Drug-Free College

The College of the Ozarks complies with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989.

Statement of Zero Tolerance Policy

Drug Testing Policy

Legal Sanctions for Use, Possession, or Distribution of Illicit or Illegal Drugs and Alcohol

Health risks associated with the Use of Illicit or Illegal Drugs or Alcohol

Resources Available To Students Regarding Alcohol and Illicit or Illegal Drugs

Statement of Zero Tolerance Policy

College of the Ozarks, in order to promote its fundamental mission, has adopted a zero tolerance policy for the use, possession, distribution, or manufacture of illicit or illegal drugs or the consumption or possession of alcohol. The College will not tolerate any use, possession, distribution, or manufacture of illicit or illegal drugs by any student or employee on campus, off campus, or while attending any school sponsored or sanctioned event. Such actions will result in suspension or expulsion of the student; an employee will be subject to discharge. The consumption or possession of alcohol on school property or while attending any school sponsored or sanctioned event is strictly prohibited and will result in suspension, expulsion or the employee will be subject to discharge. For the student, the consumption or possession of alcohol off campus may result in probation, suspension, or expulsion. Included in the student handbook are standards of student conduct that clearly prohibit the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students. The handbook section entitled “Disciplinary Policies and Procedures” defines “possession or use of alcohol or illegal drugs as cause for dismissal from the college.” Employees involved with illegal drugs or controlled substances on their own time will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including discharge. In addition to any punishment imposed by the College, any student or employee suspected of violating any federal, state, or local law proscribing the use, possession, distribution, or manufacture of illicit or illegal drugs, or for the unlawful consumption or possession of alcohol, will be referred to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

Drug Testing Policy

The College reserves the right to require a drug test from a student or employee where there is a reasonable suspicion that the College’s drug free policy has been violated. Failure to submit to a drug test is a major violation of the disciplinary rules and will result in suspension or expulsion.

Legal Sanctions for Use, Possession, or Distribution of Illicit or Illegal Drugs and Alcohol

Missouri laws prohibit persons under 21 years of age from purchasing, attempting to purchase, or possessing alcoholic beverages (RSMo. 311.325). Anyone who sells or gives any alcoholic beverages to persons under 21 years of age violates RSM. 311.310. It is unlawful to obtain or attempt to obtain alcoholic beverages by using a fake or fraudulent identification (RSM. 311.328(3). Anyone convicted of using fraudulent identification for purposes of purchasing or in anyway receiving intoxicating liquor is in violation of RSM. 311.320. Penalties for these violations include fines of up to $1,000 and one year imprisonment. Conviction of any offenses involving the possession or use of a controlled substance; the alteration, modification, or misrepresentation of a license to operate a motor vehicle; or the possession or use of any alcohol while operating a motor vehicle will require the surrender of a driver’s license for a minimum 90 days to a maximum of one year.

Local, state, and federal laws provide specific penalties for drug and narcotic offenses. Chapter 195.211 of the Missouri Revised statutes makes it unlawful for any person to manufacture, sell, or deliver or possess with the intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver those drugs designated collectively as controlled substances. The punishment includes a term of imprisonment as well as a substantial fine.

Federal law makes it unlawful for any person to manufacture, distribute, create, or dispense or to possess with the intent to manufacture, distribute, or dispense controlled substances. Title 21 of United States Code (http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/21/841.html) provides terms of imprisonment and fines for violations of this Act. The nature of the offense and whether the person has committed any previous unlawful acts under the statute will determine the term of imprisonment as well as the amount of any fine.

Health risks associated with the Use of Illicit or Illegal Drugs or Alcohol

Medical studies indicate that users of illicit or illegal drugs or alcohol can suffer from a wide range of medical and psychological problems. Those problems can be as mild as depression or as severe as permanent brain damage, or death. At the very least, use of these substances can impair one’s ability to learn and function in society. This promotes poor application to academics as shown by poor study habits, lack of concentration, and loss of self esteem. Additional information on the health risks associated with the use of alcohol and illicit or illegal drugs is available through the campus clinic, the Dean of Student’s Office or online through the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention (http://www.edc.org/hec/).

Resources Available To Students Regarding Alcohol and Illicit or Illegal Drugs

The College’s Zero Tolerance Policy is discussed with applicants at the time they are interviewed for admission. After admission the Policy and the effects of alcohol and drugs are discussed at Character Camp and in various forums and convocations. As required under the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 (http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr&sid=7475c9c8f87303cad10fb4dff4e2f071&rgn=div5&view=text&node=34:1.1.1.1.30&idno=34 this policy is distributed annually to students and employees of the college. Students or employees may seek counseling related to alcohol and drugs through the campus Counseling Center. Upon request confidential referrals to outside counselors can also be made.


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