The Drug and Alcohol Policy at Saint Augustine’s University is designed to
insure that all members of the University community understand that the use,
possession and/or sale of illegal drugs and the abuse of alcohol are contradictory
to the goals of the University. Furthermore, each person should be aware that
the use, sale or possession of illegal drugs and the abuse of alcohol are, subject
to specific sanctions and penalties.
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 Controlled Substances
Act” (1971, c. 919, s. 1.). Further questions may be directed to Human Resources
or the Office of Ethics and Conflict Resolution.
Certain violations of the Drug and Alcohol Policy may jeopardize an individual’s
future as it relates to continued University enrollment or future employment
possibilities, depending on the severity of the policy violation(s).
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:
a. Annual Drug and Alcohol Education Week - Workshops and seminars on
drug abuse led by former drug addicts and community agencies such as
b. Drug and Alcohol Awareness Fair - Exhibits featuring drug and alcohol
c. Media presentations on the University’s radio and television stations,
WAUG, emphasizing the most current programs with drug and alcohol
d. “Home for the Holidays, Don’t Drink and Drive”; Drug and Alcohol
Abuse Prevention Campaign
e. Publication of brochure on drug education
f. Continuous monthly outreach programs in each residence hall.
Although directed primarily to the student population, the above noted
educational programs are also open to participation by all categories of
The Office of Judicial Affairs in cooperation with the Counseling and Psychological
Center, the Gordon Health Services Center and the Campus Police Department are the designated University department responsible for the planning and
implementation of drug and alcohol education programs geared toward
the special needs of the Saint Augustine’s University students. The programs
implemented include lunchtime seminars jointly conducted by the Counseling
and Psychological Center, the Gordon Health Center, the Campus and Raleigh
Police Departments and the Wake County Mental Health Department.
Saint Augustine’s University is a smoke free campus.
Smoking and us of tobacco products is not prohibited anywhere on campus;
campus buildings, sidewalks, parking lots, building entrances, common areas in
The Administration shall fully implement this policy, and all applicable laws,
regulations, and local ordinances related to smoking and tobacco use. There are
numerous resources to help tobacco users comply with the new policy.
Students and staff who use tobacco may want to take advantage of 1-800-QUIT-NOW,
a free, tobacco quit line that uses expert support to assist in quitting tobacco use.
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.
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 appropriate community agencies.
Referrals to local community agencies will be made available to include the
Wake County Mental Health Center 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 available to faculty and staff
members except in emergency situations.
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,
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.
Penalties will be imposed by the University in compliance with
procedural safeguards applicable to disciplinary actions against students
(see the Student Code of Conduct), faculty members (see the Faculty/
Staff Handbook), administrators (see the Board of Trustees Policies
Concerning Senior Administrative Officers).
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 the Student Code of Conduct and The faculty and
Staff Handbook. For additional information, direct questions to the
Office of Human Resources or the Office of Ethics and Conflict Resolution.
B. Alcohol/Prohibited Conduct
While the sale, possession, or consumption of alcoholic beverages is
not illegal under state or federal law, it is, hereby, the policy of Saint
Augustine’s 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 Saint
Augustine’s University that alcoholic beverages cannot be 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 are reminded of the following University regulations and
state laws regarding alcoholic beverages as contained in the Student
A. 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:
a. Sell or give malt beverages or unfortified
wine to anyone less than 21 years old; or
b. 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. A person less than 21 years old to purchase, to attempt to
purchase, or to possess malt beverages or unfortified wine; or
b. A person less than 2l years old to purchase, to attempt
to purchase, or possess fortified wine, spirituous liquor, or
3. Aider and Abettor
a. 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.
b. 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.
B. Students are responsible for conforming to state laws pertaining to:
1. Transportation of alcoholic beverages
2. Consumption of alcoholic beverages in public places
3. Consumption of alcoholic beverages by students under
the legal age
4. Abuses of alcoholic beverages
C. There will be no consumption of alcoholic beverages on the Saint
Augustine’s University campus.
D. 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.
Violation of the above regulations and laws will subject students to
criminal prosecution as well as campus-based charges.
3. Suspension Pending Final Disposition
The University reserves the right through the President or her 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.
FERPA (Federal Education Rights and Protection Act) now allows the
parents of students who are found responsible for alcohol/substance
abuse violations, who are under 21 years of age and legally dependent, to
be notified of such violations.
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