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Handbook for Student Law for Higher Education Administrators

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James Ottavio Castagnera

The Handbook for Student Law for Higher Education Administrators is a practical tool, intended for administrators dealing with students in higher education, focusing principally on four-year institutions. Addressing the ever-developing relationship between higher education and the law, the book will provide the academic administrator with the means to knowledgably and confidently navigate the many legal threats and challenges facing colleges today. Using examples from real cases and scenarios from different institutions, the handbook provides sample policies, checklists, and advice that administrators can apply to a wide variety of situations, both preventatively and proactively. Also included are relevant 2008-09 amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act, and each chapter includes a section on the impact of the Higher Education Opportunities Act of 2008. The Handbook for Student Law for Higher Education Administrators is a compendium of practical knowledge and guidance, useful for any administrator dealing with the legal minefield that is higher education.

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Chapter 6 Alcohol and Drugs 149

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CHAPTER 6 Alcohol and Drugs In his book, This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fi tzgerald descri bed Princeton University in the 1920s as “the pleasantest country club in America”—basically a wild , se lf-indulgent institution where s ex, alcohol, a nd s ocial climbing wer e acceptable—even significant—elements of college life. In the story, Fitzgerald’s hero, Amory Blaine, is a c onceited, fun-seeking individual, intelligent but lazy about h is wo rk at Prince ton, an d he s pends his ye ars of “hig her education” partying, drinking, and living in lethargic affluence. Fitzgerald’s s tory of a h edonistic co llege stu dent is somewhat a utobio- graphical, based on many of his own experiences at Princeton up until the time he wrote it. This Side of Paradise struck a chord with the rebellious youth of the Jazz Age, dis illusioned by World War I, and of course, terrifie d the ol der generation intent on maintaining an image of decorum and respectability. Since the 1920s, though, little has changed within the college scene. College administrators are sti ll f ocused on mai ntaining c lean, relia ble rep utations for institutions of higher learning, while s tudents are often more fo cused on main- taining enjoyable, if frequently illegal, social lives. In the past, colleges have all too often observed a “hands-off” policy about alcohol and drugs—i.e., if it goes on behind cl osed d oors, it’s not the c ollege’s resp onsibility...

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