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Law School Alcohol Policy

The problem of alcohol and substance abuse is an important issue deserving the attention of the Law School, the University, and the legal profession. The effects of alcohol abuse can be counter-productive and otherwise detrimental to academic performance, the educational process, and community well being.

The Law School's policy regarding the use of alcohol is intended to supplement those policies adopted by the executive officers of the University, including the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Associate Vice President for Facilities and Operations (AVPFO). Additionally, the policy is in place given the obligations of the legal profession regarding the determination of character and fitness for the practice of law, as well as the Law School's own policies for investigating character and fitness for the practice of law.

This policy is overseen by the Administrative Oversight Committee on Alcohol and Substance Abuse (AOC). The committee is composed of the Assistant Dean for Student Life, Diane Nafranowicz, and Senior Assistant Dean Sarah Zearfoss. 

Information about the prevention, consequences, and treatment of alcohol and substance abuse, with special focus on the legal profession, will be offered to law students as resources permit.

When a problem of alcohol or substance abuse has been identified with respect to a particular student, the AOC will attempt to help the student and will do so within a framework that ensures privacy and respect with regard to individual rights. Such assistance may include working with University Services for Students with Disabilities, University Counseling Services, and/or the University Health Service.

Concerns regarding a student's abuse of alcohol or other controlled substances, as well as behavior that impairs a student's ability to meet professional standards over time, or disturbing or threatening behavior, should be reported to any member of the AOC. Such conduct may result in an investigation and/or action taken pursuant to the Law School Standards of Conduct and Student Disciplinary Procedures.

Students who find themselves struggling with addiction can find peer support through Collegiate Recovery Program, an organization through the University Health System that supports people in their recovery efforts.

Residents of the Lawyers Club are also bound by the terms and conditions of the University Housing Lease and may face action as a result of behavior that abridges that contract.