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Alcohol & Substance Abuse Policy

  • The possession, sale, consumption and distribution of alcoholic beverages in the Residence Hall is prohibited. The use of narcotics without a valid prescription and abuse of controlled substances are also prohibited.

    Students who are disruptive in Residence Life community and are identified as inebriated are in violation of policy. Students found with empty alcohol containers (i.e bottles, cans, any paraphernalia ) are in violation of the Alcohol and Controlled Substance Policy.

    Students are expected to abide by the rules and regulations of New Jersey City University and Federal and State laws regarding the use, possession, sale, consumption and distribution of alcohol or any controlled substances. Refer to the student Code of Conduct, resident student handbook for specific information regarding the University’s policy on alcohol and controlled substance.

    The University reserves the right to sanction students in cases where indicia of use are present but no alcohol or a drug is recovered. These indicia include but are not limited to odor, presence of paraphernalia, lack of corporation, attempt to mask odor, deliberate attempts to block airways or other behavior designed to avoid detection. 

    Parental Notification 

    The Family Educational Right to Privacy Act amendment of 1998 authorizes New Jersey City University to notify the parents/guardians of students who are under the age of twenty-one (21) and found in violation of the University’s Drug and Alcohol Policy.

    The New Jersey City University Residence Life Drug and Alcohol policy provides for parental notification when a student is:

    •  Under the age of twenty-one (21)
    •  Responsible for violating the University’s Drug and Alcohol Policy;
    •  Sanctioned at a level of probation or above.  

    Residence Life Sanctions
    First Offense 
    1. Alcohol and Other Drugs workshop!
    2. Letter of admonition for student signature, outlining consequences for further violations
    3. Participation in Community Service (10 hours)
    4. Residence Hall or disciplinary probation (30days)
    5. Parental notification (written) if student in under the age of 21. 

    Second Offense 

    1. Alcohol and Other Drugs workshops REQUIRED 3 sessions of ASAP.
    2. Letter of admonition for student signature, outlining consequences for further violations
    3. Participation in Community Service (20 hours)
    4. Suspension from residence
    5. Residence Hall or disciplinary probation
    6. Parental notification (written/verbal) if student in under the age of 21.

    Third Offense 

    1. Disciplinary probation- removal from housing and possible suspension from the university
    2. Automatic referral to either on campus or off campus counseling for individual assessment and possible treatment.
    3. Student is required to comply with all recommendations.
    4. Participation in Community Service (30 hours)
    5. Parental involvement if appropriate. 

    New Jersey State Law  

    According to New Jersey State Law, it is illegal for anyone under twenty-one to:

    1. Purchase or consume alcoholic beverages.

    2. Enter places licensed to sell alcoholic beverages with intent to purchase, to be served or have delivered to them alcoholic

    3. Misrepresent his/her age or the age of anyone else for purpose of purchasing alcohol or gaining entrance to a place which sells or serves alcohol.

    4. It is illegal for anyone to purchase or give alcohol to a person who is under 21 years of age.

    In addition to criminal sanctions for violations of State law, there is potential civil liability for serving a person who is already intoxicated. 


    In addition to criminal sanctions and civil liability under State laws, violations of this policy will subject a student to University disciplinary procedures.
    New Jersey City University is committed to eliminating illegal drug use. We will attempt to assist students who have concerns about their own drug use or others in the community. We are obligated to enforce the Federal and State laws related to the use, possession, distribution and sale of illicit drugs. The following will occur if such activities are brought to out attention:
    1. University staff members will respond.
    1. A written report which details the circumstances will be filed and kept confidential.
    1. Individuals can be removed from the residence facilities and suspended from the University while an investigation is in process. Appropriate administrative action will be taken which can include suspension, eviction from housing and/or expulsion from the University.
    1. Students with concerns about alcohol and controlled substances may obtain confidential counseling, assessment, or information about treatment programs from the Counseling Center (201) 200-3165.

    NJCU students often have questions and/concerns they want to resolve. The Counseling Center offers NJCU students the FREE and CONFIDENTIAL services of qualified and concerned professionals who can provide students with support in addressing their concerns. Topics students commonly choose to explore with a counselor include: adjustment to the University; study skills; educational and career options; anxiety; depression; self-esteem; family difficulties; relationships; alcohol and substance abuse; sexual concerns; stress; anger management; parenting; and eating/body image concerns.

    The Counseling Center hours of operation during the fall and spring semesters are Monday thru Friday, 8:30am-7pm and Friday 8:30am-4:30pm; summer hours are 8:00am-7:00pm, Monday thru Thursday. Call 201-200-3165 or stop by GSUB 308. 
    The Counseling Center directs the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) on campus. The Center offers brief screening and assessment of alcohol and drug use for NJCU students, mandatory educational programs for students who have been charged with violating the University’s alcohol and drug policy, and provides individual counseling to students concerned about their own alcohol and substance use or that of a family member/friend. The Counseling Center also present programs and workshops on all aspects of drug and alcohol abuse awareness and prevention for both commuter and residential students. 
    Peers Educating Peers Program   
    The Peers Educating Peers Program (PEP) is a volunteer student group sponsored by the Counseling Center. The mission of PEP is to provide outreach programs to the University and Jersey City communities which address a variety of issues such as: substance abuse, date/acquaintance rape, diversity, and AIDS. The premise of the Program is that people are more likely to hear and personalize a message and consequently change their attitudes and behavior if they believe the messenger is similar to them in lifestyle and faces similar concerns and pressures.