Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program

The following information is presented to familiarize you with our institutional policies related to the use of alcohol or drugs on campus as well as the legal  implications, associated health risks, sanctions, and resources for obtaining help.

Alcohol Policy and Guidelines

The following information is presented to familiarize you with the institutional policies related to the use of alcoholic beverages on campus.

1. New York State law makes it illegal for:
• persons under the age of 21 to purchase or possess alcoholic beverages with the intent to consume.
• individuals under the age of 21 to purchase or attempt to purchase an alcoholic beverage through fraudulent means.
• individuals to furnish alcohol to anyone under 21 years of age.
• individuals to sell, deliver, or give away alcoholic beverages to any intoxicated person or any person under the influence of alcohol regardless of the age of the person.
• individuals to drive while intoxicated.
2.  It is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct to be intoxicated on any campus of the College regardless of age.
3. Alcohol is not permitted in Brescia or Ursula residence halls because the predominant age of the students in residence is under 21. Angela Hall has special alcohol guidelines because the predominant age group is usually 21 or over. Guidelines for residence hall areas in which alcohol is allowed can be obtained from the Office of Residence Life.
4. All events at which alcohol will be served on the New Rochelle campus must be indicated on the online calendar reservation form.  The division of Student Services will evaluate requests for events involving alcohol, based on the requirements of New York law and College policies and procedures. All other campuses should refer to their Campus Director for specific policies governing their campus.
5. A reasonable quantity of non-alcoholic beverages, food and snacks must be available for the duration of an approved event that includes the serving of alcoholic beverages.
6. “Bring your own bottle” (BYOB) affairs are not permitted at College-sponsored events or on college property.
7. “All you can drink” parties and events for which the admission charge includes the availability of alcohol are prohibited.
8. The service of alcohol must be terminated at least one-half hour prior to the conclusion of any event which is at least two hours in duration.
9. All advertising related to events with alcohol must be approved by the Dean of Students as to content and form. Advertising for events where alcoholic beverages will be consumed must emphasize that the primary purpose of the event is other than drinking alcohol. In addition, all advertising for events at which alcohol will be served must stipulate that two forms of I.D. which includes a valid photo I.D. with a date of birth (DOB) is required for admittance.
10. Alcoholic beverages may not be brought into or removed from the immediate area at which a  College-sponsored event is occurring. Alcoholic beverages may not be removed from any areaat which a registered event is occurring.
11. Whenever alcoholic beverages are to be served at an event, the sponsoring group must hire a Dining Services employee who is responsible for serving alcoholic beverages to persons who demonstrate that they are 21 years of age or older. Event participants may not serve themselves or others any alcoholic beverages.
12. Persons showing any signs of intoxication will not be served alcoholic beverages.
13. Alcoholic beverages will only be served to persons 21 years of age or older who have proper identification. The number of alcoholic beverages to be served may be limited. Alcoholic beverages will be distributed according to the following procedure:
•    students over the age of 21 will receive wristbands containing up to 3 tickets;
•    each ticket is redeemable for one drink, for a total of up to 3 drinks per event; depending on the length of the event and other relevant circumstances
•    only one alcoholic beverage at a time may be served to each individual attending the event

College Policy on Drugs

The College of New Rochelle recognizes its duty to uphold existing State and Federal laws regarding the unlawful possession, use, and sale of marijuana, hallucinogens, and other drugs, and cannot protect any member of the College community who violates the law.

Accordingly, any person discovered on campus by College officials in illegal possession of marijuana, hallucinogens, or any of the other drugs proscribed by the penal law will be subject to sanctions up to and including expulsion from the College. In every case, the drugs found will be turned over to the proper authorities and, should the facts warrant, the person as well will be turned over to the proper authorities.

Any student arrested by civil authorities in connection with illegal possession or use of drugs will be subject to disciplinary action by the College if it is judged that his/her actions have been detrimental to the general welfare of the College community, or that his/her general mode of life has rendered him/her unfit to pursue the normal College program.

Should guests, or anyone purporting to be a guest of students or of anyone else in the College community, bring drugs on campus, the College will take immediate action by notifying the proper authorities. Since the College does not consider itself a “sanctuary” outside the law for its own students, faculty or staff, neither can it be a place of refuge for persons not a part of the College community. Loitering on campus is subject to the specifics of penal law in this regard, and the College recognizes its freedom to act within the context of this law.

Description of Sanctions for Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Federal law makes it a criminal offense to manufacture, distribute, dispense, or possess with intent to manufacture, distribute or dispense, or simply possess a controlled substance. See Title 21 U.S. Code section 801, et seq. Controlled substances are defined by the schedules contained in section 812 of Title 21 of the U.S. Code.

New York State Penal Law makes it a criminal offense to possess, possess with intent to sell, or actually sell various drugs. The drugs to which this law applies include marijuana and those listed in the schedules contained in the New York State Public Health Law, section 3306 thereof. See Penal Law Articles 220 and 221.

The possible sanctions for the violation of Federal and State law depend upon the particular offense violated. The various offenses are premised on aggravating factors which include the type and quantity of drugs involved.

Depending upon the particular aggravating circumstances involved, violations of said law could result in sanctions from a monetary fine to life imprisonment.

Violation of Penal Law Articles 220 and 221 may also result in civil penalties of up to $100,000 plus costs and expenses pursuant to section 10-201 et seq. of the New York City Administration Code.

It is a violation of New York State Penal Law section 240.40 for a person to appear in public under the influence of narcotics or a drug other than alcohol to the degree that he or she may endanger himself or herself or other persons or property, or annoy persons in the vicinity. A violation of this law could result in imprisonment up to 150 days.

It is a violation of New York State Penal Law section 260.20(d)(4) for a person to give or sell an alcoholic beverage to a person less than 21 years old. A violation of this law could result in imprisonment up to three months.

The New York City Administration Code, section 10-125 thereof, prohibits the consumption of alcohol in a public place. Possible sanctions for a violation of said law include a fine of up to $25 or imprisonment up to five days or both.

Any person who operates a motor vehicle while his or her ability to operate such a vehicle is impaired by the consumption of alcohol or by drugs in violation of Vehicle and Traffic Law section 1192 is subject to imprisonment up to 15 days and/or a monetary fine of at least $250 and at most $350, plus a 90-day license suspension.

Description of Health Risks Associated with Drug and Alcohol Use

A drug is a chemical substance that has an effect upon the body or mind.  Alcohol is defined as a drug.  Drugs and alcohol are capable of impairing judgment and physical capacity and diminishing individual performance in activities of daily living.  Problems associated with inappropriate use of drugs and alcohol are complex in nature.

One class of drugs is the sedative-hypnotic which relaxes the central nervous system. These include alcohol, barbiturates, tranquilizers (depressants), marijuana and hashish.

Alcohol is clearly the nation’s most common drug of abuse.  With moderate drinking a person may experience flushing, dizziness, dullness of senses and impairment of coordination, reflexes, memory and judgment. Taken in larger quantities, alcohol may produce staggering, slurred speech, double vision, dulling of senses, sudden mood changes, and unconsciousness.   When used over a long period of time and in larger amounts, it can cause heart and liver damage, and death from overdose and car accidents.

Synthetic Cannabinoids (synthetic marijuana, also known as K2 or Spice) are a variety of substances which invoke in the user experiences that are similar to that of marijuana but contain no actual marijuana.  Instead, these substances are often made of other plant materials to which chemicals have been added to produce psychoactive changes in the brain.  The packages may be labeled “natural”, however, they are actually made of synthetic compounds that are sold over the counter in gas stations, head shops and over the internet. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has designated these substances as Schedule 1 Controlled Substances. Therefore, it is illegal to sell or possess them.  However, the manufacturers of these products may evade the law by frequently changing the chemical compounds that they use.  The DEA continues to monitor the situation by updating their list of banned substances.  There is a misperception among some young people that these drugs are safe, when in fact, they are extremely dangerous.  Some of these products are sold as “incense.” These products are abused mainly through inhalation or smoking.  Sometimes they may be mixed with marijuana or prepared as a drink. Users report elevated mood, relaxation and altered perception. Negative effects include psychotic episodes with extreme anxiety, paranoia and hallucinations.  Other negative symptoms that have been reported to poison control centers include rapid heart rate, vomiting, agitation, confusion and hallucinations.  These substances may also raise blood pressure and cause reduced supply of blood to the heart. In a few cases, heart attacks have been reported.  With regular use, withdrawal and other addiction symptoms may occur.  It has not been fully verified but there is a public health concern that there may be heavy metal residues in these products. The National Institute of Drug Addiction (NIDA) is engaged in further research on synthetic cannabinoids.

Barbiturates and tranquilizers (central nervous system depressants) can cause intoxication and produce such signs as tremors of the hands, lips and tongue, confusion, poor judgment and poor muscular coordination, drowsiness, slurred speech, and constricted pupils.

Marijuana and hashish alter mood and perception and produce anxiety, euphoria, talkative behavior, floating feelings, and hunger. They interfere with memory and intellectual performance and can impair concentration. Long-term, regular marijuana smoking causes irritation of the respiratory tract and can produce lung disease and possible damage to the heart and immune system.

Nicotine acts as a stimulant on the heart and nervous system. When tobacco smoke is inhaled the immediate effects on the body are a faster heartbeat and elevated blood pressure. Young smokers may experience shortness of breath and a nagging cough. Some long-term effects of smoking cigarettes are emphysema, chronic bronchitis, coronary heart disease, and lung cancer.

Caffeine, one of the oldest and most widely used stimulants, is found in coffee, tea, cola, and some cold medications.  Dependence on caffeine generally develops in habitual users, with headaches being the most common symptom of withdrawal.

Cocaine, whether it is smoked (crack), injected, or snorted, is risky in all forms. Physical effects include dilated pupils, increased blood pressure, heart rate, breathing and body temperature, and restlessness and anxiety.

Amphetamines increase alertness and activity and are often referred to as speed, uppers, pep pills, and diet pills.  Mood swings, irritability, nervousness, and muscle pain are some of the effects of continued use. With use of amphetamines, hallucinations, paranoia, convulsions, brain damage, heart problems, and death occur.

Hallucinogens (psychedelics) include PCP,  LSD and mescaline. Hallucinogens temporarily distort reality, cause visual hallucinations, perceptual distortion and psychotic experiences, and sometimes depression and flashbacks.

Opioids are medications that relieve pain (analgesics) by way of reducing the intensity of pain signals reaching the brain. Opioids affect those areas of the brain that control emotion, thus diminishing the effects of a painful stimulus.  These analgesic medications include Oxycodone (Percocet), Morphine, and Codeine. They can produce drowsiness, mental confusion, nausea, constipation, and, depending upon the amount taken, then can depress respiration and lead to death. Opioid abusers may attempt to intensify their experience by snorting or ingesting, thus raising their risk for serious medical complications, including overdose. 

Long term use, may lead to physical dependence and addiction. Withdrawal symptoms of dependence and addiction include musculoskeletal pain, restlessness, diarrhea, vomiting, insomnia, cold flashes, (goose bumps), and involuntary leg movements. 

Heroin is an opioid. It is one of the most dangerous drugs in existence. The dangers are physical, psychological, and social. Its use is often fatal as the risk of overdose to the user is very high. 

Heroin dependency frequently causes the deterioration of the moral, physical, and intellectual fiber of an individual.  Heroin abuse frequently impairs the user’s health, emotional well-being, family life, job performance, and friendships.

The College is aware of the stresses associated with daily living, and strongly urges that the entire College community addresses these stresses by participating in holistic behaviors. It is our goal to assist in this endeavor by creating an environment that promotes and reinforces healthy and responsible living.

This list is not exhaustive. Please use caution when using any over-the-counter or other medication. For further information about the effects of these drugs, please contact the Counseling & Health Services Office at 914-654-5311, or your Campus Director.

Resources and Referrals

Campus Resources

The Counseling and Health Services Office offers resources, workshops, group and individual counseling, and referral for members of The College of New Rochelle Community regarding substance use and abuse.

Workshops to provide educational information and encourage preventative attitudes and behaviors are open to all students. Topics include creating social alternatives to alcohol-related activities, learning to manage stress without alcohol or drugs, recognizing the warning signs of substance abuse in self and others, intervening when friends or family members appear to be engaged in alcohol or substance abuse, and understanding issues of adult children of alcoholics. Counseling is available to all enrolled students.  Referral to community resources is available to all enrolled students. All referrals respect the privacy of the individual and counseling is confidential.

Alcohol and Drug Resources

Alcoholics Anonymous - a self-help program which offers support and assistance for those

with alcohol dependency; contact AA Intergroup Association of Alcoholics Anonymous of New York.  A.A. also offers electronic meetings.  General Services Office (212) 870-3400.

Al-Anon - provides mutual support and assistance to families and friends of alcoholics.  To find a local meeting, please call 1-888-4AL-ANON (1-888-425-2666).

Alateen - a self-help group for children of alcoholic parents, led by non-professionals who have had similar experiences.  To find a local meeting, please call 1-888-4AL-ANON (1-888-425-2666).

Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc.
Part of the support network, this phone number has an automated service which will provide demographic information on meetings in any locale simply by entering your zip code.  There is no fee for this service or for Al-Anon.

OASAS (NY State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services)
1450 Western Avenue, Albany, NY
518-473-3460NY State Addiction Hopeline – also helps with referrals for compulsive gambling
Provides no fee – brief counseling, referrals over the phone

Lexington Center for Recovery

3 Cottage Place, 2nd floor, New Rochelle, NY  10801, 914-235-6633
Insurance Accepted – Yes, Sliding Scale – Yes

St. John’s Riverside Hospital Park Care Pavilion
2 Park Avenue, Yonkers, NY  10703
Evaluation & Referral: 914-964-7537, 877-944-2273

The Maxwell Institute of St. Vincent’s Medical Center
92 Yonkers Avenue,Tuckahoe, NY  10707, 914-337-6033
Insurance Accepted – Yes, Sliding Scale – Yes

St. Vincent’s Medical Center
275 North Street, Harrison, NY  10528
Evaluation & Referral: 914-967-6500

The Guidance Center
70 Grand Street, New Rochelle, NY  10801
914-636-4440 main number, 914-613-0705   Rosalie Coppola

Daytop Village Inc.
246 North Central Avenue, Hartsdale, NY  10530

The Riverdale Mental Health Association

5676 Riverdale Avenue, Bronx, NY  10471

Daytop Village Inc.
2614 Halperin Avenue, Bronx, NY  10461

Co-Op City
Substance Abuse Center @Montefiore
3550 Jerome Avenue, Bronx, NY  10467
718-920-4067 (Must call for more information)

Montefiore-Albert Einstein College of Medicine
1510 Waters Place, Bronx, NY  10461
Addiction Treatments

South Bronx
Narco Freedom Alternatives Programs
528 Morris Avenue, Bronx, NY  10451

Narco Freedom – Independence Alcohol Treatment
Program at Willis Avenue
477 – 479 Willis Avenue, Bronx, NY  10455
718-292-4640 ext. 215/217

Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Substance Abuse – Division Central Intake
Melrose Ontrack Clinic
260 East 161st Street, T Level, Bronx, NY  10451

The Center for Motivation and Change

276 5th Avenue, New York, NY  10001

Narcotics Anonymous
The Greater New York Regional Service Office
154 Christopher Street, Suite 1A, New York, NY

Daytop Village Inc.

9101 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, NY  11450, 718-523-4242

Bedford-Stuyvesant Family Health Center

1456 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY  11216

Phoenix House – Brooklyn Community Recovery Center
20 New York Avenue. 3rd Floor, Brooklyn, NY  11216

Crown Heights Youth & Family Multi Service Center
Community Counseling and Mediation (CCM)
810 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn, NY  11238

Interfaith Medical Center – MMTP
(Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program)
882 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY  11238

The resources listed above have been compiled with the intent of centralizing publicly available resources that may be useful to our students. It should be noted, however, that The College of New Rochelle does not endorse any of the resources on the list.  Students are implored to discern the organizations’ offerings to determine appropriateness for their individual circumstance.   The College of New Rochelle does not accept liability for any activities of students or institutions in connection with these resources or their representatives.  Additionally we strive to maintain accuracy.  Please notify us at or call 914-654-5311 if you encounter any discrepancies or difficulties.