Roanoke College

Illegal Drug and Controlled Substance Policy

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APPENDIX G - Illegal Drug & Controlled Substance Policy

        Illegal substance use is a significant problem, which adversely affects all segments of our society.  It is a particular problem on college campuses because it is disruptive to the mission of higher education.

The use and abuse of illegal or controlled substances is immoral as well as being illegal.  Each of us has a responsibility to take care of ourselves as well as others.  It is irresponsible to behave in a manner that threatens the health and safety of society.  Furthermore, illegal substance use supports criminal elements that undermine our society as well as that of other countries.                The possession, use, manufacture, and/or distribution of illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia containing drug residue, and other controlled substances will not be tolerated.  Any student found violating this policy is subject to severe disciplinary action including suspension and expulsion.  In addition, the individual may be subject to criminal prosecution.  The college cooperates fully with law enforcement officials, including the Salem Police, the Virginia State Police, and the U.S. Postal Inspectors Office, in such matters. In addition to the Roanoke College sanctions listed in Appendix C, members of the college community are subject to state and local alcohol and drug related penalties that include:

Alcohol - Drinking in public

A fine not to exceed $250,000, court costs and attorney fees

Alcohol - Purchasing for Minors

Confinement in jail for up to 12 months; a fine not to exceed $2,500, court costs and attorney fees; and loss of drivers permit for up to one year.

Alcohol - Underage possession

A fine not to exceed $2,500, confinement in jail for up to 12 months; loss of driver's permit for up to one year ;court costs and attorney's fees.

Alcohol - Driving while Intoxicated

A fine not to exceed $2,500. A mandatory minimum fine of $250.00 for a first offense. Mandatory jail time for a first offense based on the level of blood alcohol content. A mandatory minimum fine of $500.00 for a second or subsequent offense. Confinement for up to 12 months in jail for first and second offenses with a mandatory sentence for up to 20 days for a second and subsequent offense. Confinement in prison for up to 5 years for subsequent offenses. Loss of drivers permit for up to 12 months (for the first offense), court costs and attorney's fees.

Drugs - Marijuana - Possession

Possession of one-half ounce or less of marijuana may result in confinement up to 12 months, a fine of $2,500.00, court costs and attorney's fee.

 

Possession of more than one-half ounce may result in confinement up to 1-10 years, a fine not to exceed $2,500.00, court costs and attorney's fee.

Drugs - Distribution

Imprisonment not less than one year or more then ten years, a fine not to exceed $2,500.00, court costs and attorney's fee.

Drugs - Schedule I and II - Possession (Cocaine, LSD, Hallucinogenic Mushrooms, etc.)

Imprisonment for not less than 1 or more than 10 years, fine not to exceed $2,500, court costs and attorney's fees

Drugs - Schedule I and II - Distribution (Cocaine, LSD, Hallucinogenic Mushrooms, etc.)

Imprisonment for not less than 5 or more than 40 years, fine not to exceed $500,000, court costs and attorney's fees

Drugs - Distribution within 1,000 yards of school property (includes college campuses)

Imprisonment for  not less than 1 year or more than 5 years, fine not to exceed $100,000, court costs and attorney's fees

Drugs - Possession of Paraphernalia

Confinement for up to 12 months , fine not to exceed $2,500.00, court costs and attorney's fees

Drugs - Transporting into Virginia - transporting of Schedule I & II drugs (Cocaine, LSD, Hallucinogenic Mushrooms, five or more lb.. of Marijuana, etc.) into Virginia with intent to distribute

Imprisonment for not less than 5 years, but not more than 40 years and a fine of not more than $500,000.00.

Conviction of any Drug Offense could, in addition to the above penalties, include a six-month driver's license suspension.

 

Conviction of any Drug Offense could, in addition to the above penalties, include a six-month driver's license suspension

The college also recognizes a responsibility to educate students about drug use, and to aid students who have a drug problem in seeking help.  To address this responsibility, the college conducts drug education programs that seek to inform students of the risks and moral implications of drug use.  In addition, there are college personnel available to counsel students about drug problems, and local drug treatment centers to which individuals can be referred.

The primary source for substance abuse counseling and treatment on the Roanoke College campus is the Counseling Center.  Professional counselors at the center are equipped to provide a variety of services including counseling, assessment, intervention, and referral.  Although some in-depth substance abuse counseling is available at the Counseling Center, most cases requiring long-term work are routinely referred off campus.

The College has a close working relationship with local health care providers. A student with an indicated substance abuse problem may be required to have an assessment with the results released to the College.  Further treatment is available in a variety of programs from inpatient care, to day treatment, to counseling.  Additionally, there is an active AA organization in the local community that is helpful in providing ongoing support for those in some type of treatment program.

College officials will invoke the Alcohol / Substance Abuse Policy (see above) if they deem that a student is abusing alcohol to the extent that the student's behavior is either endangering him/herself or others, or is detrimental to the college's mission.