The unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students on University property or as any part of a University-sponsored activity is strictly prohibited.
Local, state, and federal laws prohibit the unlawful use, manufacture, possession, control, sale and dispensation of any illegal narcotic or other drugs. These laws carry penalties for violations, including monetary fines and imprisonment.
The risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and are numerous and include physical and mental impairment, emotional and psychological deterioration, and devastating effects on family and friends. There are obvious risks, such as suffering a hangover, being charged with driving under the influence or while intoxicated, and sustaining or causing personal injury. There are a number of less obvious risks associated with drug abuse that students might not realize, including:
- Poor academic performance
- Poor job performance
- Unwanted sexual activity
- Sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS
- Jeopardizing future career prospects (e.g., admission to law school, employment with the federal government).
In addition, drug abuse puts the user at considerable health risk, which can include nausea, vomiting, cancer, liver damage, elevated blood pressure, psychotic episodes, hallucinations and, in some cases, death. In addition to the risk to the abuser of illicit drugs are the risks to other students and the public.
The Counseling Center as well as the Health Center can provide consultation and referral to students with problems or concerns related to drug use. All have procedures to assure confidentiality.
Individuals whose performance is impaired as a result of use or abuse of drugs (either on or off campus); who illegally use or abuse drugs or alcohol on campus; who violate any provision of the Code of Conduct are subject to sanctions.
Use, possession, sale, or being under the influence of illegal drugs, including but not limited to narcotics, hallucinogens, cocaine, amphetamines, or illegally used prescription drugs, or evidence of drug paraphernalia is strictly prohibited and may result in immediate dismissal from residence halls and/or from Reinhardt University.
General Provisions Regarding the Possession and Distribution of Illegal Drugs Possession, sale, or use of narcotic, mind-altering, or other illicit drugs, except for one's own prescription by a licensed physician, is prohibited by the University, local ordinances, as well as state and federal laws. Possession or use of prescription drugs prescribed to another individual is prohibited by the University. The re-sale of one's own prescription is prohibited by the University.
Reinhardt University will cooperate with all law enforcement agencies in the enforcement of such laws, on campus and off, and will not protect a student from such enforcement. Anyone who violates the drug policy is subject to the University's sanctions and to criminal sanctions. Therefore, in addition to the University sanctions listed below, criminal penalties may be imposed upon a person convicted of an offense.
Reinhardt University will assist students who voluntarily submit themselves to University officials for counseling and help with the misuse of alcohol or drugs. Under no circumstances will Reinhardt permit students to sell or distribute drugs to others. Persons convicted of drug possession under state or federal law may be ineligible for federal student grants and loans for up to one year after the first conviction and five years after the second. The penalty for distributing drugs is loss of benefits for five years after the first, then ten years after the second, and permanently after the third conviction.
Actions for Possession of Illegal Drugs
Students found in possession of illegal substances will:
- Have a letter sent home to the parent(s) or guardian informing them of the charge and the Judicial Council date within five (5) working days of the citation.
- Have a Judicial Council hearing. If the student is found responsible, the Council will recommend appropriate sanctions. The Council shall notify the student, in writing, of its verdict of innocence or guilt within five (5) working days of the hearing date. The Dean of Students can expel the student from the residence halls, suspend the student, recommend the student for counseling and educational programming, or recommend other actions. For those individuals who are members of our NAIA sanctioned teams, positive results of drug testing will be referred to the Dean of Students for processing to begin a formal hearing.
Sanctions for Possession with Intent to Sell or Distribute:
Reinhardt University students found responsible for possession with intent to sell or distribute illegal drugs on campus and/or off campus will be expelled from Reinhardt University.
Sanctions for the Possession of Drug Paraphernalia:
Students may not use or possess drug paraphernalia on campus. Possession of these devices will result in a charge of a violation against the drug policy and the Code of Conduct.
Federal Regulations on a Drug-Free Workplace
The Federal Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 require all public and private institutions of higher education to develop, distribute, and publicize a policy outlining the following:
- Standards of conduct and sanctions;
- Health risks;
- Information on assistance and counseling;
- Educational programs; and,
- Legal sanctions regarding alcohol and drug use.
The intent of the legislation is to address the problem of underage and irresponsible drinking and/or use of illicit drugs on college campuses.