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Academic and Campus Consequences

There is a very real risk of serious consequences related to the abuse of drugs and alcohol. Likewise, Elmhurst College has the obligation to uphold federal, state and local laws with regard to the possession and use of alcohol and drugs by its students. The College will not protect students from legal investigations or action and will cooperate with legal authorities when necessary. Although students so involved are subject to College action, the College reserves the right to view each case on an individual basis, with respect to the severity, type of drug and level of involvement as criteria for the action and role taken by the College.

Misuse of Alcohol
The legal age for the possession and use of all alcoholic beverages in Illinois is 21. Fraudulent identification for the purpose of securing alcoholic beverages and/or purchasing such beverages for minors is a violation of state and local law.

Controlled Substances
Possession, manufacture, use, distribution or sale or aiding in sale, manufacture or distribution of controlled substances or drug paraphernalia, including knowledge of and/or failure to act upon such knowledge in a timely manner is a violation of state and local law.

Academic and Campus Consequences
Depending on your major or program, academic consequences for drug and alcohol violations can vary. We encourage students to familiarize themselves with the College's Code of Conduct, outlined in the E-Book (College's Student Handbook), as well as any major-specific consequences that may befall students who are in violation of the alcohol and drug policies stated in the Code of Conduct. An overview of departmental requirements and consequences specific to drug and alcohol violations on campus:

Campus-Related Activities

  • Students are expected to adhere to the College's Code of Conduct.
  • Consequence: Removal from sports teams or other co-curricular activities (Greek life, etc.); removal from housing; inability to drive College vehicles for student groups, organizations or for student worker positions; inability to get a particular student worker position; possible revocation of parking privileges.

Financial Aid

  • The U.S. Department of Education inquires about any prior convictions for the possession or sale of illegal drugs.
  • Consequence: If a student has had a drug conviction for an offense that occurred while they were receiving federal student aid (such as grants, loans or work study), the conviction may affect their eligibility for aid in the future.

Leadership Opportunities

  • Students are expected to adhere to the College's Code of Conduct.
  • Consequences: Eligibility and/or participation in campus groups, including leadership positions that represent the College, may be impacted by adherence to, consideration for and responsiveness to the College's Code of Conduct.


  • Students are expected to adhere to the College's Code of Conduct.
  • Consequence: A student's eligibility to continue on an athletic team or his or her level of participation in sporting events and team activities will be determined by the severity of the violation or offense.


  • Criminal background checks are required in all teacher education programs at the College: (a) prior to admission to a teacher education program and (b) prior to the time a teacher candidate begins a student teaching experience. The College requirement is consistent with the Illinois law that requires school districts and boards to conduct criminal background checks on applicants and non-certified positions of employment.
  • Consequence: Teacher candidates may not be admitted to a teacher education program, retained in the program, or approved for student teaching if a background investigation determines that they have been convicted of criminal behavior that, by law, automatically prohibits them from obtaining Illinois licensure. Offenses that automatically prohibit licensure currently include some offenses set forth in the Cannabis Control Act and some crimes defined in the Illinois Controlled Substance Act. Teacher candidates are responsible for knowing which offenses are automatically disqualifying.


  • Drug screening and criminal background checks are required of all nursing students. All students will complete drug screening and criminal background checks prior to the start of their junior and senior years, and at the discretion of the director of the Department of Nursing and Health Sciences.
  • Consequences: The Department of Nursing and Health Sciences is a drug-free environment. A positive drug screening result is considered evidence of an actual or potential inability to practice nursing with reasonable skill and safety. Students with a positive drug screening result will not be allowed in the clinical setting. Positive drug screening results may result in disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal. The long-term consequences would depend on the drug screening results and other factors. If a conviction report is received, the student's continued progression in the nursing program will be evaluated by the designated departmental faculty committee. Permission to remain in the program will be based on the severity of the offense, recency of the offense and relevance to the position as a direct caregiver.

Social Work

  • Criminal background checks are required for field placements in human service agencies.
  • Consequence: Admission into graduate programs and eligibility to obtain a license to practice as a social worker may also be negatively impacted.

Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic

  • The Clinic has a zero-tolerance policy.
  • Consequence: Students who attempt to treat clients under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs are dismissed from the clinic.

Employment Opportunities

  • Specific fields, including but not limited to, teaching and government positions often involve criminal background checks. Future employers may also vet a potential employee by searching through social media sites, such as Facebook.
  • Consequence: Applicants may not be given interviews or employment opportunities based on results of criminal background checks or social media searches.

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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