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Drug and Alcohol Education Policy

The basic mission of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is to provide an educational environment that enhances and supports the intellectual process. The academic community, including students, faculty and staff has the collective responsibility to ensure that this environment is conducive to healthy intellectual growth. The illegal use of harmful and addictive chemical substances and the abuse of alcohol pose a threat to the educational environment. Thus, this Drug and Alcohol Education Policy is being applied to assist members of the University community in their understanding of the harmful effects of illegal drugs and alcohol abuse; of the incompatibility of illegal drugs and the abuse of alcohol with the educational mission of the University; and of the consequences of the use, possession or sale of such illegal drugs and the abuse of alcohol, including the violation of applicable laws.

Objectives

  1. To develop an educational program that increases the University community’s knowledge and competency to make informed decisions relative to the use and abuse of controlled substances and alcohol; and
  2. To increase those skills and attributes required taking corrective action conducive to the health and well being of potential drug and alcohol abusers.

Program Components 

  1. Education
  2. Health Risks
  3. Rehabilitation
  4. Sanctions
  5. Dissemination and Review

EDUCATION

It is the intent of the Drug and Alcohol Education Policy of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University to insure that all members of the University community (i.e. students, faculty, administrators and other employees) are aware that the use, sale and/or possession of illegal drugs and the abuse of alcohol are incompatible with the goals of the University. Moreover, each person should be aware that the use, sale or possession of illegal drugs and the abuse of alcohol are, as more specifically set forth later in this policy, subject to specific sanctions and penalties.

All members of the University family are reminded that in addition to being subject to University regulations and sanctions regarding illegal drugs and the abuse of alcohol, they are also subject to the laws of the state and of the nation. Each individual is also reminded that it is not a violation of “double jeopardy” to be subject to the terms of this policy as well as the provisions of the North Carolina General Statutes. For a listing of relevant state criminal statutes, please see Appendix A. Further questions may be directed to the Office of the University Attorney or the Office of Student Affairs.

Each member of the University community is asked to pay particular attention to the full consequences of the sanctions specified in this policy as well as the consequences of the North Carolina criminal law referenced above. Certain violations may jeopardize an individual’s future as it relates to continued University enrollment or future employment possibilities, depending on individual circumstances.

Further, it is a policy of the University that the educational, legal and medical aspects of this issue be emphasized on an annual basis through the provision of programs and activities in the following areas:

  • Annual Drug and Alcohol Education Week - Workshops and seminars on drug abuse led by former drug addicts and community agencies such as MADD, SADD, and the Sycamore Center;
  • Drug and Alcohol Awareness Fair - Exhibits featuring drug and alcohol related paraphernalia;
  • Media presentations on the University radio station, WNAA, emphasizing the most current programs with drug and alcohol education messages;
  • “Home for the Holidays, Don’t Drink and Drive”; Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Campaign;
  • Publication of brochure on drug education;
  • Continuous monthly outreach programs in each residence hall.
  • Counseling Services provides drug education groups, two-four times weekly. Students are drug tested by an outside private agency for a small fee.

Although directed primarily to the student population, the above noted educational programs shall also open to participation by all categories of University employees.

Additionally, the Human Resources Staff Development Office is the designated University department responsible for the planning and implementation of drug and alcohol education programs geared toward the special needs of the faculty and staff. Among the programs to be implemented by the Human Resources Staff Development Office are lunchtime seminars jointly conducted by the Sycamore Center, the Greensboro Police Department and the Guilford County Mental Health Department.

HEALTH RISKS

Health risks, associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol, are wide ranging and varied depending on the specific substance involved and individual abuse pattern. These risks include, but are not limited to:

  1. Physical changes which alter bodily functions such as severely increased or decreased cardiac output; shallow to irregular respiration; and damage to other major organs, such as kidney, liver and brain;
  2. Emotional and psychological changes including paranoia, depression, hostility, anxiety, mood swings and instability;
  3. Additional health risks could include such illnesses as AIDS HIV infection, sexually transmitted diseases, severe weight loss, cancer, cirrhosis, hepatitis, short-term memory loss, seizures, and deformities to unborn children;
  4. Physical and psychological dependency (addiction); and
  5. Death from overdose or continuous use.

While these health risks are broad in range, persons consuming illicit drugs and alcohol will exemplify some, if not all, of the above symptoms. See Appendix A for a list of a few specific drugs and their corresponding health risks.

REHABILITATION

The University recognizes that rehabilitation is an integral part of an effective drug and alcohol policy. Consistent with its commitment in the areas of education and sanctions, it is the University’s intent to provide an opportunity for rehabilitation to all members of the University family. This commitment is evidenced through access to existing University resources and is furthered by referrals to community agencies.

     Students: The University Counseling Center and the Student Health Center are available to provide medical and psychological assessments of students with drug/alcohol dependency and drug/alcohol abuse problems. Based on the outcome of this assessment, treatment can be provided by either or both of these centers. If, however, the scope of the problem is beyond the capability of these Centers, affected students will be referred to community agencies, such as the Guilford County Mental Health Center and Greenpoint. The cost of such services shall be the individual’s responsibility.

     Employees: Referrals to local community agencies will be made available to include the Guilford County Mental Health Center, Greenpoint and private physicians. The cost of such services will be the individual’s responsibility. The services of the University’s Counseling and Health Centers are not normally utilized by faculty and staff members except in emergency situations.

SANCTIONS

A.     Illegal Drugs/Prohibited Conduct

All members of the University community have the responsibility for being knowledgeable about and in compliance with the provisions of North Carolina law as it relates to the use, possession or sale of illegal drugs as set forth in Article 5, Chapter 90 of the North Carolina General Statutes. Any violations of this law by members of the university family subjects the individual to prosecution both by University disciplinary proceedings and by civil authorities. It is not a violation of "double jeopardy" to be prosecuted by both of these authorities. The University will initiate its own disciplinary proceedings against a student, faculty member, administrator or other employee when the alleged conduct is deemed to affect the interests of the University.

The penalties imposed for such violations range from written warnings with probationary status to expulsion from enrollment and discharges from employment. However, minimum penalties that apply for each violation are listed in Appendix A. For additional information, direct questions to the Office of the University Attorney or the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. It should be noted that where the relevant sanction dictates a minimum of one semester suspension from employment, the regulations of the State Personnel Commission (as pertaining to SPA employees) do not permit suspension from employment of this duration. Thus, such sanction as applied to SPA employees dictates the termination of employment.

B.     Alcohol/Prohibited Conduct

     Employees:

While the sale, possession, or consumption of alcoholic beverages is not illegal under state or federal law, it is, hereby, the policy of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University that the consumption of alcohol sufficient to interfere with or prohibit the otherwise normal execution of job responsibilities is improper and subjects the employee to appropriate disciplinary procedures. It is also the policy of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University that alcoholic beverages not sold on campus. Employees violating the above noted policies are subject to appropriate disciplinary procedures, which range from warning and probation to dismissal consistent with the individual circumstances.

Similarly, employees are reminded that, under N.C. law, it is illegal to sell or give malt beverages, unfortified wine, fortified wine, spirituous liquor or mixed beverages to anyone less than 21 years old. It is also illegal to aid and abet any person less than 21 years old in the purchase or possession of the alcoholic beverages noted above. Employees found violating these state laws are subject to legal sanction as well as the appropriate disciplinary procedures.

     Students:

Students are reminded of the following University regulations and state laws regarding alcoholic beverages as contained in the Student Handbook:

Students are liable for violation of State Law GS 18B-302 while on University premises: 18B-302 Sale to or Purchase by Underage Persons

  1. Sale – It shall be unlawful for any person to: Sell or give malt beverages or unfortified wine to anyone less than  21 years old; or Sell or give fortified wine, spirituous liquor, or mixed beverages to anyone less than 21 years old.
  2. Purchase or Possession – It shall be unlawful for: A person less than 21 years old to purchase, to attempt to purchase, or to possess malt beverages or unfortified wine; orA person less than 2l years old to purchase, to attempt to purchase, or possess fortified wine, spirituous liquor, or mixed beverages.
  3. Aider and Abettor: By Underage Person – Any person under the lawful age to purchase and who aids or abets another in violation of subsection (a) or (b) of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to five hundred dollars ($500.00) or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both, at the discretion of the court. By Person over Lawful Age – Any person who is over the lawful age to purchase and who aids or abets another in violation of subsection (a) or (b) of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to two thousand dollars ($2,000) or imprisonment for not more than two years, or both, at the discretion of the court.
        -     Students are responsible for conforming to state laws pertaining to:
           *  Transportation of alcoholic beverages
           *  Consumption of alcoholic beverages in public places
           *  Consumption of alcoholic beverages by students under the legal age
           *  Abuses of alcoholic beverages

        -     There will be no consumption of alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle while on University property or on University streets.

        -     Personal consumption of alcoholic beverages is restricted to students’ rooms in residence halls, if they are of legal drinking age.

        -     The possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages shall not be permitted in public places, such as lounges, game rooms, study rooms, kitchens, laundries or patios.

        -     There will be no public display of alcoholic beverages.

        -     The University discourages the drinking of alcoholic beverages, and other abuses of alcoholic beverages. Being under the influence of alcohol is considered a breach of conduct, and students who violate these standards are subject to disciplinary action.

Violations of the above regulations and laws could subject students to criminal prosecution as well as campus-based charges.

C.     Suspension Pending Final Disposition

The University reserves the right through the Chancellor or his designee to suspend a student, faculty member, administrator and other employee between the time of the initiation of charges and the hearing to be held. Such decision will be made based on whether the person's continued presence within the University community will constitute a clear and immediate danger or disruption to the University. In such circumstances, the hearing will be held as promptly as possible.

DISSEMINATION AND REVIEW

A copy of the Drug and Alcohol Education Policy will be distributed on an annual basis to each employee and student of the University. The distribution to all enrolled students will occur as part of the registration process. The University Personnel Office will administer the distribution to University employees.

The Chancellor of the University shall insure on a biennial basis that this policy is reviewed for purposes of assessing its effectiveness, consistency of application of sanctions and to determine the necessity for modification. This review shall be conducted by October 15 of every other year, beginning in 1992.

CONCLUSION

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University recognizes that the use of illegal drugs and the abuse of alcohol are a national problem and that sustained efforts must be made to educate the University family regarding the consequences associated with drug and alcohol abuse. The primary emphasis in this policy has therefore been on providing drug and alcohol abuse counseling and rehabilitation services through the various programs and activities outlined above.

Past experience suggests that most members of the University family are law abiding and will use this policy as a guide for their future behaviors and as a mechanism to influence their peers and colleagues in a positive direction. However, those who choose to violate any portions of this policy will pay the penalty for non-compliance. The main thrust of this policy has been to achieve a balance between its educational and punitive components.

The effective implementation of this policy rests on its wide dissemination to all members of the University family. This will be accomplished by the dissemination procedure previously outlined and through its publication in the Faculty Handbook, Student Handbook and University Catalogue. All affected individuals can be assured that applicable professional standards of confidentiality will be maintained at all times.

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