- Student Conduct
Our alcohol/drug policy is designed to deter the use of chemical substances. We believe that alcohol/drug abuse threatens the fundamental processes of adolescent maturation and changes adolescents. It changes the way they think, the way they concentrate, the way they act, the way they treat others, the way they confront, endure and overcome adversity. Teachers who have taught for any length of time at the secondary level know the usual warning signals of alcohol/drug abuse: lethargy, depression, incomplete assignments, sudden decline in academic, artistic, or athletic performance, loss of motivation, loss of rapport with adults and deceitful, distrustful and even paranoid behavior. We believe that students who abuse alcohol and drugs hurt themselves and those around them.
Our rule forbids the possession or use of alcohol, intoxicants, and drugs of any kind and in any form while the student is under the School’s jurisdiction. We prohibit possession of empty alcohol bottles and cans as well as any and all drug paraphernalia.
If your child is caught using alcohol/drugs, or should an investigation of an incident of suspected alcohol or drug use reveal a student’s involvement, the student will be confronted by a teacher. We expect students to tell the truth when confronted regarding alcohol or drug use. Lying or stonewalling will result in the further risk of expulsion. If the student is either caught drinking alcohol or using drugs or if he or she admits to use following an investigation, the student will appear before the Discipline Committee.
Students who break the alcohol/drug rule risk expulsion for a first offense.
Students who bring alcohol to campus and share or distribute to other students are particularly likely to be expelled on a first offense.
Students who bring illegal drugs to campus will be expelled on a first offense. Students who violate the alcohol/drug rule twice will face certain expulsion from the School.
Students who contribute money for a purchase of drugs to be delivered on campus face immediate dismissal.
Students who share prescription medication with others violate the School’s drug policy and face immediate dismissal.
Students who use another student’s prescription medication face either suspension or dismissal.
Students who share over the counter medications with others face suspension or dismissal.
All prescribed and over-the-counter medications must be turned into the Health Services staff upon arrival. It is a violation of a major School rule for students to possess or use prescribed medication on campus without the knowledge and permission of the Director of Health Services. It is a major violation of our alcohol/drug policies for a student to use or distribute prescription medication or over-the-counter medications as a recreational drug. Students must take prescription and over-the-counter medication under the supervision of a member of the Health Services staff.
Students who are in the company of other students breaking the alcohol/drug rule are also subject to major disciplinary action. In other words, a student who is in a room with students breaking the alcohol/drug rule is also in violation of School rules.
Testing for Drugs and Alcohol
When we believe that a student may have ingested a prohibited substance in contravention of the School’s rules and the student denies use, we may require that the student be tested for alcohol or drug use.
If such testing reveals that the student has used alcohol or drugs, the Discipline Committee will meet; in such cases, expulsion is likely. The cost of such testing is billed to the parents of the student.
The School requires random drug testing for students who have returned from suspension for drug use. If test results are positive for drugs, the Discipline Committee will meet, whether the drug use occurred on or off campus. In such cases, expulsion is near certain. Again, the cost of such random testing is billed to the parents.
Policy on Smoking and Tobacco Usage
The use or possession of tobacco products in any form—including but not limited to cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, vaping devices, juuls, juul pods, chewing tobacco and dip— is a violation of a major School rule and will result in a meeting with the Discipline Committee. Indoor smoking at the School is grounds for dismissal.
Students return to their parents’ jurisdiction whenever they leave campus with their parents or when they take a weekend leave of absence. Under such circumstances, the School’s alcohol rule does not apply. However, the School reserves the right to dismiss any student whose conduct during any leave (including summer vacation) contradicts the moral and ethical principles reflected in the School’s stated policies and objectives.
If you have given permission for your child to go to an unfamiliar destination on a weekend leave of absence, it is your responsibility to determine whether there will be a responsible adult present and to make sure that such person is aware of your feelings regarding alcohol, unchaperoned parties and other pertinent matters. We urge you to take this responsibility seriously, just as we urge those of you who are acting as weekend hosts of others’ children to take seriously your responsibility for their health and welfare. Do not hesitate to communicate with each other if you have any questions. The School provides you with telephone numbers of other parents in order to make this task easier for you. It is inappropriate to allow students to engage in drinking in hotel rooms on a School weekend.
Central points we want to leave with you and your children:
- There is no place for alcohol, drug, or tobacco use at St. Andrew’s.
- Students who use alcohol/drugs while under the School’s jurisdiction face the real possibility of expulsion for a first offense.
- Students who bring illegal drugs to campus will be expelled on a first offense.
- Students who contribute money for the delivery of drugs to the School face immediate dismissal.
- Students who share prescription medication with others violate the School’s drug policy and risk expulsion.
- Students who violate the alcohol/drug rule twice will face almost certain expulsion.
- The School will test students for alcohol or drug use if we believe a student has used such substances and is lying.
- The School will conduct random drug tests on any student who has been suspended for drug use. If test results are positive, the student will be expelled, whether the drug use occurred on or off campus, during a term or during a leave.
- The School will dismiss students whose behavior during a leave contradicts the moral and ethical principles of the School.
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