NYLS Drug and Alcohol Policy

New York Law School is committed to a drug-free learning environment. While recognizing that students age 21 and older are legally permitted to consume alcoholic beverages, the law school requires students to do so responsibly and in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws, as well as the New York Law School alcohol policy outlined below.

Drug and alcohol abuse can lead to severe health problems, including ones which are life threatening. The Law School encourages all students experiencing problems with drug or alcohol abuse to seek confidential help. Any student having such problems should contact the Office of Student Engagement (5th Floor E building, 212-431-2851) or the confidential student counseling service at 1-866-486-4334 for information about treatment programs and/or self-help groups. The services listed below can provide valuable assistance:

Alcoholics Anonymous: 212.647.1680 and 212.870.3400
Narcotics Anonymous: 212.929.6262
Al-Anon Family Group Meeting Information Line: 1.800.356.9996 and 1.800.344.2666
Journey Healing Center – An accredited Drug and Alcohol Program: 1.800.453.2124

Section I: Illegal Drugs

In accordance with federal law and state laws, no student may possess, use, or distribute any illegal drug on New York Law School premises or at official Law School functions. (Please see Title 21 of the United States code and articles 220 and 221 of the New York Penal Code.) Any instances of illegal drug distribution, possession, or possession for distribution, will be referred to the local authorities. If convicted, permanent notation will be placed in the students file and will be forwarded to the appropriate Bar Certification Committee. Students convicted of possession, use or distribution of illegal drugs also may be the subject to disciplinary action by the Academic Responsibility Committee. These actions include expulsion, suspension, reprimand, and permanent notation on the record of the violator.

Section II: Alcohol

The use of alcohol may be permitted upon request on New York Law School premises or at official law school functions, and only in accordance with the following guidelines:

  • No person under 21 years of age may be served an alcoholic beverage.
  • No visibly intoxicated person may be served an alcoholic beverage. Staff serving alcohol is encouraged to err on the side of caution.
  • The Office of Student Engagement must be informed when alcohol will be served at a student sponsored event.
  • At each student-sponsored event at which alcohol is served, one or more students must be designated as responsible for the enforcement of the New York Law School Alcohol Policy. A member of the Office of Student Engagement Staff will meet with those students before each event where alcohol is served to insure that responsible student(s) understand the policy. The students responsible for the event must inform the Office of Student Engagement of the number of guests expected and the amount of alcohol to be purchased. The Office of Student Engagement reserves the right to limit the amount of alcohol purchased for an event. For planning purposes generally alcohol is limited to two drinks per person.
  • Food and non-alcoholic beverages must be served at any event at which alcoholic beverages will be served.
  • Alcoholic beverages may only be consumed on the Law School premises when an event is hosted by the Law School and approved to serve alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic Beverages may not be stored in Journal offices, Center offices, Clinic offices, Moot Court offices, or student organization offices.

Students found to be in violation of the above policy will be referred to the Academic Responsibility Committee for disciplinary action in accordance with that committee’s procedures. These actions include but are not limited to one or more of the following: expulsion, suspension, reprimand, and permanent notation on the record of the violator.

Advertisements should not encourage the use of alcohol and if necessary such materials will be
removed from Law School property where they appear.

Section III: Forced Alcohol or Drug Consumption

Forced alcohol or drug consumption for initiation into or affiliation with any organization is prohibited.

Students found to be in violation of the above policy will be referred to the Academic Responsibility Committee for disciplinary action in accordance with that committee’s procedures. Possible sanctions include but are not limited to one or more of the following: expulsion, suspension, reprimand, and permanent notation on the record of the violator, or for an organization, rescission of permission to operate on campus.

Section IV: Amnesty for Alcohol and/or Drug Use

The health and safety of every student at New York Law School is of utmost importance. New York Law School recognizes that students who have been drinking and/or using drugs (whether such use is voluntary or involuntary) at the time that violence, including but not limited to domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault occurs may be hesitant to report such incidents due to fear of potential consequences for their own conduct. New York Law School strongly encourages students to report domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault to institution officials. A bystander acting in good faith that discloses any incident of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault to New York Law School’s officials or law enforcement will not be subject to New York Law School’s code of conduct action for violations of alcohol and/or drug use policies occurring at or near the time of the commission of the domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault.

Suggested Actions for Handling Impairment at a Law School Event

  • If a student observes that another individual is impaired by the use of drugs or alcohol at
    a New York Law School event, that student should bring this fact to the attention of the
    student(s) responsible for the event at which alcohol is served or to a member of the
    New York Law School Staff.
  • No seriously impaired individual should be allowed to leave the Law School premises by
    him/herself. If no funds for a taxi are available, the responsible student(s) should contact
    an officer at the security desk (x2123). Under no circumstances should an impaired
    individual be allowed to drive.
  • If an individual is impaired to the point where medical attention may be required, the
    responsible student(s) should contact an officer at the security desk (x2123) to request
    she/he call for an ambulance.

Alcohol Guidelines for all NYLS Events

In general, events sponsored by faculty, centers or non-student run organizations should endeavor to follow the same guidelines.