Drug & Alcohol Policy
The possession, sale, and/or use of any drug identified as a controlled substance or as illicit as defined under United States federal law is prohibited on the campus of the institution or at any off-campus function sponsored by the institution. Alcohol is prohibited on the campus with the exception of wine used for an approved worship service incorporating Holy Communion—but only with prior permission from the President or Executive Dean. The institution administers the following Drug and Alcohol Policy in compliance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989 (Public Law 101-226):
- Unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs or alcohol by students or school employees on school property or as part of any of its activities is specifically prohibited and is a violation of local, state, and federal laws. This includes the unlawful use and/or distribution of prescription drugs. The institution will observe all local, State, and federal laws relating to drug and alcohol abuse, including referral to local authorities for arrest or prosecution. The courts will determine penalties for violations of these laws.
- Any student convicted, including a guilty plea or plea of nolo contendere, by a court of law of being under the influence of illicit drugs or of illicit possession or distribution of drugs, on- or off-campus, is sufficient cause for a minimum one-year suspension. Professional counseling during the suspension period may be required as a condition for future enrollment. A subsequent offense of the same nature during the suspension period is sufficient cause for termination of enrollment after due process.
- Any student convicted, including a guilty plea or plea of nolo contendere, by a court of law of being under the influence of alcohol or of illicit possession or distribution of alcohol on- or off-campus, is sufficient cause for a minimum one-year suspension. Professional counseling during the suspension period may be required as a condition for future enrollment. A subsequent offense of the same nature during the suspension period is sufficient cause for termination of enrollment after due process.
- Any student arrested for unlawful use, possession, or distribution of illicit or prescription drugs or alcohol, on- or off-campus, may be placed on probation until resolution of any court proceeding. Upon conviction, including a guilty plea or plea of nolo contendere, Faith International University will observe the above-referenced provisions.
The primary intent of the Drug and Alcohol Policy is to be preventative and remedial. Faith International University provides readily available information about the physical and psychological dangers of drug and alcohol abuse in publications such as the Academic Catalog, Student Handbook, and Employee Handbook. In addition, institutional regulations about drugs and alcohol are addressed during orientation. The institution can, upon request, provide referrals for a student or employee struggling with or addicted to drugs or alcohol. The Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment requires that “a description of the applicable legal sanctions under local, state, or federal law for the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol” be available.
Smoking or other use of tobacco products is not permitted anywhere on campus.
The use of drugs and alcohol bring with it many dangers to an individual’s mental and physical health. Tolerance and the overall effect of a drug can vary greatly from person to person. Usage of drugs and alcohol can lead to abuse, addiction, serious health problems, or even death. Legal drugs (including prescription and over-the-counter drugs) can be just as dangerous as illegal drugs. The health risks may encompass a number of different symptoms, including heart disease, depression, and overall changes in behavior.
For more information on health risks, please see the health risk information from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency at (http://www.justice.gov/dea/druginfo/factsheets.shtml) and the Center for Disease Control (http://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/alcohol-use.htm).
Treatment and Recovery
One of the many health risks of regular substance use may include addiction. Students who feel they may have a problem with substance abuse are urged to seek support and assistance. School employees, students, and volunteers may call the Washington Recovery Help Line, which provides 24-hour help for substance abuse and related problems, and can be reached at 866-789-1511. The Washington Recovery Helpline website contains information about and links to recovery resources. Also available online is a Directory of Certified Chemical Dependency Services in Washington State, published by the state Department of Social and Health Services.
Other treatment and rehabilitation programs for those dealing with substance abuse include, but are not limited to, the following:
- National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Hopeline (NCADD)
Telephone: 1-800-NCA-CALL (622-2255) . Website: www.ncadd.org
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Telephone: 1-800-662-HELP (4357) . Website: www.samhsa.gov
Treatment Finder: www.findtreatment.samhsa.gov
- National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Telephone: 1-800-662-HELP (4357) . Website: www.niaaa.nih.gov
Treatment Finder: www.niaaa/nih/gov/alcohol-health/support-treatment
- National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Telephone: 1-800-662-HELP (4357) . Website: www.drugabuse.gov
- Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
To find an AA community near you: www.aa.org/pages/en_US/find-aa-resources
Telephone: 1-888-4AL-ANON (425-2666) . Website: www.al-anon.alateen.org
- Cocaine Anonymous
Telephone: 1-800-347-8998 . Website: www.ca.org