Alcohol and Drug Abuse Policy

Emory University Alcohol and Drug Abuse Policy for Faculty, Staff and Students

Emory University’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Policy, Policy 8.8, expresses the University’s commitment to the health and well-being of its faculty, staff, and student body. As a recipient of federal grants and contracts, Emory University adheres to the provisions of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989. As administrator of certain state-funded financial aid programs for students, Emory University also adheres to Georgia’s Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990.

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Emory University expects all of its faculty, staff and students to comply with any applicable federal, state or local laws pertaining to the use, possession, manufacture, dispensation or distribution of alcohol, controlled substances, or illegal drugs.

Under Georgia and DeKalb County Laws:

  • Possession or use of alcoholic beverages by persons under 21 years of age, or distribution of alcoholic beverages to persons under 21 years of age, is prohibited.
  • Furnishing alcoholic beverages to persons who are underage or intoxicated is prohibited.
  • The sale of alcoholic beverages without a license is prohibited. The sale of alcoholic beverages within 100 yards of a college campus in the State of Georgia is also prohibited, unless such license was in existence prior to July 1, 1981. “Sale” includes charging admission to any activity where alcoholic beverages are served, even if the beverage is “free” to those who have gained admission.
  • Public intoxication and possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in public are prohibited in the State of Georgia.
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Use of alcohol at University-sponsored events is permitted in accordance with the procedures outlined in Policy 8.8 and applicable federal, state, and local law.

It is illegal and prohibited by the University for an individual to manufacture, possess, use, dispense, sell or distribute controlled substances or illegal drugs (as defined by state and federal law).
Any member of the Emory University faculty, staff or student body who violates any of the Standards of Conduct shall be subject to corrective disciplinary actions and penalties up to and including expulsion from University academic programs, termination of employment and referral to the appropriate federal, state or local authorities for prosecution in the courts.

For more information on alcohol and other drug educational programs at Emory, see Section IV-E above.