Alcohol and Drugs Policy


Lewis & Clark College seeks to assure the health and well-being of the entire College community. Therefore, consistent with state and federal laws including the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act, the College adopts the following policy designed to prevent the illicit use of drugs and the abuse of alcohol and provide opportunities for education and assistance to members of the College community.

The College prohibits the unlawful use, abuse, sale, purchase, transfer, possession, manufacture, distribution, or dispensing of drugs or alcohol by students and employees on College property or as part of any College activity. In accordance with Oregon law, the service of alcohol to or consumption by any person who is under the age of 21 or is intoxicated is prohibited.

The College expects that those employed by the College in any capacity will carry out their duties free from the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

Alcohol may not be consumed in the course of any class, laboratory, or other activity at which attendance is required as part of a student’s course or degree requirements, except when that course is specific to the restaurant, beer, wine or other related industries and alcohol tastings occur off campus or, if alcohol is consumed on campus it must be served by an OLCC certified server under the supervision of the professor and the plan for serving alcohol in the class must be approved in advance in writing by the Dean. Activities that are customary within these industries as a matter of professional training and operations do not violate this paragraph so long as such tastings are conducted in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations and other College policies.

The College has established a drug and alcohol awareness program to inform members of the College community about: the dangers of alcohol or drug abuse; the College policy on drugs and alcohol use; available alcohol and drug counseling, rehabilitation, and employee assistance programs; and the penalties that may be imposed for violations of this policy.

The College encourages students and employees who use illegal drugs or who abuse alcohol to seek appropriate assistance.

All members of the Lewis & Clark community and the sponsors of any on-campus or College-sponsored activity or social event at which alcoholic beverages are served must abide by all applicable laws. Sponsors must obtain and follow applicable procedures.

Non-compliance with this policy may result in penalties up to and including expulsion from the College and termination of employment. The nature and severity of the violation will determine the progression of corrective action. If the situation warrants, expulsion or termination of employment may occur on a first offense. As required by federal law, the College reserves the right to refer students or employees for prosecution depending on the severity of the violation.

In addition to any disciplinary action that may be taken against individuals, any College-sponsored or College-supported groups that condone or encourage violations of this policy may be subject to discipline and possibly to dissolution.

The College also reserves the right to remove any and all persons from the College facilities or otherwise separate those persons from the institution whenever there may be a threat to the safety, health, or well-being of the College or a member of the college community, whether alcohol- or drug-related or otherwise.

The Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 requires that any employee of the College community who has been convicted of a violation of the statute involving illegal drugs shall notify the Director of Human Resources within five days of the criminal conviction if the conduct giving rise to the conviction occurred on campus or while the member was engaged in activities sponsored by or connected to the College. The College should then make any reports to government agencies that may be required by law.

The CAS Student Code of Conduct includes a policy prohibiting the use or distribution of illegal drugs which should be read in conjunction with this policy.

Approval Date

Approved by the Board of Trustees: November 21, 1997 / Amended by the Executive Council: July 29, 2015