CSUB Alcohol and Illicit Drug Policy

California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) recognizes that the abuse of alcohol and other drugs is detrimental to the educational mission of the University, as well as to individual members of the University community and their families. All members of the University community have a stake in ensuring that alcohol is used in a responsible manner. To achieve this end, CSUB has developed a comprehensive approach to address potential and/or actual problems of substance abuse. This approach emphasizes the following components:

i. Taking effective steps to create and maintain an environment conducive to educational growth for students, faculty, and staff.

ii. Providing continual education, prevention, and intervention services along with referrals to community treatment facilities as needed.

iii. Encouraging students who are experiencing difficulties associated with alcohol and/or illicit drug use to seek an assessment, counseling, and other treatment services voluntarily with the understanding that assistance is confidential.

iv. Assessing University sanctions for the manufacture, distribution, use, or possession of illegal drugs or the possession of alcohol which may include prosecution under applicable state and federal laws.

Student Policy on Alcohol

1. Only those University students 21 years of age or older may possess or consume alcoholic beverages at approved University-related functions or in designated locations on campus, and they must do so in a responsible manner. Students are expected to assume responsibility for their own behavior while drinking and must understand that being under the influence of alcohol in no way lessens their accountability to the University community.

2. Students will not provide alcoholic beverages to anyone under 21 years of age.

3. University recognized student living units and events sponsored by University recognized groups are governed by University policy concerning alcohol. Individuals and groups are expected to follow appropriate on-campus residential housing guidelines.

4. Alcoholic beverages may not be present at student organization recruitment efforts. The use of University funds to provide alcohol to students is prohibited.

5. The intention to serve alcoholic beverages must be registered with the office or department administratively responsible for the facility or location where the event is to be held.

Violation of University policies concerning alcohol will result in appropriate disciplinary action. If a determination that a violation of the alcohol policy has occurred, by either an individual or a student organization, sanctions will be assessed. Such sanctions for a group or individual may include any of the following:

  • Community service
  • Educational sessions
  • Denial of use of University facilities
  • Social probation
  • Disciplinary probation
  • Revocation of recognition as a student organization
  • Suspension from the University
  • Expulsion from the University

If a determination is made that a student organization has violated the University alcohol policy, sanctions will be assessed by the Office of Student Leadership and Involvement. If a determination is made that a student is in violation of the University alcohol policy, sanctions will be assessed by the President or a designee.

In addition, if a determination that a violation of the alcohol policy has occurred by an individual student (group grievances are not permitted), that student has the right to file a nonacademic grievance. A student wishing to file a grievance should consult the Student Complaint and Grievance Procedure. Copies of the procedure are available in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies.

Student Policy on Illicit Drugs

California State University, Bakersfield prohibits the possession, use, and/or sale of narcotics, marijuana, and/or other illicit drugs. Violation of University policies concerning illicit drugs shall result in appropriate disciplinary action up to and including suspension or expulsion from the University, and in the case of organizations, loss of recognition. The following is a brief summary of the state and federal criminal sanctions that may be imposed upon someone who violates the illicit drug policy at CSUB or elsewhere in the State of California.

1. A violation of California law for the possession, use, and/or sale of narcotics, marijuana, and/or other illicit drugs includes imprisonment in the county jail or state prison for one to nine years, plus fines up to $100,000 for each count.

2. A violation of federal law for the possession, use, and/or sale of narcotics, marijuana, and/or other illicit drugs may include imprisonment in a federal penitentiary for one to fifteen years plus substantial financial penalties.

3. A violation of the law involving an individual being under the influence of a combination of alcohol and drugs (itself potentially fatal), may result in an increase in criminal sanctions and penalties.

Employee Policy

Violations of the University drug and alcohol policy can lead to disciplinary action up to and including reassignment, suspension and termination. In particular, each employee engaged to work under the auspices of a federal grant must be given a copy of this policy statement and must agree to the provisions of the Drug-Free Workplace Act. The employee must also notify the University of any drug conviction resulting from a violation occurring in the workplace no later than five days after that conviction. The University must also notify the granting agency of the conviction within ten days after receiving notice from the employee. The University is required to take one of the following actions within 30 days of receiving notice of a drug-related conviction from an employee:

1. Instituting the appropriate personnel action against the employee, up to and including termination.

2. Requiring the employee to participate satisfactorily in a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program approved for such purposes by a Federal, State, or local health, law enforcement, or other appropriate agency.

The University Police are responsible for legal sanctions and guidelines for all unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol. These guidelines are derived from one of the following California laws.

Uniform Controlled Substance Act (Division 10 of the California Health and Safety Code)
California Penal Code
California Vehicle Code
California Business and Professions Code
California Welfare and Institutions Code (Juveniles)

For the benefit of all students and employees, California State University, Bakersfield will do everything possible to continue to maintain a drug-free environment.