Haverford College Policy on Drug-Free Schools

Questions about this policy may be directed to Campus Safety

Issue of August, 2014

Haverford College complies with federal, state and local laws including those which regulate the possession, use, purchase, and sale of alcoholic beverages, controlled substances, and weapons. You must be twenty-one years of age to purchase, sell, consume or possess an alcoholic beverage in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The college observes the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1989 and Drug Free School and Communities Act of 1990. The educational materials are included in the College’s written policies instituted to comply with this legislation.

The use, possession, purchase and/or sale of illicit drugs on campus is prohibited. Violations will be investigated by Campus Safety and may result in State or Federal criminal prosecution.

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania law states that you must be at least twenty-one years of age in order to purchase, sell, possess or consume alcoholic beverages. Please refer to the alcohol policy for further information and penalties of violations.

The unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs or alcohol poses a threat to the health and safety of all members of the Haverford College community and is not permitted on College property or as part of College activities. The sanctions for the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol are defined in the Pennsylvania Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act (35 Pa. C.S. Sections 780-101 to 780-144); the Pennsylvania Crimes Code (18 Pa. C.S. Sections 6307-6314); Controlled Substances Forfeitures (42 Pa. C.S. Sections 6801-6802); the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code (75 Pa. C.S. Sections 1546-1547; 3715, 3731); the Haverford Township Code  (Article II, Sections 126-14 and 126-17); and the Lower Merion Code (Article IV, Section 111-4).  The College’s policies on disciplinary sanctions for students, faculty and staff members unlawfully possessing, using, or distributing illicit drugs or alcohol are stated in the appropriate handbooks.

Haverford College stands ready to assist any member of the campus community who wishes confidential help with an alcohol or drug-related problem.  Students should call Health Services (x1089), or 1-800-ALCOHOL (252-6465) for off-campus information and assistance. This policy is instituted effective immediately to comply with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 (P.L. #101-226).

Students charged with violating the Drug Free Schools Act (possession or possession with intent to deliver, delivery, or manufacturing a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school or college)  face NON-NEGOTIABLE, MANDATORY SENTENCING GUIDELINES (generally two to four years of imprisonment).  This involves extremely serious consequences.

The College will conduct a biennial review of its program to determine its effectiveness, implement needed changes, and ensure consistent enforcement.

For additional information about alcohol and other drugs, including resources available to Haverford students and the effects of alcohol and drug use, see:


Office of the Dean of the College