Alcohol & 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 (including cooler balls, etc.) 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. 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.

Bradley University's Comprehensive Alcohol Action Plan. Go>

The Drug-Free School and Communities Act of 1988-89

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

Bradley University promotes an environment that reinforces healthy, responsible living; respect for community laws; campus standards and regulations; the individual's responsibility within the community; and the intellectual, social, spiritual/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 and the beginning of the fall and spring semesters concerning alcohol awareness and the problems related to alcohol abuse;
  • Encourage all organizations sponsoring an OPEN party to check for a Bradley I.D., which shall be required for admission to the event;
  • Conduct special programs for alcohol abusers twice a semester if necessary, staffed by qualified professionals in alcohol/drug abuse counseling. Individuals receiving a referral for violating university regulations associated with the use of alcohol will be obligated to attend one of these programs (or an alternative program approved by the Executive Director of Housing, Residential Life and the Student Judicial System) and pay a $5 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 an additional $50 and reassignment to another program.
  • 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 grievance policy and procedure is in place for appeal by students.

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 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 may use the services of a certified substance abuse counselor at the Health Services Counseling Center. Individual counseling, diagnosis, and referral are available on a strictly confidential basis by contacting the Center at 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 677-2700 or any of the numbers listed.

Employees of Bradley University

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

In addition, information will be provided concerning 12-step self-help groups both on campus and in the community. Information about such programs can be obtained from: 

Personnel Office 
Sisson Hall, Room 239, (309) 677-3223 

Health Services Counseling Center
Markin Center, Room 52, (309) 677-2700 
Information about the 12-step self-help groups can also be obtained from: 

Peoria Area Intergroup Assoc. 
610 W. Main St., (309) 673-1456 
Various community agencies that provide such programs include: Illinois Institute for Addiction & Recovery at Proctor Hospital 
(309) 691-1055 or (800) 522-3784 
White Oaks Center 
3400 W. New Leaf Lane, (309) 692-6900

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.