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UPPS 04.04.48 - Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act

Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act

UPPS No. 04.04.48
Issue No. 3
Revised: 8/29/2016
Effective Date: 10/14/2013
Next Review Date: 6/01/2019 (E3Y)
Sr. Reviewer: Assistant Vice President for Human Resources

  1. POLICY STATEMENT

    1. This policy establishes guidelines to comply with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (the Act).
  2. REQUIREMENTS OF THE DRUG-FREE SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES ACT

    1. * This federal statute is overseen by the U.S. Department of Education and provides that in order to receive federal financial assistance of any kind after October 1, 1990, an institution of higher education must certify that it has adopted and implemented a program to prevent the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees on the institution’s premises or as part of any of its sanctioned activities. At a minimum, this program must include the annual distribution of the following to each student and employee:

      1. standards of conduct that clearly prohibit, at a minimum, the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees on the institution’s property or as any part of the institution’s activities;

      2. a description of applicable legal sanctions under local, state, or federal law for unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol;

      3. a description of the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol;

      4. a description of available drug and alcohol counseling treatment, rehabilitation, or re-entry programs; and

      5. a clear statement that the institution will impose sanctions on students and employees (consistent with local, state, and federal laws) and a description of these sanctions, up to and including expulsion or termination of employment and referral for prosecution, for violations of the standards of conduct.

  3. RESPONSIBILITIES FOR DISTRIBUTION OF POLICY AND REVIEW OF PROGRAM

    1. The vice president for Student Affairs (VPSA) will distribute the university policy statement, pursuant to the Act, to faculty, staff, and students twice a year, consistent with the academic calendar. This is accomplished via a biannual notification to the campus that the policy is available on the dean of Students website.

    2. The associate vice president and dean of Students shall:

      1. Conduct a biennial review of the institution’s prevention and education program to determine their effectiveness, implement any needed changes, evaluate if any sanctions developed are consistently enforced, and document the university’s compliance with the language of the Act.

      2. Certify the university’s compliance with the Act through its reporting to the US Department of Education.

    3. The Staff Handbook, the Faculty Handbook, and the Campus Watch shall contain a summary of the policy in the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Information for Students and Employees Regarding Illicit Drug and Alcohol Abuse statement.

  4. REVIEWERS OF THIS UPPS

    1. * Reviewers of this UPPS include the following:

      Position Date
      Assistant Vice President for Human Resources June 1 E3Y
      Associate Vice President and Dean of Students June 1 E3Y
      Chair, Faculty Senate June 1 E3Y
      Chair, Staff Council June 1 E3Y
  5. CERTIFICATION STATEMENT

    This UPPS has been approved by the following individuals in their official capacities and represents Texas State policy and procedure from the date of this document until superseded.

    Assistant Vice President for Human Resources; senior reviewer of this UPPS

    Vice President for Finance and Support Services

    President