Disciplinary Issues

Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Students who arrive to NESA under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be dismissed for the day, pending further disciplinary action. NESA is committed to the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse and prohibits the manufacture and unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs on NESA property and at any NESA sponsored activity. The distribution and consumption of alcoholic beverages at organized school functions is prohibited unless expressly approved by the NESA administration. No person under the age of 21 will be served alcoholic beverages at a NESA event where alcohol consumption has been expressly approved. At an event at which alcoholic beverages are served, non-alcoholic beverages and food will also be available. The Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 (Public Law 101-690) requires institutions receiving federal financial assistance to implement and enforce drug prevention programs and policies. NESA's drug prevention program includes annual distribution of information regarding drug health risks and legal sanctions as well as drug/alcohol counseling treatment and rehabilitation programs. Contact the Director of Student Affairs for local treatment and rehabilitation resources as well as health and legal risks.

Firearms & Combustible Materials

Firearms, ammunition, explosives, combustible fuel, firecrackers and potential ingredients thereof are forbidden on NESA property.

Disciplinary Sanctions Related to Drug and Alcohol Abuse and/or Firearms & Combustible Material Policies

Cases in which a student is alleged to have been involved in drug or alcohol abuse, firearm use or misusing combustible materials while engaged in NESA activities, will be reviewed by the NESA Disciplinary Committee as outlined in the Student Handbook under the Disciplinary Action Procedure section.

Any violation of the drug and alcohol abuse policy or the firearms and combustible materials policy will result in appropriate disciplinary actions up to and including expulsion. Where it is apparent that a violation of the law has occurred, the appropriate law enforcement authorities will be notified.

In certain cases, students may be referred to counseling sources and/or substance abuse help centers. Successful completion of such a program will be considered by the NESA Administration when sanctioning students in violation of this policy.

Fire Safety

When a fire alarm sounds, all individuals must vacate the facility (this includes the main building and the NESA Clinic). No student may re-enter the facility until instructed to do so by a NESA official. Periodic fire drills will be conducted in NESA's teaching and clinical facilities during the academic year.

A student is expected and required to use safety equipment and/or initiate safety procedures only when it is necessary (this includes, but is not limited to, fire equipment, fire alarms, fire drills, and exit lights). Initiating a false fire alarm, submitting a bomb threat, or otherwise disrupting the learning environment is a violation of NESA's community standards of behavior, and will be handled in compliance with the Disciplinary Action Procedure outlined in the Student Handbook.

Smoke-Free Environment

State law prohibits smoking on all school property. This law is strictly enforced by NESA. Students may not smoke anywhere in the building.

Practice of Acupuncture Outside of NESA

Since acupuncture is a licensed profession in Massachusetts, it is illegal for NESA students to practice acupuncture in Massachusetts except under school supervision. This applies whether or not a fee is received for performing an acupuncture treatment. For this reason, students may not perform unsupervised acupuncture treatments.