Both productivity at work and the learning process are significantly impaired by alcohol abuse and the use of illicit drugs. Substance abuse among college students inhibits their educational development and is of serious nationwide concern.
California State University, Long Beach is dedicated to the elimination of the use of illicit drugs and alcohol abuse. The University is making every effort to create an environment that promotes and reinforces good health. This includes responsible living, respect for community and campus standards and regulations, individual responsibility within the community, and the intellectual, social, emotional, ethical, and physical well-being of all members of the campus community.
On campus property, the solicitation, sale, use or knowing possession of dangerous drugs, restricted dangerous drugs, or narcotics, as those terms are used in California statutes, are prohibited.
Consumption of alcohol is prohibited in individual offices, classrooms, laboratories, or generally accessible public or open areas, such as the quad and athletic fields.
Information regarding campus policies on the consumption of alcohol may be obtained by calling the Office of Student Life and Development at 985-8668.
Pursuant to Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, violations by students of the above regulations, when campus related, may, after due process, result in the student being placed on probation, being suspended, or being expelled. Additionally, violations of laws committed on campus property, or at a campus event, will also be subject to referral and prosecution through off-campus authorities. Penalties by enforcement agencies for violations of the law may include imprisonment, fines, or both; these are in addition to administrative sanctions imposed by the University.
More detailed descriptions of student regulations concerning drugs, or alcohol, may be found elsewhere in the CSULB Catalog, or in the Residence Hall Calendar and Handbook, or the Regulations for Campus Activities, Organizations and the University Community.
Pursuant to Education Code Section 89535, employees may be disciplined, up to and including termination, for the following causes:
1. Conviction of criminal offenses involving the illegal use of drugs.
2. Appearing for work impaired by the use of alcohol and/or controlled substances.
3. Addiction to the use of controlled substances.
More detailed descriptions of employee regulations concerning drugs, or alcohol, may be found in the Administrative Policies and Procedures Handbook and the Faculty and Staff Handbooks.
To become dependent upon chemicals such as illicit drugs and/or alcohol is to put your health at risk. Chemical dependency is a condition in which the use of mood altering substances such as drugs or alcohol is associated with problems in any area of life on a more or less continuing basis.
One does not, however, have to be addicted or chemically dependent to suffer health risks from the use of illicit drugs or alcohol.
Alcohol and illicit drugs (in all the many forms) may, and often do, impair physical coordination and judgment, diminish control over impulsive behavior, and cause many short- and long-term health consequences.
Alcohol-related illnesses now represent the third leading cause of death in the United States exceeded only by cancer and heart disease, and medical research has established very strong evidence that alcohol abuse contributes significantly to cancer and heart disease. There is clear evidence of serious negative effects on babies due to use of illicit drugs and alcohol by the mother during pregnancy.
The California State University, Long Beach Health Center offers substance abuse programs for students, faculty and staff. These include: a Student Assistance Program for students; and Employee Assistance Program for faculty and staff; and an Athletic Assistance Program for student athletes (offered as a separate program due to NCAA testing and eligibility requirements and conference affiliation rules for competition).
An experienced and specially trained therapist under the supervision of the Medical Director serves as the coordinator and counselor for these programs, and medical doctors, other health professionals, and counseling psychologists are available for consultation. All contacts with the Health Center and professional personnel are confidential.
Information concerning the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse and rehabilitation programs may be obtained from Ralph Davis, Student Health Services, (562) 985-5859.
The California State University, Long Beach Health Center is located at the corner of State University Drive and Merriam Drive. The telephone number is (562) 985-4771.