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Pursuant to the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is required to establish a drug and alcohol prevention program for its students and employees. A biennial review of this program will be done to determine its effectiveness, to implement changes to the program if they are needed, and to ensure that the institute's disciplinary sanction described below are consistently enforced.

The following are components of the policies and resources available at RHIT:

Standards Of Conduct:
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology regulations prohibit the unlawful possession, use, distribution, and sale of alcohol and illicit drugs. Criminal penalties for violation of such laws range from fines up to $20,000 and imprisonment up to and including life.

Employee Policies:
Employee-specific policies related to drugs and alcohol can be found at
Employee Handbook link

Health Risks:
Specific serious health risks are associated with the use of illicit drugs and alcohol. Some of the major risks:

  • Alcohol and other depressants (barbituates, sedatives, and tranquilizers): Addiction, accidents as a result of impaired ability and judgment, overdose when used with other depressants, damage to a developing fetus, heart and liver damage.
  • Marijuana: Addiction, panic reaction, impaired short-term memory, increased risk of lung cancer and emphysema, particularly in cigarette smokers, impairment of driving ability.
  • Cocaine: Addiction, heart attack, seizures, lung damage, severe depression, paranoia, psychosis. Similar risks are associated with other stimulants such as speed and uppers.
  • Hallucinogens (acid, LSD, PCP, MDMA, etc.): Unpredictable behavior, emotional instability, and violent behavior, organic brain damage in heavy users, convulsions, and coma.
  • Narcotics (heroin, Demerol, Morphine, Codeine, etc.): Addiction, accidental overdose, risk of hepatitis and AIDS from contaminated needles.

A variety of resources exist for drug or alcohol counseling, treatment, or rehabilitation programs. Many of these resources can be found online via the Hamilton Center. For referrals, students may contact the Student Counseling Office at 812-877-8537 and employees may contact the Office of Human Resources at 812-877-8153.

University Discipline:
Violation of the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology regulations can result in disciplinary action up to and including expulsion for students and discharge for employees.