Alcoholic Beverages and Other Drugs

Centenary College has enacted guidelines and rules regarding the possession, use and distribution of alcohol and controlled dangerous substances in order to comply with state law and the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act of 1989. These guidelines are also intended to establish an academic environment that promotes the health, safety and welfare of all members of its community. According to Louisiana law, it is unlawful for anyone under the age of 21 to purchase or have public possession of any alcoholic beverage. It is also unlawful to furnish alcohol to someone under 21 or obviously inebriated. Centenary College will impose disciplinary sanctions on students found in violation of these laws on school property or during any school activity. Students may also face criminal prosecution. Use, possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages in or on any College property, regardless of a personís age, is prohibited by College policy. All events sponsored by campus organizations, on or off campus, must comply with the guidelines established by the Office of Student Life.

Driving While Intoxicated

In Louisiana it is also illegal to operate a motor vehicle while intoxicated. The operator of a vehicle is deemed to be intoxicated when he:

  1. is under the influence of alcoholic beverages or
  2. is under the influence of a combination of alcoholic beverages and one or more legal drugs (prescription or over the counter) which contain a warning against combining the medication with alcohol or
  3. is under the influence of legal drugs when the operator has knowingly substantially exceeded the recommended or prescribed dosage or
  4. is under the influence of any controlled dangerous substance listed in Schedule I, II, III, IV, or IV as set forth in RS 40:964. For the purposes of determining intoxication for alcohol alone the operator is presumed to be intoxicated when he has a blood alcohol level of .08% or more by weight based on grams of alcohol per one hundred cubic centimeters of blood.

Centenary College students are expected to comply with city, state and federal laws regarding controlled dangerous substances. Consequently, individuals found using, possessing or distributing controlled dangerous substances, except as expressly permitted by law, will face disciplinary action and possible arrest, imprisonment or fines. Louisiana law provides for increased penalties for individuals convicted of felony possession or distribution of drugs to students and/or on school grounds including Centenary College property.

Centenary College guarantees procedural fairness in disciplinary proceedings to any student accused of violating alcohol or other drug policies or laws through referral to the Conduct Review Committee. For the purposes of campus judicial proceedings, possession is defined as being present in a room or area where there are drugs, alcohol or paraphernalia. Students with alcohol, drugs or paraphernalia in their assigned residence hall room are also considered to be in possession. Students found responsible for violating these policies may face a range of sanctions including required educational activities, removal from housing, suspension, expulsion and referral for criminal prosecution.

Drug-Free Environment

It is the policy of Centenary College to provide its employees with a drug-free environment. To maintain this policy:

  1. No employee is permitted to manufacture, distribute, dispense, possess, or use an unlawful controlled dangerous substance, as defined by federal or state law, on the property of Centenary College.
  2. Any employee found in violation of Item 1 of this policy will be suspended without pay pending completion of a recognized drug rehabilitation program or terminated from employment at Centenary College if convicted under a criminal drug statute.
  3. Any employee found in violation of Item 1of this policy as a second occurrence will be terminated at Centenary College; and
  4. Each employee shall be made aware of this policy.

A brief overview of city, state and federal laws regarding the use of alcohol and illicit drugs may be found in Appendix A of the Student Handbook. Information regarding the health risks associated with the use of alcohol and illicit drugs may also be found in Appendix A. The section of the Student Handbook entitled "Resources for Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Sexual Assault" provides a list of educational, counseling and treatment programs available to the College Community. The Centenary College Counseling Center will provide free confidential counseling for any student who is concerned about his or her drug or alcohol use. The Counseling Center is located in Rotary Hall and the phone number is 869-5466. (Student Handbook 2003-04; pp. 21-23)