Alcohol and Other Drugs
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McNeese strives to create a healthy campus community. To that end, we’d like to provide you with information related to Alcohol and Other Drugs.
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STANDARDS OF CONDUCT
The University prohibits the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees. This prohibition extends to on-campus residence halls, including those occupied by persons of legal age to possess and consume alcohol (age 21 or older) as per the terms of housing lease agreements. Alcohol possession and consumption is permitted on the campus only under pre-approved conditions and according to procedures for such events as established by the University president or designee in accordance with applicable law. The University may exercise disciplinary action for violations of local, state, and federal laws pertaining to drugs and alcohol, and violations of University policies pertaining to drugs and alcohol, up to and including dismissal (expulsion) of students and termination of employees.
Alcohol is the most socially acceptable drug in our society. The possession, sale, use or the furnishing of alcohol on the University campus is governed by the McNeese Alcohol Policy and Louisiana state law. Laws regarding the possession, sale, use, consumption or furnishing of alcohol are controlled by the Louisiana Alcohol Tobacco and Control (ATC) Board. The regional ATC office contact is: (225) 925-4041. However, the enforcement of alcohol laws, including underage drinking laws on-campus, is the primary responsibility of the MSU-PD. The McNeese campus has been designated “Drug free” and only under certain circumstances is the consumption of alcohol permitted.
In Louisiana the minimum age to purchase or possess any alcoholic beverages is 21. It is unlawful to sell, furnish or provide alcohol to a person under the age of 21. The possession of alcohol by anyone under 21 years of age in a public place or a place open to the public is illegal.
A violation of any law regarding alcohol is also a violation of the McNeese Code of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity and will be treated as a separate disciplinary matter by the University.
- Possession of alcoholic beverages on university premises or facilities, except as provided
in the University Alcohol Policy.
- Possession of alcoholic beverages off campus by individuals under the age of 21.
- Consumption of alcohol on University premises or facilities (including underage
drinking), except as provided in the University Alcohol Policy.
- Consumption of alcohol off campus by individuals under the age of 21.
- Excessive use of alcohol resulting in a state of intoxication that endangers oneself or other members of the community.
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol (blood-alcohol level above .08 for individuals over age 21; (blood-alcohol level over .02 for underage individuals).
- Sale and/or distribution of alcohol by persons of any age to persons under the age of 21, including, but not limited to, charging admission to social events where alcohol will be served.
ILLEGAL DRUG POSSESSION
The possession, sale, use, manufacture or distribution of any controlled substance is illegal under both state and federal laws. Such laws are strictly enforced by the MSU-PD. Violators are subject to University disciplinary action, criminal prosecution, fine and/or imprisonment.
APPLICABLE LEGAL SANCTIONS
The unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession, or use of a controlled substance or alcohol on university premises or while conducting University business off University premises is absolutely prohibited. All applicable legal sanctions under local, state, or federal law for the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs or alcohol will be applied. The legal consequences of alcohol and other drug violations are described below.
It is unlawful in Louisiana to produce, manufacture, distribute, dispense, or possess illegal drugs. The most common illegal drugs on college campuses are marijuana, opium derivatives, hallucinogens, depressants, cocaine, cocaine derivatives, and amphetamines. The Criminal Code of Louisiana carries specific penalties for the possession and use of illegal drugs. It is also unlawful in Louisiana for anyone under 21 years of age to purchase/possess alcoholic beverages for any reason or anywhere open to the public.
Controlled Dangerous Substances SCH I- SCH IV (R.S. 40:981.3)
It is unlawful to possess, sell, distribute, or manufacture drugs listed in the statue. The drugs include, but are not limited to, marijuana, cocaine, “crack” cocaine, methamphetamines, heroine, “rush” LSD, “ruthies,” and prescription drugs without having obtained a prescription from a licensed physician. Persons found guilty of one of these drug violations are subject to a fine of not less than $500, may be imprisoned at hard labor for up to 30 years or; if found selling illegal drugs on campus, can be imprisoned at hard labor for up to 45 years.
McNeese has developed a program to prevent the illicit use of drugs and the abuse of alcohol by students and employees. The program provides services related to drug use and abuse including dissemination of informational materials, educational programs, counseling services, referrals and college disciplinary actions.
The University Counseling Center assists students with personal, development, academic and mental health needs. College life presents new and difficult challenges to all students and the Counseling Center strives to help students learn to navigate, manage and resolve those challenges. To make an appointment, call 337-475-5136. Appointments are scheduled Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Walk-ins are available in the event of crisis/emergency situations. The Counseling Center is closed during holidays and official university closures. In case of on-campus emergencies on evenings, weekends, or holidays, please call McNeese Police at 337-475-5711. For off-campus emergencies, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room.
TOLL FREE INFORMATION
Substance Abuse Helpline:
Narcotics Anonymous (Lake Charles):
Lake Charles Office of Behavioral Health:
Calcasieu Parish Sherriff’s Office:
National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependency:
1-800-NCA-CALL (622-2255) for referrals to local treatment facilities.
link to LPC Local Resource Guide
link to local resources including housing, food/shelter, mental health facilities
HEALTH RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH DRUGS & ALCOHOL
Alcohol consumption can damage the brain and most body organs. Areas of the brain that are especially vulnerable to alcohol-related damage are the cerebral cortex (largely responsible for our higher brain functions, including problem solving and decision making), the hippocampus (important for memory and learning), and the cerebellum (important for movement coordination).
Marijuana is the most commonly abused illegal substance. This drug impairs short-term memory and learning, the ability to focus attention, and coordination. It also increases heart rate, can harm the lungs, and can increase the risk of psychosis in those with an underlying vulnerability.
Prescription medications, including opioid pain relievers (such as OxyContin® and Vicodin®), anti-anxiety sedatives (such as Valium® and Xanax®), and ADHD stimulants (such as Adderall® and Ritalin®), are commonly misused to self-treat for medical problems or abused for purposes of getting high or (especially with stimulants) improving performance. However, misuse or abuse of these drugs (that is, taking them other than exactly as instructed by a doctor and for the purposes prescribed) can lead to addiction and even, in some cases, death. Opioid pain relievers, for instance, are frequently abused by being crushed and injected or snorted, greatly raising the risk of addiction and overdose. Unfortunately, there is a common misperception that because medications are prescribed by physicians, they are safe even when used illegally or by another person than they were prescribed for.
Inhalants are volatile substances found in many household products, such as oven cleaners, gasoline, spray paints, and other aerosols, that induce mind-altering effects; they are frequently the first drugs tried by children or young teens. Inhalants are extremely toxic and can damage the heart, kidneys, lungs, and brain. Even a healthy person can suffer heart failure and death within minutes of a single session of prolonged sniffing of an inhalant.
Cocaine is a short-acting stimulant, which can lead users to take the drug many times in a single session (known as a “binge”). Cocaine use can lead to severe medical consequences related to the heart and the respiratory, nervous, and digestive systems.
Amphetamines, including methamphetamine, are powerful stimulants that can produce feelings of euphoria and alertness. Methamphetamine’s effects are particularly long-lasting and harmful to the brain. Amphetamines can cause high body temperature and can lead to serious heart problems and seizures.
MDMA (Ecstasy or “Molly”) produces both stimulant and mind-altering effects. It can increase body temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, and heart-wall stress. MDMA may also be toxic to nerve cells.
LSD is one of the most potent hallucinogenic, or perception-altering, drugs. Its effects are unpredictable, and abusers may see vivid colors and images, hear sounds, and feel sensations that seem real but do not exist. Users also may have traumatic experiences and emotions that can last for many hours.
Heroin is a powerful opioid drug that produces euphoria and feelings of relaxation. It slows respiration, and its use is linked to an increased risk of serious infectious diseases, especially when taken intravenously. People who become addicted to opioid pain relievers sometimes switch to heroin instead, because it produces similar effects and may be cheaper or easier to obtain.
Steroids, which can also be prescribed for certain medical conditions, are abused to increase muscle mass and to improve athletic performance or physical appearance. Serious consequences of abuse can include severe acne, heart disease, liver problems, stroke, infectious diseases, depression, and suicide.
Drug combinations. A particularly dangerous and common practice is the combining of two or more drugs. The practice ranges from the co-administration of legal drugs, like alcohol and nicotine, to the dangerous mixing of prescription drugs, to the deadly combination of heroin or cocaine with fentanyl (an opioid pain medication). Whatever the context, it is critical to realize that because of drug–drug interactions, such practices often pose significantly higher risks than the already harmful individual drugs.
Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2014). Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction. Retrieved from (https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugs-brains-behavior-science-addiction/addiction-health
Educational and Prevention Programs
The McNeese Counseling Center, in coordination with the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness, administers the CORE Institute’s National Drug and Alcohol Survey to students on a biennial basis. The survey data is used to understand the drug/alcohol rates for the McNeese campus and to inform future educational programming needs. Other data gathering surveys or tools may be used as needed.
Drug and substance abuse educational and prevention programs are offered through the unit of Student Health and Development (McNeese Counseling Center and Health Services) as a means to foster a healthy campus community. Programs include screening events, awareness/educational tabling events, classroom presentations upon request and professionally contracted speaking engagements available to the entire student body. Additionally, various other on- and off-campus resources are invited to collaborate on educational events for the campus community.
The campus Wellness Coordinator is available for faculty/staff consultation regarding alcohol and other drug educational materials.
Annual Educational Campaign for Substance Abuse
The University maintains an annual educational campaign for students and employees coordinated through the Office of University Services, which consists of activities that include distribution of educational materials to new students; participating in and presenting information and materials during new employee orientation; and the delivery of ongoing awareness and educational programs to all employees and students throughout the year. The University offers the following primary alcohol and drug prevention and awareness programs for all incoming students:
|Student Orientation||Fall & Winter Semesters||Bulber Auditorium|
|Housing/Resident Student Orientation||Fall & Winter Semesters||Bulber Auditorium|
|Campus Safety Month
|1st Week of September||Student Union|
|Homecoming Week Safety||October||Quad/Student Union|
(Pre-Mardi Gras Prevention)
Important University Policies & Relevant Documents
Policy Acknowledgment Statement (for employees)
Alcohol and Other Drug Policy