Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse

SUBSTANCE ABUSE POLICY

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 MADD, SADD,

b. Drug and Alcohol Awareness Fair - Exhibits featuring drug and alcohol related paraphernalia

c. Media presentations on the University’s radio and television stations, WAUG, emphasizing the most current programs with drug and alcohol education messages

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 University employees.

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 university-owned vehicles.

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-NOW11-800-QUIT-NOW11-800-QUIT-NOW11-800-QUIT-NOW11-800-QUIT-NOW11-800-QUIT-NOW11-800-QUIT-NOW11-800-QUIT-NOW11-800-QUIT-NOW11-800-QUIT-NOW11-800-QUIT-NOW11-800-QUIT-NOW11-800-QUIT-NOW11-800-QUIT-NOW11-800-QUIT-NOW11-800-QUIT-NOW11-800-QUIT-NOW11-800-QUIT-NOW11-800-QUIT-NOW11-800-QUIT-NOW1-800-QUIT-NOW800-QUIT-NOW, a free, tobacco quit line that uses expert support to assist in quitting tobacco use.

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 appropriate community agencies.

Employees:

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.

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, 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

1. Employees:

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.

2. Students:

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

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 mixed beverages.

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.