To report illegal sale, use, or manufacture of drugs or alcohol on campus, dial extension 6444 to make an anonymous report to Public Safety. Park University recognizes that misuse of alcohol and other drugs and the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol pose major health problems, are potential safety and security problems, can adversely affect academic and job performance, and can generally inhibit the educational development of students.
Park University is a member institution of the network of Colleges and Universities committed to the Elimination of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. Park University is committed to the standards outlined by The Network and is in compliance with the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989. As a result of this commitment, Park University has established regulations forbidding the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of illegal or illicit drugs and alcohol on the University’s premises or property or as part of any University activities. These regulations shall assure that the University is in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local statute regulations, and ordinances.
- The President and/or a designee may grant permission to certain University groups to serve alcohol on University property or at off-campus University-sponsored activities. In these instances, it is not a violation of this policy for students who are of legal age in the state of Missouri (currently 21 years of age) with valid identification to possess and/or consume alcohol.
- Manufacture, use, possession or distribution of alcohol and/or illegal or illicit drugs is forbidden on the campus, in campus facilities and at University sponsored activities.
- Cannabis is prohibited from campus and/or university events as it still remains illegal under federal law. Even if obtained through a medical provider, medical cannabis is still prohibited from campus.
- Prohibited actions of the University Drug and Alcohol Policy shall include without limitation:
- Display and, or consumption of alcoholic beverages and, or other illegal or illicit substances on campus, in campus facilities and, or at university-sponsored activities except for students who are of legal age in the state of Missouri (currently 21 years of age) with valid identification at events where the President or a designee has granted permission to serve alcohol on University property or at off-campus University-sponsored activities.
- Disruptions of other persons on the campus and/or to the residence halls by excessive noise, boisterous behavior, or violence while under the influence or impaired by alcohol and/or other illegal or illicit substances.
- An act of violence committed while under the influence of or impaired by alcohol and/or other illegal or illicit substance.
- Damage to University property or the property of another person while under the influence, or impaired by alcohol and/or other illegal or illicit substances.
- Attending classes or participation in any University activities under the influence of or impaired by alcohol and/or other illegal or illicit substances.
Prevention, Counseling, Treatment and Rehabilitation Information and Resources
Students and employees with alcohol- or other drug-related concerns or problems are encouraged and, in some cases, may be required to utilize drug or alcohol abuse resources and counseling services.
Employees can check referral options by reviewing the Employee Assistance Program options through MyPark – Human Resource Services.
Students with alcohol or other drug related problems are encouraged and, in some cases, may be required to utilize the services of private and community agencies including those specified below.
Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA)
- Students who violate the regulations are subject to the following disciplinary sanctions as more fully set forth in the Code of Student Conduct: warning, fines and restitution, task compliance/community service, disciplinary probation, suspension, from residence, temporary suspension, suspension, dismissal. The particular disciplinary action taken may depend on the circumstances of the individual case and the judgment of appropriate University officials.
- In conjunction with or in lieu of the imposition of any of the disciplinary sanctions set forth in Section 1 herein, students may also be referred to appropriate local, state or federal law enforcement agencies for prosecution.
- In conjunction with or in lieu of any of the disciplinary sanctions set forth in Section 1 herein, students may be required to complete an appropriate counseling or rehabilitation program. All disciplinary hearings or proceedings due students charged with violations of this regulation shall be conducted in accordance with or as provided by the Code of Student Conduct.
- If and to the extent the Drug-Free Workplace, Campus and Community regulations conflict with or contradict the Code of Student Conduct, the Drug-Free Workplace, Campus and Community regulations shall control.
- In ANY case where disciplinary action is deemed necessary for misconduct, initially, the University reserves the right to impose the most severe sanction including suspension, dismissal, prosecution.
Apart, separate and distinct from University policies, students who engage in the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of controlled substances, illicit or illegal drugs or alcohol are subject to legal sanctions. These legal sanctions include those imposed under local and municipal ordinances, Missouri Statutes, the United States Code and other applicable, local, state and federal laws. Such sanctions could include, without limitation, fines, and imprisonment.
The use, misuse or abuse of illicit drugs and alcohol can lead to or result in a variety of health risks including, but not limited to, addiction or dependency, physical infirmities and trauma, mental and emotional disorders and trauma and, in some cases, harm to unborn children.
REVIEW OF POLICY
The Dean of Students shall take such steps as are necessary to provide for Park University’s annual or biennial review of its Drug and Alcohol Policy to determine its effectiveness, implement needed changes and ensure that disciplinary sanctions are consistently enforced.