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II. South Carolina Law All state laws related to alcohol and illegal drugs are in effect on the USC Upstate campus. All students, faculty, staff and guests are required to comply. All students, faculty, staff and guests are viewed by USC Upstate as individually responsible and legally accountable for their actions regarding alcohol and illegal drugs. The specific laws cited in the list below are pertinent to this policy. All South Carolina laws, whether or not they are cited in this policy, are applicable. It is against South Carolina law to: • Purchase, possess or consume any alcoholic beverage if you are under the age of 21; • Provide any alcoholic beverage to a person under the age of 21 by transfer, gift or sale; • Misrepresent your age for the purpose of procur-ing • Drive under the influence; • Have a blood level of 0.02 or higher while driving a vehicle if you are under the age of 21 (zero tolerance); • Have an open container of alcoholic beverage in a moving vehicle; • Be intoxicated in public; • Manufacture, distribute, possess or use illegal drugs; • Possess or use drug paraphernalia. III. Definitions Alcoholic Beverage - any spirituous malt (for example: Smirnoff Ice, Schlitz Malt Liquor, wine coolers), vinous, fermented, brewed (whether lager or rice beer) or other liquors or any compound or mixture thereof by whatever name called or known which contains alcohol and is used as a beverage. Common Source Container - any keg, pony keg, trashcan, bathtub, large container of beverage (i.e. box of wine), or other similar devices used for storing or mixing a quantity of beverage from which a quantity of beverage is distributed to, or consumed by, more than one individual. Drug Paraphernalia - items such as roach clips, bongs, water pipes, cocaine spoons, etc. Distilled/Spirituous Liquor - for example: whiskey, rum, brandy, gin and all other distilled liquor and mixtures of cordials, liqueur and premixed cocktails, in closed containers for beverage use regardless of their dilution. Illegal Drugs - for the purposes of this policy includes illegal drugs including (but not limited to) marijuana, cocaine, heroin, MDMA (ecstasy), and LSD. Any prescription drug for which the user does not have a valid prescription is also included. Mixed Beverage - a drink composed in whole or in part of distilled liquor and served in a quantity less than the quantity contained in a closed package 145 hearing is not required, a decision regarding the appeal will be made based on a review of statements, testimony information and evidence presented at the original hearing. The chair of the Appeals Council will render a decision that may: • affirm the original decision, which shall be effective as of the date specified • affirm the original decision and reduce the penalty, which shall be effective as of the date specified • dismiss the original decision • specify other appropriate action as deemed necessary. In extraordinary circumstances, the Appeals Council may direct a new hearing. All deadlines expressed in any section are subject to change if exigent circumstances exist. The dean of students shall send written notification of the decision regarding the appeal to the appealing party within 15 University business days of receiv-ing the appeal barring special circumstances requiring an extension of this time limit. A copy of the decision will be sent to the original Hearing Board. The decision of the Appeals Council in all appellate matters is the final decision for the University. Composition of the Appeals Council The Appeals Council normally consists of one academic dean, and two faculty members as voting members. The dean of students serves as administrator of the appeals council as a non-voting member. The faculty and academic dean are given a one-year appointment by the senior vice chancellor for academic affairs. Members of the Appeals Council are selected each fall to serve during the fall, spring and summer of the following year. IX. Alcohol and Drug Policy I. Introduction This policy governs the distribution, serving, posses-sion, and consumption of substances, which includes alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs, at the University of South Carolina Upstate. This policy is established to: • Respect the academic environment without unnecessarily restricting the exercise of legal privileges; • Protect the welfare of individuals accessing the USC Upstate campus; • Respect the low risk use of alcohol; • Respect zero tolerance of illegal drug use. • Students, faculty, staff and guests are required to comply with and abide by the contents of this policy. alcoholic beverages; 141 ‘16 - ‘17 Student Handbook


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