketalar SV/ cat Valium, K, Special K, vitamin K

Feelings of being separate from one’s body and environment, impaired motor function/ anxiety, tremors, numbness, memory loss, nausea

Also, for ketamine—analgesia, impaired memory, delirium, respiratory depression and arrest, death

Also, for PCP and analogs—analgesia, psychosis, aggression, violence, slurred speech, loss of coordination, hallucinations

Also, for DXM—euphoria, slurred speech, confusion, dizziness, distorted visual perceptions

PCP and analogs

Phencyclidine/ angel dust, boat, hog, love boat, peace pill

Salvia divinorum

Salvia, Shepherdess’s Herb,Maria Pastora, magic mint, Sally-D

Dextromethorphan (DXM)

Found in some cough and cold medications/ Robotripping, Robo, Triple C



Lysergic acid diethylamide/ acid, blotter, cubes, microdot, yellow sunshine, blue heaven

Altered states of perception and feeling, hallucinations, nausea

Also, for LSD and mescaline—increased body temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, loss of appetite, sweating, sleeplessness, numbness, dizziness, weakness, tremors, impulsive behavior, rapid shifts in emotion

Also, for LSD—Flashbacks, Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder

Also, for psilocybin—nervousness, paranoia, panic


Buttons, cactus, mesc, peyote


Magic mushrooms, purple passion, shrooms, little smoke

Other Compounds

Anabolic steroids

Anadrol, Oxandrin, Durabolin, Depo-Testosterone, Equipoise/ roids, juice, gym candy, pumpers

No intoxication effects/ hypertension, blood clotting and cholesterol changes, liver cystis, hostility and aggression, acne.

In adolescence—premature stoppage of growth

In males—prostate cancer, reduced sperm production, shrunken testicles, breast enlargement

In females—menstrual irregularities, development of beard and other masculine characteristics


Solvents (paint thinners, gasoline, glues), gases (butane, propane, aerosol propellants, nitrous oxide), nitrites (isoamyl, isobutyl, cyclohexyl)/ laughing gas, poppers, snappers, whippets

(Varies by chemical) Stimulation, loss of inhibition, headache, nausea or vomiting, slurred speech, loss of motor coordination, wheezing/ cramps, muscle weakness, depression, memory impairment, damage to cardiovascular and nervous systems, unconsciousness, sudden death






















































































Oversight and Review of the AOD Policy

The Committee on Alcohol Regulations and Education (CARE) provides a forum for regular review of the regulations and procedures pertaining to alcohol and drugs on campus.

CARE shall be chaired by the Dean of Students or designee and shall be comprised of four students (two to be elected by Student Senate, two selected by the Director of Residence Life), the Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities, the Director of Campus Security or designee, designee of the Office of Residence Life, the Director of Student Wellness and two additional staff or faculty members (to be appointed by the Dean of Students).  The Dean of Students may invite external members to CARE in an effort to strengthen college-community AOD prevention.

Student members shall serve one-year appointments. Non-student appointments shall be for two years.

The responsibilities of CARE shall be to:

  • Seek community input regarding the effectiveness of alcohol and drug policies;
  • Recommend change to policies and/or procedures as appropriate;
  • Report to the college community regarding alcohol and drug issues, and complete the biennial review;
  • Encourage, sponsor and promote alcohol and drug educational programs and services; and
  • Review survey and other data regarding patterns and effects of alcohol and other drug use on campus.