The Student Handbook for Eastern University, the individual Student Handbooks for each EU school as well as the Academic Catalog for each school contain important information and policies for which students are responsible.  In addition to these documents, we call your attention to some items here that are required reading for all students all schools.  

Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program

Eastern University student and employee health and well-being are of great importance and the University wants all students and employees to know about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse and the resources that are available to them concerning education, what to do about abuse and addiction in self and others, and other general information. To this end, the University has established programming and/or resources for students and employees appropriate to their needs.   

Undergraduate students are held accountable through University alcohol policies, as listed in the Student Handbook. Students who may be abusing alcohol will be confronted and offered or required to receive alcohol education, alcohol counseling or to otherwise get assistance with the problem. College of Arts and Sciences resident students are required to participate in an annual face-to-face group alcohol awareness program administered by the residence life staff. Athletes participate in additional annual programming through the Department of Athletics and are also asked to abide by the Student Athlete Handbook which affirms and embraces the University alcohol policy and additional and more stringent alcohol policies for participating athletes.  Students who self-report as needing help with a drug or alcohol addition will be referred to appropriate resources. Students who come to the attention of the University through violation of policies will be responded to in a restorative manner when possible, and will also be held accountable for the outcomes of drug or alcohol use and abuse through the disciplinary process as outlined in the Student Handbook.   

Employees are referred to the New Employee Welcome Packet for specific information on drug and alcohol education and prevention. In addition to the annual face-to-face alcohol awareness programming, students are required to review the Drug and Alcohol Use, Abuse and Resources information annually.

Alcohol & The Law

Federal and State Violations and Fines

If you are under 21 and you possess a fake ID or falsify an ID card to misrepresent your age or purchase, attempt to purchase, use, or transport alcoholic beverages, you will lose your driver’s license on the first conviction.

  • First offense - 90 day mandatory suspension
  • Second Offense - 1 year suspension
  • Third Offense - 2 year suspension

You will pay a fine of up to $500.00 and it will cost $25.00 to get your license back.  Your parents will be notified and, if the courts stipulate, you’ll be required to complete an alcohol education or counseling program.  Moreover, it is unlawful for any person to sell, furnish, or give any liquor, or permit any liquor to be sold, furnished, or given to any person visibly intoxicated or to any minors (persons less than 21 years of age).  Violation carries a minimum $1,000.00 fine for the first offense and a $2,500.00 fine for second and further offenses. Maximum penalty: $2,500.00 and one year imprisonment.

Additional Information

Health Risks

Alcohol is a depressant that affects the heart, liver, kidneys, and brain activity.  When mixed with other depressants such as marijuana or barbiturates, it can cause loss of consciousness or death.  Combining alcohol with stimulants such as cocaine places harmful stress on the body as the two drugs work against each other; this can result in irregular heartbeat, extreme excitability, and possible heart attack. If you need help and/or would just like to talk to someone about your own or a family member’s drinking, or if you are struggling with the decision to use drugs or alcohol and are student, call the Cushing CCAS office.  Our staff will provide short-term counseling or referrals to counseling and facilitates a variety of ongoing support and therapy groups throughout the school year. The CCAS staff will refer students to an extensive network of counseling services, hospitals, or treatment centers.

Eastern’s Response

We are very serious about maintaining alcohol- and drug-free residence halls. We expect our students to abide by State and Federal laws (no drinking at all if you are under 21) as well as Eastern University policy.  Should you choose to violate the university policies or the laws of the state or federal government concerning drugs and alcohol, you can expect to be confronted, challenged, and when warranted, disciplined.  Students who believe drugs and alcohol must be a part of their college experience should not consider Eastern. In addition, parents or guardians may be informed when underage students are involved in violating our policy.

Drug and Alcohol Use, Abuse and Educational Resources

Substance Abuse Treatment Locator
Phone: 1-800-662-HELP

This Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website and toll-free phone line help individuals locate drug and alcohol abuse treatment programs in their communities.

This free, confidential website lets individuals privately assess their own drinking habits and receive personalized feedback to help them determine if they need help to change those habits. Individuals can also  find out about facilities in their communities that offer drug and alcohol abuse treatment and consultations with qualified health professionals regarding alcohol problems. 

Phone: 888-4AL-ANON

Al-Anon provides information on the effects of alcohol abuse and refers friends and families of alcohol abusers to nearby support groups. Al-Anon’s purpose is to help families and friends of alcoholics recover from the effects of living with a relative or friend with a drinking problem. Alateen is the organization’s program for young people whose lives have been affected by someone else's drinking. 

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Phone: 212-870-3400

AA offers a way to stop drinking to individuals who feel they have a problem with alcohol. AA groups are located in most cities and rural communities throughout the country. Look up “Alcoholics Anonymous” in a local telephone directory for a contact in your area. 

American Council on Alcoholism
Phone: 800-527-5344

This service provides referrals to alcoholism treatment programs nationwide and distributes written materials on alcohol abuse problems. 

Cocaine Anonymous
Phone: 800-347-8998

Cocaine Anonymous provides support for people dependent on cocaine and other mind-altering substances. Callers are referred to local helplines. 

Phone: 800-477-6291

This worldwide program provides support for friends and families of individuals with substance abuse problems. 

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Hopeline
Phone: 800-NCA-CALL

This organization, a planning and oversight agency for public substance abuse treatment programs, provides written information on alcohol and drug abuse and referrals to treatment and counseling services nationwide.

Sexual Violence Awareness Program

As required of all colleges and universities who receive state funding (PA HB 101) the EU sexual violence policy is made up of the following elements:

1. Annual discussions of sexual violence offered to all students to attend, including the following elements:

  • A. A discussion of consent, what it is and what it is not, including an explanation that the victim is not at fault.
  • B. A discussion of drug and alcohol-facilitated sexual violence.
  • C. Information relating to risk education and personal safety/protection.

2.  Information on where and how to get assistance, including: 

  • A. The importance of medical treatment 
  • B. Evidence collection,
  • C. How to report sexual violence to campus authorities and local law enforcement.

3. Information on the possibility of pregnancy and transmission of sexual diseases.

4. Introduction to resources for students, including: 

  • A. Residence Life and Student Development  Staff
  • B. Campus security
  • C. Local law enforcement
  • D. Health Center
  • E. Rape crisis hotlines
  • F. Counseling on campus  
  • G. Off campus counseling referral list

5. A promise of discretion and dignity.

6. A promise of confidentiality for victims of sexual assault.

7. Full Sexual Discrimination and Title IX Policies