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University Council adopts changes to rules for student conduct

The Binghamton University Council approved changes to the rules of student conduct for the 2005-06 academic year, that strengthen the University’s policies addressing drug and alcohol violations.

Changes providing for longer periods of disciplinary probation, additional community service hours and more extensive educational sanctions were added to the rules concerning alcohol and other drug violations. The changes hold students to a higher level of accountability and allow the University to make a strong and clear statement that policy violations resulting from alcohol intoxication or drug impairment will not be tolerated on campus. President Lois B. DeFleur said that recent studies conducted on the impact of sanctions for alcohol violations show that no single policy works by itself, and that a multi-faceted approach is needed including sanctions and education. “The (changes) that affect alcohol and drug violations are part of this integrated approach,” she said.

The recommendations also addressed the purchase of marijuana or other illegal drugs on campus. While the existing policy addressed the sale of controlled substances, it did not prohibit purchase. The change will allow the University to hold students who attempt to purchase illegal drugs accountable for their actions and brings the University’s policies in line with existing laws. Changes in the policy were also made to address the use of prescription drugs without a prescription.

The council also adopted changes to the University’s Good Samaritan policy, designed to allow students in need of medical attention to seek treatment for themselves or friends without fear of facing judicial charges for the violation of using or possessing alcohol or drugs.

In addition to the changes in drug and alcohol policies, the council also approved changes to the conduct code to add illegal file sharing to the University’s policy regarding violations of copyright laws.

In other business, the council received an update from Gerald Sonnenfeld, vice president for research, on the success and progress being made on a number of initiatives including the recent Destination Discovery symposium held on campus, economic development partnerships and government relations activities.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08