Drug and Alcohol Policies

Alcoholic Beverages

Students are not permitted to bring alcoholic beverages on to the College campus, unless they are part of an officially approved College function. The legal drinking age in Connecticut is 21 years of age.

Under-age possession and /or consumption of alcoholic beverages is not permitted on property owned or controlled by the College. Intentionally or knowingly selling, or intentionally or knowingly furnishing alcoholic beverages to persons under the age of 21, or to persons obviously inebriated, is not permitted on the property owned or controlled by the College. Alcohol can be served at public events only to those 21 and over, and in conformity with those requirements of the State of Connecticut and the College regarding the serving of alcohol. Arrangements for serving alcohol at public events must be made through the Office of the President.

Disregard of this policy will result in disciplinary measures including expulsion.

Drug Policy

St. Vincent’s College upholds the federal and state laws prohibiting the use, distribution, or possession of illegal drugs or narcotics, including marijuana. Any individual known to be possessing, using, or distributing drugs is subject to disciplinary action and possible arrest, imprisonment, or fine according to state or federal law.

There are drug education videos shown throughout the career programs in the college. Students may register to participate in self-defense and rape prevention programs which are offered under the sponsorship of the Safety & Security Department.

The abuse of drugs by students directly affects their own career goals. It is in direct conflict with the philosophy of health professions and the College.

Drug abuse includes misuse of prescription or non-prescription drugs, possession or exchange of illegally obtained or manufactured drugs and/or chemicals, including alcohol. The College adheres to a drug testing policy which includes pre-admission and random testing.

Students are advised that the expected penalty for drug abuse as defined, on or off the Medical Center and College premises, will result in immediate discharge from the College.

Substance Abuse Policy in Accordance with Federal Government Regulations

Connecticut General Statutes

The person found to be intoxicated by alcohol or found to be the operator of a motor vehicle while under the influence faces a fine, jail, suspension of motor vehicle license and/or community obligations. To illegally manufacture, distribute, sell, prescribe or disguise a drug or drug paraphernalia can result in a prison sentence from one to twenty years, a fine or both. To illegally possess drugs, or illegally possess drugs within 1000 feet of the property of a school and not be enrolled in the school can result to up to seven years imprisonment, fine or both.

Federal Government Drug Trafficking Penalties

Trafficking in methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, PCP, LSD, Fentanyl, and Fentanyl Analogue carries a range of penalties that is not less than five years or more than life and not less than twenty years if death or serious injury occur, and a fine not to exceed $2 million. Any other drugs not mentioned above, the range of penalties is not more than 20 years unless death or serious injury occur, and a fine of more than $1 million.

Additional Regulations Regarding Licensure

Students should be aware that professions, which require a license to practice, have additional regulations regarding substance abuse. Section 19A-14 of the Connecticut General Statutes authorizes the Department of Public Health to deny licensure to applicants who may be addicted to drugs or alcohol or who have been disciplined in other states or who have been convicted of a felony. Candidates for licensure in Connecticut will be asked questions pertaining to these matters during the licensure application process.

It is the responsibility of each student to report to St. Vincent’s College and perform assignments in a safe and appropriate manner.  Students performing in an unsafe manner, and/or whose behaviors are suspect, may be subject to an assessment by a health care provider.  For purposes of the policy, an assessment may include but not be limited to drug/alcohol screen, medical or mental assessment, and/or rehabilitation. Action and/or pattern of a behavior that may warrant an assessment include without limitation: sudden changes in performance, slurred speech, violation of safety policies, staggered gait, repeatedly not following direction, glassy eyes, disorientation, unsafe practices, personality changes, smell of alcohol, behavior problems, smell of marijuana, drowsiness, frequent absences.

Any faculty or staff member who identifies behavior similar or consistent with the examples given above has the responsibility to confront the student with their suspicions. The faculty or staff member will contact the VP of Enrollment Services/Dean of Students or the Vice President of Academic Affairs/ Dean of Faculty (if it occurs in a classroom, clinical or lab setting) that there is a suspected violation of the Drug-Free Policy. The faculty or staff member will then escort the student to the SVMC Emergency Department for testing.

The Emergency Department physician, who may refer the student to his/her health care provider for further evaluation, will conduct the initial assessment/evaluation. The student is responsible for payment of any cost incurred. Failure to participate in an assessment at the request of St. Vincent’s College faculty or staff will result in the assessment being considered a violation of the Drug-Free Policy. Disciplinary action will then be handled as prescribed by the Student Code of Conduct. If positive results are obtained, the student will be immediately suspended from St. Vincent’s College by the President of the College, and will be granted due process through the Student Code of Conduct.

The Drug-Free Policy applies to students anytime he/she is utilizing facilities at SVC or SVMC, other assigned educational locations, or when participating in SVC sponsored events.