Alcohol and Other Drugs Prevention Program and Policy
This policy is mandated by and complies with the provisions of the Drug-Free Schools
and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (Public Law 101-226). A copy of the biennial
review may be obtained by contacting Craig Witcher, Counselor, firstname.lastname@example.org, 479-968-0329.
STANDARDS OF CONDUCT
Arkansas Tech University is committed to the maintenance of a drug and alcohol free
work place and to a standard of conduct for employees and students that discourages
the unlawful or unauthorized use, possession, storage, manufacture, distribution,
or sale of alcoholic beverages and any illicit drugs or drug paraphernalia in University
buildings, any public campus area, in University housing units, in University vehicles,
or at any University affiliated events held on or off-campus, which are sponsored
by students, employees and their respective campus organizations (including all fraternities
and sororities). For Arkansas Tech University employees, compliance with this policy
is a term and condition of employment. For Arkansas Tech University students and student
organizations, compliance with this policy is a term and condition of continued enrollment/organizational
Federal Penalties and Sanctions for Illegal Possession of a Controlled Substance –
1st conviction: Up to 1 year imprisonment and a fine of at least $1,000 but not more
than $100,000, or both. After 1 prior drug conviction: At least 15 days in prison,
not to exceed 2 years and a fine of at least $2,500 but not more than $250,000 or
both. After 2 or more prior drug convictions: At least 90 days in prison, not to exceed
3 years and a fine of at least $5,000 but not more than $250,000 or both. Special
sentencing provisions for possession of crack cocaine are mandatory 5 to 20 years
in prison and a fine of up to $250,000; both if (a) 1st conviction and the amount
of crack possessed exceeds 5 grams, (b) 2nd crack conviction and the amount of crack
possessed exceeds 3 grams (c) 3rd or subsequent crack conviction and the amount of
crack possessed exceeds 1 gram. Personal and real property used to possess or to facilitate
possession of a controlled substance may be forfeited if that offense is punishable
by more than 1 year imprisonment. Vehicles, boats, aircraft, or any other conveyance
used to transport or conceal a controlled substance may also be forfeited. Additional
sanctions include civil fines of up to $10,000; denial of federal benefits, such as
student loans, grants, contracts, and professional commercial licenses, up to 1 year
for first offense, up to 5 years for second and subsequent offenses; and ineligibility
to receive or purchase a firearm. Other sanctions vested within the authorities of
individual federal agencies are revocation of certain federal licenses and benefits
such as pilot licenses and public housing.
State of Arkansas Sanctions and Penalties
- Underage DUI Law – The State of Arkansas’ “Underage DUI (Driving Under the Influence)
Law” (863) makes it an offense for a person under the age of 21 with a blood alcohol
content of .02 or higher (approximately one can of beer, one glass of wine, or one
drink of hard liquor) to operate a motorized vehicle. Penalties for a first offense
can result in (1) suspension of driver’s license for not less than 90 days; (2) a
fine of no less than $100 or more than $500; (3) assignment to public service work;
and/or (4) completion of an alcohol and driving education program.
- Driving While Intoxicated – A person who drives a motorized vehicle while influenced
or affected by the ingestion of alcohol, a controlled substance, or any intoxicant
commits the offense of driving while intoxicated. Penalties for such an offense may
include (1) suspension of license for 120 days for the first offense with a blood
alcohol content of at least .08; suspension of 180 days for the first offense with
a blood alcohol content of .15 or more; suspension for 6 months for first offense
if intoxicated by use of a controlled substance; (2) imprisonment for no less than
24 hours and no more than one year for the first offense (with additional imprisonment
for subsequent offense); (3) fines of no less than $150 and no more than $1,000 for
the first offense (with stiffer fines for subsequent offenses); (4) as inability to
pay fines; and (5) a requirement to complete an alcohol education program as prescribed
and approved by the Arkansas Highway Safety Program, or an alcoholism treatment program
as approved by the Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention. A blood alcohol level
in excess of .04 may be considered with other competent evidence in determining guilt
or innocence. A blood alcohol level of .08 or more shall give rise to a presumption
- Public Intoxication – A person commits the offense of “Public Intoxication” if (1)
he appears in a public place manifestly under the influence of alcohol or a controlled
substance to the degree that he is likely to endanger himself or other persons or
property, or (2) he unreasonable annoys persons in his vicinity. Public intoxication
is a Class C misdemeanor, and can result in a fine of up to $100, and/or imprisonment
in the county jail (or other authorized institution) for up to 30 days.
- Drinking in Public – A person commits the offense of “Drinking in Public” if that
person consumes alcohol in any public place. This includes consumption while in a
vehicle on a street or highway. Penalties include a fine of up to $100 and/or imprisonment
for up to 30 days. Possession of any alcoholic beverages in Tech residence halls or
on any other University property is prohibited.
- Possession of Alcohol by a Minor – It is illegal for a person under the age of 21
to possess alcohol. Penalties include a fine of up to $500, probation under the direction
of the court, and driver’s license suspension for a period of up to one year.
- Knowingly Furnishing to a Minor – A person commits the offense of “Knowingly Furnishing
to a Minor” if, being an adult, he or she knowingly purchases for or provides alcoholic
beverage to a minor. Such an offense is a Class C misdemeanor and can result in (1)
a fine of up to $1,000 and/or (2) imprisonment in the county jail (or other authorized
institution) for up to one full year.
- Manufacture or Delivery of a Controlled Substance – It is unlawful for any person
to manufacture, deliver, or possess with intent to manufacture or deliver, a controlled
substance. Penalties for the manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance can
range from three (3) years to life in prison and fines up to $250,000, depending on
the quantity and type of drug. In addition, real and personal property used in the
manufacture, delivery, or importing of controlled substances may be forfeited to the
- Manufacture or Delivery of a Counterfeit Substance – It is unlawful for any person
to create, deliver, or possess with intent to deliver a counterfeit substance purporting
to be a controlled substance. Penalties for the creating and/or delivery of a counterfeit
substance can range from 1 to 20 years in prison and fines up to $15,000, depending
on the type of drug being counterfeited.
- Possession of a Controlled or Counterfeit Substance – It is unlawful for any person
to possess a controlled substance or counterfeit substance. Penalties for possession
of a controlled or counterfeit substance can range from 1 to 10 years in prison and
fines up to $10,000, depending on the type of drug (or counterfeit) possessed.
- Alcohol – Can cause short term effects such as loss of concentration and judgment;
slowed reflexes; disorientation leading to higher risk of accidents and problem behavior;
long term effects include risk of liver and heart damage, malnutrition, cancer and
other illnesses; can be highly addictive to some persons.
- Amphetamines – Can cause short term effects such as rushed, careless behavior and
pushing beyond your physical capacity, leading to exhaustion; tolerance increases
rapidly; long term effects include physical and psychological dependence and withdrawal
can result in depression and suicide; continued high doses can cause heart problems,
infections, malnutrition and death.
- Cannabis (Marijuana) – Can cause short term effects such as slow reflexes; increases
forgetfulness; alters judgment of space and distance; aggravates pre-existing heart
and/or mental health problems; long term health effects include permanent damage to
lungs, reproductive organs and brain function; can interfere with physical, psychological,
social development of young users.
- Cocaine (Crack) – Can cause short term effects such as impaired judgment; increased
breathing, heart rate, heart palpitations; anxiety, restlessness, hostility, paranoia,
confusion; long term effects may include damage to respiratory and immune systems;
malnutrition, seizures and loss of brain function; highly addictive.
- Designer Drugs/Synthetic Cannabinoids (bath salts, K2, spice) – Can cause short term
effects such as elevated heart rate, blood pressure and chest pain; hallucinations,
seizures, violent behavior and paranoia; may lead to lack of appetite, vomiting and
tremor; long-term use may result in kidney/liver failure; increased risk of suicide
- Hallucinogens (PCP, LSD, ecstasy, dextromethorphan) – Can cause extreme distortions
of what’s seen and heard; induces sudden changes in behavior, loss of concentration
and memory; increases risk of birth defects in user’s children; overdose can cause
psychosis, convulsions, coma and death; frequent and long-term use can cause permanent
loss of mental function.
- Inhalants (nitrous oxide, amyl nitrite, butyl nitrite, chlorohydrocarbons, hydrocarbons)
– Can cause short term effects such as nausea, dizziness, fatigue, slurred speech,
hallucinations or delusions; may lead to rapid and irregular heart rhythms, heart
failure and death; long-term use may result in loss of feeling, hearing and vision;
can result in permanent damage to the brain, heart, lungs, liver and kidneys.
- Opiates/Narcotics (heroin, morphine, opium, codeine, oxycodone, china white) – Can
cause physical and psychological dependence; overdose can cause coma, convulsions,
respiratory arrest and death; long term use leads to malnutrition, infection and hepatitis;
sharing needles is a leading cause of the spread of HIV and hepatitis; highly addictive,
tolerance increases rapidly.
- Sedatives – Can cause reduced reaction time and confusion; overdose can cause coma,
respiratory arrest, convulsions and death; withdrawal can be dangerous; in combination
with other controlled substances, can quickly cause coma and death; long term use
can produce physical and psychological dependence; tolerance increases rapidly.
- Tobacco (cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco) – Smoking increases the risk for myocardial
infarction (heart attack) and can cause cancer, particularly lung cancer and cancers
of the larynx and mouth; can cause diseases of the respiratory tract such as COPD
and emphysema as well as diseases of the cardiovascular system; nicotine is highly
DRUG AND ALCOHOL PROGRAMS
Arkansas Tech University utilizes evidenced-based strategic interventions, collaboration,
innovation and the incorporation of the wellness dimensions to reduce harmful consequences
of alcohol and other drug use. Drug and alcohol programming includes, but is not limited
- Providing education and awareness activities.
- Offering substance-free social, extracurricular, and public service options.
- Creating a health-promoting normative environment.
- Restricting the marketing and promotion of alcohol and other drugs.
- Limiting availability of alcohol and other drugs.
- Developing and enforcing campus policies to address high-risk and illegal alcohol
and other drug use, including the tobacco free campus policy.
- Providing early intervention and referral for treatment.
LOCAL TREATMENT FACILITIES
Counseling services are provided on campus to students by calling (479) 968-0329 or
by visiting the Health and Wellness Center located in Dean Hall room 126. These services
are provided by licensed counselors, but do not include drug rehabilitation or detoxification
services. Please see a counselor for more referral resources.
Turning Point at Saint Mary’s
1808 W Main Street
Russellville, AR 72801
ARVAC Inc. Freedom House
400 Lake Front Drive
Russellville, AR 72801
Teen Challenge – Women’s Ministries
PO Box 10443
Russellville, AR 72811
The Hope Center
1706 East 2nd Street
Russellville, AR 72801
Students violating the University policy on alcohol or other drugs are subject to
sanctions up to and including expulsion from the University and referral for prosecution.
Any employee violating any criminal drug statute while in the work place will be subject
to discipline up to and including termination. The University may notify parents or
guardians of students under age 21 who are found to be in violation of the drug or
alcohol policies as set forth in the Student Code of Conduct.