The possession, use, or distribution of illegal drugs, including illegal prescription medications and drug paraphernalia, is strictly prohibited. Any individual who violates this prohibition will be subject to disciplinary action. Sanctions may include, but are not limited to, expulsion from the College, mandatory participation in drug abuse rehabilitation programs, as well as referral to law enforcement agencies for prosecution.
- Medical Marijuana
In November 2012, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot question allowing qualified patients with certain medical conditions to obtain and use medical marijuana. Nonetheless federal laws prohibit marijuana use, possession, and/or cultivation at educational institutions and on the premises of other recipients of federal funds. The use, possession, or cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes is therefore not allowed in any Simmons College housing or any other Simmons property; nor is it allowed at any off campus activity sponsored by the College.
- Public Activities and Alcohol
Simmons events that involve the sale, service, or consumption of alcohol may not be open to the general public and may not be advertised in the greater Boston community through newspapers, radio stations, social networking sites, etc.
- Private Activities and Alcohol
Alcohol may be sold, served, and/or consumed at events sponsored by Simmons departments or organizations for Simmons students of legal drinking age and their invited guests (including other college students of legal drinking age) only when the event is approved in advance by the Director of Student Leadership and Activities or designee.
Approval will be granted only when the following conditions are met:
- Any alcohol served on the Simmons campus for Simmons students of legal drinking age (and their invited guests of legal drinking age) must be served by the College's Dining services, who will carry the appropriate licenses.
- Simmons events involving alcohol off campus must be held at a licensed venue.
- The alcohol distribution procedure must be outlined, and agreed upon, by the Director of the Office of Student Leadership and Activities.
- The amount of alcohol available for sale or service must be pre-determined.
- Alcohol may not be brought into, or taken from, the event.
- Food and an alternative non-alcoholic beverage must be provided at an equal or lower price than the alcohol for sale.
- Appropriate procedures for checking proof of age must be established.
- Presence of a chaperone from Simmons and/or from the Simmons Pubic Safety may be required at the discretion of college administrators.
In addition to the above, the activity must be held in the appropriate location in order to receive approval.
- Bartol Hall may be used only twice per semester for activities specified by the Director of Student Leadership and Activities or designee.
- Alumnae Hall or the Fens Cafe may be used for large scale activities within the capacity guidelines. Beer kegs may not be used in the Fens Cafe.
- Alcohol service in the residence hall living rooms and student lounges is limited to formal receptions by invitation only. Residence hall open parties are not permitted. Beer kegs or beer balls are not permitted within the residence halls. These events must be approved by the Directors of Residence Life and the Student Leadership and Activities.
- Activities in the Bartol Hall small dining room, Trustman Gallery, Special Functions Room, Faculty and Staff Dining Room, Linda K. Paresky Conference Room and academic department areas are also limited to semiformal or formal receptions, those sponsored by the Alumnae Association, and selected senior class or Dix Scholar activities. Beer kegs are not allowed in these facilities.
- No alcohol may be served, sold, or consumed at events outdoors on the Residence or Academic Campus quads, except by special arrangement with the College through the Director of Student Leadership and Activities.
- Alcohol Policy Violations
Violations of the above stated policies and the procedures necessary to implement these policies will be considered a violation of the Honor Code of Responsibility. The Honor Board has endorsed the following procedures and the penalties for such violations and has authorized the Judicial Board and the Social Activities Review Board to review appropriate cases. If necessary, the Honor Board will determine the appropriate judicial body to review a particular case.
The College will make every effort to include members of a peer group in the hearing panel but recognizes that this may not always be possible while ensuring timely handling of cases. In the case of graduate student violations of College alcohol policies, the student may specifically request that at least one panel member is another graduate student.
- Alcohol and Drug Amnesty
The welfare of Simmons students, faculty, and staff is of paramount importance. Members of the Simmons community are encouraged to report alleged sexual misconduct. Sometimes students are hesitant to report sexual misconduct to College officials because they fear being charged with other Policy violations, such as underage drinking at the time of the incident. Similarly, students are sometimes hesitant to offer assistance to others to avoid getting themselves in trouble.
Complainants and witnesses should understand that the College's primary focus is on addressing sexual misconduct, not whether alcohol or drugs were involved. To encourage reporting, Simmons offers limited immunity from drug/alcohol charges to those students alleging sexual misconduct and those students who help others in need of assistance in instances of sexual misconduct. Although Student Handbook violations cannot be completely overlooked, the College will provide referrals to counseling and may require educational interventions for those abusing alcohol and/or drugs.
Learn more about the Gender-Based Misconduct Policy.
- Individual Violations
If an undergraduate student violates, or is suspected of violating, the alcohol policy at any place on the Simmons campus, the student shall self-report or be reported (according to the Honor System) to the appropriate judicial board. A resident student will be referred to the Residence Campus Judicial Board upon first violation of the alcohol policy. Cases are considered and heard on an individual basis.
- Student Organization Violations
If a student organization violates, or is suspected of violating the alcohol policy, the officers of the organization and the person who petitioned for the activity in question will be asked to appear before the Judicial Cabinet. If the organization is found guilty, the Board will determine an appropriate sanction for the group, and/or the individuals involved. Sanctions will be in effect no less than one semester from the date of the infraction. Copies of the letter explaining the Board's decision will be forwarded to the Student Government Association, the Director of Student Leadership and Activities, the organization's advisor, and the secretary of the Honor Board.
For a second offense of this or any other College policy, the organization will be informed that it has lost official College recognition for one calendar year from the date of infraction. Any funds remaining in the organization's account will be returned to the pool of available student activities fees. (A loss of formal recognition means that the organization may not use College facilities or services for conducting meetings, business, or entertainment.) Copies of this letter will be forwarded to the Student Government Association, the Director of Student Leadership and Activities, the organization's advisor, and the secretary of the Honor Board.