Purpose and Intent

Consistent with the goal of providing an environment that best promotes learning and healthy development, Marin Academy seeks to make the student body both conscious of and free from the adverse influence and effects of alcohol, illegal drugs, illegally or improperly used legal substances, and related paraphernalia. MA supports and encourages students who make the decision not to use or abuse substances. The School’s policy regarding drug use is intended to 1) protect the community from the effects of substance use and abuse; 2) assist individuals having difficulty with substance use and abuse; 3) promote trust, responsibility, and communication within the School community.

It is the policy of Marin Academy that being under the influence of, selling, distributing, possessing, using, or soliciting alcohol, illegal drugs, or legal substances used illegally or for other than their intended purposes, and/or being in possession of related paraphernalia, is prohibited:

  • On campus at any time.
  • On or off campus during school hours.
  • During or before attendance at school-sponsored and chaperoned events.

Marin Academy supports any student who recognizes their need for assistance. When a student seeks help through any member of the faculty, staff, or administration, the disclosure of a concern of substance use and/or abuse will not result in disciplinary measures. When seeking help, however, if a student is under the influence or in possession of alcohol, illegal drugs, or legal substances used illegally or for other than their intended purposes, and/or in possession of related paraphernalia, disciplinary procedures described in this policy will apply.

As the School pledges to act in the most supportive way possible on behalf of students and their families, Marin Academy seeks to promote open communication among the students, their families, and the School. This policy represents a written expression of that commitment.

Consequences

If a student is found using, under the influence of, soliciting, or in possession of an illegal drug or alcohol, a legal substance being used illegally or for other than its intended use, or in possession of related paraphernalia, the parent or guardian will be notified and the following actions will be taken:

  • For a first infraction, the consequences will involve a minimum of three days of On Campus Restriction II* up to and including expulsion. Any subsequent infraction of the drug/alcohol policy will result in at least a suspension, or, at the Head’s discretion, may result in expulsion.
  • The student will undergo a mandatory drug and alcohol assessment, done by a Marin Academy-approved specialist, scheduled to begin within two weeks of the infraction. The School Counselor must be contacted to initiate and to oversee the process.
  • An action plan** will be developed and put into place for the student in a timely manner.
  • Additionally, if a student is found in the presence of an illegal drug or alcohol, a legal substance used illegally or for other than its intended use, or related paraphernalia, the above actions may be taken.

If a student is discovered supplying, selling, giving, or distributing alcohol, illegal drugs, or legal substances used illegally or for other than their intended purposes, or related paraphernalia, the following actions will be taken:

  • The student will be separated from school. The specifics of the separation will range from a minimum suspension of three days up to and including expulsion.
  • The student will undergo a mandatory drug and alcohol assessment done by a Marin Academy approved-specialist, scheduled to begin within two weeks of the infraction. The School Counselor must be contacted to initiate and oversee the process.
  • If the student is allowed to return to school, an action plan* will be developed and put into place in a timely manner.
  • Any subsequent infraction of the drug/alcohol policy will most likely result in expulsion.
  • In all cases where community safety or student well-being is a concern, the Head of School may deem immediate expulsion the appropriate action. As is the case with any disciplinary action, the final decision rests with the Head of School.

* On Campus Restriction II requires a student to attend all classes but prohibits both participation in any co-curricular activities, including, but not limited to, athletic events and performances and attendance at any school events during the period of the restriction. The student is also required to be in a supervised location during all breaks, lunches, and free blocks.

** An action plan is a contract between the student and the School in response to the particular nature of the infraction. The student will be allowed to return to school only after the action plan is in place. The School develops the plan in consultation with the student and family and, when appropriate, a group of individuals headed by the Dean of Students that may include the Class Dean, the School Counselor, and the student’s advisor.

An action plan may include, but is not limited to:

  • Specified terms of continued enrollment at Marin Academy;
  • Likely response of the School to another infraction of the drug /alcohol policy, up to and including expulsion;
  • Time-specific counseling requirement;
  • Regularly scheduled check-ins with a school representative. All action plans are subject to approval by the Head of School.
  • Marin Academy reserves the right to conduct searches as well as drug and alcohol screening randomly, on all attendees, upon reasonable suspicion, at school-sponsored or chaperoned events. Marin Academy is not responsible for events it does not sponsor or chaperone, such as private parties. Families and students hosting, permitting attendance at, or attending private parties bear their own responsibility for the health and safety of attendees and for compliance with social host ordinances, motor vehicle laws, and the like.