Know the Code

In plain language, the Springfield College policy means that:

  • Only those of age (21+) are permitted to have and consume alcohol on campus.
  • No alcohol is permitted in the first-year residence halls—Gulick, Massasoit, and Reed—by anyone of any age.
  • You may not provide alcohol to anyone under the age of 21.
  • Students of age may not have open containers. Alcohol must be consumed in a private room or in a designated area.
  • You may not drive on campus while under the influence.
  • You cannot have a fake ID.
  • You may not have illicit substances on campus, including marijuana or prescription drugs that were not prescribed to you.
  • You may not have any drug paraphernalia (e.g. bongs).
  • You are still responsible for your behavior while under the influence.

For the official Springfield College policy, view the student handbook.

Marijuana Policy

Now that recreational marijuana is legal in Massachusetts, it’s important to know that Springfield College’s policy on marijuana has not changed. The College is required to follow federal law, which still classifies marijuana as a Schedule I illegal substance.

The possession and consumption of marijuana is prohibited on campus.

Off-campus, the following rules apply:

  • Only individuals over the age of 21 may possess or consume marijuana. Marijuana remains prohibited for those under age 21.
  • The use of marijuana in public is prohibited.
  • Possessing open marijuana in vehicles is prohibited.
  • The sale of marijuana will not be permitted until at least 2018.

It is also important to note that some apartment or rental leases may prohibit marijuana use.

Sanctions

The information provided below is to highlight possible consequences for typical policy violations of the Code of Conduct and is not absolute. Individual circumstances will be reviewed in detail before a decision is rendered. Aggravating factors will also be considered.

Alcohol Violations

Violation Sanction
Underage possession or consumption without aggravating factors
  • Written warning of violation of code of conduct
  • Think About It (online educational module)
  • Think About It alcohol course reflection paper
Underage possession or consumption with aggravating factors (such as conduct history, amount of alcohol, etc.)
  • $100 fine
  • Probation
  • Deferred loss of housing
  • Alcohol education class
  • Alcohol course Reflection paper
  • Parent/guardian notification
Underage possession or consumption with significant aggravating factors (such as 3 or more alcohol violations, violation with violence, or assault associated)
  • $100 fine
  • Removal from housing or college suspension
  • Parent/guardian notification
  • BASICS
Hospital transport for alcohol abuse
  • $100 fine
  • Probation
  • BASICS
  • Parent/guardian notification
DUI/DWI
  • $100 fine
  • Suspension
  • AOD assessment and treatment plan
  • Parent/guardian notification
Providing alcohol to minors
  • $75 fine
  • Think About It (online educational module)
  • Parent/guardian notification

Drug Violations

Violation Sanction
Possession of drug paraphernalia and/or possession or use of marijuana with no aggravating factors
  • $50 fine
  • Written warning of violation of conduct code
  • Think About It (online educational module)
  • Drug policy reflection paper
Possession of drug paraphernalia and/or possession or use of marijuana with aggravating factors (such as conduct history, amount of marijuana, etc.)
  • $100 fine
  • Probation
  • Deferred loss of housing
  • Parent/guardian notification
  • Brief 1-1 marijuana assessment
Possession of drug paraphernalia and/or possession or use of marijuana with significant aggravating factors (such as 3 or more drug violations)
  • $100 fine
  • Removal from housing or college suspension
  • Parent/guardian notification
Possession and/or use of illegal drugs (such as heroin, cocaine, large amounts of marijuana) or of legal medication which is being used outside the parameters of a medical authorization
  • $100 fine
  • College suspension of at least one year
  • AOD assessment and treatment plan
  • Parent/guardian notification
Intent to sell and/or sale and/or distribution of controlled substances and/or drugs
  • Expulsion

Student Handbook

Our student handbook offers our full policy on alcohol and other drugs.

Amnesty Policy

The Amnesty Policy for 2016-17 is now available.

Think About It

Explore our ongoing online substance and sexual abuse training program.