Campus Drug and Alcohol Policy
 
1.     Background
The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, Public Law 101-226, requires that, as a condition of receiving funds or any other form of financial assistance under any federal program, 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.
Lincoln University has developed and adopted the drug prevention program described herein pursuant to the requirements of Public Law 101-226. This program document which includes a policy statement and educational information shall be known as the Lincoln University Drug Prevention Program and Policy statement.
 
As a means of self regulation, the University adopted a set of standards that were developed by the Network of Colleges and Universities Committed to the Elimination of Drug and Alcohol Abuse.
The university by adopting the standards made a commitment throughout the institution to:
 
Establish and enforce clear policies that promote an educational environment free from the abuse of alcohol and other drugs.
 
Educate members of the campus community for the purpose of preventing alcohol and other drug abuse, as well as educate them about the use of legal drugs in ways that are not harmful to self or others.
 
Create an environment that promotes and reinforces healthy, responsible living, respect for community and campus standards and regulations, the individual's responsibility within the community, and the intellectual, social, emotional, spiritual or ethical, and physical well-being of its community members.
 
Provide for a reasonable level of care for alcohol and drug abusers through counseling, treatment and referral.
 
A task force for Implementation of the Standards was appointed by the President of the University on October 10, 1989.
 
2.     Policy Statement
Standards of Conduct.
The unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students or employees on the university property or as a part of any university activity is prohibited. Any student or employee who violates this policy shall be subject to disciplinary sanctions.
 
Disciplinary sanctions for students may include any of the Educational Sanctions prescribed in the Student Handbook including suspension, dismissal or expulsion, required completion of an appropriate rehabilitation program and/or referral for prosecution. The procedures for imposing student disciplinary sanctions may be found in the Student Non-Academic Disciplinary Procedure.
 
Disciplinary sanctions for employees may include oral warning, written reprimand, suspension or termination, and referral for prosecution.
Policy Distribution.
A copy of this Drug Prevention Program and Policy statement shall be distributed annually to each university employee and to each university student who is taking one or more classed for academic credit with the exception of students enrolled for continuing education credit only.
Periodic Reviews.
The Task Force on Implementations of the standards shall conduct biennial reviews of the university's drug prevention program to determine the effectiveness of the program and to recommend/implement changes as appropriate. Each such review shall also include an evaluation of disciplinary sanctions imposed during the review period to ensure that these sanctions are consistently enforced. At the completion of each biennial review, the Task Force shall within 30 days of said completion submit in writing its findings and recommendations to the President of the University.
 
 
3.     Educational Information
As a part of its drug prevention program, the university has prepared the following information summary for educational purposes.
 
Counseling Services.In 1980, the State of Missouri created the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse as a division of the Department of Mental Health. Among the responsibilities of the division is the provision of public information relating to alcohol and drug abuse and its prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. Section 631.010, RSMo.
 
Other counseling and/or treatment resources available in the central Missouri area include:
 
Missouri State Employees Assistance Program 
Alcoholics Anonymous
Family Mental Health Center 
Capital region Medical Center 
St. Mary's Health Center
 
          Hotline numbers for counseling services and information include:
 
National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI):
1-800-729-6686
Join Together: 
1-617-437-1500
For treatment centers located in your area call:
Department of Mental Health (573) 751-4942
 
An Alcohol and Drug Abuse Yearbook/Directory is available for use in the University Library.  The university makes no endorsement with regard to any counseling treatment facility and assumes no responsibility for the quality of services available. The University's benefit plans including hospitalization and salary continuation (to the extent vacation and sick leave annual balances are available) may be used for treatment of substance abuse as for any other diseases or disabilities.
 
Health Risks
The possible side effects of drug use range from euphoria, slurred speech and fatigue to hallucinations, increased blood pressure, coma and possible death.
Alcohol consumption causes a number of marked changes in behavior. Even low doses significantly impair the judgment and coordination required to drive a car safely, increasing the likelihood that the driver will be involved in an accident. Low to moderate doses of a alcohol also increase the incidence of a variety of aggressive acts, including spousal and child abuse. Moderate to high doses of alcohol cause marked impairments in higher mental functions, severely altering a person's ability to learn and remember information. Very high doses cause respiratory depression and death. If combined with other depressants of the central nervous system, much lower doses of alcohol will produce the effects just described.
 
Repeated use of alcohol can lead to dependence. Sudden cessation of alcohol intake is likely to produce withdrawal symptoms including sever anxiety, tremors, hallucinations, and convulsions. Alcohol withdrawal can be life-threatening. Long-term consumption of large quantities of alcohol, particularly when combined with poor nutrition can also lead to permanent damage to vital organs such as the brain and the liver.  Mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy may give birth to infants with fetal alcohol syndrome. These infants have irreversible physical abnormalities and mental retardation. In addition, research indicates that children of alcoholic parents are at greater risk of becoming alcoholics than other children.
 
Legal Sanctions
The liquor control law or the State of Missouri provides that nay person under the age of twenty-one years who purchases, attempts to purchase, or has in his possession any intoxicating liquor is guilty of a misdemeanor.  A person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor may be subject to a fine ranging from $50.00 to $1,000.00 and/or imprisonment for up to one year.  A person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor through which he derived money or property through the commission of the crime may be fined an amount which does not exceed double the amount of the money or property derived through the commission of the crime. An individual offender may be fined up to twenty thousand dollars under this provision. The manufacture, possession, sale, distribution and use of illicit drugs is prohibited by state law. Other prohibited acts include possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia and advertising the sale of drug paraphernalia.  Penalties for drug violations range from a fine of one thousand dollars to life imprisonment.
 
See the Clery Crime Reporting Policies page for additional information on:
  • ALCOHOL AND DRUG POLICIES
  • DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE/AWARENESS EDUCATION