Elon University is committed to the intellectual and personal development of students. Substance misuse inhibits students' development and is negatively correlated with academic success and personal safety. The vitality of the academic community relies on each member taking personal responsibility for his or her actions regarding alcohol use and safeguarding the well-being of others.
(Elon University Position Statement on Alcohol, 2006)
The University's Position Statement on Alcohol serves as a guide for programs and policies regarding alcohol. One set of programs are those that educate students about specific behaviors that promote their academic success and personal development, and safeguard the well-being of the community. Practicing the following behaviors will reduce students' risks (academic, social, physical, legal, personal):
• Choosing not to drink alcohol.
• Drinking alcohol only when you are of legal age.
• Deciding before you go out whether you will drink and, if you decide to drink, choosing not to exceed the amount of alcohol that is low-risk for you.
• Always knowing what you are drinking.
• Eating a full meal before drinking, not just salty food such as pretzels or chips.
• Never drinking shots to get a head start before attending an event.
• Having a plan of how you will get home safely.
University policies regarding student substance use/possession may be located in the Elon Student Handbook.