Anti Drug Abuse Policy

The Manhattan Institute operates under the United States Department of Education’s drug prevention program and the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988.

Drug and Alcohol Policy

The Manhattan Institute complies with the federal Drug-Free Schools and Workplaces Act. The school will impose disciplinary sanctions on students and employees as set forward in this policy (consistent with local, state and federal law) up to and including expulsion or termination of employment and referral for prosecution for violations of the Standards of Conduct. A disciplinary sanction may include a requirement that the individual enroll in and successfully complete a rehabilitation program before returning to The Manhattan Institute.

Standards of Conduct

The Manhattan Institute prohibits the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of controlled substances and alcohol by students and employees on the school’s campus or as part of any externship or other off-campus activity. Further, students or employees are prohibited from appearing on campus or at any externship site while their ability to function professionally is impaired by the influence of alcohol or controlled substances, whether or not legally obtained.

Facility Definition

For purposes of this policy, an individual shall be considered “at the school’s facilities” whenever he/she is:

  • In The Manhattan Institute’s campus building(s), including non-campus areas within the building(s).
  • At any externship site while representing The Manhattan Institute as a student or employee,
  • Driving or riding as a passenger in a vehicle which is owned, leased, or controlled by The Manhattan Institute, or
  • On a field trip or other official off-campus trip.

Alcohol Policy

The Manhattan Institute prohibits the possession or use of alcohol by students, and the presence of students or employees whose professional performance is impaired by the influence of alcohol at the school’s facilities.

Use, and particularly abuse, of alcohol adversely affects an individual’s efficiency, safety and health, and therefore seriously impairs his/her performance.  In addition, the use of alcohol in a school environment containing medical equipment and devices constitutes a potential danger to the welfare of others.  Any student who possesses, uses, or is under the influence of alcohol while at the school’s facilities is subject to discipline, up to and including dismissal from The Manhattan Institute for violations of the Standards of Conduct.
Any employee whose professional performance is impaired due to the influence of alcohol while at the school’s facilities is subject to disciplinary action, up to and including potential termination of employment.

The Manhattan Institute will encourage students and assist employees with alcohol dependencies to seek  professional treatment/rehabilitation.

Drug Policy

The Manhattan Institute prohibits the use or possession of illegal controlled substances, or the presence of students or employees whose professional performance is impaired by the influence of controlled substances (regardless of whether those substances were legally obtained), at the school’s facilities.

The term "controlled substance" in this policy shall be taken to include all chemical substances or drugs listed in any controlled substances acts or regulations applicable under any federal, state or local laws. 

Furthermore, students and employees are reminded that the use of certain prescription drugs and/or over-the-counter drugs may also, in certain circumstances, affect an individual's performance and seriously impair his/her abilities.

The following are strictly prohibited by The Manhattan Institute:

  • The illegal possession, distribution, sale or purchase of a controlled substance while at the school’s facilities. (See definition in “Alcohol Policy” section - above).
  • Possession or use of, or being under the influence of, a controlled substance while at the school’s facilities, except when under a doctor's direction when such use will not impair the individual's ability to perform professionally.
  • The use of other drugs, including prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs, when such use impairs the individual's ability to perform or may affect the safety or well-being of others.

Any student who violates the above prohibitions is subject to discipline up to and including dismissal from The Manhattan Institute for violations of the Standards of Conduct.

Any student convicted on a charge of illegal possession, use, or sale of any controlled substance while attending The Manhattan Institute may be subject to discipline up to and including disciplinary dismissal at the discretion of the President, regardless of whether the offense occurred at the school’s facilities.

Any employee who possesses, uses, or is under the influence of illegal controlled substances while on school facilities or at a school-sponsored event is subject to disciplinary action, including termination of employment.

The Manhattan Institute will encourage students and assist employees with chemical dependencies to seek professional treatment/rehabilitation.

Search Policy

The Manhattan Institute reserves the right to search any location anywhere on the school’s facilities; including any desk, locker, or other storage area. Further, The Manhattan Institute may permit law enforcement officials to conduct random searches of the school’s facilities.

Enforcement Policy

All disciplinary enforcement shall be at the discretion of the President, and shall be based upon the severity of the offense and the actions of the student/employee with regard to the incident.  The Manhattan Institute management shall be the sole judge of the sufficiency of evidence in such matters.  The President may also bring the matter to the attention of appropriate law enforcement authorities, if in his/her opinion the evidence so warrants.

Disciplinary and administrative decisions shall be made in a manner consistent with applicable law.  A disciplinary dismissal of a student is not appealable.

Important Links

Descriptions of Drug and Alcohol statutes in New York:

Links to Information about Drug and Alcohol addiction, abuse, and recovery:

Links to local agencies that help persons suffering from addiction: