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Alcohol/Substance Abuse Policy

Alcohol / substance abuse is evidenced by a lack of self control which results in:

  • An individual harming or potentially harming him or herself or others, or
  • An individual disrupting the mission of the college.

Alcohol and Illicit Drug Health Risks:

Alcohol and illicit drugs are toxic substances that affect the mind, body and spirit.  Excessive drinking can cause health risks which include damage to your body organs (liver, heart and digestive tracts); impaired physiological responses (decreased brain activity, digestion and blood circulation); and mental and emotional disorders (loss of memory, impaired judgment and personality changes).  Alcohol related problems include deaths from drunk driving, use of violence, and poor judgment in personal relationship situations.

Drug abuse is dangerous and can lead to death.  An overdose can cause psychosis, convulsions, coma and death. Continuous use of drugs can lead to organic damage, mental illness and malnutrition.  It increases the risk of AIDS, hepatitis and other diseases related to drugs that are injected.  Drug abuse can cause accidents resulting from foolish risks, "panic attacks" and acting irrationally. (Additional information concerning alcohol and illicit drug health risks may be obtained at the Student Health Center.)

The abuse of alcohol or other substances by Roanoke College students is unacceptable. Students who appear to be abusers as identified by college officials will be placed on Substance Abuse Probation. They may also be required to undergo an assessment by a trained professional and to make use of professional help at their own expense. A further abuse incident during the period of Probation will result in Suspension or Expulsion.  Students found to be substance abusers are strongly encouraged to seek professional help. College personnel in the Center for Counseling Services are available to refer students to local area treatment facilities.

Revised:  June 2001