Drug-Free School and Campus
The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 is a government response to growing concern over substance abuse among college and university students. This Act mandates that students be informed of government and university regulations regarding substance abuse. The information provided below is an overview of these policies. More detailed information can be obtained through the on-campus psychological counseling program or in the Office of Student Affairs.
There are serious physical and psychological effects to the use of drugs, including alcohol. The use of alcohol and other drugs can impair an individual's ability to function rationally and responsibly. Although different drugs exhibit a variety of symptoms, common effects of drug use include loss of motor control, nausea, impaired vision, and a lessened capacity to think clearly and control behavior. Continued and frequent use of drugs can lead to physical and/or psychological dependence and may result in permanent organic damage. Moreover, abuse of drugs is associated with incidents of violent and irresponsible behavior: assault, rape, vandalism, reckless driving, etc.
The Law School offers assistance to any student experiencing drug abuse or dependency problems. Short-term individual counseling to students can be provided through the on-campus counseling service. The counselor will also refer students to support groups, outside counselors, and treatment programs.
The use, possession, or distribution of illicit drugs is prohibited by state, federal, and local laws and the Law School's Standards of Conduct also reflects this. This prohibition includes the use and possession of alcohol at any Law School event by any person under the age of 21 and the serving of alcohol to those under the age of 21. Students who violate the policies are subject to disciplinary action by the Law School. Possible sanctions for prohibited conduct include suspension or dismissal from the Law School.
In addition to Law School and University sanctions, there are federal and state criminal penalties for the sale and/or possession of illegal drugs.
Drug abuse is a serious national problem. Substance abuse and chemical dependency prevent a student from taking full advantage of the educational and social opportunities offered at the Law School. The use of alcohol and/or drugs can also affect the student's chances of success in employment and interpersonal relationships. Any student experiencing difficulty with alcohol or other drugs should contact the On Campus Psychological Counseling Office, Student Health, or the Office of Student Affairs for resources that assist with treating alcohol or substance abuse.