Drug Free Schools
Committed to providing a drug-free environment for students, faculty, and staff, the University has established the following policy. The University prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance on University property or as part of any University activity. Faculty, staff, and students must also comply with the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on the possession and consumption of alcohol and other drugs. Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action within 30 days, including, but not limited to, a warning, written reprimand, fines, suspension, dismissal, expulsion, and/or mandatory participation and successful completion of a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program approved by an appropriate health or law enforcement agency. Any University employee paid from federally funded grants or contracts, or any student participating in any federally funded or guaranteed Student Loan Program, must notify the University of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring at the University or while engaged in University activities. Federal student aid eligibility may be forfeited due to certain drug convictions. Under its drug-free awareness program, the University will distribute literature informing employees and students of the dangers of drug abuse, and provide information on available drug counseling, rehabilitation, and employee assistance programs, and penalties that may be imposed for violation of this policy. All University students will be given a copy of the Drug-Free Schools policy annually. A biennial review of the University’s program will be conducted to determine the program’s effectiveness and to ensure that the sanctions against those who violate the policy are consistently enforced. The Secretary of Education and members of the general public must be provided with a copy of this policy and the results of the biennial review upon request, by the Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources.