Drug and Alcohol Use Policy and Resources

Drug and Alcohol use is prevalent among college age individuals and can sometimes lead to abuse, addiction, serious health problems, and even death. It is important for every student to be aware of the effect that specific drugs and alcohol can have on your body. Many of these substances are illegal in the United States. If a student is caught using or distributing illegal substances, they will not only be prosecuted within the NEC judicial system but will also be reported to the Boston Police.

If you are aware of any concerning behavior/actions, or have personal concerns/questions about yourself or another student, please contact:

  • Dean of Students
  • Director of Public Safety

If you are aware of someone who is in immediate medical danger, please call:

  • Emergency Medical Responders: 911
  • Residence Hall Security (24 hrs.): 617-585-1333
  • Jordan Hall Security (24 hrs.): 617-585-1290
  • NEC Health and Counseling Center:  617-585-1284

NEC Alcohol and Drug Policy

Use of alcohol: In Massachusetts, the legal drinking age is 21. Underage drinking, or providing alcohol to a minor, is illegal. The Conservatory requires its students to follow all state laws and regulations on alcohol, including those governing sale, purchase, or serving of alcoholic beverages. Those who violate state law or school policy will face disciplinary action, including the possibility of suspension or expulsion. In addition, we expect students of legal age to recognize the responsibilities of choosing to drink; disruptive, noisy, or belligerent behavior violates the school’s expectations. NEC reserves the right to confiscate alcoholic beverages and containers whenever NEC’s alcohol policy is violated.

Drugs and Drug Policy: Under the 1988 Anti-Drug Abuse law, the Conservatory is required to provide a drug-free environment; NEC does not condone possession, use, sale, or distribution of illegal drugs. Students who participate in such activities face disciplinary action. The Conservatory also prohibits drug paraphernalia (including bongs, clips, pipes, and other items from its premises.) These items are subject to confiscation; students using them are liable to disciplinary action, including the possibility of suspension or expulsion.

Students should also recognize that, in addition to Conservatory sanctions, students face potential loss of financial aid for any violation of the 1988 Act. The Department of Education has announced that all Title IV student aid (including Pell Grant) recipients are required to certify that their benefits have not been suspended or terminated due to a drug conviction. Institutions finding out that students are convicted of drug offenses during periods of enrollment covered by Pell Grants must report the miscertification and withhold further Title IV payments.

In addition, under Federal Law, notice may be provided to the parents of students under age 21 who violate the Conservatory’s Drug and Alcohol Policies.



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Drug Fact Sheets 

Including information such as identifying features, physical side effects, and common names

NEC Health & Counseling Center 

617-585-1284 or 617-585-1398

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

Boston Drug Treatment Center

Narcotics Anonymous

Phoenix House, Massachusetts

Drug and Addiction Treatment Resources in  Massachusetts

Massachusetts State Drug Laws