Policies and Issues of General Conduct

Lasell College is committed to creating an environment that fosters student growth and development. The quality of life at Lasell is directly tied to the actions of the members of the community, and their mutual respect and consideration. Members of the Lasell College community are expected to:

  • Contribute to the creation of an environment that supports learning, personal development, and civil discourse;
  • Honor the rights of others to work and live in the Lasell College community without concern for verbal or physical abuse, or the threat thereof;
  • Respect the differences inherent in the diversity of our community members; and
  • Commit to behaving in ways that acknowledge the dignity of each individual.

Policies and Issues of General Conduct Continued...

Alcohol and Other Drug Policies

College Property

Communication Policy

Conduct System

Fire Regulations/Arson




Health Risks Associated with Alcohol and Drugs

Lasell College is committed to reducing and preventing drug and alcohol-related problems within the college community. Harm reduction is the primary focus of Lasell's drug and alcohol abuse prevention program. Education, with an emphasis on providing information to increase awareness of the psychological, physical and legal ramifications of drug and alcohol use and abuse, is the cornerstone of the program.

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 and variety of aggressive acts, including partner 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 drugs, much lower doses of alcohol will produce the effects just described.

Repeated use of alcohol can lead to dependence. Sudden cessation of alcohol intake after long-term use 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 can lead to permanent damage to vital organs such as the brain and the liver.

Women 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.

Illicit drug use (including, but not exclusive to, marijuana, designer/synthetic drugs, hallucinogens, heroin, cocaine, volatile solvents, inhalants, anesthetics), and alcohol abuse problems have become a national health concern. When prescribed by a health care provider, in therapeutic doses, medicine is for the treatment of a specific illness. Medication should be used exactly as prescribed to prevent medical complications. Medications should not be shared.

Lasell College provides substance use and prevention education and training for all Residential Life staff during the academic year. Alcohol and drug education programs are offered to the members of the student body throughout the academic year.

The following resources for drug and alcohol counseling treatment, and rehabilitation programs are available to Lasell College students. On-campus offices providing information and assistance with drug and alcohol counseling education include:

Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs

Health Services

Counseling Center

Off-campus resources include:
Newton-Wellesley Hospital
2014 Washington Street
Newton, MA 02162
(617) 243-6000

McLean Hospital
115 Mill Street
Belmont, MA 02178
(617) 789-3000


Lasell Acceptable Use of Information Technology Systems

Lasell College Non-Discrimination Policy

Lasell College Sexual Misconduct Policy

Life-threatening Situations

Sexual Assault

Smoking Policy