The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act requires that each institution distribute the following in writing to all students and employees annually:
- Standards of conduct that clearly prohibit, at a minimum, the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol on school property or as part of any school activities
- A description of the applicable legal sanctions under federal, state, or local law for the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol
- A description of the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol:
- NIDA Drug Prevention
- Health Risks Associated with the use of Illicit Drugs and Alcohol:
Alcohol and Drug abuse result in significant health problems for those who use them. Alcohol and Drug use in the university setting not only contributes to lost productivity, but also causes tremendous costs related to negative academic impacts, absenteeism, accidents, health care, loss of trained personnel, and need for treatment programs. Alcohol and Drug abuse can cause physical and emotional dependence. Users may develop a craving for these substances and their bodies may respond to the presence of drugs in ways that lead to increased use. Certain drugs, such as opiates, barbiturates, alcohol and nicotine create physical dependence. When a regular user stops taking the drug, the body experiences the physiological trauma known as withdrawal. Psychological dependence occurs when taking drugs becomes the center of the user’s life. Some drugs have an effect on the mind and body for weeks or even months after drug use has stopped. Drugs and alcohol can interfere with memory, sensation, and perception. They can distort experiences and cause loss of self-control that can lead users to harm others as well as themselves.
- The University Counseling Services/ADCAPS has more information as to the effects of alcohol and drugs (see Resources section of this website).
- A description of any drug or alcohol counseling, treatment, rehabilitation, and re-entry programs that are available to employees or students
- A clear statement that the institution will impose disciplinary sanctions on students and employees (consistent with federal, state, or local law), and a description of those sanctions, up to and including expulsion or termination of employment and referral for prosecution, for violations of the standards of conduct
- Drug & Alcohol Abuse Prevention: Education Department General Administration Regulations “EDGAR” Part 86
- 2008 HIGHER EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY ACT, PUBLIC LAW 110–315
- Drug Free Schools and Communities Act
- Information Required to Be Disclosed Under the Higher Education Act
- 2011 National Drug Control Strategy: Dear Colleague Letter