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Enrollment and Student Academic Information Bulletin

Alcohol and Drug-Free Campus Policy

In compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 (41 U.S.C. § 8101 et seq.) and the Higher Education Act of 1965(20 U.S.C. § 1011i), the following policy shall govern the conduct of all University students and employees (including but not limited to faculty, appointed and hourly employees, and student-hourly employees) on all campuses and workplaces controlled by Indiana University.

  • The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of a controlled substance (usually referred to as illegal drugs listed under the federal Controlled Substances Act) and alcohol is prohibited on University property or in the course of a University activity.
  • As a condition of employment with Indiana University, University employees are required:
    • to abide by the terms of this policy; and
    • to notify the campus Provost in the event they are convicted under any criminal drug statute for a violation occurring on University property or in the course of a University activity, no later than five days after such conviction.
  • Any University employee found to be under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance while on University property, or in the course of a University activity, is subject to disciplinary action described in Paragraph 5 below.
  • Any University employee convicted of a criminal alcohol violation or of a violation of the criminal drug statutes for activity occurring on University property or in the course of a University activity is subject to disciplinary action described in Paragraph 5 below.
  • Consistent with local, state and federal law, and with applicable Indiana University policies and procedures, Indiana University will discipline students and employees who violate this Alcohol and Drug-Free Campus Policy up to and including expulsion, termination of employment, and/or referral for prosecution. Discipline may also include the completion of an appropriate rehabilitation program.
  • Any employee whose use of alcohol or of controlled substances away from the University can reasonably be established as the cause of poor attendance or performance problems may be counseled to seek rehabilitation from available University or community resources. See the University’s publication “Procedure for Handling Alcohol and Drug Abuse Among Staff Employees” or the local telephone directory for a list of available resources.
  • When notice of a criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring on University property or in the course of a University activity is received, the campus Provost’s office will coordinate compliance with the reporting requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, and Executive Order 90-5, April 12, 1990, issued by the Governor of Indiana.
  • Each campus Human Resources office shall establish a drug-free awareness program which shall include maintaining and periodically publishing for its campus a list of available University and community resources for alcohol or drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation programs. In addition, each campus Human Resources Office shall provide employees with information about the dangers of alcohol or drug abuse in the workplace.
  • Students may obtain information regarding drug or alcohol counseling, treatment, or rehabilitation programs from Indiana University’s Alcohol-Drug Information Center, Student Health Center, Counseling and Psychological Services, or Dean of Students Office.

Criminal Penalties—Alcohol and Drugs

The following information is provided with regard to state and federal criminal penalties related to alcohol and drug possession or use.

Conviction under state and/or federal laws that prohibit alcohol-related and drug-related conduct can result in fines, confiscation of automobiles and other property, loss of one’s driver’s license, and imprisonment. In addition, licenses to practice in certain professions may be revoked, and many employment opportunities may be barred.

It is impractical to list all the alcohol and drug-related state and federal crimes and penalties. But all persons should be aware that in Indiana any person under 21 who possesses an alcoholic beverage, and any person who provides alcohol to such person, is at risk of arrest. Any person who is intoxicated in public risks arrest. A person convicted of driving while intoxicated may be punished by fine, be jailed, and lose his or her driver’s license. Any selling of alcoholic beverages without a license is illegal.

Possession, use, distribution, or manufacture of controlled substances (drugs) illegally can result in arrest and conviction of a drug law violation and:

  • fines up to $10,000 (Indiana);
  • fines up to $4 million (federal);
  • imprisonment up to 50 years (Indiana);
  • imprisonment up to life (federal); and
  • confiscation of property.

Health Risks Associated with Alcohol and Controlled Substances (Drugs)

The following information is provided with regard to the health risks caused by the use of alcohol and by the illegal use of controlled substances (drugs).

  • Consumption of more than two average servings of alcohol in several hours can impair coordination and reasoning, and make driving unsafe.
  • Consumption of alcohol by a pregnant woman can damage the unborn child. A pregnant woman should consult her physician about this risk.
  • Regular and heavy alcohol consumption can cause serious damage to liver, nervous and circulatory systems, result in mental disorders, cause and other health problems.
  • Drinking large amounts of alcohol in a short time may quickly produce unconsciousness, coma, and even death.
  • Use of controlled substances (drugs) can result in damage to health and impairment of physical condition, including:

    • impaired short term memory or comprehension;
    • anxiety, delusions, hallucinations;
    • loss of appetite resulting in general damage to the user’s health over a long term;
    • a drug-dependent newborn if the mother is a drug user during pregnancy; (Pregnant women who use alcohol, drugs, or who smoke should consult their physicians.)
    • AIDS, as a result of “needle-sharing” among drug users; and
    • death from overdose.

The health risks associated with drugs or excessive use of alcohol are many, and are different for different drugs. But all non-prescription use of drugs, and excessive use of alcohol, endangers your health. THERE ARE NO GOOD REASONS FOR USING A DRUG THAT IS NOT PRESCRIBED BY YOUR DOCTOR OR FOR DRINKING TO EXCESS.