Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act
Federal regulations require each postsecondary institution, which participates in Federal student financial aid programs, to certify to the Secretary of Education that it has a program in effect to prevent the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol by employees and students. It also requires a distribution of drug- and alcohol related information to employees and students on an annual basis. The following provides students, faculty, and staff with the required information and advises those individuals of their responsibilities under the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act.
Alcoholic Beverages and Illegal Drugs
Standard of Conduct
State and Federal Sanctions
Florida statutes deem it unlawful for any person to sell, purchase, manufacture, or deliver illicit drugs. Penalties associated with conviction of violations of these statutes include prison terms of up to 30 years with accompanying fines ranging from $1,000 to $500,000. Federal penalties include prison terms up to life and fines of up to $20 million. Property may also be seized. Conviction of driving while under the influence of alcohol can result in a financial burden of paying court costs, lawyer fees, and fines; participation in community services; suspension of driver’s license; higher cost or loss of automobile insurance; and imprisonment.
The costs associated with drug and alcohol use can be astronomical. From a financial standpoint, statistics show that an individual can easily spend $100 to $3,000 per week to support a drug habit. Damage to the lungs, kidneys, liver, brain, heart, and reproductive organs have been linked to drug and alcohol use down through history. Alcohol is the third major cause of death in the nation behind heart disease and cancer; and now AIDS has reared its ugly head on the drug scene. Not only is the user affected by drugs and alcohol, babies are born with maladies that are tied directly to the “user” parent(s).
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