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Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989


Introduction

MSU recognizes its responsibility for developing, promulgating, and enforcing policy regarding alcohol and drug use among students and employees. The university recognizes that drug and alcohol use can adversely impact its most important concerns: academic excellence, student development, employee job performance, and the health and safety of the campus community..

This policy applies to all levels of the university¹s community. Its success depends upon the belief that each person has a role in responding to this issue and that substance abuse is a solvable problem which must be addressed systematically, fairly, and with due process of law. 


Philosophy

Each student deserves the best possible opportunity to achieve academic excellence and a quality campus environment in which to develop and mature. Moreover, the safety and welfare of all members of the campus community must be assured. McNeese State University wants to promote a safe and healthy environment, to maximize the potential of all to make significant contributions in life, and to promote the concept of individual responsibility for substance use with all members of its community. 

The university recognizes that substance abuse poses specific and serious threats to its mission as an institution of higher education. The appropriate and legal use of drugs or alcohol is a right and privilege, but the inappropriate or illegal use of drugs or alcohol is not. 


Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to provide a vehicle for accomplishing the following: 

  1. Promote a healthy environment for students, faculty, and staff. 

  2. Maximize the opportunities for academic excellence and student development. 

  3. Define university expectations regarding appropriate use of alcohol at sanctioned events.

  4. Discourage the illegal use of alcohol and drugs and to identify appropriate disciplinary procedures for those who engage in such activities.

  5. Demonstrate the university¹s commitment to provide counseling and referral services to each member of the campus community.

  6. Comply with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989: Public Law 101-226 and Executive Order 12564, Public Law 100-71 and subsequent regulations including the Drug-Free Workplace Act.


Programs and Services

McNeese State University recognizes its responsibility to educate the campus community about problems associated with drug and alcohol use. Alcohol and drug counselors are provided to students and employees through the MSU Counseling Center in Kaufman Hall, Room 167. The Counseling Center provides services to all MSU students at no charge. Faculty, staff, and families are also eligible for services through the Employees Assistance Program. Assessment, counseling, and referral services will be made available at no cost.

In a variety of settings, numerous prevention and educational programs will be offered on a regular basis. Current information about the effects of drug and alcohol use on physiological and psychological health will be made readily available. Student, faculty, and staff will be encouraged to participate in all activities which promote alcohol and drug-free experiences. Abstinence will be encouraged and seen as a legitimate and socially acceptable choice for any member of the university community.

Educational programs for campus leaders and other administrative and staff will address the development of skills required for identification of and early intervention with others who demonstrate problems with alcohol and drugs.


ALCOHOL POLICY

This policy is based on a concern for the welfare of all members of the university community and is in keeping with the laws of the city and parish of Lake Charles and the state of Louisiana. As members of the university community, students, faculty, and staff are expected to comply with and abide by this policy as well as local and state laws. 

Campus police and other university officials will enforce all laws governing alcohol use and abuse whenever necessary. This policy is subject to change in order to comply with new local, state, and federal laws pertaining to the possession and consumption of alcohol. 

McNeese State University has a genuine interest in providing an environment that strives to protect the health and welfare of its students, employees, alumni, and visitors. The university recognizes that inappropriate and irresponsible marketing and promotion of alcoholic beverages on campus can contribute to the problems of alcohol abuse. Therefore, the university, in its concern for the campus community and to comply with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, has adopted the following guidelines as a realistic policy to govern alcohol practices on campus. 


I. University Regulation

The university prohibits the use or sale of any alcoholic beverages and the possession or consumption in any form on campus except in those areas where the president or his designee has authorized the serving or sale of legal beverages in accordance with the provisions of the state and local laws and ordinances and by prescribed university regulations. 


II. State Laws

The 1986 Amendment of the Louisiana Code reenacts R.S. 14.91.1, 91.2 and 91.5 to comply with the U.S.C. 158 concerning alcoholic beverages. 91.1 A. 

It is unlawful for any person under 21 years of age to purchase any alcoholic beverages either of high or low alcoholic content. Penalty. 

Whoever is guilty of violating the above provision should be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined not more than $300 or be imprisoned for not more than 10 days.

91.2 and 91.5 B. (1) It is unlawful for any person under 21 years of age to possess or consume beverages of any alcoholic content. Penalty. (2) Whoever is found guilty of violating the above provisions shall be fined not more than $50. 


III. Alcoholic Beverages Permitted on Campus

Alcoholic beverages may be served on campus only at registered private social events sponsored by the university, university departments, or groups which include employees, alumni, or visitors. The sponsoring group and its guests must comply with university regulations and local, state, and federal ordinances on alcoholic beverages. 

  1. Social events sponsored by student organizations must be registered with the Office of Student Services.

  2. Social events sponsored by the university, university departments, or groups which include employees, alumni, or visitors must be registered with the president¹s office or his designee. 

  3. Alcoholic beverages may be served at private social events to members of the sponsoring organization, department, or group and their specifically invited group if registered with the president¹s office. 

  4. Alcoholic beverages may be served by the university at a private social dance sponsored by an organization or department, its members and their specifically invited guests if registered with the president¹s office. 


IV. Alcohol Prohibited at Certain Events

  1. The possession or consumption of alcohol is not permitted at athletic events, including varsity athletic events, club sports athletic events, and intramural sports events. 

  2. The possession or consumption of alcohol is not permitted at social events where the general public is invited. 

  3. The possession and consumption of alcohol in academic buildings is permitted only by special permission from the president¹s office and only for times when classes are not in session. 


V. Regulations for Serving Alcohol at Private Events

  1. Student organizations wishing to host a private social event at which alcoholic beverages will be served must have one of their officers participate in the alcohol awareness course.

  2. Proper identification such as a driver¹s license is required to be shown when alcohol is served to ensure no underage person is served alcohol. 

  3. An alternate nonalcoholic beverage other than water must be served and displayed in equal prominence along with alcoholic beverage.  

  4. Food items such as popcorn, chips, cheese, and crackers must be served and displayed in equal prominence along with alcoholic beverage. 

  5. Alcoholic beverages are to serve as an adjunct to a social event and only to members of a group or its specifically invited guests. 

  6. Alcoholic beverages are only to be served at a private social event and only to members of a group or its specifically invited guests. 

  7. No cover charge may be imposed at private social events at which alcohol is served; groups may not sell alcohol to participants. (Only licensed personnel are authorized to sell alcoholic beverages). 

  8. Alcoholic beverages cannot be provided as free awards, nor is sampling of alcohol or contests using alcohol allowed at university events. 

  9. Students at social events must be registered seven days prior to the function with the Office of Student Services. 

  10. All social events hosted by employees, alumni, or visitors must be registered seven days prior to the function with the president¹s office or his designee. 

  11. Social events may be scheduled and alcoholic beverages may be served only during the following times: 

    Monday through Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

    Friday 3:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

    Saturday noon to 1 a.m.

    Sunday noon to 11 p.m.

  12. When alcoholic beverages are served on campus, the consumption is restricted to the serving area. 

  13. Notice of cancellation of an event approved for the serving of alcoholic beverages must be received 24 hours prior to the event or the sponsoring organization will be charged for facilities, University Police, and Food Service.  


VI. Violations of Alcohol Policy

  1. Individuals and/or organizations are subject to revocation of approval to serve and consume alcoholic beverages if behavior at approved events violates the alcohol policies of the university. Other disciplinary action may be taken by appropriate university officials. 

  2. Events may be terminated by university officials if the event becomes disruptive, the safety of individuals is endangered, or if alcohol policies of the university are violated. 


VII. Regulations for Serving Alcoholic Beverages at Major Events

  1. The serving of alcoholic beverages at major events such as Spring Fling, which involve substantial and diverse segments of the university community, must be approved by the president of the university. 

  2. The serving of alcoholic beverages at major events must be in accordance with the local, state, federal ordinances, and university regulations. 

  3. Uniformed police officers must be present at the event. The number of police officers present will be determined by the Director of University Police. The officers will be assigned specific duties and will be under the supervision of the University Police Department.

VIII. General Alcohol Policies

  1. University publications may accept advertisements from alcohol companies or distributors in accordance with the "Guidelines for Campus Marketing of Beverage Alcohol." 

  2. Alcoholic beverages may not be distributed free of charge by an alcohol company or distributor at any university event or under any other circumstances on campus.

  3. Alcoholic beverages may not be sold on campus by any alcohol company or distributor. 


DRUG POLICY

McNeese State University prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession, or use of illegal drugs or controlled substances by university students, faculty, and staff on university owned or controlled property or at university events as set forth by this policy, the Code of Student Conduct, current personnel policies and procedures, and Louisiana Law. 

As citizens, students have the responsibility for knowing of and complying with the laws of the community and state. Any student who violates these laws is subject to prosecution and punishment by civil authorities as well as disciplinary action by the university. The university may proceed against and sanction a person for the same conduct being handled by civil authorities. McNeese State University considers any violation of this drug policy a serious offense. Sanctions will be imposed by the university in accordance with disciplinary procedures set forth by the Code of Student Conduct. 

As a condition of certain types of financial aid students must certify that they "...will not engage in the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, or use of a controlled substance..." during the period of the grant. Students found in violation of this drug policy jeopardize their ability to Receive financial aid for which they might otherwise be eligible. 

The Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of illegal drugs in the workplace and provides for sanctions against faculty, staff, and student employees, permanent or temporary, who violate this policy. Any employee who violates this Drug-Free Workplace policy is subject to disciplinary actions by the president or his designee which may include referral to civil authorities for prosecution and punishment and termination of employment. 


ILLEGAL DRUGS AND WEAPONS POLICY

The entire campus is considered a "Drug Free Zone" and a "Gun Free Zone" under Louisiana law. MSU complies with all federal and state laws which prohibit the use, possession, and sale of illegal drugs. The university will not shield any student, employee, or visitor from action by civil authorities. The use of weapons by university police personnel is governed by state law and departmental regulation. The use or possession of firearms or other weapons by students, employees, or visitors while on campus is prohibited.


SALE OR USE OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

MSU complies with all federal and state laws which regulate the sale and use of alcohol. The university neither condones nor shields from prosecution any individual found in violation of the Louisiana Alcoholic Beverage Control laws. The university does authorize alcoholic beverages on campus for sanctioned events complying with state law.