Policy Steward:  Vice President for Administration


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  • Cross References


    To establish the parameters for compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 which added section 1213 to the Higher Education Act (commonly referred to as the “DFSCA”) at all University locations.


    The DFSCA requires institutions of higher education receiving federal financial aid to adopt and implement a program to prevent the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol by students and employees on University premises or as part of any of its activities.  The DFSCA requires that the University’s program include the distribution of drug and alcohol abuse and prevention information and a biennial review.


    It is the policy of the University to maintain an academic and work environment free from the unlawful use of illicit drugs and alcohol abuse.  To that end, it is the University’s policy to comply in all respects with the DFSCA, and the University shall undertake the following actions:

    Upon request, the University shall make available to the public the information it distributes on annual basis, as well as make its biennial review available when completed.


    The University shall retain for a period of three years following their distribution:  (1) copies of the information distributed to employees and students on an annual basis; (2) the biennial review report; (3) those records documenting distribution; and (4) any other records reasonably related to the University’s compliance with the drug prevention program certification.  If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, review, or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the three-year period, the University shall retain the records until completion of the action and resolution of all issues that arise from it, or until the end of the regular three-year period, whichever is later.


    For questions, additional detail, or to request changes to this policy, please contact the Office of General Counsel.


    Other policies and procedures should be cross referenced, particularly:

    AD18 - Possession, Use and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages

    AD33 - A Drug-Free Workplace

    AD35 - University Archives and Records Management

    Effective Date: May 6, 2014
    Date Approved: May 5, 2014
    Date Published: May 6, 2014

    Revision History (and effective dates):

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