Alcohol and Marijuana Policy Violations and Sanctions

Each violation of the University Alcohol/Drug Policy will be reviewed according to the University’s Honor Code. The following sanctions per alcohol/drug policy offense will be used as consistently as possible. The sequence of sanctions below may not be followed for more severe policy violations (e.g. being under the influence of alcohol/drugs during clinical practicum/fieldwork, excessive amounts of alcohol/drugs beyond person use or for drugs more dangerous than marijuana). In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, which is part of the Higher Education Act, the University has a right to notify parents/legal guardians if a student under the age of 21 violated an alcohol or drug policy or is accused of a violent crime.

Spalding University will inform parents/legal guardians of students who have violated alcohol and drug policies as described below.


  1. First Offense – Developmental Conversation and Official Reminder of Policy/Notification of Violation.   
  2. Second Offense – Developmental Conversation, Official Notification of Violation, Required completion of specifically assigned modules in SafeColleges within a designated timeframe.  Failure to complete the meeting/module(s) within set timeframe will result in $150 fine and a letter explaining the fine will be sent to the student’s home address. 
  3. Third Offense - Developmental Conversation, Official Notification of Violation,  Required (re)completion of specifically assigned modules in SafeColleges and follow up informational meeting with Student Counseling and Psychological Services Center within specified time frame.  If modules/meetings are not completed within timeframe allotted there will be a $250 fine and a letter explaining the fine will be sent to the student’s home address. 
  4. Fourth Offense - Developmental Conversation, Official Notification of Violation, University Probation (barred from all extracurricular activities), Parental Notification (if under 21 years of age) and a fine of $300 charged to the student’s account and a letter explaining the fine will be sent to the student’s home address.
  5. Fifth Offense - Developmental Conversation, Official Notification of Violation, University Suspension pending completion of an off-campus formal substance abuse treatment program. The substance abuse treatment program must be pre-approved by a qualified representative of the Student Development and Campus Life staff to ensure it is appropriate. A letter explaining the Suspension will be sent to the student’s home address. Additional sanctions may be assigned as deemed necessary.