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Laws and Policies 

Drug and Alcohol Policy

Federal law requires Abington Memorial Hospital to notify all students annually of the following policy:

The unlawful possession, use, distribution or manufacture of drugs and alcohol by students on Abington Memorial Hospital property or as part of Hospital or School activities is strictly prohibited.

Any student who violates this policy is subject to Hospital and/or School sanctions as outlined in student handbooks and the AMH Human Resources Policy Manual. Possible penalties for violation of laws and AMH policies may include expulsion, suspension, probation, academic sanction, withdrawal of student privileges, letter of reprimand, alternative sanctions, loss of privileges, as well as the possibility of facing criminal arrest and sanctions.

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Law

Alcohol: A person less than 21 years of age commits a summary offense if he or she attempts to purchase, purchases, consumes, possesses or knowingly and intentionally transports any liquor or brewed beverage. A person who is convicted of violating this section may he subject to a $500 fine for the second and each subsequent violation, as well as revocation of his or her vehicle operation privileges.

Drugs: State law prohibits, among other things, the unauthorized manufacture, sale, delivery and possession of controlled substances. Persons may be subject to 30 days imprisonment and a $500 fine for simple possession of a small amount of marijuana (misdemeanor), up to a maximum of 15 years imprisonment and a $25,000 fine for the manufacture, delivery or possession of a Schedule I or 11 controlled narcotic drug such as cocaine, PCP and LSD (felony). Sentences can he doubled for second and subsequent convictions. Sentences can also be doubled for distribution of controlled substances to persons under the age of eighteen. Penalties range from a mandatory minimum sentence of one year and a $5,000 fine for the first conviction, or to a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years and a $50,000 fine for subsequent convictions for the manufacture, delivery or possession of 100 grams or more of a Schedule I or II controlled narcotic drug.

Federal Law

Federal Law prohibits the manufacturing, distribution, dispensing, possession with intent to manufacture, distribute or dispense a controlled substance. Penalties range from imprisonment for one year and a $100,000 fine for a first conviction involving a Schedule V controlled substance, to imprisonment for 20 years-to-life and a $4 million fine for convictions involving large amounts of heroin, coca leaf derivatives (such as cocaine, PCP, LSL), marijuana and certain other drugs, where death or serious bodily injury results from the use of the substance. The penalty for simple possession of a controlled substance (i.e., possession without intent to manufacture, distribute or dispense), excluding cocaine containing substances, is punishable by a maximum of one year imprisonment and a $1,000 fine or both for the first conviction with increased imprisonment and fines for subsequent convictions. Civil penalty of up to $10,000 may he imposed in lieu of criminal prosecution for simple possession of small amounts of certain controlled substances by persons with no prior convictions, Distribution within 1,000 feet of a school, college or university is also subject to double penalties.

Medical attention is warranted whenever there is serious injury or illness related to alcohol consumption and drug use. In addition to medical attention, students and employees may benefit from professional counseling. Students wishing confidential counseling for alcohol abuse and drug use can obtain information directly from the Coordinator of Support Services and Special Initiatives at the AMH Dixon School of Nursing (215-481-5507).

In an emergency, students should call Abington Memorial Hospital's Emergency Trauma Center (215-481-2450). Note that any information that students or staff may share with employee assistance plan counselors, Pastoral Care counselors, or other medical care providers, is confidential and not available for disclosure. Counselors make that confidential agreement known to their clients.

Sexual Harassment Policy

Abington Memorial Hospital is committed to providing a school and work environment that emphasizes the dignity and worth of every member of its community, free from discriminatory conduct. Sexual harassment, in any form, will not be tolerated. The Hospital policy on sexual harassment, which includes procedures for filing complaints, is available from the Human Resources Department on the Main Campus (215-481-2650).

Sexual Assault Policy

All reports of sexual assault occurring on campus should be reported to the Police, AJH Security, and School Administrators, using contact numbers noted above.

In the event that School Administrators are not immediately available to intercede for the student, then it is the responsibility of Abington Hospital's security officer to immediately contact the police, the hospital administrator-on-call, and Abington Hospital's Director of Public Safety, in order to provide support and assistance to the victim. Training for students is available from Abington Hospital's Security Department manager and trainer, who provide training to students relative to the management of aggressive behavior, and techniques to both avoid and deal with sexual assault.

Sex Offender Registration

Sex offender information is available at the following website:

Abington Hospital's Security Department periodically checks the above website to ascertain the addresses of sex offenders who live within a two-mile radius of any AJH campus or property. AJH Security will submit timely reports to school administrators which will list such information which will thereafter be made available to students on campus.

Timely Warning System Policy

Abington Hospital's Timely Warning System is a subset of Abington Hospital's Emergency Management Response Plan which is capable of notifying large numbers of persons simultaneously during emergent events. Depending on circumstances and emergent criteria, a School timely warning notice may expand to a full-facility notification, response, and mobilization activation.

All students, parents, guardians, staff, and others chosen for inclusion must submit cell phone numbers, land-line numbers, pager numbers, email addresses, and any other pertinent contact information to the school to be entered into the AJH Communication data base, MIR3.

The AJH MIR3 System is a computerized automatic group contact and notification system that will be activated either by School, or Hospital Administrators in the event that emergency conditions warrant a group notification to communicate important information such as:

  • Notification that the campus is closed and not to report to the campus due to criminal activity occurring on campus, or other emergency requiring closure of the campus.
  • Notification to call a hotline telephone number, or other telephone number where specific and detailed information will be supplied to students and others.
  • Notification relative to getting immediate assistance in the emergency.

In addition to MIR3, timely warning notices are placed on the hospital's web site for student, staff, and public access. Timely warning notices and specific requirements of the policy are posted on the schools' bulletin boards and classroom areas.