Substance Abuse Policies & Procedures

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Tiffani Thomas
Year/Track: 2018
Hometown: Reno, Nevada
Major: Political Science and Government

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Substance Abuse Policies & Procedures

Students are expected to comply with federal, state, and local laws governing the possession, distribution, use, and consumption of alcohol and illicit drugs on the campus and as part of school activities both on and off the campus. A separate publication of the school, Substance Abuse Policies and Procedures, provides further information about policies, procedures, and available drug or alcohol abuse education programs, as required by Section 1213 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. The publication is available from the Office of the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs.

In addition, the McGeorge Policy on Alcoholic Beverages for chartered student organizations is available on insidePacific.

College and university campuses may be particularly vulnerable to the abuse of alcohol and other drugs. Please read this information and support our promotion of low-risk, healthy choices concerning the use of alcohol and other drugs. All members of the University share the responsibility for this problem and should lend support in solving it.

This is a summary of the University's policies which are applicable to the School of Law and those programs relating to substance abuse on our campus. This information is sent to you annually as a requirement of the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1965, amended 1989, and the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988. Universities that receive federal funds in any form are required to comply with the above acts. We must take affirmative steps to prohibit the unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession, and use of controlled substances in the workplace.

If you have any questions, students please call the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at 916.739.7089.

Standards of Conduct

University students, faculty and staff will comply with federal, state and local laws governing the use of alcohol and drugs on the University campuses and as part of University activities both on and off the campuses.

It is the responsibility of every student, faculty and staff member to report incidents involving infractions of federal, state and local drug and alcohol laws on campus, or at officially sponsored off-campus activities, to one of the following: Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Office of Administration, Chief of Public Safety, or the Dean's Office.

As in the courts, lack of awareness and/or failure to comprehend the regulations are not an acceptable defense of one's actions.

Description of Applicable Legal Sanctions

Federal penalties for trafficking depend upon several conditions including the substance, amount, and whether the matter is a first offense for an individual or other legal entity. Penalties involve monetary sanctions and/or prison terms up to and including life in prison.

The California Alcoholic Beverage Control Act protects the safety, welfare, health, peace, and morals of Californians, eliminates the unlicensed and unlawful manufacture, sale and disposal of alcoholic beverages, and promotes temperance in the consumption and use of alcoholic beverages. (Bus. and Prof. Code 23001). A person convicted of a violation of this act is guilty of a misdemeanor or felony depending upon the violation.

The California Uniform Controlled Substances Act divides controlled substances into five schedules, which may be found in California Health and Safety Code, sections 11053-11058.

The Code of Student Responsibility governs student conduct and compliance with University rules, regulations and policies. The School of Law posts information concerning the use of anabolic steroids in designated areas as required by law.

Description of Health Risks

Alcohol — When alcohol is abused, the consequences to the body can be severe. All systems of the body are affected. The effects on the central nervous system include poor memory, premature aging of the brain and loss of reasoning ability. There is also the possibility of an increase of cancer of the mouth, larynx and the esophagus along with the possibility of heart rhythm disturbances, as well as significant liver damage.

Marijuana — Users often have chronic bronchitis and run the added risk of lung cancer. Heavy users may show slow and confused thinking, loss of energy, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Other side effects associated with chronic use of marijuana are chromosome damage, decreased levels of the male sex hormone, and brain damage.

Cocaine — Cocaine abusers often have a stuffy, runny nose with eczema around the nostrils and possible perforation of the nasal septum. Cocaine can also cause delirium, hallucinations, blurred vision, severe chest pain, muscle spasms, convulsions, and death.

Amphetamines: These drugs can cause a very rapid or irregular heart beat, tremors, loss of coordination, collapse, even death from heart failure or from burst blood vessels in the brain. Heavy users are prone to irrational acts.

Heroin — This is an opiate drug that causes diminished pain reactions. Some of the risks associated with heroin use include slowing of the heart rate to coma or death, chronic constipation and depression of male and female sex hormones.

McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific students are encouraged to seek assistance for drug and alcohol problems from:

Cowell Wellness Center
1041 Brookside Road
Stockton, CA 95211
Appointment Line: 209.946.2315

The Cowell Wellness Center on the UOP campus in Stockton provides outreach programs relating to alcohol use and abuse to the campus community. In April of every year, Cowell also participates in the National Alcohol Screening Day, when students can complete a screening and receive feedback on their alcohol use.

The Other Bar

A self-support group made up exclusively of lawyers, judges and law students, most of whom are recovering alcoholics though recovering substance abusers are welcome; this group meets locally. Phone: 800.222.0767

Alcoholics Anonymous

Several groups meet locally, including in the immediate neighborhood of the School of Law.

7500 14th Ave., Building 27
Sacramento, CA 95820

The Effort (formerly Aquarian Effort)

A non-profit referral and treatment agency specializing in substance abuse problems, detoxification assistance and continuing support.

1820 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95814

Health Insurance

Many student health insurance plans provide benefits for alcoholism and/or substance abuse on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. Benefits provided for McGeorge students enrolled in Aetna's student health insurance plan are provided below. If you do not have Aetna student health insurance, please check with your provider for specific benefits.


The benefits described below must have prior-authorization from Aetna on a case-by-case basis. When approved, benefits will be payable in place of an inpatient admission whereby two days of partial hospitalization may be exchanged for one day of full hospitalization.


Covered medical expenses include expenses incurred while confined as a full-time inpatient in a hospital or a facility established primarily for the treatment of alcohol and drug addiction.

Covered medical expenses for inpatient treatment of substance abuse are payable as follows:

  • Subject to a $5,000 maximum, per condition per policy year.
  • Preferred Care: 80% of the Negotiated Charge
  • Non-Preferred Care: 60% of the Reasonable Charge

Note: Inpatient covered medical expenses include charges made for treatment received during partial hospitalization in a hospital or treatment facility. Psychiatric hospitals are not covered. A referral and/or pre-certification from the School Health Services is required for all partial hospitalization or inpatient benefits for treatment of alcohol and drug addiction. If a referral is not obtained, benefits will not be payable.


Covered medical expenses include charges for treatment of alcohol and drug addiction, while the covered person is not confined as a full-time inpatient in a hospital.

Covered medical expenses for outpatient treatment of substance abuse expenses are payable as follows:

  • Preferred Care: 80% of the Negotiated Charge
  • Non-Preferred Care: 60% of the Reasonable Charge

Note: A referral and/or pre-certification from the School Health Services is required for all outpatient benefits for treatment of alcohol and drug addiction. If a referral is not obtained, benefits will not be payable.

Employment Assistance Program

Pacific also maintains an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) administered by ComPsych to help employees and their dependents with problems of alcohol and drugs — confidential help 1.877.595.5281. In addition, the Yellow Pages of telephone directories under the headings ALCOHOLISM or DRUG contain numerous agencies and practitioners specializing in the treatment of alcohol and drug problems.

A representative listing follows:

  • Al-Anon Information Service 916.334.2970
  • Alcoholics Anonymous 916.454.1100
  • Nar-Anon Family Group 1.800.477.6291
  • Narcotics Anonymous 1.800.600.HOPE

Statement of Disciplinary Sanctions

Students who have failed to comply with federal, state and local laws governing the use of alcohol and illicit drugs will be subject to sanctions ranging from a letter of reprimand up to and including expulsion from the School of Law. Incidents involving students against whom charges have been filed will be processed in accordance with the Code of Student Responsibility, a copy of which has been provided to you. Additional copies may be obtained in the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs' Office. In all cases, the State Bar will be notified.