Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act

The U.S. Department of Education has issued regulations implementing the provisions of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989. Franklin University's policies on substance abuse and alcoholic beverages outline information on University sanctions for violation of these policies, criminal sanctions for the illegal possession or distribution of drugs and alcohol, and health risks of drugs and alcohol. These policies will be distributed annually to each Franklin University student and employee.  The University reviews its alcohol and drug programs annually for effectiveness and consistency of application and, where necessary, make appropriate changes. Questions or concerns regarding University policies should be addressed to the Office of Community Standards at advocate@franklin.edu.

Standards of Conduct 

Franklin University takes a strong stand on substance abuse and will vigorously enforce its rules regarding alcohol and drugs. Franklin University is focused on the protection of the campus community.  Students, Faculty, and Staff, by association with Franklin University, agree to comply with University regulations. As responsible adults and representatives of the University, they are accountable for their actions both on and off campus. The University supports and will cooperate with authorities of the federal, state, and local governments in the enforcement of public laws and regulations regarding alcohol and drugs. 

All Franklin University students, faculty, and staff are expected to abide by the terms of the University's policies. A student and/or employee found to be in possession, illegally using, or distributing drugs and/or alcohol may be subject to appropriate sanctions. Such sanctions may include and are not limited to:

  • referral for prosecution,
  • termination of employment, and/or
  • referral to The Office of Community Standards for violations of the Student Code of Conduct which may result in reprimand, probation, suspension or expulsion.

Revised August 1, 2017

The unlawful use of alcohol, drugs, or controlled substances by students adversely affects Franklin University’s educational environment. Therefore, all members of the campus community must adhere to established University policy, as well as to local, state, and federal laws.

Alcohol Policy

The following regulations apply to alcohol use at Franklin University:

  • The possession or use of any alcoholic beverage, as defined by Ohio Revised Code, is prohibited on University property or at any University sponsored activity or event by any person under the legal age as established by the State of Ohio.
  • Kegs, beer balls, and other large size containers (larger than 40 oz.) are prohibited, along with large quantities (in excess of one-half gallon) of assorted or mixed alcoholic beverages, such as punch.
  • Alcohol is prohibited on University Property and campus grounds, including parking lots and roadways
  • Alcohol paraphernalia is prohibited; including materials designed or modified to be used for drinking games and use of alcohol bottles, cans, or other related items as decoration
  • The use of alcohol at University sponsored off campus events is prohibited unless specifically approved in writing by the University President.

Drug/Controlled Substance Policy

Violation of the following policies will result in disciplinary action:

  • Any and all using, possession (including trace), possession for sale, selling, abusing, distributing, manufacturing, or being under the influence of a controlled substance or chemical of abuse on any University property (including vehicles parked on University grounds), or at any University sponsored event. This section excludes lawful use of medications prescribed by a licensed physician and/or permitted by federal, state, and local ordinances. Chemical abuse includes but is not limited to the abuse of chemicals, glue, paint, petroleum products, and nitrous oxide.
  • Any and all using, possessing, possessing for sale, and selling any drug paraphernalia. This includes any instrument, tool, or object designed or converted to allow ingestion by any means drugs of abuse, controlled substances, or chemicals.

Franklin University Student Sanctions

Franklin University’s Community Standards expressly prohibits the use, manufacture, distribution, sale, offer for sale, or possession of drugs, narcotics, and alcohol on campus. Students found to be in violation of this standard will be subject to the full range of sanctions available under the Student Code of Conduct, including potential suspension or expulsion from the University. Being under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol does not diminish or excuse the violation of the Student Code of Conduct. The Student Code of Conduct can be found here: www.franklin.edu/community-standards.

Franklin University recognizes its responsibility to provide a safe, drug-free work environment and protection for its employees, students, and customers.  Any unlawful possession, manufacture, sale, distribution, or use of alcohol, illegal drugs or substances while on University premises or business; reporting for work while under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs or substances, including illegally used prescription drugs, or testing positive for the same is strictly prohibited.  Any violation of Franklin University’s substance abuse control policy will result in disciplinary action, which can include termination of employment. Please notify your supervisor or Human Resources if you become aware of any activities that violate the University’s Drug and Alcohol Policy.  The complete Substance Abuse Policy is located in the Franklin University Employment handbook.

Applicable legal sanctions under local, state or federal law for the unlawful use, possession or distribution of illicit drugs or alcohol are set forth in the referenced laws and are available upon request from the Department of Safety and Security Services.

Ohio Revised Code Chapters
2925 - Drug Offenses
3719 - Controlled Substances
4301 - Liquor Control Laws

Federal (Harrison) Narcotic Act
Federal Narcotic Drugs
Import and Export Act
Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act
Federal Alcohol Administration

These sanctions can include probation, fines, driver's license suspension, and/or incarceration. Future revisions, amendments, or additions to these or other applicable codes are incorporated into this policy by this reference.

The following are summaries of the major health risks and common symptoms associated with alcohol and other drug use and abuse. This is not a complete listing but does provide an overview.

Government Warning:

  • According to the Surgeon General, women should not drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects.
  • Intoxication can impair brain function and motor skills; heavy use can increase risk of certain cancers, stroke, and liver and heart diseases. 
  • Consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs your ability to drive a car or operate machinery and may cause health problems. The above statements also hold true for the consumption of controlled substances as identified by the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy and include:
Schedule I:
Schedule II:
Schedule III:
Schedule IV:
Schedule V:
Crack Cocaine
Angel Dust
Amphetamines and related      stimulants
Fiorinal with


Alcohol Health Risks:
Alcohol in moderate amounts causes dizziness, dulling of the senses, and impairment of coordination, reflexes, memory and judgment. Increased amounts of alcohol produce staggering, slurred speech, double vision, mood changes and, possibly, unconsciousness. Larger amounts result in death. Alcohol causes damage to the liver, heart and pancreas. It also may lead to malnutrition, stomach irritation, lowered resistance to disease and irreversible brain or nervous system damage. Symptoms: Glazed eyes, obvious odor, pale and dry skin, broken blood vessels in facial area, slowed motor coordination and enlarged stomach.

Marijuana Health Risks:
Marijuana use leads to a substantial increase in heart rate. It impairs or reduces short-term memory and comprehension, and motivation and cognition are altered. With extended use it can produce paranoia and psychosis. Smoking marijuana damages the lungs and pulmonary system. Marijuana contains more cancer causing agents than tobacco. It also lowers male sex hormones, suppresses ovulation, and causes changes in the menstrual cycle and possibly causes birth defects. Symptoms: Someone who uses marijuana may laugh inappropriately and have bloodshot eyes, dry mouth and throat, and a tell-tale odor of the drug, a poor sense of timing and increased appetite.

Cocaine and Crack Health Risks:
Cocaine and its derivative crack produce dilated pupils and elevated blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate and body temperature. They may also cause insomnia, loss of appetite, tactile hallucinations, paranoia, seizure and death. Symptoms: Someone using cocaine may experience muscle twitching, panic reactions, anxiety, numbness in hands and feet, loss of weight, a period of hyperactivity followed by a depression, a running or bleeding nose and sustained depression.

Barbiturates Health Risks:
In small doses, barbiturates produce calmness, relaxed muscles and lowered anxiety. Larger doses cause slurred speech, staggering gait and altered perception. Very large doses taken in combination with other central nervous system depressants (e.g., alcohol) cause respiratory depression, coma and sometimes death. Symptoms: A person who uses barbiturates may have poor muscle control, appear drowsy or drunk, become confused, irritable, inattentive or have slowed reactions.

Amphetamines Health Risks:
Amphetamine use causes increased heart and respiratory rates, elevated blood pressure, and dilated pupils. Larger doses cause rapid or irregular heartbeat, tremors and physical collapse. An amphetamine injection creates a sudden increase in blood pressure that can result in stroke, high fever and heart failure. Symptoms: An individual using amphetamines might begin to lose weight, have periods of excessive sweating, and appear restless, anxious, moody and unable to focus. Extended use may produce psychosis, including hallucinations, delusions and paranoia.

Hallucinogens (including PCP, LSD, Mescaline, Peyote, Psilocybin) Health Risks:
PCP, or angel dust, interrupts the part of the brain that controls the intellect and impulsive behavior. PCP blocks pain receptors. Violent episodes, including self-inflected injuries, are not uncommon. Chronic users report memory loss and speech difficulty. Very large doses produce convulsions, coma, heart and lung failure, or ruptured blood vessels in the brain. LSD, mescaline, peyote, etc. cause dilated pupils, elevated body temperature, increased heart rate and blood pressure, and tremors. Symptoms: Someone using PCP might appear moody, aggressive or violent. Such an individual may become paranoid and experience hallucinations and have time and body movements slowed. LSD users may experience loss of appetite, sleeplessness, confusion, anxiety and panic. Flashbacks may also occur.

Narcotics (including Heroin, Codeine, Morphine, Opium, Percodan) Health Risks:
Because these narcotics are generally injected, the use of contaminated needles may result in AIDS and hepatitis. Symptoms of overdose include shallow breathing, clammy skin and convulsions. An overdose may result in a coma or even death. Symptoms: Some signs of narcotic use are euphoria, drowsiness, constricted pupils and nausea. Other symptoms include itchy skin, needle or "track" marks on the arms and legs, nodding, loss of sex drive and appetite. When withdrawing from the drug, sweating, cramps and nausea occur.

If you or someone you know believes they are struggling with alcohol or drug abuse, view the links below for further information:

Help Guide.Org:  Provides steps to Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment and Self Help

Alcohol Abuse: http://www.helpguide.org/articles/addiction/alcohol-addiction-treatment-and-self-help.htm

Drug Abuse: http://www.helpguide.org/articles/addiction/overcoming-drug-addiction.htm

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator: provides treatment options throughout the United States through a searchable database: https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/

Franklin University Resource Guide: provides referral off-campus resources (local and national)

Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Codependents Anonymous, Al-Anon, and other self-help groups

Any student seeking assistance with an alcohol or substance abuse problem can also contact the Office of Student Life at 614-947-4700 or at studentlife@franklin.edu.  Franklin University does not offer professional counseling or rehabilitation services, but a list of all resources will be provided as well as a list of external agencies. Students are responsible for costs associated with such services.

Any staff or faculty member who desires assistance with an alcohol or substance abuse problem should consult the appropriate employee manual for information regarding such services or contact Human Resources at hr@franklin.edu

Awareness Program
The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 regulations require that the University distribute the information annually, in writing, concerning the possession, use, or distribution of alcohol and illicit drugs at the University.  In addition to this information, the University provides related information on University sanctions for violation of its policies, on health risks of drugs and alcohol, and on resources for assistance with illicit use and abuse of alcohol and drugs.


Franklin University does not discriminate on the basis of age, religion, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, ancestry, immigration status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or family status, disability, or veteran or military status.

Further, Franklin University complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the University operates.