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Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program

1. Standards of Conduct

It is the policy of Benedictine University that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of illicit drugs and alcohol is prohibited by students and employees on University property, as part of its activities or in facilities controlled by the University. Benedictine University has a vital interest in maintaining a safe and healthy learning environment for the benefit of all students, employees and guests.  The following information is provided in compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 and at a minimum is required to be distributed annually in writing to each employee and student.

2. Federal, State and Local Sanctions

Village of Lisle, Illinois Code.  Section 9-4-19 & 9-4-4:  Unlawful Possession and Consumption by Persons Underage, to include delivery of alcohol to a minor, open alcohol container, or providing  false identification of name and age.  Penalties range from $75.00 - $750.

Village of Lisle, Illinois Code.  Section 9-4-25:  Offenses Relating to Drugs, to include possession, use and sale of dangerous drugs, not prescribed by a physician, drug paraphernalia and  cannabis sativa.  Penalties range from $75.00 - $750. 

City of Mesa

Any interaction with officers enforcing alcohol or drug laws in Mesa will involve the use of the State Statutes ARS 4-244.41 involving alcohol and minors and 13-3408 for possession, use, administration, acquisition, sale, manufacture or transportation of narcotic drugs

3. Health Risks Associated with the Use of Alcohol and Drugs

Health risks associated with the abuse of drugs or alcohol are numerous and can include mental and physical impairment. The abuse of drugs or alcohol can affect a person’s academic, professional and personal life. Drug or alcohol use can create a health and safety risk for the user and other members of Benedictine University. Additional information on other commonly abused drugs can be found at

A. Alcohol:

Alcohol consumption causes a number of changes in behavior and physiology. Even low doses significantly impair judgment, coordination, and abstract mental functioning. Statistics show that alcohol use is involved in a majority of violent behaviors on college campuses, including acquaintance rape, vandalism, fights, and incidents of drinking and driving. Continued abuse may lead to dependency, which often causes permanent damage to vital organs and deterioration of a healthy lifestyle.

B. Illicit Drugs:

1. Cannabinoids (Marijuana, Hashish): The use of marijuana may impair or reduce short-term memory and comprehension, alter sense of time, and reduce coordination and energy level. Frequent users often have a lowered immune system and an increased risk of lung cancer. The active ingredient in marijuana, THC, is stored in the fatty tissues of the brain and reproductive system for a minimum of 28 to 30 days.

2. Hallucinogens: Lysergic acid (LSD), mescaline, and psilocybin cause illusions and hallucinations. The user may experience panic, confusion, suspicion, anxiety, and loss of control. Delayed effects, or flashbacks, can occur even when use has ceased. Phencyclidine (PCP) affects the section of the brain that controls the intellect and  keeps instincts in check. Because the drug blocks pain receptors, violent PCP episodes may result in self-inflicted injuries.

3. Opioids (Heroin and Opium): The use of opioids causes the body to have diminished pain reactions. They can also be a respiratory depressants; cause drowsiness, impaired coordination, feeling of heaviness in the body and fatal overdose.

4. Stimulants (Amphetamines, Cocaine, and Methamphetamine): The use of stimulant drugs can cause a rapid or irregular heartbeat, tremors, reduced appetite, paranoia, loss of coordination, collapse, and death. Heavy users are prone to irrational acts, nasal damage and severe dental problems.

C. Prescription Drugs: An FDA-approved drugs which must, by federal law or regulation, be dispensed only pursuant to a prescription written by an authorized person. Some Common Types of prescription drugs are anti-anxiety drugs, antidepressants, antipsychotics, immunosuppressive and tranquilizers. The misuse and abuse of prescription drugs can have a variety of physical and psychological effects, and can result in addiction, accidental overdose and death.  Mixing prescription drugs and alcohol or other drugs increases the likelihood of overdose and death.

4. Alcohol and Drug Programs

Benedictine University is committed to assisting students and employees with substance abuse problems in utilizing available drug and alcohol counseling, rehabilitation, treatment, or re-entry programs.  Contact information for various counseling, rehabilitation and treatment facilities available for students and employees are listed below.

Lisle and Mesa

In addition to the programs that took place during the year, University Student Health Services maintains a collection of materials on its web page ( This web page is dedicated to providing evidence-based resources regarding the harmful effects of alcohol and substance abuse. Furthermore, the University's Health Services web page has resources for employees and students with links to information on AODs, recommendations for speaking with students concerning the dangers of underage drinking, self-assessment screenings, and contact information for area treatment facilities.  The University Health Services regularly post informational pamphlets on alcohol related topics.  Typically the subject of the alcohol related topic is chosen on what is occurring on campus and what is occurring in the world outside of campus.  Homecoming, Halloween, Final Exam Week, Spring break, Spring Ball, and SpringFest are just a few times during the course of the academic year where pamphlets on alcohol dangers, poisoning, sexual assault secondary to abuse of alcohol, Helping a Friend, monitoring alcohol consumption and the effects of alcohol consumption are posted on the bulletin board in the Student Center.

The University Health Services provides alcohol and drug prevention, education, brief assessment, and referral. Call (630) 829-6046 for information or an appointment.

The Counseling Center offers substance abuse assessment for students.  Call (630) 829-1800 to speak to a counselor.

Partnering with the DuPage County Health Department, University Police Officers have been trained to identify Heroin, Morphine, Codeine, Oxycodone, Methadone and Vicodin overdoses and have been supplied with Naloxone Hydrochloride antidote kits to administer at the scene of an opioid drug related medical emergency.

The Blue Cross Blue Shield health benefits plan, available to benefits eligible employees to elect, gives employees access to drug and alcohol counseling, treatment and rehabilitation programs.  The Substance Abuse toll-free phone line is 800-346-3986 for employees on the HMO plan (this needs a referral from the Primary Care Physician), and the toll-free phone line for the PPO plan is 800-851-7498.

In 2017, a Residence Life Alcohol Policy was revised in collaboration with Student Senate which applies to all residential areas on campus.  Key elements of the policy include: 

  • No alcohol is allowed in any of the residence halls, regardless of student age;
  • Alcohol possession and consumption in University apartments is regulated.  Students must apply for an Alcohol Use Permit, which incorporates a mandatory alcohol policy information session;
  • Policy prohibits any activity that promotes excessive drinking (e.g. drinking games), use of alcohol in advertisement of events and limits size of social gatherings to fire code occupancy;
  • Alcohol Use Permits can be lost through conduct or policy violations; and
  • Policy emphasizes bystander intervention and includes a Good Samaritan clause.

In addition to the Residence Life Alcohol Policy, the Residence Life staff requires: 

  • Before the issuance of an Alcohol Use Permit under the Residence Life Alcohol Policy, permit applicants are required to participate in an alcohol information session sponsored by Residence Life.  The session is designed to address the major elements of the policy, which include student responsibilities and conduct expectations.  All roommates in a given apartment must apply for a permit together and all must attend the information session, as they are bound in responsibility to the policy as a group;
  • When an underage student receives a police-issued administrative citation for Underage Consumption, Residence Life requires the student to complete a written assignment related to issues associated with college student alcohol consumption.  The paper assignment requires a minimum length, citations, a plagiarism check and a meeting with the Writing Learning Specialist; and
  • Residence Life hosts four alcohol awareness programs each semester.

For the Mesa, Arizona staff, faculty and students, the SOBA Recovery Center has different treatment options available.  Contact 877-978-1921 for more information.  Their website is  There are many other counseling, rehabilitation and treatment facilities available.

5. University Disciplinary Sanctions

Each student and/or employee so engaged in the performance of any federal grant is required by federal law to comply with the terms of this statement.  The University must be notified of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring in the workplace no later than five (5) days after such conviction.  The University is required to notify the granting agency within ten (10) days after receiving notice of a conviction of a student and/or employee under any criminal drug statute.  Any student and/or employee who is found to have violated the policy will be subject to sanctions by the University, which may include suspension, expulsion/termination, mandated participation in a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program, or referral for prosecution.

  • Any person who violates this Policy is subject both to the University's disciplinary sanctions and to criminal sanctions provided by federal, state, and local law.
  • Faculty, staff and students are responsible for conduct of their guests on property owned or controlled by Benedictine University or as part of any on-campus or off-campus University activity.
  • Students are responsible to seek immediate assistance for any person known to be experiencing a serious crisis resulting from the consumption of alcoholic beverages or the use of illicit drugs. Students seeking such assistance who are themselves under the influence and the student who is in need of assistance will not receive a sanction under this Policy.
  • Students found to be in violation of this Policy will be issued a citation, which will initiate the Student Life Conduct Process. Disciplinary sanctions for students range from a warning to expulsion as provided in the Student Handbook.
  • Students who have been convicted under state or federal law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance are ineligible for federal student aid for specific periods, ranging from one year to an indefinite period depending on the nature of the offense and whether the student is a repeat offender.
  • Employees found to be in violation of this Policy or applicable law will be subject to University disciplinary procedures up to and including dismissal from employment.
  • The University is committed to referring members of the community for appropriate treatment and education through its Employee Assistance Programs.
  • The University is committed to referring students for appropriate education through its Substance Abuse Prevention Program (S.A.P.P.).
Alcohol and Drug Policy

Description: Guidelines regarding the use, sale, delivery, possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages in or on any property owned or controlled by the University.

Violence Prevention Initiatives

Description: Information about our policies and initiatives related to preventing and responding to incidents of gender based violence (sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual harassment)

Title IX
It is the policy of Benedictine University to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination based on sex (including sexual harassment and sexual violence) in the University’s educational program or activity, employment, and admissions. Title IX also prohibits retaliation for asserting or otherwise participating in or refusing to participate in the investigation of claims of sex discrimination. If you have any questions contact Dr. Tammy Sarver, Title IX Coordinator, Scholl Hall 228L; 630-829-6473; (, or in Arizona, Dr. Julie Cowgill,  Gillett Hall 230; 480-878-6703; (, Deputy Title IX Coordinator. Additional information about reporting sexual harassment on campus and Title IX can be found at

Title IX Policy and Reporting Title IX Policy