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Policy on Drugs & Alcohol

Policy on Drugs & Alcohol

The University’s policy is that the unlawful use, manufacture, distribution, dispensing, or possession of any controlled substance (drug) is absolutely prohibited on any University property or at any University-sponsored event. The use, manufacture, distribution, dispensing, or possession of alcohol is prohibited on University property. The lawful use of alcohol at University sponsored off campus events is prohibited unless specifically approved in writing by the University President. This includes University sponsored off-campus events. Penalties for violation of this policy include loss of University privileges, probation, suspension and dismissal.

Suspension of Federal Financial Aid Eligibility for Drug-Related Offenses

A. In General – A student who has been convicted of any offense under any Federal or State law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance shall not be eligible to receive any grant, loan, or work assistance under Title IV, Section 484(r) of the Higher Education Opportunities Act, during the period beginning on the date of such conviction and ending after the interval specified in the following table:

If convicted of an offense involving: 

The possession of a controlled substance: Ineligibility period is:
First offense 1 year
Second offense 2 years
Third offense   Indefinite


The sale of a controlled substance:     Ineligibility period is:
First offense 2 years
Second offense Indefinite

B. Rehabilitation – A student whose eligibility has been suspended under paragraph (A) may resume eligibility before the end of the ineligibility period determined under such paragraph if –

(1) the student satisfactorily completes a drug rehabilitation program that –
    (a) complies with such criteria as the US Department of Education Secretary shall describe in regulations for purposes of this paragraph; and
    (b) includes two unannounced drug tests;

(2) the student successfully passes two unannounced drug tests conducted by a drug rehabilitation program that complies with such criteria as the Secretary shall prescribe in regulations for purposes of subparagraph (1)(a); or

(3) the conviction is reversed, set aside, or otherwise rendered nugatory.