Health Policies

Employee-Student Notification Policy of a Substance-Free Campus In congruence with The Higher Education Act of 1965, Substance-Free Schools and Communities section, Los Angeles College of Music adheres to and notifies all students:

Standards of Conduct-Disciplinary Sanctions

Unlawful possession, manufacture, cultivation, use, and/or distribution of illegal drugs and alcohol are strictly prohibited on campus property and are defined under City, State, and Federal Law. This includes North and South Campuses, school parking lots, as well as any affiliated college location where classes or events are held. State law (Section 41301, of Title 5, California Code of Regulations) allows Los Angeles College of Music to implement disciplinary action against any student or employee who sells, uses, or possesses illegal drugs or alcohol on campus property and is subject to suspension or expulsion. Action by Los Angeles College of Music may be taken despite independent action taken by civil authorities. Alcohol consumption is restricted to particular events, places, times, and occasions with confirmation of valid identification of being 21 years of age or older. Attendees to particular events containing alcoholic beverages are limited. Violations of this policy in partial compliance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act will result in suspension or expulsion.

The service of alcoholic beverages at Los Angeles College of Music functions must be in compliance with California State and Pasadena City laws and college policies — i.e., an individual must be of legal age to possess or purchase alcoholic beverages; and individuals/organizations may not sell or serve alcoholic beverages without proper license. Los Angeles College of Music adheres to the Drug-Free Schools & Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (Amends the Higher-Education Act), when hosting any college-sponsored function. The sale of alcohol at any function is illegal without a liquor license.

Legal Sanctions

Federal and State laws mandate penalties for illegal usage, possession, manufacture, sale, transportation, and cultivation of any narcotic. More severe penalties will be applied for second time offenders than first and extremely severe penalties involving minors will be applied. Those subject to prosecution are those who illegally use, are under the influence of, or knowingly go to places where narcotic usage is occurring. Illegal drugs under labeling of organic substances are also under stipulation of these laws and additional violations will occur for the cultivation and/or processing of these drugs. Barbiturates, amphetamines, LSD, and other related hallucinogenic drugs are deemed restricted and dangerous under the California Narcotic Act. Penalties for those who are convicted of illegal possession, manufacture, cultivation, sale, transportation, and/or usage are severe.


Los Angeles College of Music adheres to the laws of the State of California, the County of Los Angeles, and the City of Pasadena.

All are held to the standards and jurisdiction of the law despite age or status. The sale, purchase, or possession of alcohol for anyone under 21; the serving of alcohol to someone already intoxicated; and the manufacture or use of a false ID of any kind will be convicted in violation of these laws and subject to punishment up to and including jail sentence.

Coerced/Forced Consumption of Alcohol and/or Other Drugs

In instances, such as hazing, where a student or students or employee or employees force another to consume alcohol or other drugs, or conspire(s) to force another to consume alcohol or other drugs, or fail(s) to take direct action to stop the incident (personal intervention, calling authorities) immediate and strict sanctions (including suspension/ expulsion) may be imposed on the responsible individual(s).

Health Risks

The health risks of using illegal drugs, pharmaceutical narcotics, and alcohol are well documented. Many thousands of deaths occur each year and are directly attributed to substance abuse or indirectly attributed from accidents, illnesses, or violence related to substance abuse. Use of these substances in excess can cause damage to:

  • Physiological and Anatomical functions including impairment of the human body, including but not limited to respiratory, digestive, cognitive, nerve, reproductive, endocrine, and cardiovascular systems.
  • Psychological and Cognitive functions can also be impaired, including but not limited to memory loss, lack of stable judgment, shifts in mood and personality, adverse effects toward relationships, and may induce psychotic episodes.


Students or Employees who need help, please contact:

The Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and Referral Hotline: 800-662-HELP (4357)

National Alcohol & Drug Abuse Helplines Intervention Hotline: 800-252-6465

Rapid Detox: 800-996-3784

Treatment & Referral: 800-454-8966

Los Angeles College of Music's Relationship with Students

Los Angeles College of Music recognizes it’s contractual relationships with its students. In regard to alcohol and other drug use, Los Angeles College of Music realizes its students are adults who are ultimately responsible for their own behavior. LACM does, however, recognize its responsibility to provide services and policies designed to diminish the incidence of alcohol misuse and other illicit drug use. LACM attempts to avoid consequent negative outcomes; continues to educate students and consistently enforces alcohol and other drug-related policies; and is compliant with city and state laws pertaining to alcohol and drug use.

Note for Precaution

Los Angeles College of Music would not be complete in their sanctions of long-term effects regarding offense involving drugs and alcohol if it were not noted. A criminal offense or arrest record for drug use or alcohol abuse may cause serious long-term harm for the user regarding employment, financial aid, and other educational opportunities. Consideration for these opportunities may incur interference where criminal records or the label of drug or alcohol user is apparent. In addition, international students using substances illegally or are labeled as a user could be subject to interruptions with Visa and/or I-20 status and dismissal to their home country.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment can be a serious problem for students at all educational levels. Sexual Harassment is defined as requests for sexual favors or unwelcomed sexual behavior that creates fear, discomfort, or confusion. Sexual harassment is characterized in three ways:

  • Verbal (comments about body type, spreading sexual rumors, giving unwanted sexual remarks or accusations, or inappropriate dirty jokes or stories)
  • Physical (grabbing, rubbing, flashing, touching, pinching in a sexual way, or sexual assault)
  • Visual (display of naked pictures or sex-related objects, or obscene gestures)

What to do if you're being Harassed

If you believe you are being sexually harassed by a fellow student or a faculty or staff member, report the harassment. Speak with someone at LACM Online who is reliable and comfortable to talk to about the incident. It is important to report the harassment so it can be addressed and resolved. The comfort, safety, and mental stability of everyone at LACM Online are a priority.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Accommodations will be made for students with disabilities. Upon acceptance to LACM Online, a written request for special accommodation should be submitted and documentation verifying disability will be required. Appropriate accommodation will be determined based upon the request and accompanying documentation about the student’s disability. Students are responsible for providing LACM Online with the appropriate documentation. LACM Online does not pay for costs to retrieve documentation. LACM Online does not charge students for campus disability accommodations. All requests, communications, and documentation are confidential.

Statement of Non-Discrimination

LACM Online does not discriminate in its admissions, educational or employment policies, scholarship or loan programs, or other school-administered programs on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender, gender identity or status, age, ancestry or national origin, medical condition, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic characteristics or information, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. All such discrimination is unlawful.