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 SRU Policy for a Drug Free School and Workplace 

 

SPOTLIGHT

SLIPPERY ROCK UNIVERSITY POLICY FOR A DRUG FREE SCHOOL AND WORKPLACE

Slippery Rock University is committed to the education and development of students, faculty and staff regarding alcohol and other drug use. The misuse and dependency on alcohol and other drugs concerns and affects the University community, as well as our society at large.

Therefore, in accordance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, and the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988, Slippery Rock University hereby notifies all students and employees of the following University policy:

I. STANDARDS OF CONDUCT/UNIVERSITY POLICY
It is prohibited to manufacture, distribute, sell, dispense, possess or use any controlled substance in the workplace, on campus or in any facility owned, leased, or otherwise controlled by Slippery Rock University. This includes, but is not limited to, University related events, programs, or activities which occur on campus and off campus, under authority of the Board of Governors.

It is expected that Slippery Rock University students and employees who use or possess alcoholic beverages will do so legally. Alcohol is prohibited in the workplace, except at social events when approved by the Alcohol Request Committee. Students are also governed by the regulations of the Slippery Rock University Code of Conduct.

The Code states, in summary, that:
1. Students must be 21 years of age to consume alcohol or possess alcohol;
2. Alcohol is prohibited on campus;*
3. It is unlawful to misrepresent your age to purchase or consume alcohol;
4. It is unlawful to modify or forge official documents to purchase alcohol or to do so for others;
5. Alcoholic beverages cannot be sold without a State license;
6. It is unlawful to provide alcohol to persons under the age of 21;
7. When using alcohol, it is prohibited to:
a. disturb the lives of others;
b. subject yourself or others to harm or injury;
c. destroy property;
d. disrupt the tranquility of the community;
8. University funds may not be used to purchase alcohol.
*Except at social events when approved by the Alcohol Request Committee.

II. LEGAL SANCTIONS
The legal ramifications of misuse of alcohol and/or controlled substances (drugs) are serious and varied, depending on the circumstances involved. The penalties are determined by examining each individual case. A person can be arrested or cited for violations ranging from summary through felony offenses. Slippery Rock University students and employees can be referred for prosecution for a violation of the law.

The following is a listing of the most common alcohol and other drug violations, and their penalties, committed under federal state and state law. For a more complete description of the offenses, the appropriate federal and criminal and vehicle codes should be consulted.

DRUG OFFENSES

Narcotic drugs - Manufacture, delivery, or possession by an unauthorized person
Felony, up to 15 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000.

Methamphetamine, cocoa leaves, marijuana (in excess of 1000 pounds)
Felony, imprisonment up to 10 years and a fine of up to $100,000.

Opiates, hallucinogenic substances, marijuana
Felony, up to 5 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $15,000.

Barbiturates
Felony, up to 3 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000.

Codeine, morphine, atropine
Misdemeanor, up to 1 year imprisonment and a fine of up to $5,000.

Possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use (30 grams of marijuana or 8 grams of hashish)
Misdemeanor, up to 30 days imprisonment and a fine of up to $500.

Use or delivery of drug paraphernalia
Misdemeanor, up to 1 year imprisonment and a fine of up to $2,500.

Possession or distribution of look alike drugs having a depressing or stimulating effect
Felony, up to 5 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000.

Manufacture, sale or delivery, holding, offering for sale, or possession of any controlled substance that is altered or misbranded
Misdemeanor, up to 1 year imprisonment and a fine of up to $5,000.

Trafficking drugs to minors
At least 1 year confinement, 2 years imprisonment if within 1000 feet of a school, college or university.

Possession of controlled or counterfeit substance
Misdemeanor, up to 1 year in jail, fine of up to $5,000.

ALCOHOL OFFENSES

Misrepresentation of age to secure liquor, malt, or brewed beverages
First offense - Summary violation, up to $300 fine and 30 days in jail;
Second offense - Misdemeanor, up to $4,500 fine and jail. Operator's license will be suspended.*

Purchase, consumption, possession or transportation of liquor or malt or brewed beverages
First offense - up to $300 fine and 30 days in jail and suspension of drivers license for 90 days for minors;
Second offense - up to $500 fine and jail. Operator's license will be suspended*
*Parents of minors will be notified of the violation.

Representation that minor is of age
Misdemeanor, fine of not less than $300.

Inducement of minors to buy liquor, malt or brewed beverages
Misdemeanor, fine of not less $300.

Selling or furnishing liquor, malt or brewed beverages to minors
Misdemeanor, fine of not less than $1000 for the first violation and $2,500 for each subsequent violation.

Carrying a false identification card
Summary offense first violation, fine up to $300 and up to 30 days in jail; Misdemeanor for subsequent violations, fine up to $500 and jail. Operator's license will be suspended.*

RESTRICTIONS ON ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

The driver of any vehicle may not consume any alcoholic beverage or illegal drug
Summary offense, fine of up to $300 and up to 30 days in jail.

Driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance
Misdemeanor, fine of not less than $300, jail for not less than 48 hours; not less than 30 days in jail for second violation; not less than 90 days in jail for third violation; not less than 1 year for fourth violation.

Homicide by vehicle while driving under influence
Felony, not less than 3 years of imprisonment, fine, revocation of operating privileges.

Sale by, or purchase from, an unlicensed source of liquor or malt or brewed beverage
First offense: misdemeanor, fine from $100 to $500.
Second offense: fine of $300 to $500 and imprisonment of 3 months to 1 year.

Possession or transportation of liquor or alcohol within the state unless obtained from state liquor store or in accordance with the Liquor Control Board regulations
Primary offense: fine of $25 per package;
Second violation: misdemeanor with possible forfeiture of vehicle used to transport.

*Operator's license suspensions:
First offense - 90 days
Second offense - 1 year
Third offense - 2 years
Subsequent offenses - 2 years

III. HEALTH RISKS
The misuse of alcohol and illegal use of controlled substances also creates health risks for the user. A review of some of the more prominent risks include:

Alcohol, a depressant, is absorbed into the bloodstream and transmitted to virtually all parts of the body. Although the impact varies with each individual, even moderate amounts of alcohol reduce physical coordination and mental alertness. Larger amounts cause staggering, slurred speech, double vision, sudden mood swings, and unconsciousness. Long-term heavy drinking and binge drinking may result in respiratory arrest and death. Long-term drinking increases the risk of developing liver and heart disease, circulatory problems, peptic ulcers, various forms of cancer, and irreversible brain damage. Heavy drinkers also may become dependent upon the drug and die if it is withdrawn too quickly.

In addition to the above mentioned health risks, an association has been identified between alcohol use and impaired learning, violence, injuries, accidents, acquaintance rape, unwanted pregnancy, and sexually transmitted disease. Recent campus statistics show that alcohol is involved in:
- approximately 2/3 of all violent behavior
- approximately 1/2 of all physical injury
- approximately 1/3 of all emotional difficulties
- approximately 30% of all academic problems.
 
IV. COUNSELING AND TREATMENT PROGRAMS
Any Slippery Rock University student or employee who believes he/she is dependent on a controlled substance or alcohol, may seek assistance through the Slippery Rock University Counseling Center, located in Rhoads Hall. The Counseling Center provides the following confidential services:
1. Counseling therapy relative to alcohol or drug abuse problems for any student, faculty member, or staff member.
2. Evaluation and referral services for students, faculty, staff members and their families.
3. Rehabilitation services are available to faculty and staff through the State Employee Assistance Program, the Butler County Drug and Alcohol Program, and through various agencies by referral from the Counseling Center.
4. Referrals to Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Al-Anon, Al-Ateen, and other support groups.
5. Supportive counseling services to re-entry clients, as well as referrals to other support groups and agencies in the community.
6. The Counseling Center provides the Chemical Health Education and Counseling Program. This program is an evaluation, education, and referral, for students whose drug or alcohol related behavior has resulted in violations of Commonwealth law and/or University regulations or policies.

V. DISCIPLINARY SANCTIONS
Any employee violating this policy will be referred to the State Employee Assistance Program, or disciplined in an appropriate manner, up to and including termination and/or can be referred for prosecution. Discipline, when appropriate, shall be taken under relevant provisions of collective bargaining agreements, Civil Service Policy, the System's Merit Principle Policy or University Employee Discipline Policy. The employee may also be reported to the police.

Any student violating this policy could be referred to the Coordinator of Student Standards for appropriate action and/or can be referred for prosecution. This action could range from an education or counseling program, up to and including suspension or permanent dismissal from the University.

Students who violate the Slippery Rock University Alcohol Policy, Code of Conduct, Federal, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, or local laws relating to alcohol or controlled substances could be subject to the sanctions of the Code of Conduct as well as the Laws and Crimes Code of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the sanctions stated therein.

This policy is effective October 1, 1990 and shall remain in effect unless otherwise stated in writing. It shall be periodically reviewed to determine effectiveness and to assure consistent enforcement by the Slippery Rock University Administration.

Additional information concerning this policy may be obtained from

Office of Assistant Vice President for Student Services
008 Old Main
Slippery Rock University
Slippery Rock, PA 16057
(724) 738-2728 (phone)
(724) 738-4920 (fax)
The Office of Human Resources
205 Old Main
Slippery Rock University
Slippery Rock, PA 16057
(724) 738-2070 (phone)
(724) 738-4475 (fax)