HMC’s Program Relating to the Prevention of Illegal Possession, use and Distribution of Drugs and Alcohol by Students

(As of August 2012)

  1. The Program

    1. The program is a set of standards of conduct prohibiting all students from unlawfully possessing, manufacturing, using or distributing drugs and alcohol on College property or at any activities of the College. In addition, this program is designed to address and eliminate occurrences of binge drinking (five or more drinks at a sitting for men and four or more drinks at a sitting for women) and its consequences.
    2. The program is an imposition of disciplinary penalties on a student in the event of a violation of these standards of conduct. Whether there has been a violation will be determined in accordance with the College’s procedures applicable to student discipline. When students visit another Claremont College, they are responsible for observing the regulations of both that college and HMC.
      1. Penalties will be of varying degrees of severity and may include: warnings, attendance in a substance abuse program, substance probation, community service, loss of residential privileges (temporary or permanently), suspension, expulsion or referral to governmental authorities for prosecution.
      2. The appropriate penalty shall be determined by taking into consideration all relevant circumstances, and particular penalties will not be associated with any particular violation.
    3. Annually, the College will distribute to each student a written statement that will include a copy of this program and
      1. A description of the various federal, state and local laws relating to the unlawful use, possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol and the penalties imposed (see Section II);
      2. A description of the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and abuse of alcohol (see Section III);
      3. A description of any drug and alcohol counseling, treatment, rehabilitation or reentry programs that are available to students (see Section IV);
      4. A statement of any regulations established from time to time by the College with respect to the unlawful use, possession and distribution of drugs and alcohol on College property and at College activities (see Section V).
    4. At least every two years, the College will review this program to determine its effectiveness and implement changes to the program if they are needed and ensure that the disciplinary penalties described above are consistently enforced.
  2. Local, State and Federal Sanctions

    1. Some local, state and federal laws establish severe penalties for the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol. These sanctions, upon conviction, range from a fine and probation to lengthy imprisonment. The following are lists of topics covered by these laws and the websites where more details can be found.

      Claremont Municipal Code

       9.23 Drinking Alcoholic Beverages in Public

      California Codes

      California Business and Professions Code

      • 25602 Giving Alcohol to Intoxicated People
      • 25604 Retail Establishments Serving Alcohol Must Be Licensed
      • 25607 Limits on Alcohol Approved by Retail Licenses
      • 25658 Limits on Alcohol Provision, Purchase and Consumption to Minors
      • 25662 Public Possession of Alcohol by Those Under 21
      • 25659 Confiscation of False Identification
      • 25660.5 Furnishing False Identifications
      • 25661 Use of False Identification

      California Vehicle Code

      • 13388 Under 21 Refusing a Blood Alcohol Test
      • 23136 Under 21 Driving Under the Influence
      • 23140 BAC Limit for a Driver Who is Under Age
      • 23152 Driving Under the Influence
      • 23220 Limits on Drinking while Driving
      • 23221 Limits on Consumption of Alcohol in a Vehicle (driver or passenger)
      • 23222 Consequences for Possession of Marijuana or Open Container While Driving
      • 23224 Limits of Under 21 Transporting Alcohol
      • 23502 Alcohol Education Programs for Underage Offenders
      • 23536 Consequences for DUI Conviction
      • 23594 Consequences for Owner of Vehicle Used in DUI
      • 23612 License Suspension for Refusal of Blood Alcohol Test
      • 23645 Further Consequences for DUI Conviction

      California Health and Safety Code

      • 11153.5 Manufacture of Controlled Substances
      • 11350 Possession of Narcotics
      • 11351 Possession of Narcotics for Sale
      • 11352 Transportation of Narcotics
      • 11355 Sales of Narcotics
      • 11357 Possession of Marijuana or Hashish
      • 11358 Cultivation of Marijuana
      • 11359 Sale of Marijuana
      • 11360 Transportation of Marijuana
      • 11364 Possession of Device for Consuming Narcotics
      • 11365 Aiding the Use of Narcotics
      • 11377 Consequences for Possession of a Controlled Substance
      • 11378 Possession for Sale of Controlled Substances
      • 11379 Transportation of Controlled Substances
      • 11382 Aiding the Distribution of Controlled Substances
      • 11383 Possession of Materials Intended to Manufacture Methamphetamine

      Federal Code

      Title 21, Chapter 13 Lists Laws Pertaining to Possession of Controlled Substances and Illegal Trafficking

  3. Health Risks Associated with the Use of Illicit Drugs and the Abuse of Alcohol

    1. The use of any mind- or mood-altering substance, including alcohol, can lead to psychological dependence, which is defined as a need or craving for the substance and feelings of restlessness, tension or anxiety when the substance is not used. In addition, with many substances, use can lead to physical tolerance, characterized by the need for increasing amounts of the substance to achieve the same effect and/or physical dependence, characterized by the onset of
      unpleasant or painful physiological symptoms when the substance is no longer being used. As tolerance and psychological or physical dependence develop, judgment becomes impaired and people often do not realize they are losing control over the use of the substance and that they need help.
    2. Alcohol acts as a depressant to the central nervous system and can cause serious short- and long-term damage. Short-term effects include nausea, vomiting and ulcers; more chronic abuse can lead to brain, liver, kidney and heart damage and even eventual death. Ingesting a large amount of alcohol at one time (five or more drinks at a sitting for men, and four or more drinks at a sitting for women) can lead to alcohol poisoning, coma and death. Drugs such as LSD, amphetamines, marijuana, cocaine and alcohol alter emotions, cognition, perception, physiology and behavior in a variety of ways. Health risks include, but are not limited to, depression, apathy, hallucinations, paranoia and impaired judgment. In particular, alcohol and/or drug use inhibits motor control, reaction time and judgment, impairing driving ability. Abuse of either or both alcohol or drugs during pregnancy increases the risk of birth defects, spontaneous abortion and still births.
  4. Assistance for Alcohol Abuse and/or Drug Use Problems

    1. The Claremont Colleges are committed to education and counseling as the
      primary focus of their substance abuse programs and will provide confidential
      professional assistance for any students who want it. Students are urged to seek information and help regarding substance abuse for themselves or their friends. A variety of services, including counseling, educational materials, campus
      Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and referrals are available at the following

      • Dean of Students Office, Associate Dean, Student Health and Wellness,
      • Health Education Outreach Office, 909.607.3602 or 3485
      • Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services, 909.621.8202
      • Student Health Services, 909.621.8222
      • Substance Abuse Counselor, Pitzer College, 909.607.7152
    2. In particular, Health Education Outreach will provide ongoing, student-
      centered education and prevention programs, including a peer education and training program, health promotional materials and activities throughout the academic year.
    3. To protect students’ privacy, information regarding a student during participation in any related program is treated as confidential.
  5. Standard of Conduct Governing Alcoholic Beverages and Drugs

    1. The State of California prohibits the use, possession and purchase of alcohol by
      individuals under the age of 21 and the use of alcohol in public by all people, regardless of age. The alcoholic beverage rules of Harvey Mudd College are required by law to be consistent with the California alcoholic beverage laws. The following standards of conduct will govern the use of alcohol on the HMC campus and at HMC-sponsored events off campus.

      1. Possession or use of alcohol in public is forbidden. Public locations include all grounds and dormitory exteriors, except those areas designated for approved parties.
      2. Events involving drinking games and/or promoting binge drinking are specifically forbidden.
      3. Alcoholic beverages may not be served on HMC property or at any HMC event where persons under 21 years of age are present, unless written approval has been granted by the Dean of Campus Life of a plan that assures
        compliance with the law.
      4. HMC events are defined as any on-campus event. In addition, those off-campus events that may be identified as being an activity of the College will also be governed by state law and HMC standards of conduct.
    2. Students are responsible for abiding by the California alcohol laws and these HMC standards of conduct. Failure to abide by the law or standards of conduct will result in disciplinary sanctions.
    3. As to the use of drugs, federal and state laws govern actions by all members of the Harvey Mudd College community. As required by law, HMC has established rules regarding the possession and use of drugs that are consistent with the federal and state laws governing drug use: it is unlawful to manufacture,
      possess, sell or use controlled substances. Failure to abide by the law will result in disciplinary sanction.

Dry Week

The Dry Week policy is in effect during Orientation and the first week of classes. In order to not complicate the ability of new students to get to know the College community, there is a moratorium on alcohol consumption by all students through Saturday evening, Sept. 7, 2013. Other campuses may have different ending times. As decided by ASHMC, Dry Week begins for Summer Institute students when they arrive on Thursday, Aug. 1, and for all students on campus when mentors arrive on Friday, Aug. 2. Being “dry” means alcohol may not be consumed on campus. If alcohol is consumed elsewhere (in strict moderation, by people over 21) and behavior upon return to campus is not drunken, disruptive or involves “hanging out” with first-year students, this is considered OK. A modified form of Dry Week applies to the Admitted Student Program in spring. Illegal drugs, of course, are similarly prohibited during Dry Week.