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Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD)

Statement of Policy

The Boston Conservatory seeks to maintain a healthy, safe and productive learning environment for students and all its members.  The Conservatory, therefore, strongly encourages responsible decision-making regarding the use of legal drugs and prohibits the use of illegal drugs.  Recognizing the detrimental impact of alcohol and other drug abuse, the Conservatory offers counseling and educational programs for students.  All Conservatory students, faculty and staff are responsible for observing and abiding by federal, commonwealth, city and Conservatory regulations regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs while they are on campus or participating in off-campus Conservatory-sponsored events or performances.  Please note that jurisdiction includes the greater Boston area.

The possession, use or sale of drugs and drug paraphernalia is strictly prohibited.  The smell of marijuana is evidence of its use.  Illegal or unauthorized use, distribution or sale of alcohol or other legal drugs is strictly prohibited.  Being under the influence of any illegal drug is prohibited.

Students are responsible for ensuring that their guests adhere to The Boston Conservatory policies regarding AOD and, when appropriate, are held accountable for violations committed by their guests.

The following regulations are in effect:

Residence Halls

  1. All residence halls at The Boston Conservatory are alcohol free regardless of the age of the student or guest.
  2. Public intoxication and/or drunk and disorderly conduct (including assault and property damages related to drug and alcohol use) are prohibited and are considered very serious offenses.  Behavioral symptoms frequently associated with intoxication will be considered in determining public intoxication. These symptoms include but are not limited to: impaired motor skill coordination, difficulty communicating, vomiting, glazed and/or red eyes, the smell of alcohol on one’s breath, verbal and/or physical aggressiveness, destructive and/or disruptive behavior and engaging in any behavior that may endanger oneself or others.
  3. The possession, use or sale of drugs and drug paraphernalia is strictly prohibited.  The smell of marijuana is evidence of its use.
  4. Possession, use or distribution of alcoholic beverages is strictly prohibited.
  5. Empty alcohol containers are prohibited and may not be used for decoration.
  6. As alcohol is not allowed in the residence halls, it is a violation to be in the presence of alcohol or alcohol containers.

All-Conservatory Policies and Regulations

  1. No student or student organization may serve alcohol at events on campus.  This includes recital receptions and receptions held after student performances, including graduate student performances.
  2. Illegal use, possession or distribution of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.
  3. Public intoxication and/or drunk and disorderly conduct (including assault and property damages) are prohibited and are considered very serious offenses.
  4. Behavioral symptoms frequently associated with intoxication will be considered in determining public intoxication.  These symptoms include but are not limited to: impaired motor skill coordination, difficulty communicating, vomiting, glazed and/or red eyes, the smell of alcohol on one’s breath, verbal and/or physical aggressiveness, destructive and/or disruptive behavior, and engaging in any behavior which may endanger oneself or others.
  5. Alcoholic beverages in the form of kegs, beer balls, alcohol by the case, trash can punches or any other central sources of alcohol are prohibited.
  6. Alcoholic consumption or possession of an open container of alcohol is prohibited in the hallways, lobbies, classrooms, lounges, residence halls or any other public or common area.
  7. Student activity fees may not be used for the purchase of alcohol.
  8. No postings or announcements may be made, placed or distributed that promote a party or event where individuals under 21 years of age are likely to be served alcohol.
  9. No postings or announcements may be made, placed or distributed that mention, make reference to or allude to alcohol; similarly, no postings or announcements may be made, placed or distributed that promote, invite or encourage alcohol consumption or that mention or hint to the amount of alcohol to be served or consumed at a particular party or event.
  10. All Conservatory-sponsored student and student organization events and activities at which alcohol will be served or consumed must have the event’s advertising approved by the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students.
  11. No event may be held at a location where the primary focus is the service and consumption of alcohol (e.g., bars or taverns).
  12. The following guidelines are in effect for student organization–sponsored events held off campus where alcohol is served.
      1. The organization must have approval from the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students.
      2. Student activity fees may not be used for the purchase of alcohol.
      3. Alcohol may be served only one drink at a time.
      4.  Alcoholic beverage service must end at least 30 minutes before the event is scheduled to finish.
      5. At least 25 percent of the event’s budget must be used for the purchase of food.
      6. After the purchase of food, at least 25 percent of the event’s remaining budget must be used for the purchase of non-alcoholic beverages.
      7. Alcoholic beverage service will be no longer than four hours in duration.
      8. At least two officers of the hosting student organization and its advisor or faculty/staff chaperone(s) must be present and may not drink alcoholic beverages throughout the entire event.
      9. Admission to the event will be restricted to currently enrolled Conservatory students and members of Conservatory faculty or staff.  Students will be permitted to host one guest and may not leave without their guest.
      10. All Conservatory members and their guests must demonstrate proof of age with a photo ID such as a driver’s license or passport at on- or off-campus events.  Student ID cards are not acceptable as proof of age.
      11. The student organization’s caterer or the licensed server will be responsible for managing the beverage bar in keeping with federal, commonwealth and city alcoholic beverage laws and regulations.  The student organization is responsible for ensuring that The Boston Conservatory Alcohol and Other Drug Policy is observed at all times.

Sanctions for Violations

Subject to the outcome of a formal hearing, students or student organizations who violate policies are subject to a variety of disciplinary sanctions including, but not limited to, one or more of the following: fines; disciplinary warning; disciplinary probation; suspension or dismissal from the residence hall or from The Boston Conservatory; restitution; job suspension; parental notification; loss of privileges associated with being a recognized student organization; other appropriate alternatives such as community service, attendance at AOD programs or referral to other offices or agencies for guidance, counseling or drug treatment programs; and prosecution by the appropriate federal, commonwealth and city authorities.

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