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Drug Free Schools and Community Act Notification

Notice From The Dean Of Students:

Dear Students,

A socially responsible community allows for you to take control of your experience and make a wide array of choices. The majority of our community makes good and conscious choices and decisions while at Wittenberg. You study hard, make meaningful friendships, become involved, impact your communities, and prepare yourself for a life of meaning and purpose. Your contributions to the Wittenberg community and beyond are what makes this community so special.

Because Wittenberg University cares about your health and safety, your success, and the welfare of our campus and community, we need to be concerned about those students who choose to drink in a high-risk way. High-risk drinking is the excessive consumption of alcohol that leads to serious negative consequences, not only for those who are drinking, but for others around the person drinking. The negative consequences include accidents, falls, fights, injuries, vandalism, academic failure, and arrests. We are committed to doing all that we can to help every student avoid these kinds of consequences.

If you are under 21 years of age, it is our expectation that you will comply with Ohio law and not consume alcoholic beverages on campus or in the community. If you are over 21 and choose to drink, we expect you to do so responsibly. We will make reasonable efforts to insure that you understand our expectations, that you understand the negative consequences of inappropriate alcohol use, that you have many opportunities for positive involvement in campus life, and that you have all of the information you need to make wise choices. If you make poor choices, you will be held accountable for these decisions:

  • Depending upon the severity of the specific misbehavior, a first offense of the Student Code of Conduct and Ethics will result in a warning, probation, suspension or dismissal.
  • Sanctions for alcohol-related violations may include a referral to an appropriate online or in-person educational intervention and between $150 and $250 in fines and fees, and/or parental notification depending on the severity of the violation.
  • If found responsible for an alcohol-related offense of the Code while on probation for an alcohol-related offense (even if either is minor), students could be suspended from the University.

We are also concerned about those student who choose to participate in illegal and non-medical drug use. We expect all members of our community to comply with Ohio law and not participate in illegal drug use. Drug use carries a whole host of negative consequences including addiction, injury, academic failure, arrests, and accidents. We are committed to doing all that we can to help every student avoid these consequences. If you make poor choices related to drug use, you will be held accountable for those decisions:

  • Depending upon the severity of the specific misbehavior, a first offense will result in probation, suspension or dismissal.
  • Sanctions for drug violations may include a referral to an online or in-person substance abuse intervention, between $200 and $400 in fines and fees, and/or parental notification.

You may be aware that we have an Amnesty Policy in place. This policy provides the opportunity for you to call for medical help for yourself or on behalf of a student who requires medical attention as a result of high-risk behavior. In doing so, the student seeking assistance may not be subject to university conduct action, but will still be expected to comply with the remaining components of our approach to high-risk behavior. Details about the policy can be found here.

You may also be aware that we have the Safe Harbor Policy in place. This policy allows students who bring their own drug or alcohol use, addiction, or dependency to the attention of university officials outside the threat of tests or imposition of the conduct process and seeks assistance, a conduct complaint will not be pursued. Instead a written treatment and wellness plan will be developed and followed. Details about the policy can be found here.

We also have a host of campus and community resources available for you, as students, to assist in needs related to alcohol and other drug use and abuse.  Please click here to view a listing of campus and community resources.

If you have questions about policies on alcohol or other drug use and our efforts to reduce high-risk drinking and drug addiction contact the Dean of Student’s Office, located in Student Development, 937.327.7800.

I wish you success this academic year,

Casey L. Gill
Dean of Students
Title IX Coordinator
Wittenberg University

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In accordance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 and the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, this notification is being sent to each Wittenberg University student.  Its purpose is to serve as a reminder of the health risks associated with drug and alcohol abuse; of University policies related to the illegal possession, use or distribution of drugs or alcohol; of the availability of treatment for drug or alcohol problems through the University Health Center and University Counseling Center; and of the internal sanctions and federal, state, and local legal penalties that may result from the illegal sale, possession, consumption, use or distribution of drugs and alcohol.

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Health Risks

Alcohol consumption causes a number of marked changes in behavior. Even low doses significantly impair the judgment and coordination required to drive a car safely, increasing the likelihood that the driver will be involved in an accident.

Low-to-moderate doses of alcohol also increase the incidence of a variety of aggressive acts including spouse and child abuse. Moderate-to-high doses of alcohol cause marked impairments in higher mental functions, severely altering a person’s ability to learn and remember information. Very high doses cause respiratory depression and death. If combined with other depressants of the central nervous system, much lower doses of alcohol produce the effects just described.

Repeated use of alcohol can lead to dependence. Sudden cessation of alcohol intake is likely to produce withdrawal symptoms, including severe anxiety, tremors, hallucinations, and convulsions. Alcohol withdrawal can be life-threatening. Long-term consumption of large quantities of alcohol, particularly when combined with poor nutrition, can also lead to permanent damage to vital organs such as the brain and the liver.

Mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy may give birth to infants with fetal alcohol syndrome. These infants have irreversible physical abnormalities and mental retardation. In addition, research indicates that children of alcoholic parents are at greater risk of becoming alcoholics than are other youngsters.

Key Risk factors:

  • Alcohol - Addiction, brain damage, cancer (mouth, stomach, throat), heart disease, liver damage, ulcers, gastritis, birth defects, malnutrition, loss of coordination and speech,
  • Marijuana - Addiction (psychological), distortion of time perception, increased heart rate, bronchitis, lung cancer, infertility.
  • Cocaine/Crack - Addiction, nasal erosion, elevated blood pressure and heart rate, hyperactivity, pupil dilation, respiratory arrest, stroke, convulsions, seizures, malnutrition, death.
  • Stimulants (caffeine, speed, amphetamines) - Addiction, elevated blood pressure and heart rate, insomnia, malnutrition, acute psychosis, nausea, liver damage, headache, sweating coma, possible death.
  • Depressants (Quaaludes, barbiturates, tranquilizers) - Addiction, depression of central nervous system, decreased coordination and motor skills, liver damage, malnutrition, irritability, sleep, confusion, convulsions, possible death.
  • Narcotics (opium, heroin, codeine) - Addiction, shallow breathing, nausea, panic, insomnia, malnutrition, constipation, respiratory arrest, possible death.
  • Hallucinogens (PCP, LSD, acid) - Addiction, mental depression, bizarre behavior, severe disorientation, memory and perception impairment, impairment of judgment and motor function, violence, hallucinations, psychosis, convulsions, agitation, increased heart rate, confusion, possible death.
  • Inhalants (white-out, glue, gasoline) - Addiction, depression of respiration, nausea, light-headedness, nasal erosion, fatigue, forgetfulness, depression, kidney and liver damage, malnutrition, heart failure, violence, suffocation, possible death.

Alcohol and Other Drug Guidelines and Resources

Basic Guidelines

Wittenberg University students and guests are expected to (1) adhere to state and local laws regarding the possession, consumption and distribution of alcoholic beverages, and (2) to adhere to university restrictions and prohibitions governing the use and consumption of alcoholic beverages

Law:  Any alcohol related violation of the Ohio Revised Code including, but not limited to:

  • Use and/or possession of alcohol under the age of 21.
  • Distribution of alcohol to any person under the age of 21.
  • Possessing an open container in a public place including a motor vehicle, parked or moving.
  • Using false identification to obtain alcoholic beverages.
  • OVI- Operating a Vehicle while impaired or under the influence of alcohol.
  • Abuse/Misuse: Consumption of alcohol that clearly impairs a student’s personal health and/or safety, regardless of age.
  • Disorderly Conduct: Any conduct occurring when a student is under the influence of alcohol that violates the rights of others, or leads to disorderly and/or dangerous behavior.
  • Public Intoxication: Public intoxication and/or drinking in public.
  • Common Source/Keg: Distribution of any alcoholic beverage from a common source (i.e. mixed drinks or punch bowls, beer balls, etc.) and/or keg.
  • Mass Consumption: Participation in activities and/or drinking games (i.e. beer pong, flip-cup, card games) that promote mass consumption of alcoholic beverages.
  • Devices: Use and/or possession of mass consumption instruments (i.e. beer bongs, funnels, etc.).

Use of Alcohol on University Premises or Affiliated Premises:

  1. Students may not possess or consume alcoholic beverages in any academic building.
  2. Students may not possess or consume alcoholic beverages at any athletic event, including intercollegiate, club, or intramural practices or contests.
  3. University-Owned and Non-Owned Rental Properties
    1. Social gatherings are to be held inside the house or apartment.
    2. Social gatherings that spill out onto the porch or lawn may be broken up if there is reason to believe that the hosts are unable or unwilling to maintain control.
  4. Fraternity and Sorority Facilities
    1. Each Greek chapter is responsible for adhering to state and local laws, their national guidelines, as well as standards of the university governing the possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages.
    2. With the above provisions in mind, the possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages within each Greek chapter facility by its own membership (actives, pledges, and associates only) is the responsibility of the chapter. 
    3. The use of alcoholic beverages for recruitment and new/associate member activities is prohibited.
  5. Residence Halls—Student Rooms
    1. Students who are of legal age may consume alcohol in their room with the doors closed.
      Underage students may not be present in rooms where alcohol is available or being consumed.
    2. Open containers, carriers, or cups of alcoholic beverages are not permitted in any lounge, hallway, restroom, or other public area of a residence hall.
  6. Student Organizations must abide by the Programming with Alcohol Policy for any events in which alcohol is present.
  7. Clean up and Damage - Clean up should be completed immediately following a social event by the sponsoring individual or group.  Failure to immediately clean the premises may result in both a fine and the costs of cleaning being levied on the sponsoring individual or group.    
  8. Open Containers - Consuming or possessing alcohol in an open container in any university district location is not permitted and will subject the violator(s) to disciplinary action.

The university will provide opportunities for education on the responsible use of alcohol. The university will also sponsor and/or support opportunities that provide alcohol free alternatives for students who are underage and students who prefer alcohol free.

Responsibility

Students are held responsible for their behavior when under the influence of alcohol in the same manner in which they are held responsible for their behavior when not under the influence of alcohol.

Federal, State, and Local Penalties

Ohio law prohibits illicit selling, cultivating, manufacturing, or otherwise trafficking in controlled substances, including cocaine, heroin, amphetamines, and marijuana, knowingly or recklessly furnishing them to a minor, and administering them to any person by force, threat, or deception with the intent to cause serious harm. These offenses are felonies. The law also prohibits knowingly obtaining, possessing, or using a controlled substance and permitting drug abuse on one’s premises or in one’s vehicle. These offenses may be either felonies or misdemeanors. The law further prohibits obtaining, possessing, or using hypodermics for unlawful administration of drugs and the sale to juveniles of paraphernalia for use with marijuana. These offenses are misdemeanors.

Ohio law provides for mandatory fines, which must be at least $500, and possible imprisonment of any person who sells or furnishes beer or intoxicating liquor to an underage person or who buys beer or liquor for an underage person in violation of the law. Persons found knowingly to allow underage persons to possess and/or consume alcoholic beverages on their premises are guilty of a misdemeanor.

A felony conviction may lead to imprisonment or both imprisonment and fine. The maximum prison term is 25 years. A misdemeanor conviction may lead to imprisonment for up to six months and/or a fine up to $1,000.

With regard to beer and intoxicating liquor, Ohio law provides that a person under 21 years of age, who orders, pays for, attempts to purchase, possesses, or consumes beer or liquor, or furnishes false information to affect a purchase, commits a misdemeanor. Ohio law prohibits the possession of beer or liquor which was not lawfully purchased, and a court may order that any place where beer or liquor is unlawfully sold not be occupied for one year, or that the owner or occupant of the premises be required to furnish a surety bond of $1,000 to $5,000. Ohio law requires the mandatory suspension of an individual’s license from six months to five years for violation of the Controlled Substance Act.

Federal law forbids the illegal possession of and trafficking in controlled substances. A person convicted for the first time of possessing a controlled substance, other than crack cocaine, may be sentenced to up to one year in prison and fined between $1,000 and $100,000. A second conviction carries a prison term of up to two years and a fine of up to $250,000. Subsequent convictions carry prison terms of up to three years and fines of up to $250,000. Imprisonment for 5-20 years and fines of up to $250,000 apply to persons possessing more than five grams of crack cocaine on the first conviction, three grams on the second, and one gram on subsequent convictions. In addition to the above sanctions, a person convicted of possessing a controlled substance may be punished for forfeiture of property used to possess or facilitate possession, if the offense is punishable by more than one year in prison, forfeiture of any conveyance used to transport or conceal a controlled substance, denial of federal benefits, such as student loans, for up to five years, ineligibility to receive or purchase a firearm, and a civil penalty of up to $10,000.

University Policies Relative to Drugs

The following sections describe Wittenberg University’s Code of Conduct regarding the sale, manufacture, distribution, possession and use of illegal drugs on or off Wittenberg University premises or at university-sponsored events or programs in accordance with federal, state and local laws.

Drugs: Use, possession, manufacturing, distribution, sale of illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia (whether for intended or implied use), misuse of drugs including over-the-counter medication or sharing of prescription drugs, purchasing or passing of illegal drugs from one person to another and/or using mail services to purchase, pass, or distribute drugs are prohibited. Illegal drugs, as referred to in this code, include drugs that are not legally obtainable, as well as drugs that are legally obtainable but used for illegal or unauthorized purposes represents a violation of this code.

This provides flexibility for the university in addressing drug-related offenses which occur on- or off-campus. Moreover, it permits the university to address its fundamental mission of holistic education and the development of a responsible global citizen. While recognizing that there is a need to address violations related to the use and/or possession of controlled substances, the university must address the education and well-being of all its students and employees. In addition to university imposed sanctions, students and employees are subject to all legal sanctions under federal, state and local law for any offenses involving illegal drugs on university property or at university activities. 

Alcohol & Other Drug Resources

Wittenberg Health and Counseling Center, 327-7811

001 Shouvlin Center, Campus Consultation, counseling, education, and referral

McKinley Hall, 328-5300

1101 E. High Street, Springfield, Ohio

Evaluation, assessment, individual and group counseling

Mercy REACH- Evaluation, assessment, individual and group counseling, 390-5338

30 W. McCreight, MercyCrest Suite #204, Springfield, Ohio

More resources are available upon request. Please contact the Office of Student Development at 937-327-7800.

Safe Social Host Procedures for Student Organizations & Groups

Philosophy

Wittenberg University’s Student Code of Conduct  affords registered student organizations and groups—identified as a number of persons who are associated with the university and each other, but who have not registered, or are not required to register, as a student organization (e.g. athletic teams, musical or theatrical ensembles, academic or administrative units)—the privilege of hosting events with alcohol. The presence of alcohol at any type of event increases the risk for those involved with planning, maintenance, and implementation. The purpose of these procedures is to assist student organizations and groups to plan and implement events with alcohol while understanding liability and risk reduction techniques. It is the responsibility of all students, student organizations, or groups—and all of its members—to be familiar with all applicable state and federal laws, university policies and procedures. Additionally, students are responsible for their own behavior, utilizing effective risk management practices, and creating a safe environment for all attendees.

The sponsoring organization(s) and/or group(s) will be equally accountable for any and all violations. Student organizations and/or groups need to be aware that the following are violations of the Student Code of Conduct:

  • knowingly or recklessly violating a published university policy, rule or regulation, and/or
  • participating in conduct which one should reasonably know to be a violation of a published university policy, rule or regulation.

Sanctions for violating this policy may include, but are not limited to, loss of funding, loss of student organization privileges, referral to the Office of the Dean of Students, Wittenberg Police, referral to any and all relevant affiliated national organizations, or off-campus criminal prosecution.

For fraternities and sororities and other groups with inter/national affiliation, this policy does not supersede the risk management policies of each respective inter/national organization. It is the responsibility of each organization/group to carefully review their inter/national risk management policy and the policy(s) of co-host(s) before each event. As a rule of thumb, organizations should follow whichever policy is stricter.

Procedures

Eligibility

Any student organization or group wishing to include alcohol as part of an event must be officially recognized through the Office of Student Involvement. Two members of the organization or group must attend one session of the Safe Social Hosting Workshop which is offered by the Office of Student Involvement twice a semester. These members are required to be present at any event in which alcohol is present. Each student organization or group must have a minimum of two members authorized in the current semester to be eligible to host events with alcohol. It is strongly encouraged that any member who will be at least 21 years old during the semester attend the workshop so he/she can serve as a liaison during any events planned that semester.

Registration and Approval

  1. A request (Safe Social Hosting Event Registration Form) to include alcohol in any sponsored event must be received by the Office of Student Involvement no later than 4 p.m. the Tuesday prior to the event.
  2. A Risk Management Conference with the Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Director of Student Activities, or designee must occur no later than noon on Thursday prior to the event. Failure to meet this deadline will result in an automatic denial of the request.
    1. Risk Management Conferences will be scheduled based on the availability of the designated university official. To ensure adequate time to schedule a conference, it is recommended that student organization or group submit the registration form and schedule the Risk Management Conference as early as possible.
    2. Submission of the registration form does not guarantee that a Risk Management Conference can be scheduled to accommodate all schedules. The Office of Student Involvement will work to accommodate student organizations and groups to the best of their ability.
    3. A representative from each student organization or group involved with the event must be in attendance at this conference. The purpose of the meeting is to ensure that the organization or group is in compliance with this policy.
  3. Approval will be granted, provided the event abides by all university and related organization policies and procedures. A complete list of all guests invited must be turned in by this time. (See Guest List Guidelines)

Regulations

For a social event to be approved, the host (and all co-hosts) must demonstrate an understanding of regulations described below and a commitment to fully comply with each of the regulations. Exceptions to these regulations will be considered on a case by case basis.

  1. Day/Time Restrictions – Social events scheduled off-campus (BYOB or any third-party vendor) will only be considered for approval when occurring on Friday or Saturday nights.  Events scheduled on any other night will not be approved. Event beginning and ending times will be strictly observed. Social events at which alcohol is consumed, possessed, or served may take place only between the hours of 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Additionally, they may not exceed four (4) hours in length. No organization or group may register more than one event on any given day.
    1. Any events held on-campus in Founders and/or Doppelgangers on nights other than Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday will be considered for approval.
  2. Location – This alcohol policy is applicable when a student organization or group is sponsoring an event either on or off campus. Not all reservable spaces on campus will permit the inclusion of alcohol in programming. Regardless of on or off campus location, when alcohol is present, the space must be closed or roped off (also necessary for outdoor locations) to ensure proper and legal checking of identification. A closed or roped off space also helps ensure safety and manage attendance by limiting access to invited guests only. This policy applies to student organization and group sponsored events, both open and closed, in Founders. Events on or off campus will be confined to the designated location.
    1. Founders and/or Doppelgangers will not be closed for any organization-sponsored events on Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday nights.
    2. If an event is held in Founders and approved by the Office of Student Involvement, all other stipulations of this policy will be enforced. Given certain event parameters, the Office of Student Involvement MAY allow the sponsoring organization or group to forego a guest list.If the organization’s risk management policy (or that of an affiliated national organization) still requires a guest list, the Office of Student Involvement will also require such.
    3. The Office of Student Involvement will assist with logistical arrangements and marketing for events in Founders that are hosted by student organizations and groups.
    4. Residents living at a student rental property where an event is to be held must provide in writing agreement to host the event at the residence. All residents of a rental property are responsible for the conduct of guests on their property, regardless of their presence at the event.
  3. Focus and Publicity – Alcohol may not be the main focus of an event. Alcohol may not be mentioned on publicity for the event. All events are subject to the University Posting Policy.
  4. Event Admittance. Only guests whose names appear on the official guest list will be permitted to attend. This includes BOTH members and non-members. Sponsoring organizations and groups are responsible for the conduct of their members and guests. However, this does not preclude individuals from referral to the Dean of Students for Student Code of Conduct violations.
    1. Admittance to the event will occur through ONE entrance only. Measures must be taken to secure alternative entrances in order to monitor admittance to the event.
    2. Guest IDs will be checked at the door. All guests must show a valid picture ID and have their name on the official guest list to gain admittance to the event.
    3. Those guests who are 21 years of age or older will be designated as such. Non-removable wrist bands or hand stamps must be used to designate those guests who are of legal drinking age. Age verification must occur at the event entrance for all guests. It is strongly recommended that age verification and identification marking be conducted by an employee of a third-party vendor (i.e. bouncer, manager, and/or bartender), private security firm, or off-duty police officer.
    4. Guests who are visibly intoxicated will not be permitted to enter or re-enter the event. It is the responsibility of the host(s) to ensure that intoxicated members and guests are not permitted to enter and re-enter the event.
  5. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided in appropriate amounts, in clearly visible and easily accessible locations for the duration of alcohol service.
  6. Good Neighbor Procedures
    1. When live entertainment (i.e. a band) has been scheduled, immediate neighbors will be notified prior to the event (if applicable) and noise ordinances should be followed. Event planners must also abide by the Guest Speaker policy[JLH1] .
    2. If using a mode of mass transportation (i.e. busing) or coordinating transportation from a central location, neighbors must be notified of the pickup and drop-off procedures. Use of neighboring driveways, sidewalks, yards or other property is prohibited.
    3. Generally, it is responsible practice to notify neighbors of any events occurring at your residence.
  7. Distribution of Alcohol – All events must be held with a Third Party Vendor or follow BYOB (Bring Your Own Beverage) Guidelines. No alcoholic beverages will be served by the host(s) and no alcohol will be purchased with organization funds (this includes any type of effort to “pass the hat” or collect funds for an event).
    1. Third Party Vendor Guidelines:
      1. Must be properly licensed by the appropriate local and state authority.
      2. Must be properly insured with a minimum of $1,000,000 of general liability insurance, evidenced by a properly completed certificate of insurance prepared by the insurance provider.
      3. Agree in writing to cash sales only (individuals purchasing their own drinks, drink-by-drink), collected by the vendor, during the function.
      4. Agree in writing to all the responsibilities that any other purveyor of alcoholic beverages would assume in the normal course of business, including but not limited to:
        1. Checking identification cards upon entry;
        2. Not serving minors (ideally the TPV will check IDs when serving each drink);
        3. Not serving individuals who appear to be intoxicated;
        4. Maintaining absolute control of ALL alcoholic containers present;
        5. Collecting all remaining alcohol at the end of the function (no excess alcohol, opened or unopened, is to be given, sold, or furnished to the organization or individuals attending the event);
        6. Removing alcohol from the premises.
      5. Agree in writing that the vendor will not provide any drink specials specific to the event attendees, require any drink sale minimums, or otherwise co-sponsor as a distributor with the organization. Co-sponsorship with a distributor encourages binge consumption and will not be permitted.
      6. All on-campus events must follow third party vendor guidelines (BYOB is not permitted); the only permissible third party vendor is the university’s contracted food service vendor.
    2. BYOB Guidelines:
      1. Members and guest may only enter and exit the event using one well-lit entrance that is controlled and monitored by security (preferable) and/or sober members. Of-age members and guests must be identified separately than those not of legal age using non-removable identification (i.e. over 21 receives wristband; under 21 receives handstamp). Additional exits must be available in case of an emergency, but must be inaccessible for event entry.
      2. The amount of alcoholic beverage an of-age person may bring to a BYOB event is six 12 oz. cans of beer or malt beverage. No beverage in a glass bottle is permitted. No open containers of any kind are permitted. No hard liquor is permitted.
      3. A central point of distribution of alcohol must be closed/roped off to allow for proper identification. All beverages at BYOB events must be dispensed by one or more individuals that have participated in the Safe Social Hosting workshop, agree to be and remain sober for the duration of alcohol service, and are at least 21 years of age. Members and guests may not serve themselves.
      4. A check-in/distribution system must be in place for all alcoholic beverages (i.e. ticket or punch card system). Guests may drink only the alcohol they brought to the party. A ticketing or punchcard system must be used to obtain a beverage. When a guest wants his/her beverage, he/she may not receive more than one beverage at any given time.
      5. Any remaining beverage will be disposed of when a person leaves the event. A person may not leave the event with any alcohol. All unused alcohol must be thrown out at the end of the party.
      6. No person may bring alcoholic beverages more than once to the same event. At least one sober member will remain at the event entrance will monitory entry and exit of each person.

Event Management

  1. Liaisons will be designated for each social event. Liaisons must be at least 21 years old. One liaison for every 25 people in attendance is required (recommended one per 10-15 people in attendance). It is required that liaisons are sober for the duration of the event. Liaisons must be identified as such on the guest list. Liaisons cannot be new/associate members of fraternities or sororities.
  2. A professional security guard is recommended but not required, to assist the host with the event. Security Guards can ID guests as they enter the party and monitor the event to keep things under control. Guards can also require unruly guests to leave the party. In any case, Wittenberg Police should be called in emergency situations.
  3. Those indicated on the Safe Social Hosting Event Registration Form as responsible for the event will remain present for the duration of the event.
  4. The host organization(s)/group(s) are responsible for determining a plan for safe transportation to and from the event.
  5. The host organization(s)/group(s) must have a plan for safely vacating the venue in the case of an emergency.
  6. All members of the host organization(s) or group(s) may be held liable if a problem occurs. Any host co-sponsoring or co-financing the event is equally liable should a problem occur.
  7. Clean-up will occur immediately following the event.

Guest List Guidelines

  1. Everyone invited to the event MUST be included on the guest list. This includes BOTH organization/group members and non-organization/group members (guests). Risk management guidelines require a maximum of 1 guest per member.For Third-Party Vendors, the maximum capacity of the area designated for the event may not be exceeded.
  2. Guests should be listed alphabetically by last name. This is very important for coordinating admittance.
  3. Birth dates must be listed next to each member/guest name. Birth dates must then be verified at the event entrance by showing his/her ID. To facilitate the check-in process the host may choose to highlight all guests who are 21 or older. A complete guest list must be turned in to the appropriate university official by no later than 24 hours prior to the event start time.

Sample Guest List Format
Host Organization Name(s): Badminton Club & Alpha Gamma Delta
Social Event: Valentine Crush Party
Date: February 16, 2016
Guest Names         Birth date       Member responsible               Birth date
Fellows, Brad         9/2/93*            Williams, John                                     1/6/95*
Gorski, Dawn        12/15/98          Johnson, Kate                                     7/1/97
* Designates 21and over

Failure to Comply

Failure to comply with any of the guidelines stated in this procedure is reason to be referred to the Dean of Students or designee and/or relevant affiliated national organization headquarters. Exceptions include any guidelines stated in this policy that are in conflict with an organization’s inter/national risk management policy must be made known at the Risk Management Conference held prior to the execution of the event. Wittenberg University and the organization(s) will defer to the stricter of the two guidelines in these cases.

Social Host Expectations

Wittenberg University supports practices that emphasize a host’s responsibility to plan social gatherings in a way that provides a safe setting for an event and makes a conscientious effort to uphold the alcoholic beverage laws of the State of Ohio and the policies of Wittenberg University. Ohio Revised Code Section §4301.69(A) states "...no person shall sell beer or intoxicating liquor to an underage person, shall buy beer or intoxicating liquor for an underage person, or shall furnish it to an underage person...unless the underage person is supervised by a parent, spouse who is not an underage person, or legal guardian."  In the State of Ohio, a person who furnishes alcohol to an underage person is guilty of a first-degree misdemeanor. The maximum penalty associated with this offense is six months imprisonment or $1,000 fine or both. A social host, therefore, risks being fined and imprisoned when he/she furnishes alcohol to a person who is not 21 years of age. Additionally, hosts may be sanctioned for the behavior of their guests that violates university policy, local ordinances or state law.

Safe Harbor

Wittenberg University has a Safe Harbor program for students. The university believes that students who have a drug and/or alcohol addiction problem deserve help. If any university student brings their own use, addiction or dependency to the attention of university officials outside the threat of drug tests or imposition of the conduct process and seeks assistance, a conduct incident will not be pursued. Student Development staff may work to help create a written action plan used to track cooperation with the Safe Harbor program by the student. Failure to follow the action plan may nullify the Safe Harbor protection and the campus conduct process will be initiated.

Amnesty

For Those Who Report Violations

Students who are engaged in minor violations but who choose to bring related serious violations by others to the attention of the university are offered amnesty for their minor violations. Educational options may be explored, but no conduct proceedings or record will result.

The university provides amnesty to victims who may be hesitant to report to university officials because they fear they themselves may be accused of minor code violations, such as underage drinking, at the time of the incident. Educational options may be explored, but no conduct proceedings or conduct record will result.

For Those Who Offer Assistance (Good Samaritan)

To encourage students to offer help and assistance to others, Wittenberg University pursues a policy of amnesty for minor violations when students offer help to others in need. At the discretion of the Dean of Students or designee, amnesty may also be extended on a case-by-case basis to the person receiving assistance. Educational options will be explored, but no conduct proceedings or conduct record will result.

Abuse of amnesty requests can result in a decision by the Dean of Students or designee not to extend amnesty to the same person repeatedly.

Sanctions

Alcohol and Drug Related Sanctions

In response to the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989, the following possible sanctions are in place for alcohol and other drug violations.

Depending on the amount of alcohol or drugs involved, the student may be suspended or dismissed from the university and also may be prosecuted. Below are minimum sanctions for minor violations of the alcohol and drug policies.

Alcohol

First Offense

Alcohol awareness education;
$150.00 fine.

Second Offense

Disciplinary probation for 1 year;
Substance abuse referral for assessment;
$200.00 fine;
Parental notification.

Third Offense

Deferred suspension from the university for 1 year;
Substance abuse referral for continued assessment and treatment;
$250.00 fine;
Parental notification.

Fourth Offense

Student is suspended.

Drugs – including use or possession of illegal drugs or non-medical use of prescription drugs

First Offense

Disciplinary probation for 1 year;
Drug awareness education
Referral to substance abuse counselor;
$200.00 fine;
Parental notification.

Second Offense

Deferred suspension from the university for 1 year with the possibility of suspension or dismissal;
Substance abuse referral for continued assessment and treatment;
$300.00 fine;
Parental notification.

Third Offense

Possible dismissal from university;
$400.00 fine;
Parental notification.

Additional sanctions will be given if there are other incidents (vandalism, fights, providing alcohol to others, etc.) that accompany the alcohol or drug charges.

Students found in an environment where the alcohol and/or drug policy is violated, but are not partaking in the use of alcohol and/or drugs, may be subject to the following sanctions dependent upon the severity of the incident:

First Offense

Warning

Second Offense

Reflection paper;
$50.00 fine.

Federal, State, and Local Penalties

Ohio law prohibits illicit selling, cultivating, manufacturing, or otherwise trafficking in controlled substances, including cocaine, heroin, amphetamines, and marijuana, knowingly or recklessly furnishing them to a minor, and administering them to any person by force, threat, or deception with the intent to cause serious harm. These offenses are felonies. The law also prohibits knowingly obtaining, possessing, or using a controlled substance and permitting drug abuse on one’s premises or in one’s vehicle. These offenses may be either felonies or misdemeanors. The law further prohibits obtaining, possessing, or using hypodermics for unlawful administration of drugs and the sale to juveniles of paraphernalia for use with marijuana. These offenses are misdemeanors.

Ohio law provides for mandatory fines, which must be at least $500, and possible imprisonment of any person who sells or furnishes beer or intoxicating liquor to an underage person or who buys beer or liquor for an underage person in violation of the law. Persons found knowingly to allow underage persons to possess and/or consume alcoholic beverages on their premises are guilty of a misdemeanor.

A felony conviction may lead to imprisonment or both imprisonment and fine. The maximum prison term is 25 years. A misdemeanor conviction may lead to imprisonment for up to six months and/or a fine up to $1,000.

With regard to beer and intoxicating liquor, Ohio law provides that a person under 21 years of age, who orders, pays for, attempts to purchase, possesses, or consumes beer or liquor, or furnishes false information to affect a purchase, commits a misdemeanor. Ohio law prohibits the possession of beer or liquor which was not lawfully purchased, and a court may order that any place where beer or liquor is unlawfully sold not be occupied for one year, or that the owner or occupant of the premises be required to furnish a surety bond of $1,000 to $5,000. Ohio law requires the mandatory suspension of an individual’s license from six months to five years for violation of the Controlled Substance Act.

Federal law forbids the illegal possession of and trafficking in controlled substances. A person convicted for the first time of possessing a controlled substance, other than crack cocaine, may be sentenced to up to one year in prison and fined between $1,000 and $100,000. A second conviction carries a prison term of up to two years and a fine of up to $250,000. Subsequent convictions carry prison terms of up to three years and fines of up to $250,000. Imprisonment for 5-20 years and fines of up to $250,000 apply to persons possessing more than five grams of crack cocaine on the first conviction, three grams on the second, and one gram on subsequent convictions. In addition to the above sanctions, a person convicted of possessing a controlled substance may be punished for forfeiture of property used to possess or facilitate possession, if the offense is punishable by more than one year in prison, forfeiture of any conveyance used to transport or conceal a controlled substance, denial of federal benefits, such as student loans, for up to five years, ineligibility to receive or purchase a firearm, and a civil penalty of up to $10,000.

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