Statement for the Prevention of Drug and Alcohol Abuse at Victory University
The behavioral expectations of Victory University for every member of its community include the prohibition of possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol on its property or as part of its activities.
Behavioral Review and Actions
Students at Victory University who are involved with alcohol and/or drug abuse are subject to review by the campus judicial system. The specific sanctions for failure to comply with this policy may include the following: formal warning, developmental contract, disciplinary probation, denial of privilege, satisfactory completion of a drug/alcohol abuse program or rehabilitation program, suspension, and dismissal.
As a condition of continued enrollment, and in agreement with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, students must notify the Director of Student Development of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring on campus or at a University function at off-campus locations no later than five days after such a conviction.
Employees should understand that appropriate personnel action will be taken against any employee involved in drug abuse, up to and including termination. It is a condition of employment at Victory University that employees understand and support the Drug-Free Workplace Requirements at Victory University. As a further condition of employment, it is a requirement of the Drug- Free Workplace Act of 1988 that workplace drug convictions of employees be reported by the employee to his or her employer within five days of the conviction. A conviction includes a finding of guilt, a plea of nolo contendere, or imposition of a sentence by any state, local, or federal judicial body.
Effects of Drugs and Alcohol
Even the moderate use of alcohol can produce consequences such as impaired physical activity, slowed mental alertness, and dulling of conscience. Heavier drinking increases the inability of an individual for control or judgment. Heavy drinking over long periods of time reduces both the quality and length of life. Lowered resistance to disease and irreversible damage to organs such as the brain, heart, liver, kidneys, and stomach can occur. Beyond the physical problems lies the well known social destruction that alcohol contributes to in fatal accidents and dysfunctional family living.
Effects of Other Drugs
The following negative effects possible from the use of illicit drugs are cited to describe the danger involved in drug abuse:
- Cocaine – dependency, increased blood pressure, seizures, cardio-respiratory collapse, severe mental disorders
- Amphetamines – temporary psychosis, dependency, heart disorders
- Marijuana – dependency, loss of coordination, brain lesions, lung tissue damage
- Barbiturates – addiction, apathy, loss of self-control, convulsions, coma
- LSD – hallucinations, recurring effects (flashbacks), brain damage, chromosomal breakdown
- Heroin – lethargy, convulsions, coma, liver problems, mental deterioration
- If used excessively, the use of alcohol or drugs singly or in certain combinations may cause death.
Drug Counseling and Rehabilitation Resources
A variety of resources are available to employees and students who wish to obtain assistance or information concerning use/abuse of drugs and/or alcohol. Victory University encourages the use of confidential resources such as these:
- National Drug Information Treatment and Referral Hotline: (800) 662-HELP (4357)
- Alcoholics Anonymous: (901) 454-1414
- The Alcohol & Drug Addiction Resource Center (800) 390-4056
Following an on-campus assessment, students and employees will be referred to off-campus agencies for counseling and treatment.
State and Federal Penalties for Illicit Drugs and Alcohol Illicit Alcohol
Although Victory University policy includes broader behavioral expectations concerning use of alcohol as outlined in this handbook, Tennessee law states that a person can serve up to 11 months, 29 days in prison, and/or pay a fine of up to $2,500 for buying, possessing, transporting (unless it is in the course of his or her employment), or consuming alcoholic beverages, wine, or beer if under the age of 21. Furnishing alcoholic beverages to a minor carries the same penalty. The offense of public intoxication is punishable by imprisonment of up to 30 days and/or a fine of up to $50.
Various federal, state, and local statutes make it unlawful to manufacture, distribute, dispense, deliver, sell, or possess with intent to manufacture, distribute, dispense, deliver, or sell, controlled substances. Possible maximum penalties for a first-time violation include imprisonment, a fine of up to $4,000,000 if an individual, supervised release, any combination of the above, or all three. These sanctions are doubled when the offense involves either the distribution or possession at or near a school or University campus, or distribution to persons under the age of 21. Repeat offenders may be punished to a greater extent. Simple possession or “personal use amounts” of certain specified substances carry a civil penalty of up to $10,000 under federal law. Under state law, the offense of possession or casual exchange is punishable as a Class A misdemeanor. If there is an exchange between a minor and an adult at least two years the minor’s senior, and the adult knew the person was a minor, the offense is classified as a felony.
Under federal law, simple possession of a controlled substance carries a $5,000 fine, a one-year term of imprisonment, or both, for a first offense. These penalties are doubled for subsequent offense.
Enforcement of Liquor Law/Illegal Drug Violations
Any student found either to be intoxicated, or any student in possession of or under the influence of illegal drugs will be turned over to local law enforcement officers, and then will be brought up on disciplinary charges with the institution. These charges will result in any of the sanctions listed in the Campus Policies section of the Student Handbook.
Review of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Statement
This statement is subject to biennial review by Victory University in order to implement necessary changes and ensure consistent application.
VU Drug and Alcohol Awareness Program
In addition to the campus drug and alcohol awareness resource center, Victory University maintains a virtual library of drug and alcohol awareness and prevention resources available to its students.
- Substance Abuse and Suicide
- Should You Talk to Someone
- Sexual Violence and Alcohol and Other Drug Use on-Campus
- Secondary Effects of Heavy Drinking on-Campus
- Just the Facts Binge Drinking
- Drinking in America
- Depression Anxiety and Alcohol or Other Drug Use among College Students
- College Academic Performance and Alcohol and Other Drug Use
- Beyond Hangovers
- Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Among First Year College Students
- Alcohol and Other Drugs on-Campus The Scope of the Problem
- Consequences of Illicit Drug Use
- Drinking Drugs and Choosing a College
- Helping Someone Who Has a Drug Alcohol Problem
- Heads Up The Science of Addiction
National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week is October 15-19, 2012. Victory University sets aside this week as a time where we as a campus community will discuss issues related to alcohol and college, and focus on encouraging responsible and safe decisions. Included in this week’s schedule is Drug and Alcohol Awareness chapel programming as well as student lead events to promote awareness and responsible decision making.