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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.

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Alcohol and Other Drug Policies

Alcohol Policy
Lasell College's alcohol policies and procedures were developed to establish and maintain an atmosphere conducive to academic success and personal development. Lasell College supports the observance of all Massachusetts state laws and regulations governing the sale, purchase, service and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Any violation of the Massachusetts state laws and regulations governing the sale, purchase, service and consumption of alcoholic beverages will likewise be considered a violation of the Lasell College alcohol policy.

Massachusetts State Law
Massachusetts state law (applicable to all students attending Lasell, regardless of home state or country) makes it illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to purchase, arrange to have purchased, transport or possess, consume or carry alcoholic beverages. Cities and towns of Massachusetts, specifically Newton, prohibit public consumption of alcohol and impose fines for violation. The Department of Conservation and Recreation also prohibits public consumption of alcohol in its parks. Unlawful use of alcohol, drunk/disorderly conduct, (including assault/battery and property damage) and violation of these regulations is considered a serious offense and will result in judicial action by the appropriate body and possible suspension from housing and/or the college.

The state law allows for the issuance of a liquor ID card to persons who reach 21 years of age. Any student of legal age who wishes to purchase/consume alcohol is encouraged to obtain a card from a Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles Office if he/she does not have a Massachusetts driver's license with a photograph.

For your information, the Massachusetts state law reads in summary:
a.) illegal sale to or purchase for underage person carries a penalty of up to $5,000.00 fine and/or up to two and a half years imprisonment.
b.) purchase of alcohol or alteration of ID by underage person carries $300.00 fine, and if motor vehicle is involved, suspension of the driver's license.
c.) transportation or carrying of alcohol by underage person/$50.00 fine for the first violation, $150 fine for subsequent violations, and if motor vehicle is involved, suspension of driver's license for up to 3 months.

Lasell College Policy
The Lasell College alcohol policy, which was originally developed by a group of students and administrators, is predicated on the idea that students are capable of making decisions about their actions, and are members of a greater community. Those individuals who choose to violate the laws and policies must be prepared to accept responsibility for their individual or collective actions, and should understand that they will be sanctioned accordingly.

Guidelines

  1. The use and/or possession of alcoholic beverages by any person under the age of 21 is prohibited by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the regulations of Lasell College.
  2. Sale or deliveries of alcoholic beverages to persons under the age of 21 is prohibited.
  3. Provision of alcoholic beverages to persons under the age of 21 is prohibited.
  4. Lasell College prohibits delivery of alcoholic beverages by retail distributors to the campus.
  5. Persons 21 years of age and over may use alcohol in the privacy of their rooms providing all guidelines governing guests, alcohol policy, noise and appropriate behavior are followed.
  6. Persons under the age of 21 years may not be in a room where alcoholic beverages are contained and/or are being consumed. This does not apply to college-sponsored events where the distribution of alcoholic beverages is overseen by staff specifically designated to do so.
  7. The distribution, consumption or possession of alcohol is prohibited in all common areas of the residence hall unless permitted by the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs.
  8. The presence, possession or use of "common carriers" by individuals or groups is prohibited; the definition of "common carriers" includes but is not limited to: kegs, beer balls, trash can punches.
  9. All persons in a private room must be 21 years of age or older in order for anyone in the room to be in possession of alcohol, or to be consuming alcohol. Students under the age of 21 who may have visitor(s) 21 years of age or older are not allowed to have alcohol in their room based on their age; students 21 years of age or older may not have alcohol in their room with underage guests.
  10. Persons who provide alcohol bear a responsibility to see that no one is coerced to drink or drink excessively. Drinking games or contests in any form are prohibited. Funnels and alcohol bladders are prohibited.
  11. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in any public areas including, but not limited to: residential hallways, lounges, stairwells, and lobbies; patios, parking lots, and roadways; sidewalks or recreational fields. Alcohol is not permitted in non-residential campus buildings or on campus grounds, except at college sponsored events in designated areas as sanctioned by the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs. Faculty sponsored receptions held in academic buildings require the approval of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
  12. Students will be held accountable if they are found to be under the influence of alcohol at the time that they are operating any type of motorized vehicle.
  13. Students/Guests at a college sponsored event are not permitted to bring their own alcohol.

Additional Information for "Dry" Buildings
Students residing in Briggs, Carpenter, East, Gardner, Holt, McClelland, Mott, North, Ordway, Rockwell, Van Winkle, West, and Woodland Halls will not be permitted to have alcoholic beverages or empty alcohol containers in these buildings. This guideline is applied equally to all students living in these buildings regardless of age; and to all students entering these buildings regardless of age and place of residence.

Additional Information for Suites-Style Buildings
Lasell College policy, in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, stipulates that individuals under the age of 21 may not possess or consume alcohol. In addition, Lasell College policy stipulates that individuals who are 21 or older may not possess or consume alcohol in the presence of minors. For the residents of Bragdon, Butterworth, and Forest Halls, the following additions are made to the alcohol policy:

  1. Within an individual suite, if all occupants are 21 or older, alcohol may be kept anywhere in the suite, including the common area refrigerator of the suite.
  2. Within an individual suite, if all occupants are not 21 or older, alcohol may not be kept in the common areas of the suite, including the common refrigerator. However, within an individual suite, if an occupant of a single bedroom is 21 or older, or both occupants of a double bedroom are 21 or older, alcohol may be kept in that bedroom.
  3. Within an individual suite, alcohol may be consumed in the common area if EVERYONE PRESENT IS 21 OR OLDER. For these purposes, the definition of "present" will include all persons who are in the suite area, whether in the common area, the individual bedrooms or bathrooms, at the time that the alcohol is being consumed.
  4. Within an individual suite, alcohol may be consumed within the privacy of a single bedroom or a double bedroom if everyone present in that room is 21 or older.

Enforcement
At college-sponsored events: the college reserves the right to deny service of alcohol, or entrance to areas of alcohol service, to anybody at any time. Obviously intoxicated individuals will not be served alcoholic beverages under any circumstances.

In college-owned housing: while Lasell respects the privacy of student rooms, that privacy is conditional. Staff may respond and take appropriate action if and when students or their guests create a disturbance, become a nuisance, or appear to be in danger. If a staff member has reasonable cause to suspect a violation of the alcohol policy, he/she may inspect all bags, etc. that enter Lasell property; confiscate all alcoholic beverages, cans and bottles; make searches of rooms including refrigerators; and take the steps necessary to enforce the alcohol policy. Students will be held responsible for any infractions that occur in their rooms, and may be held collectively accountable for infractions in common areas of the residence hall or campus. Students will be held responsible for the actions of their guests.

Sanctions for Violations of Alcohol Policy
Sanctions for violations of the Lasell College alcohol policy include, but are not limited to: warnings, fines (from $50 to $500, levied on a per person basis); community and conduct probation; and suspension/dismissal from the college; for students in residence, temporary and permanent revocation of housing privileges is also possible.

At a minimum, the college will observe the following sanctioning guidelines regarding violations of alcohol policy:

  • A first violation of alcohol policies will result, at a minimum, in a $50 fine and a conduct warning; mandated participation in an alcohol education program will also likely be required.
  • A second violation of alcohol policies within two years of a first violation will result, at a minimum, in a fine of $100 and community probation for a semester; additionally, if a student is a financial dependent of a parent/guardian, a letter will be sent to the student's parent/guardian informing him or her of the violation.
  • A third violation of alcohol policies within two years of two previous violations will result, at a minimum, in a $250 fine and conduct probation; if the student lives in college housing, s/he will likely have their housing privileges revoked for a semester.
  • Subsequent violations may result in the permanent loss of housing privileges, and/or suspension or dismissal of the student from the College.

Other Drugs Policy
Massachusetts has criminal penalties for the use of controlled substances, or drugs, with penalties varying with the type of drug. In general, narcotic, addictive, and drugs with a high potential for abuse have heavier penalties. Any violation of the Massachusetts state laws and regulations governing the use of controlled substances will likewise be considered a violation of the Lasell College drug policy.

Massachusetts and Federal Laws
Possession of drugs is illegal without valid authorization. Penalties for possession are generally not as great as for manufacture and distribution. Under both state and federal laws penalties for possession, manufacture and distribution are much greater for second and subsequent convictions. Many laws dictate mandatory prison terms and the full minimum term must be served. Massachusetts makes it illegal to be in a place where heroin is kept and to be "in the company" of a person known to possess heroin. Anyone in the presence of heroin at a private party or residence hall risks a serious drug conviction. Sale and possession of "drug paraphernalia" is illegal in Massachusetts.

Persons convicted of drug possession under state or federal law are ineligible for federal student grants and loans for up to one year after the first conviction; five years after the second; the penalty for distributing drugs is loss of benefits for five years after the first; 10 years after the second; permanently after the third conviction.

Under the federal law, distribution of drugs to persons under age 21 is punishable by twice the normal penalty with a mandatory one year in prison; a third conviction is punishable by mandatory life imprisonment. These penalties apply to distribution of drugs in or within 300 feet of the real property comprising a public or private accredited preschool, accredited Head Start facility, elementary, vocational, or secondary school, if the violation occurs between 5:00 a.m. and midnight, whether or not in session, or within one hundred feet of a public park or playground. Federal law sets greatly heightened prison sentences for manufacture and distribution of drugs, if death or serious injury results from use of the substance.

Lasell College Policy
At Lasell College, any illegal use, sale or distribution of drugs, and/or possession or supply of drugs, drug paraphernalia, narcotics and marijuana (including marijuana plants) will result in disciplinary action by the college and/or criminal prosecution. Possession of paraphernalia consistent with the intent to distribute drugs (e.g., possession of a large quantity of a drug; possession of a scale) will similarly result in disciplinary action by the college and/or criminal prosecution.

As noted in the “Policies” of the Residential Living section of this Handbook, the College reserves the right of members of the Student Affairs/Residential Life staff, the Campus Police staff, and the Plant Operations staff to enter rooms at any time deemed necessary for reasons of health, safety, maintenance and/or if there is reason to believe that a violation of College policy or local, state, or federal law is being committed. In College-owned housing, while Lasell respects the privacy of student rooms, that privacy is conditional. Staff may respond and take appropriate action if and when a staff member has reasonable cause to suspect a violation of the drug policy; and students will be held responsible for any infractions that occur in their rooms, and will be held responsible for the actions of their guests.

Students who are found to be in the presence of drugs (including marijuana), whether they themselves are using that drug or not, may be held equally liable for disciplinary action by the college. Sanctions may include, but are not limited to: suspension or permanent revocation of housing privileges; conduct probation; suspension or dismissal from Lasell College; and/or fines (ranging from $100 to $1000, levied on a per person basis.

At a minimum, the college will observe the following sanctioning guidelines regarding violations of the drug policy:

  • A first violation of policies related to controlled substances will result, at a minimum, in a $100 fine and conduct probation for a period of one year; additionally, if a student is a financial dependent of a parent/guardian, a letter will be sent to the student’s parent/guardian informing him or her of the violation
  • A second violation of policies related to controlled substances will result, at a minimum, in a $250 fine, conduct probation for a period of two years and (if applicable) loss of housing for one year
  • A third violation of policies related to controlled substances will result, at a minimum, in the student’s suspension from the college for a period of at least

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