Filed under General University Policies

Alcohol and Drug Policy for Faculty, Staff and Students

Background:

ABTU is committed to achieving an alcohol- and drug-free workplace. Alcohol and other drug abuse is a significant public health problem and has a detrimental effect on the community in terms of increased medical and worker’s compensation claims, medical disability costs, decreased productivity, injuries, theft, and absenteeism. Accordingly, ABTU has the right and obligation to maintain a safe, healthy, and productive working and learning environment and to protect ABTU property, operations, and reputation.

Students, faculty, and staff must comply with the federal, state, and local laws concerning alcohol and illegal drug usage, whether on College property or otherwise.  Violations will be reported to the appropriate law enforcement officials.  Individuals will be subject to College disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion or separation, pursuant to the College’s policies and procedures.  Our Administration reserves the right to impose one or more disciplinary actions, including successful completion of a substance abuse program as a condition to continue enrollment or employment, at the cost of the individual.

 

Enforcement Summary:

Based on our commitment to improve the quality of education, all individuals have a personal responsibility to encourage compliance with this policy.

Any employee—faculty member, student, staff member, or administrator—who does not abide by this statement is subject to:

  • Personal action up to and including termination or expulsion, or
  • Satisfactory participation in an educational, assistance, or rehabilitation program related to alcohol and drug abuse that is approved by a federal, state, local health, law enforcement, or other appropriate agency. The cost of the program will be paid by the individual if not covered by insurance.
  • The decision on the severity of action taken will depend, in part, upon the nature of the offense, the sensitivity of the position held, and the outcome of participation in the program descried above.
  • Employees or students who are not terminated or expelled may also be referred to appropriate self-help groups.

Students in violation of the laws regulating alcohol and controlled substances or ABTU policies concerning alcohol and drugs may receive, in addition to criminal sanctions, ABTU sanctions including, but not limited to, the following: fines, education programming, probation, or dismissal.

Employees of ABTU found in violation of laws regulating alcohol or controlled substances, may receive, in addition to criminal sanctions, ABTU sanctions including: official reprimand, suspension, or termination. Employees in violation will be subject to disciplinary action as outlined in their respective employee handbooks.

 

Education Summary:

All employees now covered by this policy will be required to participate in a drug and alcohol awareness seminar. Special sessions will be scheduled for new employees within the first three months of their employment. The drug and alcohol awareness seminars shall include:

  • The content of this policy.
  • The extent and nature of the abuse problem, including national and ABTU statistics, as well as social, personal, and health risks.
  • Recognition of symptoms of abuse and discussion of recent perspectives on the problems (i.e., focus on prevention, environment, and norms rather than only on full-blown addiction, value of early intervention, process of addiction, and health risks).
  • Referral information on available counseling, rehabilitation, and self-help groups.
  • Penalties to be imposed for violation of this policy.

 

Assessment Summary:

Assessment activities to guide program development will be conducted by the Administration and results will be used to evaluate and guide program development. Assessment, at a minimum, will include the following information:

  • An appraisal of the environment for subtle causes of alcohol and drug abuse;
  • The collection and use of alcohol and other drug-related information from police and security reports;
  • The collection and use of summary health and counseling client information;
  • The collection and use of summary data from drug-related disciplinary actions.

A yearly summary of ABTU’s alcohol and drug related efforts is available upon request.

 

 

Notification to Faculty Staff and Students

This letter is sent electronically on an annual basis.

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Dear Students and Faculty,

As a Federal requirement for higher education institutions, ABTU is sending an annual notification to students and faculty members per the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA) and Drug and Alcohol Prevention Regulations.

It is ABTU’s position that no student or faculty member should use drugs or alcohol while attending class or while on ABTU’s campus. Because of the nature of the online school, students and faculty are not allowed in a classroom while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. ABTU does not condone the use of any illegal drug or alcohol whatsoever for any student or faculty member.

Please review the following information pertaining to drugs and alcohol while attending ABTU.

Sanctions

  1. Students in violation of the laws regulating alcohol and controlled substances or college policies concerning alcohol and drugs may receive, in addition to criminal sanctions, college sanctions including, but not limited to, the following: fines, education programming, probation, or dismissal. Students in violation will be subject to judicial system policies and procedures as outlined.
  2. Employees of ABTU found in violation of laws regulating alcohol or controlled substances or college policies concerning these substances, may receive, in addition to criminal sanctions, college sanctions including: official reprimand, suspension, or termination. Employees in violation will be subject to disciplinary action as outlined.
  3. Any student facing a drug-related conviction may not qualify for federal aid.

 

Health Risks Associated with Drugs and Alcohol

There are multiple health risks associated with drugs and alcohol, and these substances can effect various parts of the body, including: liver, muscles and bones, nose, lungs, stomach, brain, heart, pancreas and intestines, sex organs, immune systems, and blood vessels.

Counseling, Treatment, and Rehabilitation

ABTU will provide information about local counseling, treatment, and rehabilitation for students or faculty members when needed based on the student’s need. Please contact the school for information.

 

 

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Detailed Policy on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention

 

To comply with federal regulations, ABTU is required to send annual notification to students and faculty members per the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA) and Drug and Alcohol Prevention Regulations.
As required by law, ABTU administration will also conduct an annual review of its program to (a) determine its effectiveness and implement changes if needed and (b) ensure that the sanctions developed are consistently enforced. This annual meeting is part of the Compliance Committee’s annual meeting held during the first quarter of each year.

 

It is our intent and obligation to provide a drug and alcohol-free, healthy, safe, and secure working and learning environment.  Staff, faculty, and students are expected and required to adhere to this policy.  Staff, faculty, and students are not permitted on the premises if under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

 

In addition to the aforementioned requirement, all staff, faculty, and students will adhere to the following:

  •  The unlawful manufacture distribution, possession, dispensing, or use of a controlled substance on college premises or while conducting college business off campus is absolutely prohibited.  Violations of this policy will result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment, dismissal of student, and may include legal consequences as allowed by federal, state, and local laws.
  •  We recognize drug and alcohol dependency as an illness and a major health problem.  We also recognize drug and alcohol abuse as a potential health, safety, and security problem.  Employees and students needing help in dealing with such problems may contact the Human Resources Department to obtain a listing of centers specializing in drug and alcohol counseling and rehabilitation. ABTU will make every appropriate effort to assist a member of the staff, faculty, or student body.
  •  Employees must, as a condition of employment, abide by the terms of the above policy and report any conviction under a criminal drug or alcohol statute for violations occurring on or off company premises while conducting business.  A report of a conviction must be made to the Human Resources Department within five days after the conviction.  (This requirement is mandated by the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988.)
  •  Students suspected of engaging in drug or alcohol abuse on campus or in classes may be removed from class and possibly expelled. ABTU has the right to request a drug or alcohol test from a student as part of our pledge to assist a student in rehabilitation and to remain as a student in the college.
  •  An employee of the College may be required to submit to a drug and/or alcohol test at any time.  Refusal to consent to such testing established by the College shall be considered to constitute that employee’s resignation for personal reasons.  An employee who tests positive will be subject to immediate termination at the sole discretion of the College administrators.
  •  Any student, faculty, or member of the staff may be reported to local authorities if any parts of this policy are violated. ABTU may also require certain rehabilitation be completed before a faculty, staff, or student may return to the college.
  • ABTU does not allow faculty, staff, or students to be in possession of alcohol for social events. ABTU promotes an alcohol-free campus at all times. ABTU will promote non-alcoholic beverages during all college-sponsored events.
  •  All faculty and staff members are required to acknowledge ABTU’s drug and alcohol-free policy upon employment.

 

Summary of  Sanctions
It is the intent of American Business & Technology University to institute fair and effective sanctions against persons who violate this policy which may also result in violation of federal, state, or local laws.

 

  1. Students in violation of the laws regulating alcohol and controlled substances or college policies concerning alcohol and drugs may receive, in addition to criminal sanctions, college sanctions including, but not limited to, the following: fines, educational programs on substance abuse, probation, or dismissal. Students in violation will be subject to judicial system policies and procedures as outlined.
  2. If ABTU suspects a student may be abusing a substance such as illegal drugs, alcohol, or prescription drugs, the student may be asked to leave the premises or class. ABTU has the right to notify the local authorities.
  3. ABTU may require satisfactory participation in an educational, assistance, or rehabilitation program related to alcohol and drug abuse that is approved by a federal, state, local health, law enforcement, or other appropriate agency.
  4. Employees of ABTU found in violation of laws regulating alcohol or controlled substances or college policies concerning these substances, may receive, in addition to criminal sanctions, college sanctions including: official reprimand, suspension, or termination. Employees in violation will be subject to disciplinary action as outlined.
  5. The severity of the action taken by the college will depend, in part, upon the nature of the offense, the sensitivity of the position held for faculty and staff, time to graduation for students, the decision of the appeal committee, and the outcome of an approved substance abuse program as outlined above.
  6. Faculty, staff, and students not expelled may also be referred to appropriate self-help groups.

 

Summary of Laws in Missouri related to Alcohol and Drugs

Alcohol Laws

 

1)      Persons under 21 years of age are prohibited from purchasing, attempting to purchase, or possessing intoxicating liquor.

2)      It is a crime for those licensed to sell alcoholic beverages to sell or otherwise supply intoxicating liquor to persons under 21 years of age.

3)      Missouri prohibits selling or supplying intoxicating liquor to persons who appear to be intoxicated.

4)      A person commits the crime of driving while intoxicated (DWI) if that person operates a motor vehicle while in an intoxicated or rugged condition. In Missouri, a driver with eight-hundredths of one percent (.08 percent) of alcohol by weight in his or her blood is guilty of DWI and is presumed to be intoxicated without further evidence as to how the driver’s motor skills or operation of the automobile have been affected.

5)      A person under 21 years of age may be charged with zero tolerance if he or she has any discernible amount of alcohol is his or her system when operating a motor vehicle.

6)      Penalties for violation of Missouri’s alcohol laws or alcohol-related traffic laws can include: fines, SATOP (state alcohol education classes), probation, jail terms, and loss of driving privileges.

 

Drug Laws

1)      All manufacture, sale, use, or possession of controlled or imitation of controlled substances violations are felonies with these exceptions:

  1. First offense of possession of 35 grams or less of marijuana, or 5 grams or less of hashish, is a misdemeanor.
  2. First offense of delivery of less than 35 grams of marijuana, or less than 5 grams of hashish, for no remuneration is a misdemeanor.

Penalties include fines, probation, and jail terms. A student may lose eligibility for Title IV funds if convicted of a drug-related charge while using Title IV funds.

 

Summary of how the College may collect information about Drugs or Alcohol

 

1)      A member of the faculty may observe a student behaving out of character or discussing drugs in class and disrupting class.

2)      Anonymous tips from a credible source.

3)      Directly from the person in question.

4)      Students reporting odd behavior.

5)      Using security cameras on campus.

6)      Background check and police reports used before hiring faculty and staff.

7)      Professional and character references.

 

Health Risks Associated with Drugs and Alcohol

There are multiple health risks associated with drugs and alcohol, and these substances can effect various parts of the body, including: liver, muscles and bones, nose, lungs, stomach, brain, heart, pancreas and intestines, sex organs, immune systems, and blood vessels. Alcohol and drug use can also impair one’s ability to absorb and retain information and cause long term brain damage.

For more information on how drugs and alcohol affect the body and how to avoid them, please view this free resource: http://www.drugfreeworld.org.

 

Counseling, Treatment, and Rehabilitation

ABTU will provide information about local counseling, treatment, and rehabilitation for students or faculty members based on the student’s need. Please contact any member of the ABTU staff to reach out for assistance. A qualified member of the ABTU staff will assist you with locating help.

 

 

Common symptoms of substance abuse include but are not limited to the following:

*Odor of alcohol on the breath

*Unexplained changes in personal or professional relationships

*Deteriorating work performance

*Mood swings, increased anxiety, depression

*Unusual scarring or bruising

*Deterioration in appearance

*Social isolation

*Increased irritability

*speech, coordination, memory problems

*eye redness, irritation

 

ABTU offers a Wellness in the Workplace course. For more information about taking this course, please contact Student Services. If the course is not within your normal course outline, you may take the course at no cost, but you must purchase your own book.

 

Summary of federal laws and policy that support a drug free and alcohol free campus

1)      Pell Grant and Guaranteed Student Loans effective July 1987

2)      The Drug Free Workplace Act, effective March 1989

3)      The Drug Free Schools and Community Act Amendments, effective October 1990

 

Summary of this policy

1)      No student, faculty, or staff member should be in possession of, use, or distribute drugs and alcohol on campus or at any institutional activities.

2)      Applicable legal sanctions under local, state, and federal law for unlawful possession, use, or distribution of alcohol or controlled substances are clearly outlined and available to view in the annual distribution of this information.

3)      A description of the health risks associated with drug and alcohol use.

4)      Referral and treatment information.

5)      A clear statement of disciplinary actions that the College will impose on students and employees who may violate this policy.

 

Additional information about distribution of information and annual reviews of this policy

1)      ABTU provides each student with a student policy manual upon enrollment and annually.

2)      A student acknowledges he or she has received the student policy manual and college catalog in their enrollment agreement upon enrollment.

3)      All members of the staff are provided with this policy as part of the employee handbook and new hire training.

4)      Annually, during the regularly scheduled compliance committee meeting, the members of the committee will review this policy and discuss any changes in the law, any violations, and determine if any changes are needed to continue effective enforcement of this policy.

 

End of Policy.

Policy Distribution: Last distribution to faculty, staff and students took place September 2012 via electronic delivery in Constant Contact.

Policy Review:  Last review took place September 2012 by Calvin Haynes, Katie Burns & Lute Atieh

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