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Chadron State College ALCOHOL POLICY

Chadron State College's Student Handbook outlines our dry-campus alcohol policy.

The possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs on college property is in violation of the policies of the Board of Trustees of the Nebraska State Colleges. In Board Policy 2800, the Board has formulated standards of conduct for students which prohibit the following acts:

  1. Use, possession, manufacture, distribution or sale of alcohol, illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia on college premises or while on college business or at college activities, or in college supplied vehicles.
  2. Storing in a locker, desk, vehicle, or other place on college owned or occupied premises, any unauthorized controlled substances, drug paraphernalia or alcohol.
  3. Use of alcohol off college premises that adversely affects a student's work or academic performance, student’s safety or the safety of others.
  4. Violation of State or Federal laws relating to the unauthorized use, possession, manufacture, distribution or sale of alcohol, controlled substances or drug paraphernalia.

Board Policy 3100 provides that the following acts shall be considered to constitute misconduct for which an offending student may be subject to disciplinary sanctions

  1. Unlawful or unauthorized possession, use, distribution, dispensing, delivery, sale or consumption, manufacture, or being in the presence of any alcoholic beverage, including empty bottles/cans or any alcohol container on any part of the college campus including outdoor areas and parking lots;
  2. Alcohol consumption that endangers the health, safety, or property of oneself or another, or requires medical treatment or college staff intervention;
  3. Unlawful or unauthorized possession, use, distribution, delivery, dispensing, manufacture or sale, or being in the presence of any drug; being in possession of paraphernalia for drug use, except as expressly permitted by law, or being unlawfully under the influence of any drug unless directed by a licensed physician;

ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS: HELPFUL INFORMATION

Alcohol and other drug use can be prevalent among college students. Whether you are concerned about the use of legal drugs such as alcohol, or illegal drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, or ecstasy, all students have to make decisions about drinking and/or drug use. You must first realize that the decision to use alcohol or other drugs is a personal one with potentially serious legal and health consequences. It is up to you to determine if, when, and how much you drink or use. You should know your limits and weaknesses and take responsibility for them. Consider your reasons for using alcohol or other drugs. Is it to feel good, or to be more socially comfortable? What are your alternatives? Which ones are healthy? Which ones carry potential judicial and legal sanctions?

Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant drug that decreases body processes such as breathing, heartbeat, and brain activity. Its consumption changes behavior and judgment beginning with the first drink; those changes are progressive with continued consumption. The impact of any number of drinks on behavior and judgment varies for each individual and depends on social and physical factors. Social factors include mood and setting. Physical factors include:

  • gender - women usually feel the effects of alcohol faster than a man of the same weight does)
  • body weight
  • type of drink
  • amount of food in the stomach
  • rate at which the alcohol enters the system - see www.Brad21.org for Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) information
  • prescription and over-the-counter medications affect alcohol metabolism

Health effects of alcohol include hangover, dehydration, impotence, liver and brain damage; overdose or mixing with other drugs can cause potential respiratory failure and even death.

Whether you are over or under the legal drinking age, you cannot avoid making decisions about drinking - at parties, on dates, or in your room. The consequences of making poor decisions about drinking can increase your risk of academic failure, getting a sexually transmitted disease (STD), and being involved in sexual or physical assaults. They can also increase your risk of developing a long-term drinking problem. Careless decisions about drinking - made at the last minute or when you have already begun drinking - usually have the worst consequences. But you can make good decisions - before you drink, that will protect you and those you care about. Begin with the facts and an honest assessment of your current drinking habits . . . and be a helpful and responsible host to others.

Drug Information

Drugs may have both short-term and long-term health effects, depending on many factors such as the type and quantity of drug, how often someone uses it, the physical and emotional health of the user, and combinations of drugs, including alcohol. Even infrequent use of drugs can result in physical problems such as hangovers, digestive problems, heart damage, decreased sexual performance, injuries due to lack of coordination and judgment, and even death. Other possible effects include impaired performance in class and at work, relationship conflicts and financial difficulties.

A Psychoactive drug is defined as a chemical or drug that has a specific effect on the mind. There are three basic categories of psychoactive drugs: stimulants, psychedelics, and depressants.

  • Stimulants - also called uppers - increase alertness, energy, physical activity and feelings of well-being. Some examples are cocaine, amphetamines such as speed and crystal meth, nicotine, and caffeine.
  • Psychedelics - also called hallucinogens - can cause visual, auditory, and other sensory hallucinations. Examples are LSD (acid), peyote, and psilocybin.
  • "Club drugs" combine the properties of both stimulants and hallucinogens. The effect is a heightened sensitivity to sensory input without hallucinations or other major perceptual distortions. Examples are ecstasy, ketamine and GHB and are prevalent at "raves."
  • Depressants - also called downers - decrease body processes such as breathing, heartbeat, and brain activity. Examples are alcohol, barbiturates, rohypnol (aka “roofie,” the "date rape drug"), tranquilizers, and inhalants.
  • Marijuana (pot) is a form of cannabis that is the most widely used illegal drug in America. When smoked, marijuana triggers a mild euphoria and a heightened sensitivity of bodily sensations, along with a variety of other perceptual distortions that are usually experienced as pleasant, but not always, and not by all users. Research shows that marijuana affects the balance of chemicals in the brain that control mood, energy, appetite, and concentration.
  • Psychoactive drugs are most frequently used for "recreational" purposes. Many produce tolerance and dependence (psychological, physical, or both). The more frequently a person uses a drug and/or the larger the dose, the greater his or her tolerance to the drug. This means that over time, larger quantities may be needed to produce the desired effect.

Although dependence is associated with tolerance, it is not the same thing. A person who is physically dependent on a drug needs it to function "normally". When the drug is discontinued, withdrawal symptoms occur that can be both painful and even life threatening. Taking the drug again relieves these withdrawal symptoms, but only temporarily.

A person who is psychologically dependent feels he or she cannot function "normally" without the drug. While there may be no physical illness associated with quitting, there can be severe mental and emotional distress that prompts the person to continue using the drug.

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