Louisburg College Alcohol & Drug Program

Education and Awareness Programs

The Alcohol and Other Drug education efforts at Louisburg College are designed to benefit the entire academic community through comprehensive programming. Louisburg College approaches alcohol and drug education proactively and reactively through online educational courses, programs offered on campus to the student population, intentional one on one counseling sessions, and the conduct process as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. College Staff and Faculty are given access to resources through the Employee Assistance Program.

All incoming students are required to complete two (2) training modules centered on alcohol and drug use. These two courses, as well as two other courses on sexual assault and consent, are made available to incoming students prior to their arrival during the Fall semester. Completion of these courses is also tracked as a part of student’s introductory Psychology course to ensure all students are completing the requirement.

AlcoholEDU is a science-based course taken by hundreds of thousands of students around the country each year. AlcoholEDU empowers students to make well-informed decisions and provides simple strategies to help keep you and your friends safe.

CannabisEDU looks at increased research has shown the effect of cannabis on the brain and how it can impact attention, concentration, and memory. While the majority of students don’t use cannabis, those who do may have questions about its use. This course offers information to help students make informed decisions about cannabis, how to know when someone’s use has become problematic, and how to help a friend who may have a problem with their cannabis use.

In addition, students who violate the Student Code of Conduct policy on alcohol and/or the policy on Illegal Substances will be assigned more in depth courses that align with their area of violation. These courses include; AlcoholEDU for Sanctions, AlcoholEDU for Ongoing Education, Prescription Drug Misuse Prevention; Prescription Drug Misuse – Opioids, Prescription Drug Misuse – Stimulants & Depressants.

Louisburg College is dedicated to providing a safe and drug-free campus environment. The following programs are utilized to inform students and employees about alcohol and drug awareness and prevention:

Program Title Program Type Presenter Frequency
New Employee Orientation Alcohol/Drug Awareness Human Resources Ongoing
Hurricane Prep Day Alcohol/Drug Awareness Student Life Ongoing
Alcohol and Substance Abuse: Making Smart Decisions Alcohol/Drug Awareness Student Life Ongoing
College Alcohol Dangers Program Alcohol Awareness Student Life Ongoing
Alcohol Education Tabling Alcohol Awareness Student Life Ongoing


Joel Porter Counseling Center Resources

CHANGES is an alcohol and drug program available to students concerned about their alcohol or drug use - including tobacco or the use of those with whom you intimately interact. The college also utilizes the program in a sanctioned format for students who violate the college's policy regarding alcohol and drugs. 

CHANGES Program utilizes various approaches to assist students in gaining a better understanding of their alcohol and drug use through self-exploration and reflection. A licensed substance abuse counselor applies guided materials to help students further their knowledge about alcohol and drugs, with a strong emphasis on self-identifying areas that warrant a need for change. The program offers students additional skill resources that will support their desire for change.

ARC is an intervention program designed for those students who have completed the CHANGES Program and have had another substance abuse-related incident on campus. This initiative is an individualized sanction that helps students further explore their decision-making methods while developing effective coping skills to help them deal with whatever they face. The center did not design this program for treatment but for extra support to students who need it to achieve their goals while on campus.

The ARC Program helps students look at all areas of their lives. They can reflect when decision-making has had a negative consequence and work on problem-solving techniques, leading hopefully to better choices. Students who the college has referred to the ARC Program have stringent guidelines to follow. If a student is not compliant, the college may suspend or expel them from campus. Students will have access to counseling if needed and additional resources that will support their desire for change.

Louisburg College Amnesty Policy

Students are encouraged to come forward and report violations of the law and/or the Student Code of Conduct notwithstanding their own improper use of alcohol or drugs. Any student(s) who voluntarily and in good faith reports information to College faculty or staff prior to any investigation or fact-finding concerning the use of drugs or alcohol will not be voluntarily reported to law enforcement; nor will information that the individual provides be used against the individual for purposes of conduct violations. Nevertheless, these students may be required to attend an Educational Conversation with staff members in regard to the incident and may be required to participate in an appropriate educational program(s). The required participation in an educational program under this amnesty procedure will not be considered a sanction. Nothing in this amnesty procedure shall prevent a College staff member who is otherwise obligated by law (the Clery Act) to report information or statistical data as required.

Standards of Conduct


2.1 Possession/Use – The possession or use of alcoholic beverages is not permitted by any student at any time, regardless of age, anywhere on the College premises. This includes possession of alcoholic beverages in one’s room, on one’s person, in personal belongings, in one’s vehicle, or being in the presence of alcoholic beverages. This also includes possession of empty alcohol containers. Since it must be assumed that the alcohol was consumed on campus, empty containers are treated the same as full containers. 

2.2 Intoxication – Intoxication as exhibited by behavior is prohibited. The influence of alcohol will not be considered a legitimate excuse for violation of other college policies and may result in a more severe sanction for such violation.

Louisburg College is committed to fostering a constructive and supportive environment for students. Louisburg College, like many other institutions in the country, have implemented and evaluated strategies to address the problem of underage alcohol use, excessive alcohol use, and driving under the influence. We are actively evaluating current campus strategies and implementing new measures to increase alcohol and drug education, as well as, new and consistent response to violations of the policies referenced in this report.


4.1 Possession/Use – Any possession or use of controlled, prohibited, or illegal substances or use of (or intent to use) substances for purposes or in manners not as directed. This includes possession/use of controlled substances in one’s room, on one’s person, in personal belongings, in one’s vehicle, or being in the presence of controlled substances. Examples include but are not limited to: possession or use of illegal substances in any quantity, including residue and seeds; possession or use of prescription drugs without a valid/current medical prescription; use of prescribed medication not as directed (over-use, snorting prescribed medication, etc.); huffing, snorting, smoking or otherwise possessing or using legal substances not as intended. Substances such as JWH-018 (K2, “Spice”), salvia and pyrovalerone derivatives (found in substances marketed as “bath salts”) are not intended for human consumption and are prohibited for possession or use by any student. State laws regarding narcotics and controlled substances will be observed and enforced.

4.2 Paraphernalia Possession - In accordance with state law, drug-related devices

(paraphernalia) are prohibited on College premises (including possession in one’s room, on one’s person, in personal belongings, or in one’s vehicle). Paraphernalia may include, but is not limited to, marijuana/crack pipes, bongs, homemade devices used as bongs, rolling papers, roach clips, shredded cigars (blunts), smoke masking devices, and any apparatus containing drug residue.

4.3 Distribution/Intent to Distribute – any sale or distribution (including distribution without financial gain) of controlled or illegal substances or any substances prohibited by policy. This includes sharing of prescription medication. Including being in the presence of or aiding and abetting the possession, sale or use of prohibited, controlled or illegal substances.

College Sanctions for Students

Factors that affect the severity of the sanction may include the present demeanor of the student, past conduct record of the student, the nature of the incident, the severity of any damage, injury, or harm resulting from the incident, and whether the incident was motivated by bias based on actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, political affiliation, or veteran status.

 Sanctions Associated with Minor Violations

  1. Restitution: The student is required to make payments to the College or other persons, groups, or organizations for damages incurred as a result of an act of prohibited conduct. Any restitution assessed to student accounts must be paid in full prior to the release of grades or transcripts. Unpaid restitution is subject to collections as allowed by law. Students should note that financial aid cannot be used to pay restitution assessed due to a student conduct action.
  2. Disciplinary Warning: Written warnings are issued to warn students that further misconduct may result in more severe conduct status or higher-level educational sanctions. Since a student’s conduct history is cumulative, a student who is on a Written Warning status and allegedly violates the Student Code of Conduct may have the violation handled as if it were a higher-level than listed in the Student Code of Conduct (i.e. a second Level 1 Alcoholic Beverages violation may be handled like a Level 2 case). Written Warnings are in place for an indefinite amount of time.
  3. Conduct Probation: Conduct probation may be issued for any violation of college Conduct probation is for a specified period of time. Any violation that occurs during this probationary period will result in a more severe sanction up to and including separation from the college.
  4. AOD Seminar: This sanction may be imposed on any student in violation of or involving use or possession of a controlled substance or This series of workshops is aimed at educating students on the effects of drugs and alcohol on the human body.
  5. Counseling Referral: A counseling assessment may be required in an effort to help the student address issues he/she may be facing. The student may utilize counseling services available at Louisburg College or, at the student’s own expense, through other licensed mental health care Proper release paperwork must be signed by the student to allow the Office of Student Life to verify the assessment has taken place.
  6. Educational Program: Participation or completion of a project, class, or other activity to foster student development as well as awareness or knowledge relevant to the nature of the behavior, including research papers, personal reflections, workshops, organizing events, designing community education, or preparing an action plan.
  7. Written Reflection: This sanction may be imposed on a student with an expectation that the student will take time to reflect on their choices and the consequences associated with those choices through written reflection.
  8. Conduct Fee: Each student who is found responsible for violating an alcohol and illegal substances policy will be assessed a conduct fee in the amount of $50. It is important to understand that this fee is viewed as a part of the overall sanction and failure to pay the fee will be viewed as a Failure to Comply with Educational Sanction. This fee is to offset administrative costs associated with the student conduct process.
  9. Notification: In the event a student is found responsible for violating a policy, the following people could be notified: Parents/Guardians (dependent students only), Academic Advisor, Community Hall Director (residential students only), and other need-to-know Louisburg College faculty and staff.

Sanctions Associated with Major Violations

  1. Suspension: Suspension indicates a separation of a student from the College for a specified time, after which the student may apply for readmission to the College. The effective start and end date of the suspension is determined by the conduct body. The student will be eligible to apply for readmission and be re-enrolled after the end date. Applications for readmission are not guaranteed. If a suspension is put in place immediately, the student is typically given 24 hours to remove themselves and their belongings from campus housing, unless the Dean of Students or Designee deems that the student’s presence on campus during that time would be detrimental to the student or campus community. The student is expected to take care of financial and academic matters as well as personal belongings during that time. While on suspension, a student is considered persona non grata and may not be on Louisburg College property or attend events sponsored by the College.
  2. Deferred Suspension: A suspension may also be deferred until a later date, typically the day after the last day of the current semester. The conduct body may determine that the student’s conduct was severe enough to warrant a separation from the college, but there are mitigating circumstances to allow the student to continue being enrolled for the current semester. A student on Deferred Suspension may attend classes, activities, and events on campus (unless additional sanctions limiting participation are assigned by the conduct body). If a student is found responsible for violating College policy while on Deferred Suspension, he/she will be immediately suspended (or expelled, if decided by the conduct body) from the College.
  3. Expulsion: Expulsion is the permanent separation of the student from the College and its premises. It is the most severe status that the college imposes. An expulsion is effective immediately upon communication to the student. At the time of expulsion, the student is given up to 24 hours to remove themselves and their belongings from campus housing, as deemed appropriate by the Dean of Students or Designee. The student(s) is expected to take care of financial and academic matters as well as personal belongings during that time. An expelled student is considered persona non grata and no longer allowed to be on Louisburg College property or attend events sponsored by the

Alcohol and Drug Sanctions

Alcohol and Drug violations carry a prescribed set of sanctions for each level of violation. Please refer to the chart below for information on this sanctioning

Type of Violation First Offense Second Offense
Alcohol Possession/Use Alcohol EDU, Notification, $50 Conduct Fee, Probation (6 months), Written Warning CHANGES Counseling Referral, Notification, $100 Conduct Fee, Probation (12 months), Written Warning
Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and/or Drugs Alcohol Counseling Referral, $100 Conduct Fee, Notification, Disciplinary Probation (12 months) Suspension
Controlled Substances Drug Education Program, CHANGES Counseling Referral, $50 Conduct Fee, Notification, Disciplinary Probation (12 months) Suspension
Distribution/Intent to Distribute $50 Conduct Fee, Disciplinary Probation (6 months) $100 Conduct Fee, Disciplinary Probation (12 months)