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.

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.

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
Because Drury University considers student health and safety of the utmost importance, no student seeking medical treatment for the abuse of alcohol or drugs (Medical Amnesty), or assisting another student in obtaining such treatment (Good Samaritan), will be subject to university sanctions punitive in nature. In lieu of punitive sanctions, student(s) will 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.

Individuals and organizations are required to seek immediate medical assistance for their members or guests when any health risk is observed, including medical emergencies relating to the use of drugs and alcohol. In circumstances where an organization is found to be hosting an event where medical assistance is sought for an intoxicated guest, the organization may be held responsible for violations of the Alcohol or Drug Policy. However, the organization’s willingness to seek 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.

DRUGS: 1st Violation

  • Community Service: A minimum of 20 hours of community service
  • Counseling: Referral to Director of Counseling Services
  • Fine: A minimum $100 fine assessed to student account
  • Parent Notification: Written parent notification as allowed by FERPA
  • Campus Housing: Possible release from on-campus housing with no refund for the entire semester depending on the severity of the incident

DRUGS: 2nd Violation

  • Community Service: A minimum of 40 hours of community service
  • Educational Sanctions: Reflective paper/presentation
  • Fine: A minimum $200 fine assessed to student account
  • Parent Notification: Written parent notification as allowed by FERPA
  • Professional Assessment: Off-campus drug assessment with treatment and follow-up (student charged assessment fee)

DRUGS: 3rd Violation

  • Disciplinary Suspension: Separation from the university for a minimum of one semester

DRUGS: Possession with intent to distribute

  • Campus Housing: Released from on-campus housing with no refund for the entire semester
  • Disciplinary Suspension: Separation from the university for a minimum of one semester
  • Parent Notification: Written parent notification as allowed by FERPA