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Drug Policy

Drury University is a safe, education-oriented and community-minded campus that maintains an academic and social environment conducive to intellectual and personal development of students and promotes the safety and welfare of all members of the campus community. Drury University prohibits the use and abuse of drugs by its students, employees and citizens. Drury University will cooperate with authorities in the enforcement of all applicable laws.

Drury prohibits the use, possession, distribution and manufacturing of illegal drugs and paraphernalia by its students, employees and citizens. The abuse of prescription drugs and drug-like substances will be treated the same as the use of illegal drugs.

The unlawful possession, use or distribution of drugs by Drury students, university employees or Drury citizens is prohibited on university-owned or -controlled property, in conjunction with university-sponsored or -supervised activities, or at any activity or event that an observer would associate with Drury students, university employees or Drury citizens.

In the event that a residential unit contains an odor of marijuana, the resident(s) of that unit will be considered to be in violation of the University policy concerning drug possession and use.

This policy has been established to protect the integrity of the educational experience, encourage positive behavior and enhance the community commitment of Drury students, university employees or Drury citizens.

Drury University reserves the right for officially designated Student Affairs staff to inspect any room based on the preponderance of evidence that prohibited materials are in the possession of or in use by occupants of that room.

In accordance with the Federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, Drury University is required to establish a drug and alcohol prevention policy for its students and employees. A biennial review of this program will be done to determine its effectiveness, to implement changes to the policy if they are needed and to ensure that the university’s disciplinary sanctions are consistently enforced. Drury University provides Drug Policy information as listed in this handbook and online at www.drury.edu/communitystandards.

Medical Amnesty & Good Samaritan Policy Relating to Alcohol and Drugs

Because Drury University considers student health and safety of the utmost importance:

  • No student seeking emergency medical treatment for the abuse of alcohol or drugs or assisting another student in obtaining such treatment will be subject to university sanctions punitive in nature.
  • Student(s) seeking medical amnesty will be required to attend a substance abuse education class or assessment.
  • Students acting as a Good Samaritan may be required to attend a substance abuse education class or assessment.
  • Serious and/or repeated incidents will prompt a higher degree of concern and response and may include other sanctions at the discretion of the Office of Student Conduct.

Individuals and organizations are required to seek immediate emergency medical treatment for their members or guests when any health risk is observed, including medical emergencies relating to the use of drugs and alcohol. The organization’s willingness to seek emergency medical assistance will be viewed as a mitigating factor in determining sanctions.

This policy does not preclude sanctions due to any other violations of the Community Standards and does not grant amnesty for possession with intent to distribute drugs.

Drug Policy Violation Sanctions

Certain violations already have standard sanctions in place. The following sanctions are standard for drug policy violations. Drury University reserves the right to modify any standard sanction dependent upon the severity and nature of the violation.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia: First Violation

  • Participation in a two-hour drug education class with 2 follow-up sessions
  • Minimum $50.00 assessed to student account
  • Written parental/guardian notification as allowed under FERPA regulations

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia: Second Violation

  • Residence Hall suspension for at least 1 semester
  • Minimum $75.00 assessed to student account
  • Written parental/guardian notification as allowed under FERPA regulations

Use or Possession of Marijuana: First Violation

  • Participation in a two-hour drug education class with 2 follow-up sessions
  • Minimum $75.00 assessed to student account
  • Assessment for chemical dependency
  • Written parental/guardian notification as allowed under FERPA regulations
  • Notification of violation sent to Springfield Police Department

Use or Possession of Marijuana: Second Violation

  • Possible suspension from the University for One Semester
  • Possible fine of a minimum of $100 assessed to student account
  • Written parental/guardian notification as allowed under FERPA regulations
  • Notification of violation sent to Springfield Police Department

Use or Possession of a Controlled Substance Other Than Marijuana: First Violation

  • Participation in a two-hour drug education course with 2 follow-up sessions
  • Minimum $100.00 assessed to student account
  • Residence hall suspension for at least 1 semester
  • Assessment for chemical dependency
  • Written parental/guardian notification as allowed under FERPA regulations
  • Possible suspension from the University for one semester
  • Notification of violation sent to Springfield Police Department

Use or Possession of a Controlled Substance Other Than Marijuana: Second Violation

  • Suspension from the University for One year
  • Written parental/guardian notification as allowed under FERPA regulations
  • Notification of violation sent to Springfield Police Department

Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell or Distribute: First Violation

  • Dismissal from the University
  • Notification of violation sent to Springfield Police Department