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—except for 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):

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Note: While the institution recognizes that RCW 69.50 et seq. and RCW 69.51A et seq. are now state law, these state laws do not repeal or modify federal laws.

The university desires to assist any student to obtain pertinent information on drug abuse or to enter an appropriate, medically supervised treatment program. Violation of these standards by any student will be reason for mandatory evaluation and/or treatment for a substance abuse disorder or for disciplinary action up to, and including, dismissal from school. The intent of this program and participation by the school is to be preventative and remedial. Students are subject to the school’s disciplinary action and referral to local authorities for violation of the school’s drug policy.


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 several 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 (https://www.warecoveryhelpline.org/) 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:

Additional referrals may be obtained by consulting the Office of the Vice President of Student Services.

For a helpful, illustrated fact sheet about alcohol use and it’s effects, please review this worksheet.

Addendum: Drug-Free Campus and Workplace Policy

Faith International University is committed to providing a drug-free campus and workplace environment. As an institution of higher education, the university recognizes the need to establish a drug and alcohol awareness program to educate faculty, staff and students about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. This policy is established as required by the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989.

Drug-Free Zone

As regulated at Title 21, USC, Section 860: distribution, possession with the intent of distribution, or manufacture of a controlled substance in, or within 1,000 feet of the real property comprising Faith International University, is subject to additional penalties as defined in that code.

The following is a partial list of illicit drugs considered to be controlled substances by the State of Washington (RCW 69.50): Narcotics (opium and cocaine, and all drugs extracted, derived, or synthesized from opium and cocaine, including crack cocaine and heroin); methamphetamine; barbiturates; and hallucinogenic substances (LSD, peyote, mescaline, psilocybin, PCP, THC, MDA, STP).

  1. State Penalties for Illegal Sale of Controlled Substances
    The illegal sale of any controlled substance is punishable by up to 5 years in prison, $10,000 fine, or both.
  2. State Penalties for Illegal Manufacture or Delivery of Controlled Substances
    Narcotics: up to 10 years in prison, $25,000-$100,00 fine, or both. Non-narcotics: up to five years in prison, $10,000 fine, or both.
  3. State Penalties for Possession of Controlled Substances
    Possession of any controlled substance is punishable by up to five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both. More severe penalties are provided for persons convicted of providing controlled substances to minors and for repeat offenses.

Civil penalties of up to $10,000 may also be imposed for possession of small amounts of controlled substances, whether or not criminal prosecution is pursued.

Note: While the institution recognizes that RCW 69.50 et seq. and RCW 69.51A et seq. are now state law, these state laws do not repeal or modify federal laws.


Faith International University is committed to providing a safe and secure campus environment that is free from alcohol and drug use and abuse. Abuse of drugs and alcohol is a serious health problem that can lead to medical and mental health issues. Faith International University educates the student community about drug and alcohol abuse primarily through fact sheets. Counseling is available from the Dean of Students and referral services are identified in the Catalog and Student Handbook.

The Director of Student Services conducts a biennial review of the University’s Alcohol and Substance Abuse Education Program to ensure that the sanctions are consistently enforced and to review its effectiveness and implement any changes deemed necessary. The Director of Student Services also makes required program details and reporting available to governmental agencies and to the public according to the law.

Note: A violation of any law regarding alcohol and substance abuse is also a violation of the University’s policy and will be treated as a separate disciplinary matter by the  University.

All employees and students are informed that the university has established an Alcohol and Substance Abuse Education Program informing students and employees via email, institutional catalog, and posted flyers on campus about:

  • Our policy of maintaining a drug-free school;
  • Any available alcohol and drug counseling, rehabilitation, and student assistance programs;
  • Available Educational Fact Sheets: https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/brochures-and-fact-sheets
  • The penalties that may be imposed upon students for drug abuse violations occurring on College property, as defined above.


No student may be in illegal possession of, deliver, dispense, distribute, administer, manufacture or wholesale any controlled substance, including marijuana, narcotics, hallucinogens, and other chemical analog or drug-related paraphernalia prohibited by State or Federal Drug Laws. (Federal law requires that students be informed that Federal and State laws prohibit possession and/or use of illicit drugs. Faith International University complies with Federal and State laws regarding illicit drugs. The university reserves the right to investigate any suspicious activity regarding nonprescription and illegal drugs. Investigation may include but is not limited to classroom and/or vehicle inspection, canine drug scan or drug screening in cases of strong suspicion of drug use. (Refusal to submit to these measures at time of request may be viewed as strong evidence, which may result in suspension.)

Faith International University has a “Zero-Tolerance” policy regarding the unlawful use, sale, possession or distribution of illegal drugs and alcohol on school property, or as part of any school activity. Misconduct violations relating to the Student, Faculty and/or Employee Codes of Conduct are subject to disciplinary actions. Consequences for inappropriate behavior can be severe, up to and including dismissal from the college. If any individual is apprehended for violating any alcohol or other drug related law while at a college location or activity, the college will fully cooperate with federal and state law enforcement agencies. The university abides by federal Drug-Free Workplace and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act regulations regardless of individual state legalization.


Drugs and/or alcohol use contribute to:

  • 65% of all suicides
  • 70% of all drowning deaths
  • 83% of all fire deaths
  • 50% of all motor vehicle accidents
  • 70% of all homicides

The following are descriptions of dangerous drugs:

Alcohol is a potentially addictive drug of significant physical and psychological consequence. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant that affects all neurological functions. At relatively low levels it affects one’s judgment and decision-making, and at higher levels it impairs the functioning of one’s vital organs and can result in a coma or death. Alcohol is an irritant to the gastrointestinal tract and moderate overindulgence ordinarily results in nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. In addition to these significant physical consequences, there are several less obvious consequences to alcohol use. For example, the effects of alcohol on sleep have been well documented. Consuming several drinks before bedtime has been found to decrease the amount of REM (rapid eye movement) or dreaming sleep. The consequences of being deprived of REM sleep are impaired concentration and memory, as well as anxiety, tiredness, and irritability. Additionally, research has demonstrated that alcohol tends to decrease fear and increase the likelihood that an individual will accept risks. This lack of inhibition and judgment is a major contributor to the extraordinarily high percentage of serious accidents and accidental deaths related to alcohol use. Prolonged and excessive use of alcohol usually causes progressively more serious erosion of the gastrointestinal tract lining ranging from gastritis to ulcers and hemorrhage. Damage to the pancreas is frequent among those who have used alcohol. Interestingly, while 10% of the adult population is estimated to be addicted to beverage alcohol, (i.e., they are alcoholics), this 10% of the population comprises 35% of those hospital in-patients who receive major surgery in any given year. Alcoholism is the third major killer in the United States, second to heart disease and cancer, and acute alcohol intoxication is the second leading cause of death by poisoning.

Marijuana (Cannabis) (nicotina glauca) is an illegal drug that impairs memory, perception, judgment, and hand-eye coordination skills. The tar content in cannabis smoke is at least 50% higher than that of tobacco and thus smokers run the added risk of lung cancer, chronic bronchitis, and other lung diseases. Recently, the medical community has diagnosed the existence of an AA motivational syndrome that affects moderate to chronic users and includes symptoms of loss of energy, motivation, effectiveness, concentration, ability to carry out long-term plans, and performance in school and work.

LSD (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide) is a semi-synthetic drug regarded as a hallucinogenic. Short-term effects of this drug are generally felt within an hour of consumption and may last from two to 12 hours.

Physiologically the user experiences increased blood pressure, rise in body temperature, dilated pupils, rapid heartbeat, muscular weakness, trembling, nausea, chills, numbness, loss of interest in food, and hyperventilation. Fine motor skills and coordination are usually impaired, as are perception, thought, mood, and psychological processes. Long-term effects may include flashbacks, weeks and even months after taking the drug, mental illness, prolonged depression, anxiety, psychological dependence, and suicidal thoughts.

PCP (Phencyclidine Hydrochloride) is a white crystalline powder that was originally used as a local anesthetic, but due to extreme side effects, was discontinued in 1967. In humans, PCP is a difficult drug to classify in that reactions may vary from stupor to euphoria and resemble the effects of a stimulant, depressant, anesthetic, or hallucinogen. Short-term effects include hyperventilation, increase in blood pressure and pulse rate, flushing and profuse sweating, general numbness of the extremities, and muscular in coordination. At higher doses, it causes nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, loss of balance, and disorientation. It produces profound alteration of sensation, mood and consciousness, and can cause psychotic states in many ways indistinguishable from schizophrenia. Large doses have been known to cause convulsions, permanent brain damage, and coma.

Psilocybin is a hallucinogenic drug occurring naturally in about 20 species of Mexican mushrooms and is also produced synthetically. It is a white powder made of fine crystals and distributed in tablet, capsule, or liquid form. Shortly after taking psilocybin, a user may experience increased blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, and an increase in body temperature, dry mouth, dilated pupils, and some degree of agitation or excitement. This is followed by a decrease in the ability to concentrate or stay in touch with reality. (Hallucinations, as well as altered perceptions of time and space, may occur.) The effects are usually shorter lasting than those of LSD, yet the dangers are very similar.

Cocaine is a naturally occurring stimulant drug which is extracted from the leaves of the cocoa plant. Cocaine is sold as a white translucent crystalline powder frequently cut to about half its strength by a variety of other ingredients including sugars and cleaning powders. It is one of the most powerfully addictive drugs in use today. Short-term effects of cocaine include constricted peripheral blood vessels, dilated pupils, increased heart rate and blood pressure. It also causes appetite suppression, pain indifference, possible vomiting, visual, auditory, and tactile hallucinations, and occasionally paranoia. Long-term effects include nasal congestion, collapse of nasal septum, restlessness, irritability, anxiety, and depression. Overdoses or chronic use may result in toxicity which includes symptoms of seizures followed by respiratory arrest, coma, cardiac arrest, and/or death.

Cocaine Free-Base or Crack is the result of converting street cocaine to a pure base by removing the hydrochloric salt in many of the “cutting” agents. The end result is not water soluble, and therefore, must be smoked. It is much more dangerous than cocaine because it reaches the brain in seconds, and the intensified dose results in a sudden and intense physical reaction. This response lasts a few minutes and is followed by deep depression, loss of appetite, difficulty in sleeping, feeling revulsion for self, and worries and obsessions about getting more crack. Consequently, users often increase the dose and frequency of use resulting in severe addiction that includes physical debilitation and financial ruin. Physiologically, seizures followed by respiratory arrest and coma or cardiac arrest and death may accompany long-term use.

Amphetamines are central nervous system stimulants that were once used medically to treat a variety of symptoms including depression and obesity. They may be taken orally, sniffed, or injected into the veins. Short-term effects disappear within a few hours and include reduction of appetite, increased breathing and heart rate, raised blood pressure, dilation of pupils, dry mouth, fever, sweating, headache, blurred vision and dizziness. Higher doses may cause flushing, rapid and irregular heartbeat, tremor, loss of coordination, and collapse. Death has occurred from ruptured blood vessels in the brain, heart failure, and very high fever. Psychological effects include increased alertness, postponement of fatigue, a false feeling of well-being, restlessness, excitability, and a feeling of power. Long-term effects include drug dependence and the risk of drug induced psychosis. Withdrawal includes extreme fatigue, irritability, strong hunger, and deep depression that may lead to suicide.


More information about alcohol and drugs and the risks they pose to health is available from the dean of students. Outside counseling services and support groups are available.

Parent Notification for Drug and Alcohol Violations

In accordance with the Higher Education Amendments of 1998 to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, Faith International University has the right to notify the parent or legal guardian of a student who is under the age of 21 when the student has been found guilty through disciplinary channels of violating any school rule regarding alcohol or illegal drugs. Faith International University also reserves the right to notify parents at any time regarding matters of student discipline.