Prevention of Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Helpful Information

Rhode Island College is committed to the prevention of alcohol and drug abuse. This message for is informational purposes only as required by federal law. It is sent to all students and employees. As a recipient of federal aid and federal grants, Rhode Island College (“RIC,” the “College”) must certify under the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 that it will take certain steps to provide a drug-free environment.

Rhode Island College supports the laws of the State of Rhode Island regarding the licensing, distribution and consumption of alcoholic beverages; as well as state and federal laws regarding the possession, use, sale, or transfer of illegal drugs and controlled substances. It is the responsibility of all members of the College community to abide by those laws.

Possession, use or distribution of alcohol and/or illegal drugs, including the use of prescription pharmaceuticals for other than their intended use, on campus or in any College-owned or controlled vehicle is prohibited. This policy applies to all campus facilities, including residence halls, and at all student activities and events presented on campus by a College-sponsored or a non-sponsored host. The Vice President of Administration and Finance may grant exceptions when alcohol is an intended addition to a meal (e.g., a champagne toast at a reception). At all such scheduled events, it is required that nonalcoholic beverages also be served. No mention of alcohol is to be included in any publicity or promotion of said events.

Rhode Island College students and employees are expected to comply with all federal, state and local laws pertaining to illegal drugs and alcohol. The illegal possession, manufacture, use, provision, sale or distribution of illegal drugs and/or alcohol is prohibited by the College. Students and employees found responsible for violating the College’s prohibitions regarding illegal drugs or alcohol will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion or termination of employment from the College, and referral for prosecution. A disciplinary sanction may include the completion of an appropriate rehabilitation program. 

Students convicted under federal or state law for the sale or possession of drugs may have their federal financial aid eligibility suspended. This includes but is not limited to all federal grants, loans and federal work study programs.

For Students

  • RIC Counseling Center (401-456-8094) Browne Hall
  • RIC Health Services (401-456-8055) Browne Hall

For Employees

RIC Employee Assistance Program (866-248-4094) 

Off Campus for Students and Employees:

Rhode Island College entrance


Office of Campus Police​

Our philosophy is simple: provide a secure and welcoming environment so that our campus community members can grow and thrive in their personal and professional lives.