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Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Policy

Responsible Executives: Vice President for Administration, Dean of Enrollment Management and Student Life

Responsible Office: Facilities Unit

Effective Date: 2013

Last Reviewed: 5/8/2024

Revised: 5/8/2024

HJ International Graduate School for Peace and Public Leadership (“HJI” or the “Institution”) is committed to fostering a productive, healthy, and safe learning and working environment that promotes the well-being of students, faculty, staff, and other members of its community. Toward this commitment, HJI has developed this Policy to maintain a drug- and alcohol-free environment in compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989.

This Policy applies to all HJI students, faculty, staff, and visitors on campus and at HJI-sponsored activities off campus.

Drug Paraphernalia: The term “drug paraphernalia” means any equipment, product, or material of any kind which is primarily intended or designed for use in manufacturing, compounding, converting, concealing, producing, processing, preparing, injecting, ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise introducing into the human body a controlled substance, possession of which is unlawful under specified federal law. It includes items primarily intended or designed for use in ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise introducing marijuana, cocaine, hashish, hashish oil, PCP, methamphetamine, or amphetamines into the human body.[1]

A. Standards of Conduct

The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of controlled substances, illicit drugs, and alcohol by students and employees on HJI property and at HJI-sponsored activities is prohibited.[2] This includes marijuana/cannabis, which, although decriminalized in New York State, remains prohibited for use, possession, and distribution under federal law. Under New York State Penal Law, possession or use of any drug paraphernalia is also prohibited.[3]

As a condition of enrollment, all students are expected to adhere to the terms of this Policy.

As a condition of employment, any faculty member, staff member, or student employee will also abide by the terms of this Policy and will notify the Vice President for Administration if convicted for a violation of a criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace and must do so no more than five (5) calendar days after the conviction.[4]

B. Sanctions

Violators of this Policy may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion or termination of employment and referral for prosecution, for violations of the standards of conduct outlined above.[5] In certain cases, disciplinary action may include satisfactory completion of a drug abuse assistance or appropriate rehabilitation program approved for these purposes by a federal, state or local health, law enforcement, or other appropriate agency.[6]

Violations of this Policy may also result in criminal penalties or other sanctions under local, state, and federal law. Examples of such sanctions are provided below.

Legal Sanctions Related to Controlled Substances and Illicit Drugs
Under federal law, severe sanctions—including fines up to millions of dollars and possible life imprisonment—may result from the unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession, or use of controlled substances and illicit drugs. More information and specific penalties are available on the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) website, in 21 USC Chapter 13, and in 18 USC §1952.[7]

Article 220 and Article 222 of the New York State Penal Law cover criminal possession, sale, use, and manufacture of controlled substances, drug paraphernalia, and marijuana. [8]The operation of vehicles while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs is also covered in Article 120 (120.03-04) of the New York State Penal Law and Title 10 of the New York City Administrative Code.[9] Sanctions imposed—including fines and imprisonment—may depend on such factors as the seriousness of the offense, number of previous violations, drug type, and drug amount held or sold.

Legal Sanctions Related to Alcoholic Beverages
Under New York State’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Law and Vehicle and Traffic Law, and New York City law:

  1. It is illegal for anyone under the age of twenty-one (21) years to possess any alcoholic beverage with the intent to consume such beverage. Penalties may include a fine of up to fifty (50) dollars and/or completion of an alcohol awareness program and/or up to thirty (30) hours of community service.
  2. It is illegal for anyone under the age of twenty-one (21) years to purchase or attempt to purchase an alcoholic beverage through fraudulent means. This includes presenting any written evidence of age which is false, fraudulent, or not actually his or her own, for the purpose of purchasing or attempting to purchase any alcoholic beverage. First time violations may result in fines of up to one hundred (100) dollars and/or an appropriate amount of community service not to exceed thirty (30) hours. Further violations may result in penalties of fines between fifty (50) and seven hundred fifty (750) dollars and/or an appropriate amount of community service up to ninety (90) hours. Violators may also be required to complete an alcohol awareness program. If a driver’s license is used as the false ID, one’s license may also be suspended.
  3. It is illegal to misrepresent the age of a person under the age of twenty-one (21) years for the purpose of inducing the sale of any alcoholic beverage. Such an offense is punishable by a fine of up to two hundred (200) dollars and/or by imprisonment of up to five (5) days.
  4. It is illegal to deliver or give away or cause or permit or procure to be sold, delivered, or given away any alcoholic beverages to: (a) any person, actually or apparently, under the age of twenty-one (21) years; (b) any visibly intoxicated person; (c) any habitual drunkard known to be such to the person authorized to dispense any alcoholic beverages. Penalties may include, but are not limited to, fines and/or imprisonment.
  5. It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while ability is impaired by alcohol or other drugs or while intoxicated with a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.08 or higher. Penalties may include fines, loss of driving privileges, and possible imprisonment. Specific penalties are available on the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles website.
  6. It is illegal to drink or consume an alcoholic beverage, or possess, with intent to drink or consume, an open container containing an alcoholic beverage in any public place except at a block party, feast, or similar function for which a permit has been obtained. Violators may face a fine of up to twenty-five (25) dollars or imprisonment of up to one (1) day.

C. Health Risks Associated with Illicit Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Numerous health risks are associated with the misuse of illicit drugs and alcohol. Substance abuse may also negatively impact an individual’s academic or work performance and may lead to violent or asocial behavior. A non-exhaustive overview of the general health risks associated with alcohol and other drug abuse follows.[10]

Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to brain damage that affects thinking, judgement, learning, speech, coordination, memory, mood, and other behavior. Heavy drinking can also damage the heart, liver, pancreas, and immune system and lead to high blood pressure, stroke, irregular heartbeat, cirrhosis, pancreatitis, depression, anxiety, various cancers, and possible death. Alcohol consumption while pregnant may result in stillbirth, miscarriage, or fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

Use of depressants, such as barbiturates and benzodiazepines, can cause headache, dizziness, nausea, shallow respiration, amnesia, dilated pupils, low blood pressure, weakness, disorientation, loss of coordination, blurred vision, impaired judgement, coma, and death from overdose.

Hallucinogens—which include LSD, psilocybin-containing mushrooms, PCP, ketamine, and ecstasy, among others—can cause depression, anxiety, fear, paranoia, nausea, vomiting, impaired memory, convulsions, seizures, elevated heart rate, dilated pupils, and possible death.

The effects of marijuana use include fatigue, distorted perception, paranoia, confusion, hallucinations, decreased coordination, higher risk of cancer, and issues with problem-solving, learning, and memory. Marijuana use is also associated with mental health issues such as psychosis, depression, and anxiety.

Use of narcotics—including opium, morphine, and heroin—can result in loss of appetite, clammy skin, convulsions, dizziness, shallow and slowed breathing, weakness, drowsiness, coma, and possible death.

The effects of using stimulants such as cocaine, methamphetamine, and amphetamines include dizziness, hallucinations, convulsions, tremors, headache, vomiting, agitation, panic, hostility, paranoia, cardiovascular collapse, increased body temperature, excessive sweating, flushed skin, high fever, restlessness, aggression, erratic behavior, and death from overdose.

D. Resources

HJI encourages individuals concerned about drug or alcohol abuse to seek support and assistance. Contact information for the following resources is provided:

Off Campus  
Police (Emergency) 911
Police (Non-Emergency) 311
Al-Anon (for relatives and friends of alcoholics) (212) 941-0094
Alcohol and Substance Abuse Hotline  1-800-522-5353
Alcoholics Anonymous   (212) 647-1680
Alcoholism Council of New York  (212) 252-7001
American Council on Alcoholism 1-800-527-5344
Cocaine Anonymous (212) 262-2463
Marijuana Anonymous (212) 459-4423
Nar-Anon (for relatives and friends of substance abusers) 1-800-477-6291
Narcotics Anonymous (212) 929-6262
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence 1-800-622-2255
Pills Anonymous (212) 874-0700
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 1-800-662-4357


[1]  21 USC §863(d).
[2]  28 CFR §83.205(a) and 34 CFR §86.100(a)(1).
[3]  New York Penal Law §220.
[4]  28 CFR §83.205(c)(1)-(2).
[5]  34 CFR §86.100(a)(5).
[6]  28 CFR §83.225(b)(2) and 34 CFR §86.100(a)(5).

[7]  For more details, see and
[8]  For more details on Article 220, see For more details on Article 222, see

[9]  For more details on Article 120, see For more details on Title 10 of the NYC Administrative Code, see

[10]  More information is available from government resources such as the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (, the DEA, (, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (