Alcohol and Drug Use

The university expects its students and employees to comply with all local, state and federal laws regarding the use or possession of alcoholic beverages and controlled substances.

The State of Illinois requires that persons be 21 years of age or older to purchase, possess or consume alcoholic beverages, including wine and beer. Violators are subject to arrest.

In addition, Bradley prohibits the consumption of alcoholic beverages by any student, regardless of age, in any public area of the university. Kegs are not permitted in any university-supervised housing, including residence halls, fraternities, sororities and apartments. Violators are subject to university discipline.

The university condemns the possession, use or distribution of illegal drugs such as marijuana, LSD, cocaine, inhalants, hallucinogens or narcotics by anyone in any campus facility and during any University activities. Any individual possessing, using or distributing such drugs is subject to arrest, imprisonment or fine according to applicable laws, as well as university disciplinary action.

While Illinois law may permit limited medical marijuana use and recreational use and possession, using and possessing marijuana in any form remains a crime under federal law. As a recipient of federal funding and in accordance with the federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, Bradley University is required to continue to prohibit the possession, use or distribution of all federally-controlled substances, including marijuana. Therefore, marijuana use will remain prohibited by University policy and the Bradley Code of Student Conduct, and marijuana will continue to be considered illegal. Using, possessing or distributing marijuana, even with a valid prescription, is prohibited on Bradley University property, including University vehicles.

The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act

Bradley University recognizes the fact that an academic community can be harmed in many ways by the abuse of alcohol and the use of other drugs. Education—the process of learning — may be especially impaired, creating health problems, strained social interactions and decreased productivity.

Bradley University promotes an environment that reinforces healthy, responsible living; campus standards and regulations; the individual's responsibility within the community; and the intellectual, social, ethical, emotional, and physical well-being of its community members.

Standards of conduct for students

The university expects students to be knowledgeable of and abide by the laws of the State of Illinois, which require that persons be 21 years of age or older to purchase, possess or consume alcoholic beverages. The consumption of alcoholic beverages will not be permitted by any students, regardless of age, in any public areas of the university.

Kegs (including cooler balls, etc.) will not be permitted in any university supervised housing, including residence halls, fraternities, sororities and apartments.

The university seeks to establish alcohol awareness among Bradley students with an emphasis on alcohol education. The university will:

  • Promote and encourage the strategic placement throughout the campus of signs, posters, and announcements concerning alcohol awareness and alcohol education;
  • Conduct educational programs for students during orientation, beginning in the fall and continuing on through an academic year to address the problems related to alcohol abuse;
  • Individuals receiving a referral for violating university regulations associated with the use of alcohol will be obligated to attend programs related to behavior and behavioral intervention and pay a fee to help cover program costs. This program and fee assessment will be in addition to any other sanctions that may be taken. Individuals failing to attend the program when scheduled could be subject to further disciplinary action..
  • Disciplinary sanctions for violation of university regulations can include dismissal from the university, suspension from the university, disciplinary probation, censure, fines or assessments, referrals, campus or community assistance. A process is in place for an appeal by a student.

Dismissal from the University

University dismissal is an involuntary permanent separation of a student from the university. A student dismissed for disciplinary reasons is not considered in terms of personal conduct to have left the university in good standing.

Suspension from the University

University suspension is an involuntary separation of a student from the university that will specify a time limit and the conditions to be met before a student may request reinstatement.

Disciplinary probation

Disciplinary probation is a status between good standing and suspension or dismissal from the university. It specifies a stated time period during which the student is not considered to be in good standing in terms of personal conduct but may remain enrolled under specified conditions according to university policies. If the stated conditions are fulfilled during the specified time period, the probation is removed and the student is returned to good or normal standing. If the conditions are not fulfilled, the student will be dismissed, suspended, or, in extenuating circumstances, the probation may be extended.


Censure indicates misconduct more serious than a warning but not serious enough for probation and loss of good standing, and shall continue for a specified period. Another violation while under censure can lead to disciplinary probation or more serious disciplinary action.

Fines or assessments

A student may be fined or assessed for violating a university regulation, particularly when the result of the violation would necessitate expenditure of university funds for repairs, replacement or maintenance, or other special circumstances.


A student may be referred to an appropriate university or community resource for special assistance or information if it is felt there may be the possibility of the alteration of conditions involved with the student's unacceptable behavior.

However, such a referral necessitates some indication of a mutually cooperative attitude on the part of the student and the resource.

Campus or community assistance requirement

An individual or group may be assigned to accomplish a task or spend a specified number of hours in a supervised campus or community project.

Other dispositions

At the conclusion of any investigation in which the charges are not proven, the charges may be dismissed or the student may be fully exonerated. A student who is dismissed or suspended will be required to notify his or her parent or legal guardian of the fact and the reasons. One who is subjected to any other sanction may be required to notify his or her parent or legal guardian of the fact and basis thereof.

Health risks of alcohol and other drugs

Every drug is a potential poison which can cause disability and/or death if it is taken incorrectly into the body, consumed in the wrong amounts or mixed indiscriminately with other drugs.

Alcohol is the most abused drug in society as well as on college campuses. Alcohol is directly involved in many injuries and assaults and the majority of deaths in people under age 25. Other commonly abused illegal drugs include marijuana, cocaine, stimulants, hallucinogens, depressants, narcotics, steroids, and inhalants. Legal drugs such as caffeine, nicotine, and over-the-counter and prescription drugs also have wide use and associated health risks. Health risks of using alcohol or other drugs include both physical and psychological effects. The health consequences of drugs depend on the frequency, duration, and intensity of use. For all drugs there is a risk of overdose. Overdose can result in coma, convulsions, psychosis, or death. Combinations of certain drugs, such as alcohol and barbiturates, can be lethal. The purity and strength of doses of illegal drugs are uncertain.

Continued use of such substances can lead to tolerance (requiring more and more of a drug to get the same effect), dependence (physical or psychological need), or withdrawal (a painful, difficult and dangerous side effect when stopping use of drugs). Long-term chronic use of drugs can lead to malnutrition, organic damage to the body, and psychological problems. The risk of AIDS and other diseases increases if drugs are injected. The consumption of alcohol or drugs by pregnant women may cause abnormalities such as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (the third leading cause of birth defects) in babies.

Students of Bradley University Alcohol, Drug Prevention and Counseling Services

Full and part-time students (with 7 hours or more) may use the services of a counselor at the Health Services Counseling Center. Individual counseling, diagnosis, and referral are available on a strictly confidential basis by contacting the Center at 309-677-2700.

Bradley also recognizes that alcoholism or drug addiction is a family disease. Therefore, the Health Services Counseling Center offers help for students who have a history of alcoholism or drug abuse by someone in their family.

Students also may receive information about community resources such as the 12-step self-help groups and the community agencies listed in this publication by calling either the Health Services Counseling Center at 309-677-2700 or

Employees of Bradley University

Employees are expected to report for work fit for duty and free from any influence of alcohol or illegal drugs. Illegal drug use or alcohol use in violation of this policy or which could jeopardize the safety of others or cause damage to property may subject employees to disciplinary action up to and including termination. Managers and supervisors should consult with Human Resources and/or the applicable Dean before taking any action based on possible alcohol or drug use in violation of this policy or law. This policy does not prohibit employees from the lawful use and possession of prescribed medications, but only to the extent that it does not impair job performance or threaten safety, health, security, or property. Employees must consult with their physician about the medication’s effect on their fitness for duty and ability to work safely and promptly disclose any work restrictions to their supervisor who will consult with the Human Resources Department about how to proceed. (Please note this is not intended to require a disclosure of a medical condition, but rather a physician-determined work limitation or restriction.)

Marijuana is still considered an illegal drug under federal law; therefore, as a result of the Drug Free Schools and Community Act, the possession, use or distribution of marijuana is prohibited on campus, in university vehicles, or at university events.

All employees may initiate a request for university assistance to participate in an approved drug substance abuse assistance or rehabilitation program.

In addition, information regarding substance abuse or rehabilitation programs can be obtained from:

Bradley University Office of Human Resources
Sisson Hall, Room 239, (309) 677-3223

Peoria Area Intergroup Assoc.
610 W. Main St., (309) 673-1456

Illinois Institute for Addiction and Recovery an Affiliate of UnityPoint Health
(309) 691-1055 or (800) 522-3784

Procedure for biennial review of program effectiveness

The effectiveness of alcohol, drug prevention and counseling services shall be evaluated by periodic tracking of:

  • the number of reported incidents of substance abuse
  • the number of students served
  • the number of substance abuse educational programs provided
  • students' evaluations of appropriate counseling and other related programming sessions.

It will be the responsibility of the Health and Wellness Advisory Committee to generate a report on a biennial basis.

That committee will receive reports and data from the Health Services Counseling Center and the Center for Housing, Residential Life and the Student Judicial System.