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Standards of Conduct

The College has the obligation to uphold federal, state and local laws with regard to possession, use and sale of alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs. The College will not protect students from legal investigations and action, and will cooperate with legal authorities when necessary.

Alcohol Policy
All members of the Elmhurst College community are considered adults and are thus expected to comply with the laws (local, state and federal) regarding alcoholic beverages, and to take personal responsibility for their conduct. Students who have a guest on campus or in College buildings are responsible for the conduct of the guest, and for advising him or her of the applicable laws and Elmhurst College’s policies pertaining to alcoholic beverages. Therefore, the following policies have been adopted:

The distribution, consumption and possession of alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the buildings and on the grounds of Elmhurst College. There are two exceptions if you are of legal drinking age:

  • Resident students 21 years of age and older may responsibly consume alcohol with their doors closed and no minors, other than a roommate, present. Kegs and party balls are not permitted. Alcoholic beverages are not to be consumed in public areas of the residence halls and in any College apartments, including but not limited to, lounges, lobbies, community bathrooms, laundry rooms, hallways and stairwells.
  • Alcohol at a College-sponsored event requires prior approval by the president of the College.

Substance Abuse Policy
In compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989, it is the policy of Elmhurst College to provide an educational environment that is free of alcohol and drug abuse. The College recognizes the legal prohibition of the use and/or possession of drugs by students. The College does not condone student sale or use of drugs and will cooperate with civil officials as the law requires. The maintenance of the individual welfare, development, education and rehabilitation of its members is consonant with the mission of Elmhurst College. It should be further understood that the College may therefore take preventive or prohibitory action, whether or not civil authorities act, in reference to any College member whose behavior is adjudged harmful to himself, herself or others. The following are prohibited in and on Elmhurst College owned or controlled property or at College-sponsored events:

  • The unlawful manufacture, possession, distribution and/or use of alcohol, controlled substances (including misuse or sale of prescription medication), drugs, intoxicants or stimulants other than those prescribed by a physician for the student’s own use.
  • Manufacture, possession, distribution and/or use of synthetic marijuana, bath salts, incense or other materials marketed or generally recognized to simulate the intoxicating effects of unlawful substances, regardless of their current legal status; including knowledge of and/or failure to act upon such knowledge in a timely manner.
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Participation at a party or presence in a room where illegal drugs are being used.

Medical Amnesty Policy
Elmhurst College values the health and safety of students who attend the college.  The College encourages students to seek medical assistance for themselves or others in cases of alcohol intoxication or other drug related situations.  If the individual seeks medical assistance, Elmhurst College will not pursue conduct violations against the following individuals for violations of the College's Alcohol and Substance Abuse Policies:

  • The intoxicated/drug altered student and
  • Any student(s) actively assisting the intoxicated/drug altered student

Actively Assisting requires that an individual:

  • Call Campus Security (630-617-3000 or 911) or seek another qualified person to help assist the student such as a Resident Advisor for on campus students or another Elmhurst College faculty or staff member and
  • Monitor the intoxicated/drug altered student

The Following are NOT covered by the Medical Amnesty Policy:

  • Violations to the Code of Conduct or Residence Life policies other than the alcohol/substance abuse policies
  • Students who wait for Campus Security, the Elmhurst Police Department, or Residence Life Staff before seeking assistance
  • Possession of drugs or alcohol with the intent to distribute
  • Actions by Elmhurst Police Department or other law enforcement personnel

Amnesty in cases of sexual assault or other sexual misconduct:

Similarly, the College will not pursue conduct violations for violations of the College's Alcohol and Substance Abuse Policies against a student who reports or seeks assistance after experiencing an incident of sexual assault or other sexual misconduct.


If you or a friend needs help for alcohol- or drug-related issues, please contact the College's Wellness Center's Counseling Services or at (630) 617-3565.

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