Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act UPPS No. 04.04.48
Issue No. 3
Effective Date: 10/14/2013
Review: June 1 E3Y
01. POLICY STATEMENT
01.01 This UPPS establishes guidelines to comply with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989.
02. REQUIREMENTS OF THE DRUG-FREE SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES ACT
02.01 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. At a minimum, this program must include the annual distribution of the following to each student and employee:
a. 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;
b. a description of applicable legal sanctions under local, state, or federal law for unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol;
c. a description of the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol;
d. a description of available drug and alcohol counseling treatment, rehabilitation, or re-entry programs; and
e. 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.
03. RESPONSIBILITIES FOR DISTRIBUTION OF POLICY AND REVIEW OF PROGRAM
03.01 The vice president for Student Affairs (VPSA) will distribute the university policy statement, pursuant to the Drug-Free Schools and Communities 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 at http://www.dos.txstate.edu/services/adcs.html.
03.03 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.
04. REVIEWERS OF THIS UPPS
04.01 Reviewers of this UPPS include the following:
Assistant Vice President for June 1 E3Y
TSUS Associate General Counsel June 1 E3Y
Associate Vice President and Dean June 1 E3Y
Chair, Faculty Senate June 1 E3Y
Chair, Staff Council June 1 E3Y
05. 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