Haverford College Policy on Drug-Free Schools

Questions about this policy may be directed to: Campus Safety

Issue of September, 2012

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).  No institution will receive federal financial assistance of any kind after October 1, 1990, unless it has certified that it has “adopted and implemented a program to prevent the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees”. More importantly, 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:


Last modified: August 22, 2012