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Alcohol and Drug Policy

All students and employees should know that Rutgers University prohibits unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol on its property or as part of any activities. Students violating this policy will undergo the disciplinary process.

If a student is arrested or ticketed for underage possession of alcohol, transported to a hospital due to intoxication, or is arrested or documented for possession or use of marijuana, the incident is reported to the Office of Student Conduct. If the incident is a first offense, the intervention process described below is implemented. Repeat offenders are subject to the customary disciplinary process.

  • Provided that the incident is a first offense, and no other violations are alleged in the incident report (e.g., false ID, assault, hindering arrest), no formal charges under the University Code of Student Conduct will be made, provided the student:
    • Engages in an honest conversation with a Student Conduct staff member about the incident
    • Agrees to complete an educational intervention 
  • The student is asked to meet with a member of the Student Conduct staff to discuss the incident. Based on this conversation, the staff member refers the student to an appropriate intervent. The student is either referred to HOPE or to ADAP, depending upon the nature of the violation and the student’s needs.
    • The HOPE program consists of a one-hour group workshop on alcohol use. After completing the workshop, students are required to write a short paper reflecting on what they have learned from the experience.
    • ADAP is a comprehensive assessment of the students drug or alcohol use. It usually consists of one computerized assessment and two one-hour individual meetings with a counselor.
  • If the student completes the program requirements, he or she will have no disciplinary file as a result of the incident.
  • If the student fails to complete the sanction or repeats the offense, he or she may face charges under the University Code of Student Conduct. The Office of Studuct may also place a hold on the student’s ability to register for classes until the agreed-upon intervention is completed.


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