Drug Free Policy
It is the policy of Alcorn State University to maintain a drug-free workplace, workforce, and campus consistent with Federal laws as set forth in the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Department of Defense Drug-Free Workforce Rule of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989. Consequently, all employees--faculty, staff (part-time/full-time), and students are absolutely prohibited from the unlawful possession, manufacture, distribution, dispensation, sale, use, or in any way involve themselves with controlled substances and alcohol on University property or as part of any University activity. For the purpose of this policy, the term “Controlled Substances” means those defined in Schedules I through V of section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act [21 U.S.C. 812] and as further defined by regulation 21 CFR 1300.11 through 1300.15.
Any faculty, staff, or student(s) found in violation of the aforementioned policy while on the University’s campus, or while engaged in official University business off campus, shall be required to undergo mandatory assessment for drug abuse. The University reserves the right to prescribe the nature and type of corrective action to be imposed on faculty, staff or students found in violation of the Drug-Free Workplace and Drug-Free Campus Policy. Such corrective action may include: 1) issuance of warning, 2) referral for treatment, 3) suspension, 4) termination, 5) expulsion, and/or 6) civil prosecution.
Notification of Conviction
It is the policy of Alcorn State University that any faculty or staff member convicted of a controlled substance violation at the workplace is required to notify his or her supervisor or the University President within five (5) work days of such conviction. Failure to comply with this requirement shall result in disciplinary action which may include suspension pending further investigation. It is the policy of the University to comply with Federal law which requires that the University notify the applicable Federal Agencies within ten (10) days after the University has received notification of a controlled substance conviction of any faculty or staff member whose position is federally funded.
It is the expectation of Alcorn State University that all students receiving a Pell Grant will comply with the specific Anti-Drug Abuse Act Certification requirements of the U. S. Department of Education. The requirements are that any student convicted of a drug-related offense, while on Pell Grant, will report the conviction in writing to the U. S. Department of Education within ten (10) days after the conviction.
Drugs are designed to produce physical and/or psychological change(s) within the body. However, there are health risks associated with the use of illegal/illicit drugs and alcohol such as:
- Damage to the brain.
- High blood pressure, seizures, strokes, heart attacks, cardiac arrest and/or respiratory arrest.
- Impaired judgment, loss of memory, poor hand and eye coordination and poor concentration.
- Sleep Disturbances, depression, paranoia, and anxiety.
- Physical and psychological dependence.
- Increased risk of HIV infection.
- Painful withdrawal symptoms (tremors, panic attacks, chills, sweating, muscle cramps, etc.).
General Indicators of Alcohol or Other Drug Abuse
- An abrupt change in mood or attitude.
- Sudden and continuing decline in school/work attendance and academic/ job performance.
- Sudden and continuing resistance to discipline at home or school.
- Dysfunctional relationships with family or friends.
- Unusual flares of temper or acting-out violent behavior.
- Alcohol and Other Drug Education
- Audiovisual Materials (Alcohol and Other Dugs)
- Awareness and Information Media Campaigns
- In-Service Training Seminars
- Peer Education (Student-Led Initiatives)
- Support Services (Alcohol and other drugs risk screening, confidential counseling and referral