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Life at NELP

Drug and Alcohol Policy

The University of Michigan requires a drug- and alcohol-free workplace and study environment. This policy applies to NELP, even though many NELPers are of legal drinking age.

NELP has additional reasons for enforcing this policy: Swimming, boating, and hiking can be dangerous, and it is crucial that participants not have impaired judgment or impaired physical abilities. NELP and our host camp could both be seriously damaged by incidents that involve the use of drugs or alcohol. Further, drug or alcohol use creates divisions in our small community.

If you cannot support this policy, do not apply to NELP.

Other Aspects of Community Life

Since NELP is isolated and committed to generating its own activities, we leave radios, CD players, TVs, and phones back in Ann Arbor. We enthusiastically encourage NELPers to bring musical instruments.

The telephone at camp is to be used for emergencies only. You'll rediscover the pleasurable art of letter writing.

You can expect physical as well as intellectual challenges at NELP. Living conditions are rustic, and hiking trips can be rigorous; but both kinds of challenge can nourish the joys of learning in a beautiful environment and a close community.