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.

 

03.02  The associate vice president and dean of Students shall:

 

a.    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 Drug Free Schools and Communities Act.

 

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

 

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:

 

Position                                                         Date

 

Assistant Vice President for                       June 1 E3Y

Human Resources

 

TSUS Associate General Counsel           June 1 E3Y

 

Associate Vice President and Dean        June 1 E3Y

of Students

                                                                       

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

 

President