II. Policy Statements:

POLICY ON ALCOHOL AND DRUGS

The illegal possession and/or use of barbiturates, amphetamines, hallucinogenic compounds, narcotics, and other controlled substances violates state and federal law. SUNY Brockport permits the use of alcoholic beverages on campus by those who comply with state law and who adhere to the rules established by SUNY Brockport. Students living in the SUNY Brockport residence halls or student townhomes and who are 21 years of age or older are allowed to possess and consume alcoholic beverages in their rooms in compliance with state law and consistent with SUNY Brockport regulations pertaining to possession and consumption.

Cannabis and other cannabis products (edibles, concentrates, oils, etc) have been legalized for personal use in NYS, however, they are still defined as controlled substances under the Federal Controlled Substances act. The use, possession, and/or sale of cannabis and cannabis products is prohibited at SUNY Brockport, in compliance with the federal Drug Free Schools act and Drug Free Workplace act.

Members of the campus community who have a question, who need assistance, or have a problem regarding alcohol or other drugs, should contact Hazen Center for Integrated Care, which includes the Student Health Center, the Counseling Center and Health Promotion and Prevention Education. A complete description of alcohol and other drug programs for our campus may be obtained from Hazen Center for Integrated Care. SUNY Brockport’s 2021 Biennial Report (Appendix A) on high-risk drinking and substance abuse prevention, in compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Community Act (DFSCA), may be found on SUNY Brockport’s Student Policy Webpage.

On a biennial basis, SUNY Brockport reviews the effectiveness of its drug and alcohol prevention programs, alcohol and other drug policies, and the enforcement of these policies. SUNY Brockport has implemented strategies to improve students’ knowledge about alcohol and other drug use and abuse and the associated health risks, including mandating for all new students, student leaders, and student athletes, the Vector Solutions online educational program, Alcohol EDU. This program contains information on alcohol effects on the brain and body, blood alcohol concentration (BAC), what is in a standard drink, gender-specific education for women, State law and University policy, deconstructing messages from the media on alcohol, responding to alcohol poisoning, and information on campus resources for seeking assistance. SUNY Brockport’s alcohol and other drug policies for students are set forth in The Code of Student Conduct and the On-Campus Housing License. These policies are enforced by the student conduct system.

SUNY Brockport’s Drug and Alcohol Use in the Workplace applies to employees and is enforced by the Office of Human Resources. That policy may be found on the University-wide Policy Webpage.

POLICY ON WEAPONS ON CAMPUS

Firearms and dangerous weapons of any type are not permitted on campus. Intentional use, possession, or sale of firearms or other dangerous weapons by anyone is strictly forbidden and is a violation of state and federal law, as well as a violation of SUNY Brockport’s Code of Student Conduct.

III. Security in Residence Halls

SUNY Brockport’s Office of Residential Life/Learning Communities is committed to providing a safe environment in the residence halls. The University provides students with tips on safety concerns and prevention through brochures, pamphlets, hall meetings, and presentations. While there are many safeguards in place for residence hall students, each student must do their part to ensure a safe and secure environment by adhering to all safety-related policies and procedures.

Residence hall staffing consists of residence hall directors (RDs) who are professional staff members and live and work in each of the residence halls. In addition, a resident assistant (RA) is assigned to almost every floor. An RA is an upper-class student who has received extensive training in the fundamental knowledge areas of residence hall living. The resident directors and resident assistants undergo training in enforcing residence hall safety and security policies and are aware of potential safety hazards and concerns. A resident director is on duty during regular university operating hours and from from 5 pm every evening until 8 am the following morning. Each residence hall also has an RA on duty from 7 pm every evening until 7 am the following morning, with 24 hour on-call coverage throughout weekends and holidays.

Every residence hall student is issued a key card to the main entrance of their residence hall and a key to their room. Students are only granted key card access to their assigned residence hall. All residence halls are locked 24 hours a day. An on-campus telephone is located at the main entrance of each hall so that visitors may contact students for entry. Student night desk attendants are on duty from 8 pm – 3 am. Night desk attendants sit at a desk with a telephone at the front entrance hall to check student IDs and register guests entering the residence hall with their host. All guests are required to have photo identification, or they will not be permitted to enter or remain in the residence hall. Night desk attendants also report any unusual circumstances or situations in the residence hall to the resident assistant on duty, resident director on duty and/or University Police.

III.A. MISSING STUDENT POLICY

Reports of residential students who have been missing for 24 hours or more should be made immediately to University Police and the Office of Residential Life/Living Learning Communities. Each student who resides in an on-campus student housing facility has the option to register a confidential contact person to be notified in the event that the student is determined to be missing. Only authorized campus officials and law enforcement officers acting in furtherance of a missing person investigation may have access to this information. Procedures for the collection, maintenance, and authorized dissemination of this contact information will be administered by the Office of Residential Life/Learning Communities. Regardless of whether or not a student has registered a confidential contact, University Police should be notified immediately when any residential student is missing for 24 hours or more. According to the Missing Student Notification Policy for Residential Students, within 24 hours of receiving a report of a missing student, the University will notify the student’s confidential contact (if provided), will notify the parent or guardian of any missing student under the age of 18 who is not emancipated, and will also contact the local area law enforcement agencies. (See Appendix B for the full policy or at the following Webpage. Nothing in this policy precludes the implementation of these procedures in less than 24 hours if circumstances so warrant.

IV. Hate Crimes Prevention

HATE CRIMES AND THE LAW

It is a SUNY Brockport University Policy mandate to protect all members of the SUNY Brockport community by preventing and prosecuting hate crimes that occur within the campus’ jurisdiction, through the enforcement of the Federal Hate Crimes Statistics Act of 1990, modified by the Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009, and the New York State Hate Crimes Act of 2000 (Penal Law Article 485).

Hate crimes are crimes motivated by the perpetrator’s bias or attitude against an individual victim or group, based on perceived or actual personal characteristics, such as their race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. Penalties for hate crimes are very serious and range from fines to imprisonment for lengthy periods, depending on the nature of the underlying criminal offense, the use of violence, or previous convictions of the offender. Perpetrators who are students will also be subject to campus disciplinary procedures, where sanctions including conduct dismissal are possible.

A bias incident is not necessarily a hate crime; the incident must have been a crime, and prejudice must have motivated the crime. If you have questions about hate crimes or incidents of bias, you may contact University Police at (585) 395-2226 or the Chief Diversity Officer at (585) 395-5065.

SUNY Brockport also has a Bias Incident Related Reporting System, where students and employees may make a report.

Victims of hate crimes or bias incidents are encouraged to access counseling and support services from the campus as follows: Counseling Center (585) 395-2414 and Health Center (585) 395-2414.