Alcohol and Alcohol Amnesty Policy

The following policy changes and additions are based on the recommendations of the Alcohol Strategy Working Group and its student subcommittee. The work of the group was to make recommendations that create and sustain an environment and culture of individual and organizational responsibility around alcohol consumption in order to minimize incidents of excessive and dangerous consumption. The group’s recommendations were released to the community, and further enhanced and improved by student engagement and feedback. A number of the recommendations were made with respect to increased awareness and education. However, the following focuses on changes and additions to university and Homewood Student Life policies regarding party registration for off-campus residences, an amnesty policy and clarification of sanctioning for individual alcohol policy violations

All students and recognized student groups/organizations must comply with all Johns Hopkins University and Homewood Student Life alcohol and drug related policies.

Alcohol/Drug Related Policies/Restriction on Use of Hard Alcohol

Consistent with current Homewood Student Life policies, only beer and/or wine may be served at parties. In particular, no “hard alcohol” (i.e. alcohol that is 30 proof or higher) may be provided or served at parties.

Responsibility for violations of this policy

Individuals who violate this policy will be held responsible under the Student Conduct Code. Additionally, recognized student groups/organizations can be held accountable when members of the student group or organization violate this or other university policies. For student groups or organizations, possible sanctions include but are not limited to: a warning, probation, suspension, or de-recognition. For more information, see the Student Conduct Code.

Amnesty Policy

Note: The Amnesty provision described in this section applies beyond the confines of the off-campus party registration policy and is intended to encourage all students to immediately seek necessary medical attention or assistance for themselves or others in need.

To encourage students to immediately seek necessary medical attention or assistance for themselves or others in need, the University will not impose disciplinary action for a violation of student alcohol or drug policies against individual students or Recognized Student Groups/Organizations when they report to or seek assistance from the University or law enforcement for a medical emergency or condition, or against the student who is subject of such medical emergency or condition, if: (1) the University determines that the violation occurred during or near the time of the alleged medical emergency or condition; (2) the student or Recognized Student Group/Organization is determined to have made the report or sought assistance in good faith; and (3) the University determines that the violation was not an act that was reasonably likely to place the health or safety of another individual at risk. However, repeated or serious medical emergencies arising from or in connection with Parties may result in disciplinary action against students and/or Recognized Student Groups/Organizations under applicable procedures.

This amnesty does not preclude disciplinary action for other violations of applicable policies including but not limited to the University Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures, and applicable student codes of conduct. Further, it does not preclude action by local, state and federal authorities.

In order for amnesty to apply, a student must agree to timely completion of any recommended alcohol and other drug educational requirements, assessment, treatment (depending on the level of concern for student health and safety), and/or other corrective measures. Similarly, Recognized Student Groups/Organizations must agree to implement any measures for responsible hosting of Parties in a timely manner, and to complete any recommended educational and training requirements and/or other corrective measures. Typically, the student and/or Recognized Student Group/Organization will first attend a mandatory meeting with a staff member of the Homewood Office of Student Life. This meeting is not considered a part of the disciplinary process, but rather an opportunity to discuss corrective measures around the student’s and/or Recognized Student Group’s/Organization’s decisions related to alcohol or other drugs. Repeated or serious incidents will result in additional corrective measures from the Homewood Office of Student Life. A failure to complete any corrective measures may result in disciplinary action against students and/or Recognized Student Groups/Organizations, up to and including revocation of recognition as a University recognized student group or organization.

A failure to seek assistance for a member of our community in medical need may have serious and lasting consequences for that individual. Disciplinary sanctions will be severe for any student and/or student group/organization who interfere with an individual’s attempt or ability to take responsible action.

Sanctions and Corrective Actions

Note: The sanctions and corrective actions described in this section apply beyond the confines of this policy to all students, whether on or off-campus when they are found in violation of Student Life alcohol policies This section further clarifies the sanctions listed in the Student Conduct Code.

Individual-level Actions

Progressive Sanctioning

The university has adopted a progressive sanctioning process for student conduct code violations and this Policy is in accordance with that process. Depending on the nature of the alcohol policy violations, students may be required to participate in a mandatory meeting with staff member(s) from Homewood Student Life and/or Residence Life. The sanctions below apply to violations of all applicable alcohol policies, including this Policy. The University reserves the right, at its discretion, to impose more stringent or different sanctions depending on the facts and circumstances of a particular case. Further, consistent with the student conduct process, this Policy does not limit the University’s authority to impose disciplinary sanctions, up to and including expulsion, in cases where a student is charged with violating student conduct policy and/or other University policy in addition to a violation of this Policy. Violations of this Policy will be addressed through the Homewood Student Life disciplinary procedures.

1st Minor Alcohol Violation: Formal Written Warning

Student is officially notified in writing that his or her actions constitute a violation of University policies.

2nd Minor or 1st Major* Alcohol Violation: Probation

Student is notified that his or her status with the University for a specified period of time is such that further violations of any applicable University policies will result in his or her being considered for a “higher level” sanction including suspension or expulsion from the University. If at the end of the specified time period no further violations have occurred, the student is removed from active probationary status.

3rd Minor or 2nd Major* Alcohol Violation: Deferred Suspension

In some cases, a sanction of suspension may be deferred for a specified period. This means that, if the student is found responsible for any violation during that period, he or she will be subject to suspension in addition to the disciplinary action appropriate to the new violation.

4th Minor or 3rd Major* Alcohol Violation: Suspension or Expulsion

Student is notified that he or she is separated from the University for a specified period of time. Students who are suspended must leave campus within the time prescribed by the University. Permission must be granted by the University before a student will be permitted to re-enroll. If the decision to suspend a student is made, imposition of the suspension may be delayed until the following semester at the discretion of the University, if the decision occurs very late in the semester.

*Major Alcohol Violations involve excessive and high-risk alcohol consumption that endangers the health, safety, or welfare of oneself or others.

Corrective Measures

The university reserves the right, in its discretion, to impose additional or different corrective depending on the facts and circumstances of a particular case.

Minor Violations: Corrective measures include but are not limited to one or more of the following: educational intervention programs; reflection papers; parental/family notification (see below); and/or, notification to coaches (for members of athletic teams).

Major Violations or Repeat Minor Violations: Corrective measures include but are not limited to one or more of the following: parental/family notification and consultation (see below); notification to coaches (for members of athletic teams); educational intervention programs; referral to the Homewood Counseling Center; and/or completion of a treatment program prior to return from period of suspension.

Organization-Specific Sanctions

Parent or Family Notification for Alcohol Violations

Consistent with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), parents or legal guardians may be notified that their student was found responsible for disciplinary violation(s) of applicable law or policies governing the use or possession of alcohol or controlled substance(s) with respect to any such use or possession if the student is under the age of 21 at the time of disclosure to the parents, and/or whenever the university, in its discretion, determines such notification is necessary for the purpose of the health or safety interests, and/or as otherwise permitted by applicable law. Notification generally takes place via phone call within 48-72 hours once the determination of responsibility has been made. It is strongly recommended that students inform their parents of all incidents of conduct violations.