Oct 24, 2020  
Student Handbook 2017-18 
Student Handbook 2017-18 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Alcohol and Other Drug Policies (AOD)


College regulations governing the use of alcohol and other drugs are designed to support 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 will be referred to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. 

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.

Breathalyzer tests may be administered when any the following circumstances are present:


a. If a person is displaying symptoms of an alcohol overdose, a breath test may be requested for medical assessment purposes to determine if alcohol is actually present, and if so, to assess blood alcohol content (BAC).

b. If a person is displaying characteristics of being intoxicated and there is reason to believe that the person may be in danger of reaching an unsafe BAC, an alcohol breath test may be requested to determine the BAC.

c. If a person denies consuming alcohol when consumption is suspected, that person may be asked to take an alcohol breath test to determine whether they consumed alcohol. In these circumstances, a disposable CheckPoint test will be provided, which only tests for the presence of alcohol. A student who fails the Checkpoint test will be referred to Student Rights and Responsibilities for violating standard number 1 of the Alcohol and Other Drug Policy.


Alleged violations of the AOD Policy are enforced by Campus Security and the Office of Residence Life and 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 12 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.  Students of legal age assigned to a 4-person independent living unit (SDLC, Quad, Hackman Apartment) may possess a maximum of thirty 12-oz. containers of beer as opposed to the standard limit of twenty four (maximum limit applies to the living unit as a whole), or one liter of wine, or one four-pack of wine coolers, or one pint of 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. Any student, regardless of age, who is present where an alcohol and / or drug violation occurs, may be considered equally responsible.
  5. Possession or use of a false ID is prohibited.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Sale of alcoholic beverages (includes door cover charge and sale of cups) is prohibited.
  9. Use or possession of distilling, wine making or brew kits is prohibited.
  10. Visible intoxication or public drunkenness is prohibited.
  11. Driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs is prohibited.
  12. The abuse of alcohol, drugs or other substances by individuals of any age will not be tolerated, and students will be held responsible for their actions.
  13. Emergency medical response to any alcohol or other drug related emergency will be at the student’s expense.
  14. 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.
  15. Actual or intended use, purchase, possession, cultivation, manufacture, sale, or distribution of marijuana, synthetic marijuana such as K-2 or Spice, THC concentrates, 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.
  16. Students may not be present where drugs are being used or distributed.
  17. 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.
  18. Hosts of private social gatherings held off campus are responsible for insuring adherence to alcohol and drug laws and Standards of Conduct.
  19. 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 ).
  20. No student, regardless of age, may possess or consume alcohol or other drugs while representing the College on a College-sponsored trip, event, or other activity, including athletic events, whether on or off-campus.


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.


  • Vomiting
  • Incoherent-can’t focus, confused
  • Temperature-decrease in body temperature, cold, sweaty skin
  • Absence of color-pale or blue skin
  • Low/Irregular breathing
  • Seizures
  • Inability to wake-up

One warning sign is sufficient reason to take action!

CALL 717.361.1111 or 911 for immediate emergency response.

Take immediate action if you are aware of any health or safety emergency. You (and the person needing 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 Amnesty Provision.

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 website.

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 Elizabethtown 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.  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.





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 workshop 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 or other drug 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.

Synthetic Cannabinoids K2, Spice, Black Mamba, Bliss, Bombay Blue, Fake Weed, Fire, Genie, Moon Rocks, Skunk, Smacked


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

Also, for Prescription Opiods–Dangerous slowing of heart rate

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


Herball Speedball, Biak-Biak, Kahuam, Ithang, Thom

Prescription Opioids:  Codeine, Fentanyl, Hydrocodone, Morphine, Methodone, Oxycodone Captain Cody, Sizzurp, Dance Fever, Vike, Fizzies, Oxy



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

Also, for Khat–grandiose delusions

Amphetamines, Adderall, Benzedrine

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

Synthetic Cathinones/Bath Salts Bloom, Cloud Nine, Cosmic Blast, Flakka, Ivory Wave, Lunar Wave, Scarface, Vanilla Sky, White Lightening


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

Khat Abyssinian Tea, African Salad, Catha, Chat, Kat, Oat

Club Drugs

MDMA (methylenedioxymethampheta-mine)

Ecstasy, Adam, clarity, Eve, Molly, 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


Ayahuasca Aya, Yage, Hoasca

Strong hallucinations including perceptions of otherwordly imagery, altered visual and auditory perceptions, increased blood pressure, vomiting


DMT, Dimitri

Altered states of perception and feeling, hallucinations, nausea

Also, for DMT–depersonalization, auditory distortions, and an altered perception of t ime and body image, possible coma

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

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


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 Assistant Director of Health Promotion 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.