MAYVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY

 

Drug Free Schools and Community Policy

 

I. Introduction

 

MSU students have been surveyed with regard to their behavior related to alcohol and other drug use. MSU students' illicit drug use is almost nonexistent especially when compared to national norms. However, alcohol use on the MSU campus was found to be a bit higher than the average four-year college in the U.S., as were the number of negative consequences directly associated with such usage. Alcohol use is definitely a major problem on today's college campus. In fact, in a national survey, college presidents identified alcohol as the number one campus life problem (Eigen, 1991).

 

Mayville State University personnel understand that alcohol misuse is at the root of many negative consequences with which students must deal. A report to college presidents pointed out one such consequence - namely, the correlation between student grade-point average (GPA) and the average number of drinks per week (Alcohol and Drugs on American College Campuses, 1992).   Results of this report clearly showed that as the number of drinks consumed during a week increased, average grade point average decreased.  Students who consumed less than six drinks in a week had a better chance of obtaining grades of A or B, while those who consumed ten or more drinks per week were more likely to have grades of D or F.

 

II. Comprehensive Chemical Abuse Prevention

 

It is light of such statistics that MSU has developed a comprehensive chemical abuse prevention program. Some of the components of this program are: A) alternative activities; B) educational programming; C) a peer assistance program; and D) sanctions associated with violations of campus and state policies/laws.

 

A.      Alternative Activities

 

The Office of Campus Programming, in collaboration with Student Senate, the Student Activities Council, the Residence Hall Association, and other student organizations, sponsors a wide variety of alcohol and other drug-free activities on this campus. Dances, a triathlon, casino/karoke night, Coffee Houses, snow volleyball, and other special events  are just a few examples of some of the activities sponsored. Other organizations such as the Student Ambassadors, Student Education Association, etc. are very involved in the planning of alternate activities as well.   The Office of Campus Programming is also developing the Student Center as a facility to host a wide variety of activities and events and to serve as a formal and informal meeting place for students.

 

B. Educational Programming                  

 

Each year Mayville State University hosts Alcohol Awareness Programming.  Presenters from the region come to campus to speak on issues related to alcohol and other drug use and misuse. MSU's faculty infuse alcohol abuse prevention curriculum into their courses. A peer programming group is being organized to deliver informational programs to students.

 

C.      Peer Assistance Program

 

A peer assistance program is being developed to provide opportunities for upper-class students to interact one-on-one with other students who may need assistance with personal and social issues,  including alcohol use. Staff members will train and supervise students who are part of the peer assistance program.

 

 

 

D. Sanctions

 

1. Legal Sanctions Related to Alcohol - The state of North Dakota requires that individuals be at least 21 years of age to buy, possess, and consume alcoholic beverages.  Anyone who provides alcoholic beverages to individuals who are less than 21 years of age is in violation of state law and may be cited for contributing to the delinquency of a minor and other local or state statutes.

 

2. Legal Sanctions Related to Illicit Drugs - Local and state statutes specifically prohibit the use of controlled substances. The possession, use, sale, and/or manufacture of such controlled substances as marijuana, depressants, stimulants, hallucinogenic drugs, or the possession of drug paraphernalia is not permitted on university property and will subject the individual to all related legal sanctions. Any employee or student who is known to, or suspected of using, possessing, selling, or manufacturing any illicit drug on university property will be reported to appropriate law enforcement authorities.

 

3. Institutional Policy Regarding Alcohol and Other Drugs - Any occurrence of illicit drug use of possession on university property will subject the individual to immediate legal action. In addition, appropriate institutional sanctions will be applied. The university also places restrictions regarding the use and possession of so-called "performance enhancing" drugs, such as various steroids by those students participating in intercollegiate athletics. The institutional restriction concerning steroids is in compliance with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) regulations. The university prohibits the use or possession of alcoholic beverages in university buildings, any public campus area, or in university housing units (residence halls and single student apartments), regardless of age. The State Board of Higher Education specifically prohibits the use or possession of alcohol in residence halls and other campus buildings. State laws govern the use of alcoholic beverages in faculty and family housing; i.e., must be 21 or older, as these buildings are not considered state or university property, but are owned by Mayville Mutual Aid. 

 

4. University Regulations Regarding the Use of Chemical Substances, Including Alcohol, by

Individual Students, University Student Groups or Student Organizations -

 

a. University student groups and recognized student organizations may not use their funds for purchase of any chemical substance, including alcohol.

b. The sale of any chemical substance including alcohol by University student groups or recognized student organizations is strictly forbidden. This is to include any action that may be remotely construed as a sale, such as charging admissions to parties, passing the hat, selling empty cups, selling drink tickets, etc.

c. Parties sponsored by University student groups or organization at which alcohol is consumed are prohibited.

d. No activity, on or off campus, conducted by a University student group or student organization will encourage rapid consumption of alcoholic beverages or other chemical substances.

e. Alcoholic beverages (such as kegs or cases of beer) may not be used as awards or prizes in connection with events or activities sponsored by University student groups or organizations.

f. The display, advertising or promotion of the use of chemical substances in University buildings or any campus area is prohibited.

g. Individual students who are found to be in violation of state statue or institutional policies may be subject to penalties as defined in the section below.

 

 

5. Formal Disciplinary Consequences for Students - Individual students who are found to be in violation of this university policy on drug and alcohol use may be subject to one or more of the following disciplinary actions, dependent upon the severity of the offense and previous violations (see Student Handbook). A university official or university disciplinary body will determine an appropriate sanction after proper due process as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.

 

a. Verbal reprimand

b. Written reprimand

c. Monetary penalty

d. Loss of privileges

e. Loss or denial of academic credit

f. Probation

g. Suspension

h. Expulsion

i. Mandatory attendance at chemical abuse workshop

j. Mandatory referral for chemical use evaluation

k. Community/campus service

 

Individuals who express a chemical use concern or need for information regarding abuse will not be subject to institutional disciplinary sanctions as long as they voluntarily request assistance, and provided that their behavior does not violate other institutional policies. Students who need assistance should contact the college counselor, their advisor, residence hall director or other appropriate staff member. Confidentiality regarding the individual's identity will be respected as much as possible.

 

Athletes who violate NAIA regulations regarding use of drugs, including "performance enhancing" substances, will not be subject to institutional disciplinary sanction, provided they report such use to their coach or other appropriate official prior to their participation in the respective athletic event. Participants will still be subject to NAIA regulations, which require coaches to report knowledge of all controlled substance abuse. Appropriate referrals will then be made.

 

Depending upon the circumstance, specific instances of chemical use/abuse may be brought to the attention of several university officials. The following comments suggest possible actions. A faculty or staff member who suspects chemical use by a student may wish to confront a student to encourage the individual to seek counseling services. Such concerns may also be expressed to the college counselor. The counselor will then attempt to contact the student to assess his or her behavior. Confidentiality regarding the student's behavior will be respected in as much as his or her health, welfare, or safety is not endangered.

 

Violations of the institutional policies regarding the use of drugs and/or alcohol in residence halls or other campus facilities should be reported to the Director of Housing.   Student athletes who are found to use "performance enhancing" drugs such as steroids should be brought to he attention of the appropriate coach and/or Athletic Director.

 

The staff of the Student Affairs division will be responsible for administering disciplinary procedure and for providing regularly scheduled programs to the general student populations.

 

Failure on the student's part to abide by the recommendations regarding educational and/or counseling services will subject the individual to possible disciplinary action. Any student who is involved in disciplinary action involving suspension or expulsion is afforded the right of appeal to the Student Affairs Committee as outlined in the Student Handbook.

 

 

 

6. Educational/Counseling Actions - A concerted effort is made by Mayville State University to educate the individual and to provide appropriate types of assistance when needed. As part of this process, educational or counseling approaches may be undertaken as a way of encouraging the student to change his/her behavior. The actions described below may be taken separately or in conjunction with the disciplinary penalties listed previously. Dependent upon the circumstances, previous violations of college policy, and concern for the health, welfare and safety of the individual students involved, any of the following may be recommended.

 

a. Referral to the college judicial board for a hearing and any subsequent action they might request.

b. Mandatory attendance at chemical education programs.

c. Referral to the college counselor for consultation.

d. Referral to an outside agency or professional staff for possible chemical use evaluation.

e. The development and presentation by the offender of a chemical education program.

f. Community or campus service.

g. The filing of a formal complaint with civil authorities regarding the use, possession and/ or sale of chemicals, including alcohol.

h. Mandatory testing for those individuals who are involved in intercollegiate athletics and who are suspected of using drugs, including "performance enhancing" substances.

 

E.  Standards of Conduct

 

The abuse of alcohol and drugs represents a major health problem in the United State today and poses a serious threat to the health and welfare of the members of the Mayville State University community. For these reasons the following statement regarding drug and alcohol use by students and employees at Mayville State has been issued:

 

As a condition of their employment or enrollment at Mayville State University, a student or employee will not engage in the unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession, or use of a controlled substance nor engage in the unlawful possession, distribution, or use of alcohol on university property or as part of any university activity during the period of employment or

enrollment. Furthermore, any employee or student at Mayville State University agrees to obey federal, state, and local laws relating to the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol, and to abide by sanctions which the institution may impose for violations of its standards of conduct, up to and including termination or suspension. If an employee or student is convicted of an alcohol or drug related offense occurring on campus, he/she must notify the institution within five days of such a conviction. In addition, federal law mandates that Mayville State must communicate information regarding the conviction of a student or employee for a drug or alcohol related offense which occurs on-campus to the appropriate federal agency within ten days.

 

 

 

III.                  Distribution of Drug Free Schools Policy Information

 

Mayville State University's Drug Fee Schools policies are available to all enrolled students, to employed faculty and staff, and to prospective students and staff via the MSU Website (www.online.masu.nodak.edu).  By October 1 of each year all enrolled students and employees receive a written notification that the Drug Free Schools information is available electronically or in printed format.  Enrolled students, employed faculty/staff, prospective students and their parents, or members of the general public may request a printed copy of the policy from the Student Services Office in Main 107.