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Alcohol and Other Drugs AOD Abuse Prevention Program

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Dear Student,

Welcome to Massachusetts Bay Community College!
I am writing to each of you to share information addressing alcohol and other drug policies.  At MassBay, we are here to support you through your education and take your well-being and success seriously. To that end, we ask you to take a few minutes and read this important information about Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD).

If you have any questions about support, services, or programs related to this material, please contact our Director of Counseling Services and AOD Abuse Committee Chair, Jon Edwards,

Thank you and have a successful semester,
Dr. Elizabeth S. Blumberg
Dean of Students

In accordance with the Drug-Free Schools & Communities Act Amendments of 1989, MassBay Community College provides its community members with the following information on alcohol and other drugs.


MassBay policy prohibits the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of alcohol and controlled/illegal drugs by any member of the MassBay community. All community members are expected to fulfill their obligations and responsibilities pursuant to the College’s policies, and to state and local laws. Any disciplinary action imposed by the College may be in addition to any penalty imposed by an off-campus authority. Both students and employees are subject to prosecution under applicable state and federal laws. MassBay Police Officers are generally responsible for the enforcement of alcohol laws on campus.

MassBay has many offices that offer education on alcohol and other drugs including the Department of Public Safety, Student Development, and Counseling Services.

The College uses a collaborative approach, along with brochures, posters, and private counseling services, to educate community members about the dangers of alcohol and other drugs.

Section 22 of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989, entitled "Drug-Free Schools and Campuses," requires the annual distribution to each student and employee of:

(A) Standards of conduct that clearly prohibit, at a minimum, the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees on its property or as part of any of its activities;

  • Alcohol and Drug Use [From the MassBay Student Handbook]
    • MassBay is committed to promoting responsible decision making related to alcohol and other drug use. Students are prohibited from using alcohol or drugs in any form on the college campus. Any student found to be under the influence of, in possession of, or in distribution of alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, or other control substances at the College will be subject to disciplinary action including probation and/or dismissal. If you are concerned about your behavior and would like to discuss this, please contact Counseling Services in Student Development at (781) 239-3142. In a crisis, call the Alcohol and Drug Hotline at (800) 327-5050.

(B) A description of the applicable legal sanctions under local, state, or federal law for the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol;

  • Violators of MassBay alcohol and other drug policies are subject to severe sanctions including, but not limited to suspension and expulsion from the campus and/or termination from employment. Unlawful possession of a controlled substance is prohibited, as defined by Massachusetts General Law (MGL) Chapter 94C, Section 32, which states “no person knowingly or intentionally shall possess a controlled substance, unless such substance was obtained directly, or pursuant to a valid prescription or order; from a practitioner while acting in the course of his professional practice, or except as otherwise authorized by the provisions of this chapter.”Penalties include imprisonment for up to five years or a fine of not more than $5,000, or both a fine and imprisonment depending on the class of drug and offense.
  • Drug paraphernalia used with controlled substances is prohibited, as defined by MGL Chapter 94C, Section 32, which states “no person shall sell, possess with intent to sell, or manufacture with intent to sell drug paraphernalia, knowing, or under circumstances where one reasonably should know, that it will be used to plant, propagate, cultivate, grow, harvest, manufacture, compound, convert, produce, process, prepare, test, analyze, package, repackage, store, contain, conceal, inject, ingest, inhale or otherwise introduce into the human body a controlled substance.”. Determination of whether an item is drug paraphernalia will be made considering all relevant facts, including, but not limited to, the proximity of the item to the controlled substances. Penalties include imprisonment and/or fines.
  • Unauthorized possession of a hypodermic syringe or needle, or any instrument adapted for the administration of controlled substances by injection is prohibited, as defined by MGL 94C, Section 27.
  • Unlawful sale/distribution/manufacture of controlled substances is prohibited, as defined by MGL 94C, Section 32, which states, “any person who knowingly or intentionally manufactures, distributes, dispenses or possesses with intent to manufacture, distribute or dispense a controlled substance in Class A of section thirty-one shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than ten years or in a jail or house of correction for not more than two and one-half years or by a fine of not less than one thousand nor more than ten thousand dollars, or by both such fine and imprisonment.”.

(C) A description of the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol;

  • Health risks associated with alcohol and other drug consumption include impaired judgment, vision, speech, coordination, memory, sensation and perception. Long-term use of alcohol and other drugs can negatively impact many of the body’s systems, and cause physical and psychological dependence.

(D) A description of any drug or alcohol counseling, treatment, or rehabilitation or re-entry programs that are available to employees or students; and

  • Students may seek information, treatment, and referrals through MassBay’s Counseling Services. The offices are located on the Wellesley Hills and Framingham Campuses in Student Development. Telephone: (781) 239-3142.
  • Employees may seek information, treatment, and referrals through ESI, MassBay’s Employee Assistance Program. Telephone: (800) 252-4555, of by contacting the Department of Human Resources.

(E) A clear statement that the institution will impose sanctions on students and employees (consistent with local, state, and federal law), and a description of those sanctions, up to and including expulsion or termination of employment and referral for prosecution, for violations of the standards of conduct required by paragraph (1)(A).

  • Sanctions such as the following may be imposed upon a student for violations of the College’s alcohol and drug policies:
    • Verbal or Written Warning: Notice that continuation or repetition of prohibited conduct may be cause for additional disciplinary action.
    • Censure: A written reprimand for violation of a specific regulation including the possibility of a more severe disciplinary sanction in the event of conviction for the violation of any other college regulation within a specified period of time stated in the letter of reprimand.
    • Restrictions/Loss of Privileges: Limitations on campus usage including facilities, courses, labs, or other campus activities related to violation for a specified period of time.
    • Restitution: Reimbursement for damage or misappropriation of property may take the form of appropriate service, fines, repair, or other compensation for damages. Restitution may be applied, where appropriate, in conjunction with another sanction.
    • Suspension: Termination of student status, as set forth in a notice of suspension, for a definite period of time.
    • Dismissal: Termination of student status for an indefinite period of time. The conditions for re-admission, if any are permitted, shall be given in writing to the student at the time the action is taken.
    • Expulsion: Permanent separation of the student from MassBay Community College. The student will also be banned from the college premises.