Alcohol and Smoking Policy

College Alcoholic Beverages Policy and Smoking Policy

Alcoholic Beverages Policy
No alcoholic beverage may be sold or given to anyone who appears to be impaired, nor sold to anyone one hour before the agreed termination time of an activity held within the College campus. An Alcoholic Beverage Commission (ABC) form may be obtained from the Student Activities Office.

Smoking Policy
The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York voted to ban smoking after January 1, 1995, inside all buildings owned, leased, or operated by the University. During the fall semester of 1994, the Hostos College Senate voted overwhelmingly in support of the Board’s action. The resolution states that, “As the largest urban university in the country, the City University is committed to promoting the health and well-being of its faculty, students, and staff. The health hazards of tobacco use are well-documented and directly linked to the death of an estimated 390,000 Americans a year....” An explanation accompanying the resolution noted that “the significant health hazards associated with tobacco smoke for both smokers and non-smokers clearly indicate the necessity of creating a University smoke-free environment.” Hostos Community College supports the smoking ban and vigorously enforces the policy.

The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of illegal drugs or other controlled substances and the unauthorized use of alcohol by University students/employees on the campus is prohibited. (TITLE 21 U.S. Code 801, ET. SEQ. and NYS PUBLIC HEALTH LAW, 3306). It is a violation of NYS Penal Law 240.40 for a person to appear in public under the influence of narcotics or a drug other than alcohol to the degree that he/she may endanger himself/herself or other persons or property, or annoy persons in his/her vicinity. It is also a violation of NYS Law 260.20(d) (4) for a person to give or sell an alcoholic beverage to a person less than 21 years old. Students are expected to comply with the above Federal and State regulations and Rules of Conduct printed in this Hostos catalog.

Any student or employee found in violation of the rules and regulations set forth in this policy may be subject to disciplinary action. Sanctions may include admonition, warning, censure, disciplinary probation, restitution, suspension, expulsion, and/or complaint to civil authorities. These are clearly defined in this Hostos catalog.

A student who is experiencing difficulty with alcohol or chemical dependency may be referred to the Dean for Student Development and Enrollment Management or the Counseling Office by members of the instructional staff or may seek assistance directly. The Vice President for Student Development and Enrollment Management may take disciplinary action or recommend that the student meet with a counselor for appropriate referral or assistance through self-help organizations or other outside intervention agencies.