Alcohol and Drugs Policies
In accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Clark University has mandated that it is illegal for any student under the age of 21 to purchase, consume or possess alcoholic beverages. Those students who are of legal age may consume alcohol in private residence areas and at functions where approval for alcohol consumption has been obtained. Through The Undergraduate Student Handbook, the University communicates to students, who are legally able to consume alcohol, that it is a violation of state law to serve alcohol to students who are under the legal age, or to purchase or obtain alcohol for them.
The unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession or use of a controlled substance is prohibited in or on any University property. The University is committed to providing a drug-free environment for all members of the Clark community and is in compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1986. Students who violate University policy will be subject to disciplinary action. The University's disciplinary procedures are described in Synergy. Policies for administrative and staff members are outlined in the Employee Handbook for Administration and Staff.
The Dean of Students Office and Wellness Outreach Coordinators offer counseling and other services for those students recovering from or seeking to break dependence to alcohol or drugs. The services include alcohol and drug assessment and education sessions, counseling and referrals for students needing more intensive therapy or treatment. Residence hall awareness programs, training for residence advisors in recognizing signs of substance abuse, substance-free housing alternatives and referrals for students needing counseling are offered through the residence halls.
Clark University is committed to promoting and retaining a capable and healthy workforce. The Clark University Employee Assistance Program was created to provide Clark employees and their families with an opportunity to identify potential problems and prevent them from becoming major obstacles in their work and personal lives. The program enables Clark employees and their families to obtain, at no cost, confidential assessment and referral services for problems such as alcoholism or drug abuse.
Policies for Campus Social Events where Alcohol is Served
Social events where alcohol is served are subject to specific regulations. An alcohol beverage permit is required for any function at which alcohol is sold.
University Police must be hired by event organizers to be on duty at on-campus, nonresidential social events where alcohol is served. These social functions are open only to members of the Clark community and their invited guests.
At these events, alcoholic beverages are served under the direction of the University. Alcoholic beverages are available only in a separate area designated for the serving and consumption of alcohol. Only those persons who are of legal drinking age and who have appropriate identification are permitted into this area. A driver's license, liquor purchasing card or passport constitute appropriate identification. Alcoholic beverages may not be removed from the designated area. Regardless of a person's age, alcoholic beverages may not be consumed in public areas as defined by state law. Hosts must serve food and nonalcoholic beverages at all functions at which alcohol is served. Nonalcoholic beverages must be featured as prominently as the alcoholic beverages.
Advertisements for any University event where alcoholic beverages are served must mention the availability of nonalcoholic beverages as prominently as alcohol. Alcohol cannot be used as an inducement to participate in a campus event. Promotional material must not make reference to the amount or price of alcoholic beverages available.
Violation of the University Alcohol Policy may result in disciplinary sanctions. A full description of policies for campus social events is outlined in The Undergraduate Student Handbook.