Alcohol, Tobacco & Drugs


Biola University seeks to foster an alcohol-and-drug-free environment in which to work, live, learn, and grow. As a Christian University, we approach alcohol and other drug abuse with a combination of compassion, encouragement, directness, and concerned firmness. An aspect of this caring approach is the consistent enforcement of the regulations on alcohol and other drugs and substances contained within this policy. The purpose of this policy is to ensure a safe environment that is consistent with the mission of the University and its goal to foster an alcohol-and drug-free environment. The use, possession or distribution of alcoholic beverages, illicit drugs, or other controlled substances (including misuse of prescribed medications or use of any substance with the intent of becoming impaired/intoxicated) by students of Biola is prohibited and violates this policy as well as the University’s standard of conduct. Biola University is operating in conformity with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 (Public Law 101-336) and Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988. The following summarizes Biola’s policy and program:

Health & Lifestyles Risks

The use or abuse of alcohol and other drugs/substances could increase the risk for a number of health related and other medical, behavioral, and social problems. These include the acute health problems related to intoxication or overdose (blackouts, convulsions, coma, death); physical and psychological dependence; malnutrition; long-term health problems, including cirrhosis of the liver, organic brain damage, high blood pressure, heart disease, ulcers, and cancer of the liver, mouth, throat, and stomach; contracting diseases such as AIDS through the sharing of hypodermic needles; pregnancy problems including miscarriages, still birth and learning disabilities; fetal alcohol syndrome; psychological or psychiatric problems; diminished behaviors (hangovers, hallucinations, disorientation, slurred speech); unusual or inappropriate risk-taking, which may result in physical injury or death; violent behavior towards others, such as assault or rape; accidents caused by operating machinery while impaired; impaired driving resulting in alcohol and drug-related arrest, traffic accidents, injuries, and fatalities; negative effects on academic and work performance; conflicts with co-workers, classmates, family, friends, and others; conduct problems resulting in disciplinary actions, including loss of employment; and legal problems including imprisonment.

Sanctions Regarding Alcohol & Other Drugs

Students violating this policy are subject to disciplinary actions up to and including suspension or dismissal from the University in accordance with university policies and procedures.

In addition to the University process, the University will involve local law enforcement officials when appropriate. Illegal possession, use, or distribution or illicit drugs, or illegal use or possession of alcohol, is punishable under applicable local, state, and federal law.

• The California Health & Safety Code states that “Every person who possesses any controlled substance shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for a minimum of one year” (H & S 11350), and, “Every person who possesses for sale, or purchases for sale, any controlled substance shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for two to four years” (H & S 11351).

• Purchase or possession of marijuana for the purpose of sale, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state penitentiary for a minimum of one year (H&S 11359). In addition, possession any drug paraphernalia for the purpose of unlawfully smoking or injecting a controlled substance is punishable with up to 6 months in county jail (H & S 11364).

• The California Business and Professions Code states that the purchase, possession, distribution, or use of alcoholic beverages is illegal for those under the age of 21 in the State of California and constitutes a misdemeanor under B & P Code 25658 (sections a & b), 25658.5 and 25662.

• In addition, the unlawful distribution or possession of a prescribed medication is also prohibited and punishable by imprisonment in the state penitentiary (B & P 4059 & 4060).

Assistance in Overcoming Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse

If you need help or know someone with an alcohol, drug, or substance-related problem, please know that the Counseling Center, the Health Center, our resident directors, deans, faculty, and all other university personnel will provide assistance to those who come forward seeking help. The Counseling Center provides confidential consultations with trained psychologists and marriage & family therapists, at extremely low cost, and also makes referrals to outside counseling and treatment services.

Regulations Regarding Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse

All students are held responsible to applicable federal, state, local, and Biola University laws and policies pertaining to alcohol and other drugs and substances. When violations of law or policy come to the attention of school officials, students may be referred for prosecution and University sanctions will be imposed. Harm to persons or damage to either private or University property arising from the actions of intoxicated individuals on the premises of the University will be the full and sole responsibility of such individuals.

1. It is a violation to promote, distribute, sell, possess, or use of alcohol or narcotics or other impairing or intoxicating substances either on- or off-campus regardless of the student‘s age.

2. Because we are a Christian community of believers, our choices impact each other. Therefore, it is a violation to knowingly be and/or remain in the company of others who are using alcohol, tobacco, controlled and/or other mind-altering substances while on University property. It is also a violation to knowingly be and/or remain in the company of other Biola students, while off campus, who are using alcohol, tobacco, controlled and/or other mind-altering substances.

3. It is a violation to misrepresent one‘s age for the purposes of purchasing or consuming alcohol. This includes possessing a fraudulent ID. Possessing a fake ID may result in University probation on the first offense.

4. Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance is a serious threat to oneself and the community and may result in immediate suspension, expulsion, or dismissal. Anyone who injures another person as a result of driving under the influence should expect to be permanently dismissed.

5. The attempt to obtain, use, possess, distribute, or sell any amount of any drug or other substance used with the intent of becoming impaired/intoxicated, or drug-related paraphernalia is strictly prohibited (including marijuana). Anyone involved in the sale or distribution of any such drugs or substances on or off-campus should expect to be dismissed.

6. It is a violation to possess or consume non-alcoholic beers on-campus.

7. Promoting the consumption of drugs or alcoholic beverages may not be undertaken within the confines of University properties or through University-sponsored or approved publications. No displays of any kind that promote a lifestyle of drinking or drug use are permitted, including in vehicles parked on campus. Examples include: alcohol brand advertisements or clothing; pictures or posters of drugs or alcohol; alcohol-carrying containers or bottle caps.

8. Any student or student organization found supplying alcohol at University-sponsored off-campus events will be subject to disciplinary action.

9. Hosting or in any way assisting or promoting an off-campus gathering that includes drinking or drunkenness is a violation of University policy and may result, minimally, in suspension.

10. Any student who encourages another to consume alcoholic beverages or any substance as a means to induce that individual to engage in behavior that would otherwise be against that person‘s will is subject to dismissal.

11. Any student who sexually assaults another person who is intoxicated is subject to immediate dismissal.

Smoking & Tobacco Use Policy

Research demonstrates that tobacco smoke is a health hazard to both smokers and non-smokers. According to the Surgeon General, cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of illness and premature death in the United States. Non-smokers who are regularly exposed to second-hand smoke are also at increased risk of illness. In the interest of creating a safe and healthy environment, Biola University has adopted the following policy. This policy applies to all University facilities on the La Mirada campus. All persons using the facilities of the University are subject to this policy.

1. Students smoking (on or off campus), possessing and/or using any tobacco products (e.g. cigarettes, snuff, cigars, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, and including E-cigarettes/vaporizers) are in violation of University policy.

2. Smoking (including E-cigarettes/vaporizers) is prohibited on all University facilities, either inside buildings or outside.

3. Smoking (including E-cigarettes/vaporizers) is prohibited in any vehicle owned, leased, or operated by the University.

4. The sale, distribution, or advertisement of tobacco products and E-cigarettes/vaporizers is prohibited on campus.

5. Clothing, posters, containers or other materials displaying tobacco product logos or trademarks are prohibited on campus.

6. Vaporizers are prohibited on campus regardless of the substance being vaporized.

updated November 20 2016

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