Filed under General University Policies

To comply with federal regulations, ABTU is required to send annual notification to students and faculty members per the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA) and Drug and Alcohol Prevention Regulations. As required by law, ABTU administration will also conduct an annual review of its program to (a) determine its effectiveness and implement changes if needed and (b) ensure that the sanctions developed are consistently enforced. This annual meeting is part of the Compliance Committee’s annual meeting held during the first quarter of each year.

Program Overview:

It is our intent and obligation to provide a drug and alcohol-free, healthy, safe, and secure working and learning environment.  Staff, faculty, and students are expected and required to adhere to this policy.  Staff, faculty, and students are not permitted on the premises if under the influence of drugs or alcohol. ABTU will utilize the actions below as an effort to discourage and prevent the abuse of alcohol and/or drugs by its faculty, staff and students.

  1. ABTU will distribute this policy annually to all staff members, faculty, and students.
  2. ABTU will publish and distribute appropriate educational information regarding the risks and dangers that alcohol and drug abuse may pose to a person’s physical, mental, social, financial, vocational, and educational advancement and well-being. This information will be distributed electronically, via email as well as being posted on ABTU campus bulletin boards, employment boards, and/or University newsletters.
  3. ABTU will distribute and publish the contact information for agencies and organizations specializing in counseling, treatment and rehabilitation assistance to individuals struggling with substance abuse.
  4. ABTU will establish penalties up to and including termination (staff/faculty) and expulsion (students), for violation of this policy or federal, state, and local drug and/or alcohol laws.
  5. Notifying students annually, of the risk of losing eligibility for Title IV Federal Financial Aid, as a result of drug related conviction.

 

All staff, faculty, and students will adhere to the following:

  • The unlawful manufacture distribution, possession, dispensing, or use of a controlled substance on university premises or while conducting university business off campus is absolutely prohibited.  Violations of this policy will result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment, dismissal of student, and may include legal consequences as allowed by federal, state, and local laws.
  • ABTU recognizes drug and alcohol dependency as an illness and a major health problem.  ABTU also recognizes drug and alcohol abuse as a potential safety and security problem.  Employees and students needing help in dealing with such problems may contact the Compliance Office, by emailing compliance@abtu.edu, to obtain a listing of centers specializing in drug and alcohol counseling, treatment and rehabilitation. ABTU will make every appropriate effort to assist a member of the staff, faculty, or student body.
  • Employees must, as a condition of employment, abide by the terms of this policy and report any conviction under a criminal drug or alcohol statute for violations occurring on or off company premises while conducting business.  A report of a conviction must be made to the CEO, COO, or Compliance Officer, within five days of the conviction.  (This requirement is mandated by the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988.)
  • Students suspected of engaging in drug or alcohol abuse on campus, during attendance of live-online classes, may be removed from class and possibly expelled. ABTU has the right to request a drug or alcohol test from a student as part of our pledge to assist a student in rehabilitation and to remain as a student in the university.
  • An employee of the university may be required to submit to a drug and/or alcohol test at any time.  Refusal to consent to such testing established by the university shall be considered to constitute that employee’s resignation for personal reasons.  An employee who tests positive will be subject to immediate termination at the sole discretion of the university administrators.
  • Any student, faculty, or member of the staff may be reported to local authorities if any parts of this policy are violated. ABTU may also require that certain rehabilitation conditions be completed before a faculty, staff, or student may return to the university.

All faculty and staff members are required to acknowledge this policy upon employment.

 

Penalties for Violation

Penalties for failing to comply with the standards and regulations outlined in this policy may include the following:

  • Personal action up to and including termination(staff & faculty) or expulsion (students), or
  • Satisfactory participation in an educational, assistance, or rehabilitation program related to alcohol and drug abuse that is approved by a federal, state, local health, law enforcement, or other appropriate agency. The cost of the program will be paid by the individual if not covered by insurance.
  • The decision on the severity of action taken will depend, in part, upon the nature of the offense, the sensitivity of the position held, and the outcome of participation in the program described above.
  • Employees or students who are not terminated or expelled may also be referred to appropriate self-help groups.
  • Faculty, staff, and students not terminated/expelled may also be referred to appropriate self-help groups.
  • Employees of ABTU found in violation of laws regulating alcohol or controlled substances, may receive, in addition to criminal sanctions, ABTU sanctions including: official reprimand, suspension, or termination. Employees in violation will be subject to disciplinary action as outlined in their respective employee handbooks.

 

Summary of Laws in Missouri Related to Alcohol & Drugs

Alcohol Laws:

  1. Persons under 21 years of age are prohibited from purchasing, attempting to purchase, or possessing intoxicating liquor.
  2. It is a crime for those licensed to sell alcoholic beverages to sell or otherwise supply intoxicating liquor to persons under 21 years of age.
  3. Missouri prohibits selling or supplying intoxicating liquor to persons who appear to be intoxicated.
  4. A person commits the crime of driving while intoxicated (DWI) if that person operates a motor vehicle while in an intoxicated or rugged condition. In Missouri, a driver with eight-hundredths of one percent (.08 percent) of alcohol by weight in his or her blood is guilty of DWI and is presumed to be intoxicated without further evidence as to how the driver’s motor skills or operation of the automobile have been affected.
  5. A person under 21 years of age may be charged with zero tolerance if he or she has any discernible amount of alcohol is his or her system when operating a motor vehicle.
  6. Penalties for violation of Missouri’s alcohol laws or alcohol-related traffic laws can include: fines, SATOP (state alcohol education classes), probation, jail terms, and loss of driving privileges.

Drug Laws:

  1. All manufacture, sale, use, or possession of controlled or imitation of controlled substances violations are felonies with these exceptions:
  2. First offense of possession of 35 grams or less of marijuana, or 5 grams or less of hashish, is a misdemeanor.
  3. First offense of delivery of less than 35 grams of marijuana, or less than 5 grams of hashish, for no remuneration is a misdemeanor.

Penalties include fines, probation, and jail terms. A student may lose eligibility for Title IV funds if convicted of a drug-related charge while using Title IV funds.

 

Summary of federal laws and policy that support a drug free and alcohol free campus

  1. Pell Grant and Guaranteed Student Loans effective July 1987
  2. The Drug Free Workplace Act, effective March 1989
  3. The Drug Free Schools and Community Act Amendments, effective October 1990

 

Program Assessment

ABTU will undergo the following policy review measures annually

  • ABTU Administration will review this policy to ensure its relevancy, accuracy, and that it is reflective of the most current federal and state laws, regarding drugs and alcohol.
  • ABTU Administration will review any changes, omissions, or additions to Department of Education requirements, regarding on-campus alcohol and drug abuse prevention programs.
  • ABTU Administration will review eligibility requirements for students convicted of an alcohol or drug related offenses.
  • ABTU Administration will review any instances from the prior year in which a staff or faculty member was issued a penalty, as a result of failing to comply with the standards and regulations of this policy. Each instance will be reviewed to ensure appropriate steps were taken before issuing the penalty, and that staff/faculty/students successfully completed any conditional education or rehabilitation requirements prior to returning.

After the review, appropriate revisions are made to the policy, which is then distributed to staff, faculty, and students.

 

Notification to Staff, Faculty and Students

This letter is sent electronically, on an annual basis

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Dear Students and Faculty,

As a Federal requirement for higher education institutions, ABTU is sending an annual notification to students and faculty members per the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA) and Drug and Alcohol Prevention Regulations.

It is ABTU’s position that no student or faculty member should use drugs or alcohol while attending class or while on ABTU’s campus. Because of the nature of the online school, students and faculty are not allowed in a classroom while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. ABTU does not condone the use of any illegal drug or alcohol whatsoever for any student or faculty member.

Please review the following information pertaining to drugs and alcohol while attending ABTU.

  1. Students in violation of the laws regulating alcohol and controlled substances or university policies concerning alcohol and drugs may receive, in addition to criminal sanctions, university sanctions including, but not limited to, the following: education programming, probation, or dismissal.
  2. Employees of ABTU found in violation of laws regulating alcohol or controlled substances or university policies concerning these substances, may receive, in addition to criminal sanctions, university sanctions including: official reprimand, suspension, or termination.
  3. Student’s convicted of a drug-related offense while enrolled, and receiving Federal Financial Aid, are not eligible to receive future federal aid.
Health Risks Associated with Drugs and Alcohol

There are multiple health risks associated with drugs and alcohol, and these substances can effect various parts of the body, including: liver, muscles and bones, nose, lungs, stomach, brain, heart, pancreas and intestines, sex organs, immune systems, and blood vessels.

For more information on how drugs and alcohol affect the body and how to avoid them, please view this free resource: http://www.drugfreeworld.org.

Counseling, Treatment, and Rehabilitation

ABTU will provide information about local counseling, treatment, and rehabilitation for students or faculty members when needed based on the student’s need. Please contact the school for information.

Please click the following links to access relevant ABTU policies:

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Program

Notice of Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations

 

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