Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989

Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989

The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act requires that, as a condition of receiving funds or any other form of financial assistance under any federal program, an institution of higher education, state educational agency, or local educational agency must certify that it has adopted and implemented a program to prevent the possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees. As set forth in the statute, the University’s program is required to provide at a minimum:

  • a. An annual distribution, in writing, to each employee and student (regardless of the length of the student’s program of study), including:
    • i. Standards of conduct that clearly prohibit, at a minimum, unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees on its property or as part of any of its activities
    • ii. A description of applicable legal sanctions under local, state, or federal law
    • iii. A description of health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol
    • iv. A description of available drug or alcohol counseling, treatment, or rehabilitation or re-entry programs
    • v. A clear statement of the disciplinary sanctions that the University may impose on students and employees
  • b. A biennial review by the University of its programs to determine the program’s effectiveness, implement needed changes, and help ensure that disciplinary sanctions are consistently enforced.