The use, possession, and distribution on University property of beverages containing alcohol must comply with Pennsylvania law and within University policies and rules. Misconduct that may result in disciplinary action and penalties, including separation from the University, includes:
- the purchase, consumption, possession, or transportation of beverage alcohol by anyone under the age of 21
- the furnishing of beverage alcohol to anyone under the age of 21
- the purchase, service, possession, or use of beverage alcohol by any registered undergraduate student organization on the premises of the University
Penn State does not condone the medically unsupervised use, possession, sale, manufacture, or distribution of drugs that are illegal, that may involve medical or psychological hazards to an individual, or that may lead to interference with the rights or privileges of others. When such activity occurs on campus, the University will initiate appropriate measures, which may include disciplinary action.
A variety of services are available in most communities to assist people with alcohol and other drug problems. These services range from crisis intervention, self-help programs and individual counseling services to in-patient residential programs. Often, alcohol and other drug services are listed in the human services section of the local telephone directory. The white pages usually provide local phone numbers for Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Al-Anon, and other self-help programs.
The use, possession, or carrying of firearms, hand billy clubs, dirk knives or other dangerous knives, explosives, or other dangerous weapons while on University-owned or controlled property, or at University-sponsored or supervised activities, is forbidden. The only exception is for authorized law enforcement officers or other persons specifically authorized by the University.
To provide for the safety of members of the University community and its property, Penn State has set minimum standards of conduct for members of the community and for those seeking admission to that community. These University standards of conduct do not replace or relieve persons from complying with the requirements of civil or criminal laws. Unlawful behavior may result in criminal prosecution as well as disciplinary action. All student disciplinary action at DuBois Campus is handled by the Director of Student Affairs. Persons accused of any violation of state law, including sexual offenses, and University regulations are entitled to a University hearing. At proceedings that involve sexual offenses, the accused and accuser are equally entitled to have others present for support and advice. At the conclusion of proceedings the accused and accuser are informed of the outcome and sanctions. Possible sanctions for any offense, including sexual offenses, are probation, suspension or expulsion.
A pre-admission review is required when facts suggest an applicant's behavior as a student may endanger the health and safety of University community members, jeopardize the property of the University or its members and visitors, or adversely affect the educational mission of the University. Many employees of the University have their backgrounds checked for criminal convictions prior to employment; the employment application specifically asks potential employees if they ever have been convicted of a crime other than a minor traffic violation. Conviction of a serious crime is grounds for immediate discharge of a University employee.
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