Drug and Alcohol Policy

Goodwin College is dedicated to providing quality educational services to its students and a quality work environment for its employees. In keeping with this commitment, Goodwin College maintains a campus free from drug and alcohol abuse. Any violation of this policy will warrant disciplinary actions up to and including dismissal and may result in local, state, and/or federal criminal charges.

The Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989 (Public Law 101-226) requires that all institutions of higher education implement a program that prevents the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol by students and employees. Goodwin College’s policy is as follows:

  1. Standards of Conduct: all students are prohibited from the unlawful possession, manufacture, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol on Goodwin College’s campus and parking lots, or as part of any of the school's activities. Students are also prohibited from being under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol while on Goodwin College's campus, parking lots, or as part of the school activities. There will be an exception to this policy for students who have attained 21 years of age and are attending certain College-approved events where alcohol is served.
  2. Legal Sanctions: all drugs are controlled by Federal Law. (Most drug offenses are prosecuted under state law, which may be more severe.)
    1. Unlawful possession of all controlled drugs: First offense: Up to one-year imprisonment and/or fines up to $5,000. Second offense: Twice the imprisonment and fines for first offense.
    2. Unlawful distribution or possession with intent to distribute:
      1. Narcotics (i.e. cocaine and the opiates). First offense: Up to 15 years imprisonment and/or fines up to $25,000, plus three-year mandatory special parole. Second offense: Up to twice that of first offense.
      2. Amphetamines, barbiturates, hallucinogens (including marijuana). First offense: Up to five years imprisonment and/or fines up to $15,000 plus two-year mandatory special parole. Second offense: Up to twice that of first offense.
    3. Unlawful distribution of all controlled drugs by someone over 18 to someone under 21. First offense: Up to twice the fine and imprisonment otherwise authorized. Second offense: Up to three times the fine and imprisonment otherwise authorized.
  3. Health Risks: Materials describing the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol are kept in the library in separate special files marked Drugs/Alcohol/AIDS Information.
  4. Counseling: Students, faculty or staff members seeking drug or alcohol counseling, treatment or rehabilitation should speak to the Dean of Students who will refer them to the proper agency. Each state has a single agency for the various drug abuse prevention, treatment and rehabilitation programs. In Connecticut, this is the Connecticut Alcohol and Drug Council, Department of Mental Health and Addicted Services, 460 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06115.
  5. Violation of the Standards of Conduct: Students and employees found using, possessing, manufacturing or distributing illicit drugs and/or alcohol will be given a written warning for a first offense. If a student or employee further abuses the standards of conduct, he/she can be terminated from Goodwin College for one year or permanently depending on that person's desire to obtain rehabilitation, etc.

Any questions concerning the legal sanctions under state law for unlawful use or distribution of illegal drugs or alcohol should be directed to the U.S. Attorney's Office, 450 Main Street, Hartford, CT, 860-947-1101.

If a student is convicted locally or within the state for the use, possession, manufacture, or distribution of illicit drugs or alcohol, he/she will be terminated from Goodwin College and will be held liable for his/her financial obligations to the school.

If an employee is found guilty by a local or state enforcement agency, employment will be terminated until such time the employee has completed the penalties and has indicated his/her commitment to be rehabilitated.