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Drug and Alcohol Prevention

The school recognizes that substance abuse and chemical dependency are a growing problem in this country. The Drug-Free School and Campus Act (DFSCA) requires MiSPP to adopt and implement a drug prevention program to prevent the use, distribution, unlawful possession, or sale of illicit drugs and alcohol.

A vast and growing body of medical research has documented the debilitating and often deadly consequences of regular or episodic use of mood altering chemicals. Due to factors such as body mass, endocrine function, metabolic biochemistry, genetic history, and overall health, it is not possible to predict who will be susceptible to health risks and what the consequences may be. However, it is known that over time substance abuse and chemical dependency have measurable, deleterious effects on various organs of the body and on physiological and intellectual functioning. Users often feel they are performing at their best when, in fact, actual performance is poor. Memory is also harmfully affected. Emotional problems and mood swings also may result. The risks are known to be greater when there are accompanying or pre-existing organic conditions. Severe insult to the fetus of a pregnant woman who ingests or inhales mind-altering drugs is also a threat.

A description of the applicable legal sanctions for the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol and the health risks associated is available on the MiSPP website. The Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program, consistent with the MiSPP Code of Student Conduct, prohibits the following behaviors.

1. Alcohol abuse and related behavior, including:
a. possession and use of an alcoholic beverage onsite or at school- sponsored activities;
b. intoxication made manifest by boisterousness, rowdiness, lewd,obscene, or indecent appearance, conduct or expression;
c. language which is profane, lewd, or in general unbecoming a graduate student or MiSPP employee.

2. Drug abuse and related behavior, including:
a. use or possession of drugs without valid medical prescriptions; or manufacture, sale, or distribution of any controlled substance or mood altering chemical;
b. altered behavior made manifest through rowdiness, obscene or disorderly conduct, indecent appearance, conduct, expression, or otherwise impaired functioning;
c. language which is profane, lewd, or in general unbecoming of a graduate student or employee.

Violations of this policy will result in a student being referred to the Vice President for action. Law enforcement will be contacted in any circumstance involving criminal activity/violation of federal and state drug laws.

Note: Per HEA, Sec 484, 485, 488 a conviction of any offense for possession/sale of illegal drugs will result in loss of eligibility for any Title IV loan aid.