Policies & Laws
ETSU Alcohol & Other Drug Policies & Procedures
ETSU is an alcohol-free campus which means that even if a person is 21-years of age, they may not possess or consume alcoholic beverages while on University property or when participating in or attending a University-sponsored event or activity unless specifically authorized by the President.
Registered student organizations are permitted to serve alcohol at an event with prior permission.
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Department of Housing & Residence Life
Housing Conduct and Disciplinary Sanctions Violations of University and housing rules and regulations will be dealt with through the Department of Housing and Residence Life staff, and/or referred through the University Disciplinary Procedures.
Residents must be in compliance with all rules and regulations as stated in the Housing Policies, and the University Student Handbook. Residents will be responsible for the behavior of their invited guest(s) and the guest(s) should be in compliance with all rules and regulations. Additional regulations relevant to residents will be made via memoranda flyers, and/or notices.
The following are used in dealing with policy and rule violations within the residence halls and apartments, and depending on the nature and severity of the violation, one or more may be used.
- a) Warning by Resident Advisor (RA)
- b) Conference with Resident Director (RD) and/or Assistant Resident Director (ARD)
- c) Disciplinary warning by Resident Director d) Charged for damages and/or cleaning
- e) Restriction of privileges
- f) Conference with the Area Coordinator, Apartments Manager, or Associate Director for Residence Life
- g) Conference with Associate Director of Housing or Director of Housing and Residence Life
- h) Moved from room, residence hall, or apartment to another room, residence hall, or apartment
- i) In-House Disciplinary warning (does not go in permanent file in the Dean of Students Office)
- j) Official warning
- k) Residence Hall Probation
- l) Assigned work on campus or community service hours
- m) Dismissal from University Housing
- n) Referral to Associate Dean of Students
- o) Referral to the University Counseling Center. The student is mandated to visit the University Counseling Center for an initial evaluation and follow-through on any prescribed treatment program.
- p) Fines – In cases involving violation of the University alcohol, drug and tobacco regulations, fines ranging from $25 to $100, depending on the charge, maybe imposed. All funds from fines will be used to support the University’s drug, alcohol, and tobacco education and awareness program. Housing disciplinary procedures shall provide at least minimum due process as set forth in TBR Policy No. 3:02:00:01 (VI) (E) for general student disciplinary hearings.
Campus DUIIn addition to the penalties imposed by the State of Tennessee, individuals arrested for DUI on University property are subject to the ETSU judicial process which may impose additional fines, require additional community service, mandate alcohol and drug screening and treatment, and result in the loss of a campus parking pass.
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This is the most common and effective way to manage a substance use problem, especially for individuals who are not experiencing signs of alcohol or drug dependency (withdrawal symptoms).
About 3/4 of individuals currently in recovery did not use any formal treatment or mutual help group to achieve full, sustained remission.
About 20% of all people with alcohol use disorders recover naturally, without formal treatment or mutual help.
Individuals with less severe substance use problems (shorter period of misuse or fewer negative consequences),who don’t have a lot of other psychiatric issues (such as anxiety or depression), and who have good social support as well as a strong belief in their ability to succeed on their own, have a greater chance of recovering without formal treatment.
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Individuals with underlying social or psychological issues, including a history of trauma, symptoms of anxiety or depression, family or relationship issues, or poor coping skills may need the additional support of a professional counselor. This is especially important if you are drinking or using in order to avoid either past memories, current problems, or both. Make sure that you find a therapist that you trust; if it doesn’t feel like a good fit after several sessions, don’t be afraid to ask for a referral.
Intensive Outpatient Therapy (IOP)
When inpatient treatment is not a option due to family obligations, work or school schedules, or for financial reasons, IOP may provide an alternative for those who have Inside rehab book coverfailed to recover using self-help, support groups or individual therapy. In addition, individuals who have completed an inpatient program are often referred to IOP for follow-up care.
Magnolia Ridge Drug and Alcohol Residential Treatment Center 423-232-4130
Willow Ridge Drug and Alcohol Residential Treatment Cente 423-461-7750
Turning Point Frontier Health Crisis Services
For individuals who have a history of relapse in recovery, or who need medical detox to manage withdrawal symptoms, inpatient treatment may be necessary. Sometimes this may take just a few days; other times longer stays may be necessary. Beware of the assumption that a 28-day program will provide a magic cure; this is a myth! Learning to be sober in a controlled environment is quite different that maintaining recovery in the real world. Longer programs (90-day) are sometimes necessary for individuals with severe, long-term substance abuse. Do some research before undertaking this very expensive treatment option.
Such individuals arrive at a point in their life where they have a strong desire to quit or cut down a certain behavior. This often occurs due to experiencing some sort of bad outcome related to the behavior: relationship problems; poor academic performance; job loss; health issues; or legal trouble.
Often run by non-professionals, local support groups are quite effective in providing the social support that some individuals need in recovery. They are often offered at a variety of different times and may be attended multiple times per week if desired. Make sure that your group is a good fit. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is not the only option.