Drug & Alcohol Policy

KennesawState UniversityDrug and Alcohol Policy


I. Introduction


National statistics reveal that the leading causes of death among the 18-23 year-old population are alcohol-related accidents, alcohol-related homicides, and alcohol-related suicides. A high percentage of campus disorderly conduct, disruptive behavior and property destruction, and academic failures on a national level is alcohol-related. The abuse of alcohol and other drugs can alter behavior, distort perception, impair thinking, and impede judgment.  Alcohol and drug abuse might also result in various diseases, illnesses, and even death. The Georgia legislature, in response to these disturbing facts, has provided by law certain measures to reduce those dangers associated with alcohol abuse. These measures include statutory provisions which provide that no person below the age of 21 years may use, purchase, or possess alcoholic beverages. The law also prohibits serving alcoholic beverages to any intoxicated person. These considerations, among other things, are equally applicable to the use and abuse of illicit drugs. In response, federal and state laws regarding the manufacture, use and distribution of illicit drugs have been enacted and are applicable to all full-time, part-time, and temporary faculty, staff, students, and administrators.  The University supports and endorses these provisions of federal and state laws and insists on strict compliance with these statutes by its students, staff, faculty, and administrators at all levels.


II. Alcohol Policy


KennesawState Universityexpressly prohibits the use, possession, sale, or distribution of alcoholic beverages on campus by any campus constituency. Alcoholic beverages may be served at off-campus activities to adults of legal drinking age for the state in which the activity is being held, providing that a responsible club or organization representative acknowledges responsibility for monitoring alcohol consumption. Student Activity funds or institutional funds may not be used for the purchase of alcoholic beverages.  Kennesaw State University is committed to recognizing, upholding, and enforcing the laws of the state of Georgia. Violation of those state laws, incorporated into the Kennesaw State University Alcohol Policy shall not be condoned on the campus or at any activity held off campus by any constituency. Exceptions to the policy of no alcohol on campus may from time to time be permitted at the discretion of the president, and there are other limited exceptions to this policy within the residence halls by those aged twenty-one or older who do not reside in substance-free communities.  See the Residential Code of Conduct at subsection III U of KSU Student Code of Conduct for more information.  http://www.kennesaw.edu/scai/code_of_conduct.shtml#iii


Official state regulations regarding the use, sale, or possession of intoxicating beverages are as follows:


3-1-2 Defines “alcoholic beverages” to mean all alcohol, distilled spirits, beer, malt beverages, wine, or fortified wine.


3-2-36 Provides for criminal process against any person who violates the law in counties and municipalities where the sale of alcoholic beverages is not authorized or where alcoholic beverages are being sold contrary to law. 


3-3-21 Provides that no person knowingly or intentionally may sell or offer to sell any wine or malt beverages within 100 yards of any school building, school grounds, or college campus. Provides further that distilled spirits may not be sold within 200 yards of a school building, educational building, school grounds, or college campus.  There are some caveats and exceptions.


3-3-22 States that no alcoholic beverage shall be sold, bartered, exchanged, given, provided, or furnished to any person who is in a state of noticeable intoxication.


3-3-23 Prohibits the furnishing to, purchasing of, or possession of alcoholic beverages by persons under 21 years of age.


3-3-23.1 Provides that any person furnishing or possessing alcoholic beverages in violation of the previous Code Section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. Establishes procedures for arrest by law enforcement officers.

University student conduct policies and procedures require that all student organizations must submit an "Acknowledgment of Alcohol Policy" form to the Student Life Department each fall semester and each time there is a change in either the president or advisor of the organization. By their signatures, the president and advisor are assuring Kennesaw State University that they and the individuals responsible for the group's social events understand the Kennesaw State University Alcohol Policy and state laws regarding the service and consumption of alcoholic beverages.  Alcoholic beverages will be allowed only for functions at which alcohol is not the focal point, reason for, or the "drawing card" for the event. Organizations choosing to advertise the service of alcoholic beverages at functions will not make reference to the quantity of or overindulgence in alcoholic beverages. Reference will also be made to serving of food and alternative beverages, and the checking of driver's licenses.  Any activity (especially those competitive in nature) contributing to the overindulgence of alcohol is, by these guidelines, prohibited.

Any violation of this policy at any organization activity shall be reported to the Student Life Department by the designated monitor(s), generally the faculty or staff advisor, verbally within 24 hours of returning to campus and followed by a written report within three working days. The Student Life Department will send the report to the Student Conduct and Academic Integrity (SCAI) Department for possible disciplinary action.  The Kennesaw State University Police shall report any violation of this policy, whether at an activity or on an individual basis, to the Dean of Student Success, who shall then be responsible for referring the matter to SCAI for possible disciplinary action according to established University non-academic disciplinary procedures. Possible sanctions shall be the same as those for other violations of nonacademic University rules and regulations as provided for in the University Student Code of Conduct.


III. Drug-Free Workplace and Campus Policy


As a recipient of federal funds, Kennesaw State University supports and complies with the provisions of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 and the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988.  The unlawful possession, manufacture, distribution, dispensation, and/or use of illicit drugs and alcohol by employees or students on the university campus is prohibited and violations of this policy will result in appropriate disciplinary action.  Faculty, staff and students are expected to adhere to the policies of the university and observe the basic standards of good conduct, meet appropriate standards of performance, and observe all local, state and federal laws relative to unlawful use of illicit drugs and alcohol. Penalties for violations of these standards range from warnings and probation to expulsion, loss of academic credit, suspension, temporary or permanent suspension and withdrawal of organization recognition, referral to the legal system for prosecution, demotion, and termination of employment. Detailed sanctions are defined in the Student Handbook (Student Code of Conduct), Board of Regents’ Policy Manual, Classified Employee Handbook, Faculty Handbook, and in the complete policy statement available in the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs upon request.


IV University Sanctions for Violations of the Alcohol and Drug Policy


A. Any faculty, staff member, administrator, or other employee who violates the policy on alcohol and drugs, shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including the possibility of dismissal and referral to the appropriate federal, state or local authorities for prosecution in the courts.


B. Any student or student organization that violates the policy on alcohol and drugs, shall be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the Kennesaw State University Student Code of Conduct up to and including educational sanctions, possible loss of on-campus housing, suspension and/or expulsion from the university and referral to the appropriate federal, state, or local authorities for prosecution in the courts.  A student organization shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including educational sanctions, suspension and/or revocation of its registration with Student Life and referral to the appropriate federal, state, or local authorities for prosecution in the courts.


C. When there is an alcohol or drug infraction, in addition to any criminal prosecution or university student code of conduct sanction, a student who is a member of a university athletic team may face additional sanctions based on rules established by the NCAA, athletics department, or team.


V. Drug and Alcohol Education Programs and Assistance Available


A combination of several campus offices will provide assistance or act as a referring agency for Kennesaw State University. Included in the campus efforts to assist those with substance abuse problems are:


The Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) Center, (770) 423-6600is located on the second floor of Kennesaw Hall.   The Center has eleven professional counselors available to work with students who have mental health problems and issues associated with alcohol and/or drug abuse. At present one CPS counselor is designated as the Substance Abuse Specialist and has been certified in Prime for Life.  For counseling matters directly related to AOD abuse and addiction, referrals are made to the Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery (CYAAR) where counselors are on hand specializing in misuse, addiction and recovery. 

Counselors specializing in Substance Misuse and Addiction co-lead an alcohol and other drug class for students found responsible for first time alcohol and/or other drug related code of conduct violations as mandated by the Department of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity.  CPS and CYAAR also perform in-house evaluations for alcohol and drug abuse and use the SASSI-3 Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory for alcohol abuse screening.  CPS and CYAAR maintain a listing of referral agencies for off-campus assistance when such assistance is more appropriate.   CPS and CYAAR services are available to all enrolled students.  Two counselors currently serve as co-facilitators for the campus AOD Education and Prevention Coalition.  This coalition provides many AOD services including writing of AOD campus policies, conducting research and grant writing, assessing environmental issues and establishing AOD educational programs.  


The Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery (CYAAR) is located on the second floor of University College.  The Center provides a safe environment in which students struggling with and recovering from substance misuse and addiction can find professional and peer support.  CYAAR is home to the Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC), a peer recovery community which supports multiple on-campus 12 step meetings, SMART recovery and ANAD.  In addition, there is an open monthly meeting called Celebration Recovery on the third Monday of the month where students in recovery share their story. CYAAR provides Alcohol and Other Drug education in any university settings and trains peer educators to present AOD prevention and education to the incoming freshman class. To date, CYAAR has presented to the Greek Life, Student Athletes, and other at-risk populations.   Clinical professionals provide education and Screening Brief Intervention and Referral (SBIRT) services.  The telephone number is678-797-2538or email recovery@kennesaw.edu.


The Department of Human Resources, (770) 423-6030, is located in the Campus Services Building.  The Drug-Free Workplace coordinator is the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources.  Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) relating to drug and alcohol abuse are available for KSU employees (staff and faculty).  KSU's EAP is provided by Horizon Health and may be accessed 24 hours a day, toll free, at 1-877-851-1631.  Additional information can be found at https://web.kennesaw.edu/hr/content/eap_employee_assistance_program.


The Wellness Center, (770) 423-6394, is located in the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, Bldg. 3, RM 131. The mission of the Center for Health Promotion and Wellness is to improve the health and well-being of students and employees through awareness and education. The Center encourages students and employees to assume more responsibility for their health and well-being. The Center’s primary goal is to enhance and provide a balance in the intellectual, emotional, physical, social, environmental, and spiritual development of the whole person. They also strive to provide an environment that is supportive of positive health practices. Programming focuses on helping students and employees reduce lifestyle risk factors. The Wellness Center participates each year in National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness week in October, sponsoring many interactive programs designed to educate students, faculty, and staff to issues associated with alcohol use and abuse. The Center also received Young Adult Program grants from the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety since 2008. This grant is used to promote education and awareness to young adults about safety issues, such as but not limited to, underage drinking, impaired driving, destructive decisions, and other high risk behaviors in order to decrease crashes, injuries, and fatalities in young adult drivers and passengers.


The KSU Health Clinic, (770) 423-6644, is locatedon Campus Loop Road, House 52,

across from University Place Housing on the south part of campus.  There is also a satellite office located near the residence halls on the north part of the campus:  The Village Same Day Appointment Clinic, Village Suites, Building #37.  The clinics provide services to all KSU students.  Alcohol and drug use and abuse programming is presented in conjunction with the Wellness Center.  A query is made regarding alcohol and drug use as part of the student’s initial health assessment and is reviewed by medical professionals at the time of student’s visit to the clinic. Medical professionals provide education regarding prevention and assist students with referrals for treatment in the community.


The Department of Residence Life, (770) 420-4388, is located in the University Village Suites to better serve the residential population, and in particular the first-year residents.  The office is on the terrace level of the 3000 Building of the University Village Suites, Room 3051.  It provides AOD education to residential students on a continuing basis throughout the year through programs presented in both small and large group settings.  


The Department of Public Safety, (770) 423-6206 (non-emergency number), is located in the Public Safety Building #20 near the West Parking Deck.  The Department also has established a community policing office, the North Precinct, located in building 6000 of University Village residential housing, adjacent to the North Deck parking area.  There is also an East Precinct located at the KSU Stadium.  The KSU police are a co-sponsor of annual National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness week in October and will speak to groups or classes upon request about safety and alcohol and drug awareness issues.


VI. Annual Distribution of KSU Drug and Alcohol Policies Required


The Office of the Dean of Student Success is responsible for ensuring that Kennesaw State University’s Drug and Alcohol Policy is distributed annually to each student and employee (faculty and staff).