LU Policy Number: SS. 003
Effective Date: NR
Approval Date: NR
Revised Date: N/A
Purpose: Pertains to presence and use of controlled substances on Life University premises and grounds
Additional Authority: N/A
Scope: All Students (COC&CGUS) of Life University
Approval Authority: Provost/EVPAA
Responsible Authority: Student Services, Campus Security & Safety
Controlled Substance Abuse And Recovery Assistance Policy
Life University recognizes chemical dependency as a treatable illness. Students who are so diagnosed shall receive the same consideration and opportunity for treatment that is extended to those with other types of illnesses.
Life University ‘s concern with chemical dependency is limited to its effects upon the individual ‘s performance. For purposes of this policy, chemical dependency is defined as an illness in which the consumption of mood-altering chemicals repeatedly interferes with the performance of a student or adversely affects his/her health.
All persons seeking assistance on a voluntary basis will be confidentially referred to the Student Success Center(SSC) for assistance. The SSC can provide individuals with information regarding services available for recovery and will offer referral to the appropriate agencies or institutions as deemed necessary.
Use, possession, or selling of illegal substances on campus will be grounds for expulsion from Life University as a student. A fair hearing as part of the Student Conduct Process (as outlined in the student and faculty handbooks) is afforded in all cases.
The purpose of this policy is to encourage recognition, early intervention and subsequent support for chemically dependent students of Life University.
Life University Responsible Action Protocol (RAP)
Life University considers the health and safety of its students a priority concern. As members of the LIFE family, students are expected to take active steps to care for one another. The University is aware that students may not want to report suspected violations or seek help for other students for fear they may face adjudication for alcohol and/or drug violations themselves. In an effort to create a culture of care and encourage students to report violations or seek emergency help for others, the Responsible Action Protocol has been created.
The Responsible Action Protocol (RAP) provides alternative resolution options for students who seek help for other students in the following ways:
- Seeking help for self or others related to alcohol and/or other drug related emergencies.
- Reporting instances of sexual assault and sexual misconduct to the University (this applies to victims of sexual assault/misconduct and those who may have been witness to such an incident).
For alcohol or drug related emergencies
- The student who contacts an appropriate resource (i.e. law enforcement or University staff) on behalf of a drugged or intoxicated student must remain with that student until help arrives.
- The student seeking assistance for a drugged or intoxicated student must provide law enforcement or staff his/her name when they call.
- The student must complete a meeting with the Director of Student Conduct within five business days of the initial report and agree to complete any additional assessments or treatment requested by the Director. Failure to do so will result in the RAP being revoked and may result in charges being filed.
- The RAP does not apply to individuals experiencing an alcohol or drug related emergency who are found by law enforcement or University Personnel (Resident Assistants, staff, faculty, campus safety officers, etc.).
- The RAP can only be enacted once per student. Any further alcohol or drug related incidents may result in charges being filed with the Director of Student Conduct.
- The University reserves the right to adjudicate any case in which the violations are egregious.
For incidents of sexual assault or sexual misconduct
- Students reporting being a victim of sexual assault or sexual misconduct will not face disciplinary action for being under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
- Students who witness instances of sexual assault or sexual misconduct and report these instances to the University will not face disciplinary action for being under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
- Students should be aware that the Responsible Action Protocol does not prevent or dismiss action by local, state and federal authorities.