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April 24, 2013

SUNY Oneonta tweaks its policy on drugs, alcohol


Perry reported that calls to SUNY Oneonta Emergency Squad for help with substance abuse were 113 in 2012-13, as of March 26, compared with 54 calls in 2011-12. The number of student transports to a hospital for alcohol poisoning was 52 this academic year as of April 12, compared to 22 in 2011-12, he said.

The college has on-going and developing initiatives in its alcohol and drug education, non-alcoholic activities and monitoring, Perry told the council.

At a previous meeting this year, the College Council approved an amnesty policy pending review by counsel, Perry said. However, some issues were raised in the attorney’s review, and Perry said he worked with SUNY Oneonta junior James Johnston, Student Association president, on revising the policy that was approved Tuesday.

“I’m glad we were able to pass the policy,’’ Johnston, student member of the council, said Tuesday. Johnston also is on the SUNY Oneonta Emergency Squad.

The council met in the Glimmerglass Room in Hunt College Union on the SUNY Oneonta campus. The council also heard of positive results in the re-accreditation review by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and about a major fundraising campaign launched last week.

Each state-operated SUNY campus has a college council. Members are appointed by the governor to seven-year terms with the exception of the student representative, who is elected by the student body. The councils have specific statutory powers, such as naming buildings and making regulations regarding student conduct.

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