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Alcohol And Controlled Substances

On August 16, 1990, the Department of Education issued the final regulations implementing amendments to the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act enacted on December 12, 1989 in the Federal Register. The goal of the amendments is to require each institution of higher education to 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. Note that no distinction is made in the Act between full-time and part-time or permanent and temporary students or employees. Under these amendments, each institution of higher education must have a drug and alcohol abuse prevention program including annual distribution of a report to every employee and to any student taking one or more classes for any type of academic credit (except continuing education units). The report is required to include:

  • 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 an institution’s property or as part of any of its activities;
  • A description of the applicable legal sanctions under local, state, or federal law for the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol;
  • A description of the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol;
  • A description of any drug or alcohol counseling, treatment, rehabilitation, or reentry programs that are available to employees or students; and
  • A clear statement that the institution will impose disciplinary sanctions on students and employees (consistent with local, state, and federal laws) for violations of published standards of conduct, and a description of those sanctions, up to and including expulsion or termination of employment.

Policy on Student Use of Alcohol and Controlled Substances

This policy statement is specific to Union Institute & University students. It has been adapted from the policy for employees as published in the Human Resources Policy Manual. The use, sale, transfer or possession of alcohol or controlled substances by students creates a potential for harm and is not permitted on Union Institute & University (UI&U) property or at any university sponsored learning activity or events, except as specifically authorized by this policy.

UI&U encourages students who have problems with alcohol or use of controlled substances to make use of available internal and external resources to help control or resolve their problem. UI&U supports rehabilitative efforts and will assist if requested to do so.

If a student has a medical condition or a substance addiction and has reason to believe the condition may impair attendance or performance, he/she are expected to notify his/her faculty advisor or dean. However, students should be aware that providing information about a medical condition or substance addiction for the first time during a disciplinary proceeding will not negate the disciplinary action from continuing.

UI&U may assist individuals who have violated this policy through referral to a rehabilitation program, but is under no obligation to do so beyond the information provided in the statement on Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention.

If the student’s use of a controlled substances is related to a condition that qualifies as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), he or she may also apply for accommodation to the university’s ADA coordinator, in accordance with published procedures. Requests for ADA accommodation and/or rehabilitation assistance do not preclude any disciplinary action for violations of this or any other university policy.

Standards and Consequences

  • UI&U permits the legal use of medication or drugs prescribed by a licensed practitioner or purchased over-the-counter provided that such usage does not endanger the safety of others. Students who are legally taking medications that may impair performance are expected to inform their faculty advisor or dean.
  • Alcohol may occasionally be served at university-sponsored events held at university centers or locations outside the university. students and/or employees may consume alcohol in moderation at such events; individuals whose behavior is impaired due to alcohol consumption may be required to leave the event and/or be subject to disciplinary action.
  • The illegal use, sale, transfer or possession of controlled substances or alcohol by a student or employee during a university-sponsored learning activity or on university property is forbidden. Such activity is grounds for dismissal.

Definitions:

Controlled Substances is any narcotic, drug or drug-like substance for which the sale, use, or possession is either unlawful or is being utilized outside of prescribed medical treatment. Controlled substances include, but are not limited to, marijuana, amphetamines, opiates, phencyclidine (PCP), and cocaine, as well as any drug not approved for medical use by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Illegal use is includes use of any illegal drug, misuse of legally prescribed drugs, and use of illegally obtained prescription drugs.

Legal Drugs are prescribed drugs that an individual has a prescription or other written approval from a physician for the use of a drug in the course of medical treatment. It must include the patient’s name, the name of the substance, quantity/ amount to be taken, and the period of authorization.

Moderation refers to consumption of alcohol at university sponsored events, moderation is defined not by the quantity of alcohol consumed but by resulting behavior.

University property means any university owned, leased, or rented building, grounds, office, classroom or other facility. Includes off-campus course and degree sites, and off-campus facilities, such as hotel and conference center space, used by the university for learning activities.

Effective 3/1/2009 as revised

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program

Drug abuse affects all aspects of American life. It threatens the workplace as well as our homes, our schools, and our community. The U.S. Department of Education requires institutions of higher education to implement a drug- prevention and awareness program for their students and employees. UI&U has a “Zero-Tolerance” policy regarding the unlawful use, sale, possession and/or distribution of illegal drugs and alcohol.

All members of the UI&U community must adhere to a code of conduct that recognizes that the unlawful manufacture, sale, delivery, unauthorized possession, or use of any illicit drug is prohibited on property owned or otherwise controlled by UI&U. If an individual associated with UI&U is apprehended for violating any drug or alcohol related law when on university property, or participating in a university activity, the university will fully support and cooperate with federal and state law enforcement agencies.

The materials that follow are intended to help inform the university community of the standards of conduct required with regard to illicit drugs and alcohol and the possible consequences of inappropriate behavior.

Alcohol and Drug Prevention and Counseling Services

The following national toll-free telephone numbers are provided to assist any member of the university community who may have a drug or alcohol problem. These various agencies can provide guidance and assistance in identifying a counseling, treatment, or rehabilitation program that meets individual needs.

  • Al-Anon 1-800-356-9996
  • American Council on Alcoholism 1-800-527-5344
  • National Council On Alcoholism 1-800 NCA-Call (622-2255)
  • National Institute On Drug Abuse Hotline 1-800-662-HELP (662-4357)
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse Helpline 1-800-843-4971

Health Risks of Alcohol and Other Drugs

Health risks of using alcohol or other drugs include both physical and psychological effects. The health consequences of drugs depend on the frequency, duration, and the intensity of use. For all drugs, there is a risk of overdose. Overdose can result in coma, convulsions, psychosis, or death. Combinations of certain drugs, such as alcohol and barbiturates, can be lethal. The purity and strength of doses of illegal drugs are uncertain. Continued use of substances can lead to tolerance (requiring more and more of a drug to get the same effect), dependence (physical or psychological need), or withdrawal (a painful, difficult and dangerous symptom when stopping the use of drugs). Long-term chronic use of drugs can lead to malnutrition, organic damage to the body, and psychological problems. The risk of AIDS and other diseases increases if drugs are injected. The consumption of alcohol or drugs by pregnant woman may cause abnormalities (such as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, the third leading cause of birth defects) in babies.

Physical and Psychological Dependence and Effects of Specific Drugs

DRUGS OF ABUSE/Uses and Effects  U.S. Department of Justice    Drug Enforcement Administration

Dependence

Drugs

Physical

Psychological

Possible Effects

Effects of Overdose

Narcotics
Heroin High High Euphoria, drowsiness, respiratory depression, constricted pupils, nausea Slow and shallow breathing, clammy skin, convulsions, coma, possible death
Morphine High High
Hydrocodone High High
Hydro-morphone High High
Oxycodone High High
Codeine Moderate Moderate
Other Narcotics High-Low High-Low
Depressants
gamma Hydroxybutyric Acid Moderate Moderate Slurred speech, disorientation, drunken behavior without odor of alcohol, impaired memory of events, interacts with alcohol Shallow respiration, clammy skin, dilated pupils, weak and rapid pulse, coma, possible death
Benzodiazepines Moderate Moderate
Other Depressants Moderate Moderate
Stimulants
Cocaine Possible High Increased alertness, excitation, euphoria, increased pulse rate & blood pressure, insomnia, loss of appetite Agitation, increased body temperature, hallucinations, convulsions, possible death
Amphetamine/
Meth-amphetamine
Possible High
Methylphenidate Possible High
Other Stimulants Possible Moderate
Hallucinogens
MDMA and Analogs None Moderate  Heightened senses, teeth grinding and dehydration Increased body temperature, electrolyte imbalance, cardiac arrest
LSD None  Unknown Illusions and hallucinations, altered perception of time and distance (LSD) Longer, more intense “trip” episodes
Phencyclidine and Analogs Possible High Unable to direct movement, feel pain, or remember
Other Hallucinogens None None
Cannabis
Marijuana Unknown Moderate Euphoria, relaxed inhibitions, increased appetite, disorientation Fatigue, paranoia, possible psychosis
Tetrahydro-cannabinol Yes Moderate
Hashish and Hashish Oil Unknown Moderate
Anabolic Steroids
Testosterone Unknown Unknown Virilization, edema, testicular atrophy, gyneco-mastia, acne, aggressive behavior Unknown
Other Anabolic Steroids Unknown Yes
Inhalants
Amyl and Butyl Nitrite Unknown Unknown Flushing, hypotension, headache Methemo-globinemia
Nitrous Oxide Unknown Low Impaired memory, slurred speech, drunken behavior, slow onset vitamin deficiency, organ damage Vomiting, respiratory depression, loss of consciousness, possible death
Other Inhalants Unknown High
Alcohol High High

Federal Sanctions – Illicit Drug Laws

Pursuant to federal law, the United States Sentencing Guidelines establish mandatory minimum penalties for categories of drug offenses and provide for penalty enhancements in specific cases. Under these federal guidelines, courts can sentence a person for up to 6 years for unlawful possession of a controlled substance, including the distribution of a small amount (less than 250 grams) of marijuana; a sentence of life imprisonment can result from a conviction of possession of a controlled substance that results in death or bodily injury; and, possession of more than 5 grams of cocaine can

For additional details about Federal illicit drug laws:

DRUG/SCHEDULE

QUANTITY

PENALTIES

QUANTITY

PENALTIES

Cocaine (Schedule II) 500 – 4999 gms mixture

First Offense:

Not less than 5 yrs, and not more than 40 yrs. If death or serious injury, not less than 20 or more than life. Fine of not more than $2 million if an individual, $5 million if not an individual

Second Offense: Not less than 10 yrs, and not more than life. If death or serious injury, life imprisonment. Fine of not more than $4 million if an individual, $10 million if not an individual

5 kgs or more mixture

First Offense:

Not less than 10 yrs, and not more than life. If death or serious injury, not less than 20 or more than life. Fine of not more than $4 million if an individual, $10 million if not an individual.

Second Offense: Not less than 20 yrs, and not more than life. If death or serious injury, life imprisonment. Fine of not more than $8 million if an individual, $20 million if not an individual.

2 or More Prior Offenses: Life imprisonment

Cocaine Base (Schedule II) 5-49 gms mixture 50 gms or more mixture
Fentanyl (Schedule II) 40 – 399 gms mixture 400 gms or more mixture
Fentanyl Analogue (Schedule I) 10 – 99 gms mixture 100 gms or more mixture
Heroin (Schedule I) 100 – 999 gms mixture 1 kg or more mixture
LSD (Schedule I) 1 – 9 gms mixture 10 gms or more mixture
Methamphetamine (Schedule II) 5 – 49 gms pure or 50 – 499 gms mixture 50 gms or more pure or 500 gms or more mixture
PCP (Schedule II) 10 – 99 gms pure or 100 – 999 gms mixture 100 gm or more pure or 1 kg or more mixture

PENALTIES

Other Sched I & II drugs (and any drug product containing Gamma Hydroxybutyric Acid) Any amount

 

First Offense: Not more that 20 yrs. If death or serious injury, not less than 20 yrs, or more than Life. Fine $1 million if an individual, $5 million if not an individual.

Second Offense: Not more than 30 yrs. If death or serious injury, not less than life. Fine $2 million if an individual, $10 million if not an individual

Flunitrazepam
(Schedule IV)
1 gm or more See above
Other Schedule III drugs Any amount

 

First Offense: Not more than 5 years. Fine not more than $250,000 if an individual, $1 million if not an individual.

Second Offense: Not more 10 yrs. Fine not more than $500,000 if an individual, $2 million if not an individual

Flunitrazepam (Schedule IV) 30 to 999 mgs
All other Schedule IV drugs Any amount

First Offense: Not more than 3 years. Fine not more than $250,000 if an individual, $1 million if not an individual.

Second Offense: Not more than 6 yrs. Fine not more than $500,000 if an individual, $2 million if not an individual.

Flunitrazepam (Schedule IV) Less than 30 mgs
All Schedule V drugs Any amount

First Offense: Not more than 1 yr. Fine not more than $100,000 if an individual, $250,000 if not an individual.

Second Offense: Not more than 2 yrs. Fine not more than $200,000 if an individual, $500,000 if not an individual.

DRUG

QUANTITY

PENALTIES: 1st OFFENSE

PENALTIES: 2nd OFFENSE

Marijuana 1,000 kg or more mixture; or 1,000 or more plants
  • Not less than 10 years, not more than life
  • If death or serious injury, not less than 20 years, not more than life
  • Fine not more than $4 million if an individual, $10 million if other than an individual
  • Not less than 20 years, not more than life
  • If death or serious injury, mandatory life
  • Fine not more than $8 million if an individual, $20 million if other than an individual
Marijuana 100 kg to 999 kg mixture; or 100 to 999 plants
  • Not less than 5 years, not more than 40 years
  • If death or serous injury, not less than 20 years, not more than life
  • Fine not more than $2 million if an individual, $5 million if other than an individual
  • Not less than 10 years, not more than life
  • If death or serious injury, mandatory life
  • Fine not more than $4 million if an individual, $10 million if other than an individual
Marijuana more than 10 kgs hashish; 50 to 99 kg mixture

more than 1 kg of hashish oil; 50 to 99 plants

  • Not more than 20 years
  • If death or serious injury, not less than 20 years, not more than life
  • Fine $1 million if an individual, $5 million if other than an individual
  • Not more than 30 years
  • If death or serious injury, mandatory life
  • Fine $2 million if an individual, $10 million if other than individual
Marijuana 1 to 49 plants; less than 50 kg mixture
  • Not more than 5 years
  • Fine not more than $250,000, $1 million other than individual

 

  • Not more than 10 years
  • Fine $500,000 if an individual, $2 million if other than individual

 

Hashish 10 kg or less
Hashish Oil 1 kg or less