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Student Alcohol and Other Drug Use Policy


College and university campuses may be particularly vulnerable to the abuse of alcohol and other drugs. As members of the Pacific community, we must share in the work of solving this problem. The following is a summary of University of the Pacific's policies and programs relating to the use of alcohol and other drugs on our campus. This information is sent to you annually as a requirement of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989, and the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988. Universities that receive federal/state funds in any form are required to comply with the above acts. We must take affirmative steps to prohibit the unlawful possession, use, and/or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol. If you have any questions, students should call the Division of Student Life at 209.946.2365.



Students, faculty, and staff will comply with all federal, state, and local laws and University policies governing the consumption, possession, distribution, and sale of alcoholic beverages and drugs on University property; at any activity or event on and off the campus sponsored by Pacific; or where a campus community member is representing Pacific as part of an off-campus program, activity, or event. More detailed policy information regarding the consumption, possession, distribution, and sale of alcohol can be found on the Tiger Lore website link at

Except as legally prescribed, drug possession and use is prohibited. Additionally, the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of any controlled substance, including marijuana, is prohibited.

It is the responsibility of every student, faculty, and staff member to report incidents involving infractions of federal, state, local drug and alcohol laws, and/or University policies to the Assistant Vice President for Human Resources or Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards.

Description of Health Risks

The misuse of alcohol and/or prescription drugs or use of illicit drugs can result in overdose, death, violence, incarceration, loss of a driver's license, failed relationships, petty property crime, school dropout, lowered productivity and quality, increased absenteeism and tardiness, serious psychobiological and neurobiological problems, reduced concentration, impaired judgment, loss of short term and long term memory, diminished reasoning skills, strained family relationships, damaged fetuses, and other serious life altering effects. Additional information regarding health risks is available from the Cowell Wellness Center or

Statement of Conduct Sanctions

Students who have violated laws governing the use of alcohol and illicit drugs will be subject to sanctions ranging from disciplinary warning up to, and including, dismissal from the University. Incidents involving students, against whom a complaint is filed, will be processed in accordance with the Student Conduct Procedures, a copy of which may be obtained at Employees of the University may be demoted, suspended, or dismissed for violation of this policy. Staff challenging the imposition of such sanctions may appeal through the Grievance Procedure as outlined in the University of the Pacific Staff Handbook, a copy of which may be obtained from the Department of Human Resources. The appeal process for faculty is outlined in the Faculty Handbook.

Criminal Penalties

Federal penalties for the trafficking of controlled substances are dependent upon several conditions including the substance, amount, and whether the matter is a first offense or repeated offense for an individual or other legal entity.

Resources for Assistance

Counseling and Psychological Services is open to all enrolled students for alcohol and substance abuse treatment services (as well as general mental health treatment). Services provided to a student may include evaluation, education, and group and individual therapy. In addition, Counseling and Psychological Services can provide referrals to community-based treatment centers.

In certain circumstances where a student's alcohol or drug problem is beyond the scope of Counseling and Psychological Services ability to help, a referral to a community resource may be encouraged. All treatment at Counseling and Psychological Services is free and confidential. In addition to treatment services, educational outreach programs on alcohol and drug issues and prevention are available to the campus community.

  • Alcohol Abuse 24 Hour Action Helpline: 800.234.0420
  • Alcoholics Anonymous: 209.464.1594
  • Alcohol & Drug Treatment Center 24 Hour Helpline: 800.711.6375
  • Counseling and Psychological Services: 209.946.2315 ext. 2
  • Health Services: 209.946.2315 ext. 1
  • Narcotics Anonymous: 209.464.9262
  • Employee Assistance Program: 877.595.5281


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