The following alcohol and drug policies apply
to all students, staff, administrators, faculty and guests of California
State University, Long Beach.
CSULB complies with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act and the Higher Education Act Section 120A: Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention by implementing the following:
As stated in the CSULB Catalog, California State University, Long Beach is dedicated to the elimination of the use of illicit drugs and alcohol abuse. The university makes 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.
University police officers enforce laws regulating the use of alcoholic beverages and underage drinking. CSULB is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy environment for the campus community. Alcohol and other drugs should not interfere with the University’s educational mission. All CSULB students, faculty members, staff members, and administrators are subject to local state and federal laws regarding the unlawful possession, distribution, or use of alcohol or other drugs.
The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of illegal drugs on the University campus or at any University-sponsored event off campus is prohibited. No one may use illegal substances, or abuse legal substances, including alcohol, in a manner that impairs performance of assigned tasks.
Excessive use of alcohol and other drugs is a serious health problem in itself. But alcohol and other drug abuse can also contribute to a host of other physical and mental health problems such as unwanted pregnancy, violent behavior, HIV infection and other sexually transmitted diseases and psychological depression.
The use of alcoholic beverages must be in compliance with California State Law and is strictly limited to persons 21 years of age or older. The possession, transportation, and/or consumption of alcohol by individuals less than 21 years of age is strictly prohibited. Alcoholic beverages may not be consumed in public areas and must be concealed and not in plain view when transported in the residence community. Residents in the residence community under the age of 21 are not permitted to host guests or residents of any age who are in possession of alcohol in the room/apartment.
The University Police strictly enforce Federal and State laws, as well as the University’s zero-tolerance policy, for the use and sale of illegal drugs. Violators are subject to university discipline, criminal prosecution and removal from University housing. Students engaging in the sale of illegal drugs will be expelled. Students found in violation of University alcohol, drug and weapons policies may be subject to academic probation, suspension or expulsion. Parents or guardians may be notified about any disciplinary violation involving alcohol or a controlled substance that has been committed by a student who is under the age of 21.
Employees in violation of the university alcohol and drug policies may be subject to corrective action or dismissal or be required to participate fully in an approved counseling or rehabilitation program. Applicable legal sanctions under local, State and Federal law for the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol range from probation, diversion, and imprisonment in the county jail for less than one year. Also, a police officer can take the license from any driver suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs who refuse to take a blood alcohol test.
This policy is reiterated through various programs offered by the Women’s Resource Center, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), University Police, SOAR (Student Orientation and Registration), Student Life and Development (SLD) and Student Health Services (SHS). During each semester students, faculty, staff and housing residents are offered seminars, prevention clinics and training programs to inform and educate them on the health risks of alcohol and drug abuse. In addition, students who live in the Housing and Residential Life facilities are given a Student Handbook and Housing and Residential Life brochure which clearly details the zero tolerance policy on possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages in and around the residence halls. Students must sign that they have read and understood these policies in their Student License Agreement.
Alcoholic beverages generally may not be consumed on campus except at sponsored events and with specific approval from the Director of Student Life and Development. Alcoholic beverages may only be consumed on university premises that have been licensed by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control or on other university premises at ”approved group sponsored events.” The sponsors of such events must obtain prior written approval from the Office of Student Life and Development. Approval will normally be limited to events in such areas as the Student Union, the Soroptimist House or the Chart Room. The use of alcoholic beverages in any of the residential halls, to include individual rooms, is strictly prohibited.
In the event a student is cited for any combination or violation of campus related alcohol or drug laws, rules or regulations the student will be: