The Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act, Public Law 101-690, requires that every institution of higher education, as a condition of receiving funds or any other form of financial assistance under any federal program, enact policies to prevent unlawful possession, use, or distribution of alcohol and illicit drugs by students and employees.
Students are prohibited from the possession, sale, or consumption of any form of narcotics, hallucinogens, amphetamines, controlled substances, or any other form of illegal drug on campus or any facility related to California College of ASU. Students found to be in violation of the Substance Abuse Policy will proceed through the Disciplinary Action Process.
ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE AWARENESS PROGRAM STATEMENT & POLICY
In accordance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, California College of ASU has implemented a comprehensive Drug & Alcohol Abuse Policy and a Prevention Program aimed at ensuring our campus community is drug- and alcohol-free:
“California College of ASU” (hereafter referred to as “this institution”) has established an Alcohol and Drug-Free Awareness Program (ADFAP).
1. Notice: This institution has a policy of maintaining a drug-free school:
All students and employees are hereby notified that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of a controlled substance is prohibited in this institution. The student must notify the office of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring in the workplace, or while participating in any school sponsored activity, no later than five days after such conviction. In compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988″, this institution’s “workplace” consists of the following location:
18618 Oxnard St.
Los Angeles, CA 91356*1411
All incoming/potential students are required to take do a background check prior to becoming an enrolled student.
2. The possession, sale, manufacture or distribution of any controlled substance is illegal under both state and federal laws. Typically, the charge for possession of a controlled substance is A Class 4 felony and has a possible sentence of 1-3 years in the Department of Corrections (prison). The fine can be $25,000. Most Class 4 felony drug charges permit the court to sentence the defendant to probation and substance abuse treatment. Violators of this law are subject to school disciplinary action.
3. The possession of alcohol by anyone less than 21 years of age in a public place or a place open to the public is illegal. Violation of this provision is a Class B Misdemeanor. The underage person may be fined up to $500 and sentenced up to six months in jail (additional enhanced penalties exist for illegal transportation of open liquor for persons under 21 years of age.
4. Controlled Substances and Financial Aid:
An important sanction under federal law is that persons convicted of any federal or state offense involving possession of a controlled substance are ineligible to receive any or all federal benefits (e.g., social security, student loans) for up to one year. If the offense involves distribution of a controlled substance, the guilty person could be ineligible for any or all federal benefits for up to 5 years.
5. Warning to all students about the dangers of drug abuse:
Drug use impairs memory, alertness and achievement. It erodes the capacity to perform, think and act responsibly. It may be grounds for termination of your enrollment with this institution or other action
6. Warning to all students about the dangers of alcohol:
Alcohol increases the risk of various health conditions, such as heart and liver disease. Alcohol works directly on the central nervous system, impairing brain function. Over time, excessive alcohol consumption can destroy brain cells, resulting in various degrees of brain damage. Alcohol impairs coordination, motor skills and judgment. People experience a decrease in mental alertness when drinking alcohol and may make poor decisions.
7. Where to get help:
This institution has established a list of several drug-counseling centers to provide drug counseling, rehabilitation, and student assistance programs.
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800.799.SAFE (7233)
- National Institute on Drug Abuse Hotline: 1.800.662.HELP
- National Institute on Drug Abuse Workplace Helpline: 1.800.843.4971
- National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information: 1.301.468.2600
- Network of Colleges & Universities Committed to the Elimination of Drug & Alcohol Abuse: 1.202.357.6206
- The Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and Referral Hotline (800.662.HELP)
- The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention Helpline (800.967.5752)
- Any student who suspects they or someone else may be at risk is invited to seek services that can be of help.
8. Tips to preventing drug and alcohol abuse:
- Realize that abusing drugs may lead to devastating events in people’s lives
- Think about what other things in life you can achieve such as activities that are more fulfilling than drugs
- Prepare yourself for occasions where strangers may offer drugs to you
- Try to associate with people who do not use drugs, and avoid situations where they will be used and given to you
- Have a good friend who you can talk to about any situation where you are tempted to take drugs
- Look at the list of people who have been destroyed, even killed, by drugs
- Just say NO
- Walk away
- Call the police or an authoritative person
- Avoid further encounters
9. Non-compliance with the terms of this institution’s “Drug-Alcohol Free Workplace Statement – Notice to Students and Employees” will result in the following actions being taken by this institution:
Require said student/employee to satisfactorily participate in a drug/alcohol abuse rehabilitation program approved for such purposes by federal, state, or local health law enforcement or other appropriate agency. Within 30 days of receiving notice of criminal drug conviction these above actions must be complied with or up to and including termination procedures will be instated.
NOTICE OF FEDERAL STUDENT FINANCIAL AID PENALTIES FOR DRUG LAW VIOLATIONS
A federal or state drug conviction can disqualify a student from federal financial aid funds.
Under the Higher Education Act, a student may become ineligible for federal student aid upon conviction of any offense involving the possession or sale of illegal drugs while receiving Title IV federal financial aid. Federal aid includes Federal Stafford Loans, Federal PLUS Loans, and Federal Pell Grants.
CONVICTIONS DURING ENROLLMENT
According to the United States Department of Education, if a student is convicted of a drug offense while receiving Federal aid, he or she must notify the Financial Aid Office immediately and that student may be ineligible for further aid and required to pay back all aid received after the conviction.
Convictions apply if they were for an offense that occurred during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving Title IV federal financial aid; convictions do not count if the offense did not occur during such a period. A conviction that was reversed, set aside, or removed from the student’s record does not count toward federal financial aid eligibility. In addition, a conviction received when the student was a juvenile does not apply, unless that student was tried as an adult.
The following chart illustrates the period of ineligibility for federal financial aid programs. Please note that eligibility is dependent upon the nature of the conviction and the number of prior offenses.