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Alcohol and Drug Policies

The legal drinking age in Pennsylvania is 21. Students under 21 are not permitted access to alcohol, and students over 21 are limited in their alcohol use on campus.

Illegal drugs and paraphernalia are not permitted on campus at any time by anyone.

Strict sanctions will be imposed on any students violating the following policies:

Alcohol and Drug Programs 
Resources for education, treatment, and/or counseling for drug and alcohol problems are located both on and off campus.

The counseling center provides direct service to students and acts as a liaison with county, state, and federal resource agencies. Diagnostic assessments, community education, and consultations are available.

The counseling staff coordinate a wide range of education programs in the area of drug and alcohol use, including addictive behavior, alcoholism, drinking and driving, co-dependency, addiction and the family, and responsible party hosting.

Cabrini employees showing signs of alcohol or drug abuse on campus may be terminated from employment if found to be in possession of or using illegal substances on campus.

An employee assistance program (EAP) is available for all employees.

  • For information about the EAP, contact the Human Resources office at 610.902.8206.

Alcohol Policies

The legal drinking age in Pennsylvania is 21.

Students under 21:

  • May not have, drink, or be in the presence of alcohol while on‑campus
  • May not allow people who are of legal drinking age to drink in their room or apartment

Students 21 or older:

  • May have moderate amounts of alcohol for their personal use inside their own rooms or apartments
  • Moderate is defined as no more than one case of beer, or one 0.75 liter of hard alcohol, or one bottle of wine present in a room or an apartment at any given time
  • May not bring alcohol into any residence hall other than their own

Not permitted regardless of age:

  • Off-campus guests and commuters are not permitted to bring alcohol into the residence halls, regardless of age.
  • Drinking and open containers in public areas including hallways, lounges, stairwells, restrooms or anywhere outside on Cabrini grounds without special permission for programmed events.
  • Public intoxication, disorderliness or offensive behavior resulting from alcohol use
  • Beer kegs or similar types of common source containers larger than single-serve volume
  • Paraphernalia associated with the rapid ingestion of alcohol and/or drinking games, e.g., funnels and beer pong tables (NOTE:  Water-pong is not an approved activity; tables will be confiscated)
  • Any type of grain alcohol
  • Any type of display using alcohol signs or containers
  • Alcohol use in University-owned or contracted vehicles

Note: Students are responsible for what occurs in their rooms or apartments and may be sanctioned for violations that take place there whether or not they are present at the time the violation occurs.

Sanction Guidelines for Violating Alcohol Policies

First Violation

  • $100 fine
  • Disciplinary warning
  • Parental notification
  • Alcohol education program
  • Residence hall access restriction

Note: First violations involving kegs or rapid ingestion paraphernalia may result in stronger sanctions.

Second Violation

  • $200 fine
  • Disciplinary probation for one semester
  • Meeting with parents
  • Alcohol education program

Third Violation

  • Mandatory substance abuse assessment
  • Suspension from Cabrini housing for a minimum of one semester
  • Parental notification
  • Residence hall access restriction

Fourth Violation 

  • Suspension from Cabrini for a designated period 

Drug Policies

Students may not:

  • Possess, use, or be under the influence of marijuana
  • Possess, use, or be under the influence of cocaine and its derivatives, hallucinogens, barbiturates, amphetamines, or other controlled substances not permitted by law
  • Possess drug paraphernalia (bongs, pipes, rolling papers, etc.)
  • Produce, distribute, or sell any of the above referenced drugs or other addictive or illegal substances on Cabrini property

Note: Drugs, paraphernalia and the names of those involved may be turned over to the proper authorities.

Cabrini will not shield students from the possible legal consequences of drug possession, use, and/or distribution.

Sanction Guidelines for Violating Drug Policies

- First Violation

  • $250 fine
  • Disciplinary probation for one year
  • Parental notification
  • Participation in a drug education program
  • Residence hall access restriction

- Second Violation

  • Housing suspension - 1 semester minimum
  • Parental notification
  • Mandatory substance abuse assessment
  • Residence hall access restriction

- Third Violation

  • Suspension from Cabrini - 1 semester minimum
  • Residence hall access restriction

Other Drugs 
- First Violation

  • Housing suspension - 1 semester minimum
  • Parental notification
  • Mandatory substance abuse assessment

- Second violation

  • Cabrini suspension - 1 semester minimum

Note: Violations involving the sale or distribution of illegal drugs, addictive substances and/or prescription medications may result in more severe sanctions.