Drug Prevention Programs

Student Supports

There is a list of state and regional resources for students on the Student Health and Wellness web site.

Standards of Conduct

Empire State College policy prohibits the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol by students and employees on college property or as part of the college’s activities.

Health Risks

There are significant psychological and physiological health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and alcohol. Physical addiction, loss of control and withdrawal syndrome as well as serious damage to vital organs of the body can result from drug and alcohol abuse.

Federal, State and Local Legal Sanctions

Conviction for possession and sale of controlled substances carries a number and variety of penalties under New York state law. These range from fines to prison terms of 15 years to life, depending upon the nature of the substance, the criminal act and the character of the crime. Federal Trafficking Law convictions also carry a variety of penalties which range from five to 30 years in prison and substantial fines.

Disciplinary Sanctions – Students

A student accused of possession/use of or distribution of drugs will be subject to the college’s Student Conduct Policy and Procedures. Sanctions for those found responsible may include written warning, suspension or expulsion.