Sonoma State University is committed to providing a safe, healthy and supportive learning environment for students and employees. The university takes seriously and understands its obligation to inform the campus community of available resources and support, as well as the educational, disciplinary, health, and legal consequences of abuse of alcohol and illegal drug use, not only for the benefit of the Sonoma State University community but in compliance with relevant federal and state law. Sonoma State University’s Drug and Alcohol Abuse Preventive Programs (DAAPP) are intended to support student and employee health, safety and security by increasing awareness, preventing abuse, and decreasing potential drug and alcohol related crime.
Sonoma State University strives to maintain communities and workplaces free from the illegal use, possession or distribution of alcohol and controlled substances. The use, possession, manufacture, or distribution of illegal drugs and drug-related paraphernalia, (except as expressly permitted by law and University regulations) or the misuse of legal pharmaceutical drugs is prohibited. Similarly, the use, possession, manufacture, or distribution of alcoholic beverages (except as expressly permitted by law and University regulations), or public intoxication while on campus or at a University related activity is prohibited.
Sonoma State's comprehensive approach to addressing the use, misuse, and/or abuse of alcohol and other drugs emphasizes:
- Taking effective steps to create and maintain a drug-free workplace and educational environment for students, faculty, and staff.
- Providing continuous access to medical and behavioral healthcare services, along with referrals to off-campus treatment facilities as appropriate.
- Engaging in a health promotion process that includes prevention, the development of personal skills, and systemic environmental management.
- Encouraging individuals who are diagnosed with at-risk substance abuse disorder or are otherwise experiencing problems associated with alcohol and other drugs to seek assessment and treatment.
- Engaging in ongoing self-assessment of university sanctions for the illegal manufacture, distribution, use or possession of drugs, and the unlawful possession or use of alcohol.