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XIII. Alcohol, Drugs and Other Substances

A. Alcohol Issues 

College and university alcohol policies across the country have been undergoing a rapid evolution over the last few years. This is, in part, a response to governmental regulations and also a result of greater concern and awareness of problems associated with alcohol misuse. Many institutions have responded by implementing a "No Alcohol" policy either for the campus as a whole, or for their residence hall system. As strict as our policy may seem, it is really a compromise to allow responsible drinking by those of legal age. 

1. Possession/Consumption. Possession (internal or external) or consumption of alcoholic beverages in and around the residence halls is permitted only by residents and their guests 21 years of age or older, in student rooms, with doors closed, and with no minors present. Excessive consumption of alcohol is prohibited in all situations, including those activities intended to encourage consumption of alcohol, regardless of the age of the person(s) involved.

2. In Presence Of. Alcohol may not be stored or consumed in room or suite areas, including refrigerators, if any room resident or suite member is under 21. If anyone in the room is under 21, then everyone present is in violation of policy, regardless of who has or has not been drinking. Individuals who are not residents may not bring alcoholic beverages into the hall regardless of their age. 

3. Excessive Quantities. Regardless of the age of those present, large amounts of alcohol are not permitted in the residence halls at any time, including brewing kits. 

4. Large Containers. Kegs, pony kegs, and party balls, whether empty or full are expressly prohibited. Due to the abusive nature of intended use, beer bongs, funnels, taps, etc. are strictly prohibited

5. Empty Containers/Drinking Games. Empty containers of alcohol may be considered evidence of prior consumption in the room or suite. This would include displays utilizing empty alcohol containers.  Drinking games do not need to involve alcohol to be a violation, they are generally defined as: any activity in which a consequence or reward is to drink, regardless of the liquid being consumed.

6. Common Areas. Open or unconcealed containers of alcohol are not permitted in common areas such as entrances, hallways, or lounges, or on adjacent grounds. Parcels and bags in public areas or being brought into residence halls are subject to inspection. Staff members are authorized to take reasonable action to insure that alcohol is not inappropriately brought onto residence hall property. 

7. Civil Protective Custody.  A person who is found in any public place under the influence of alcohol, in such a condition that she/he is unable to exercise care for her/his own health or safety of others, must be placed under Civil Protective Custody by a peace officer (NRS 458.270). 

B. Drugs/ Substances

The department follows state and federal law as related to abused drugs and other illegal substances. These violations are considered serious and if appropriate, sanctions for violation of drug and illegal substance policies will include referral to education and/or treatment programs.

1. Possession/Consumption of Drugs/Substances. The illegal use, possession (internal or external) or distribution of narcotics and dangerous drugs/substances or drug paraphernalia, or assisting or allowing these to occur, is not allowed in or around the residence halls. State of Nevada drug laws are enforced by direct notification of university police.

2. In Presence of Drug/Substances, Abuse. Anyone present in a situation involving the use of illegal drugs or substances may be in violation of policy, regardless of whether they were using the substance. Consequences for abusive involvement with a substance (illegal drugs, prescription medication, herbs, psychoactive substances, and/or any other form of intoxicant), regardless of age, while in or around the residence halls may result in "substance related" sanctions.

C. Residence Hall Actions

To preserve the positive community environment in the residence halls, we reserve the right to take specific actions to address issues involving the use and or abuse of alcohol, drugs, or other substances. While addiction issues are most often addressed through substance abuse treatment, behavior while under the influence of substances will not be excused by substance impairment.

1. Offensive behavior.  Any person regardless of age, who exhibits offensive or inappropriate behavior in or around the residence or dining hall, while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs/substances will be subject to disciplinary action for an alcohol or drug/substance violation, as well as the behavior.  This applies regardless of where the actual consumption took place. 

2. Referrals. If there is reason to believe you may be involved with alcohol or other drugs, whether on or off campus, you may be required to meet with health and/or counseling professionals. Failure to complete such a referral may result in disciplinary action and/or cancellation of your housing license agreement. 
3. Removal. Should a resident be found in a condition where they pose a threat to themselves or others due to excessive alcohol consumption or while under the influence of drugs, they may be subject to being temporarily removed from the halls and placed in the care of medical professionals or law enforcement until such time as they can be determined safe to return to the residence halls.

D. Substance Free Living

Students living in a substance free community are expected to sign a substance free contract and abide by the terms of this agreement. Students who fail to comply with the contract may be reassigned to another area and may have disciplinary action taken up to and including cancellation of their license agreement. 

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