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Standards of Conduct

The College has the obligation to uphold federal, state and local laws with regard to possession, use and sale of alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs. The College will not protect students from legal investigations and action, and will cooperate with legal authorities when necessary.

Alcohol Policy
All members of the Elmhurst College community are considered adults and are thus expected to comply with the laws (local, state and federal) regarding alcoholic beverages and to take personal responsibility for their conduct. Students who have a guest on campus or in College buildings are responsible for the conduct of the guest and for advising him or her of the applicable laws and Elmhurst College’s policies pertaining to alcoholic beverages. Therefore, the following policies have been adopted:

The distribution, consumption and possession of alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the buildings and on the grounds of Elmhurst College. There are two exceptions if you are of legal drinking age:

  • Resident students 21 years of age and older may responsibly consume alcohol with their doors closed and no minors, other than a roommate, present. Kegs and party balls are not permitted. Alcoholic beverages are not to be consumed in public areas of the residence halls and in any College apartments, including but not limited to, lounges, lobbies, community bathrooms, laundry rooms, hallways and stairwells.
  • Alcohol at a College-sponsored event requires prior approval by the president of the College.

Substance Abuse Policy
In compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989, it is the policy of Elmhurst College to provide an educational environment that is free of alcohol and drug abuse. The College recognizes the legal prohibition of the use and/or possession of drugs by students. The College does not condone student sale or use of drugs and will cooperate with civil officials as the law requires. The maintenance of the individual welfare, development, education and rehabilitation of its members is consonant with the mission of Elmhurst College. It should be further understood that the College may therefore take preventive or prohibitory action, whether or not civil authorities act, in reference to any College member whose behavior is adjudged harmful to himself, herself or others. The following are prohibited in and on Elmhurst College owned or controlled property or at Elmhurst College-sponsored events:

  • The unlawful manufacture, possession, distribution and/or use of alcohol, controlled substances (including misuse or sale of prescription medication), drugs, intoxicants or stimulants other than those prescribed by a physician for the student’s own use.
  • Manufacture, possession, distribution and/or use of synthetic marijuana, bath salts, incense or other materials marketed or generally recognized to simulate the intoxicating effects of unlawful substances, regardless of their current legal status; including knowledge of and/or failure to act upon such knowledge in a timely manner.
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Participation at a party or presence in a room where illegal drugs are being used.

If you or a friend needs help for alcohol- or drug-related issues, please contact the College's Wellness Center's Counseling Services or at (630) 617-3565.

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