University Policies Governing Student Life


It is the policy of the University that illicit drug use including their manufacture, sale, distribution, dispensation or possession is prohibited in the workplace, on the campus, or as part of any University activity. Consequently the use of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on the campus or as part of any University activity unless for an approved sponsored event where alcoholic beverages may be legally distributed. For more information, review Universitypolicy A-41, Alcoholic Beverage Use on Campus, (

The unlawful use of drugs or abuse of other drugs and alcohol is inconsistent with the behavior expected of members of the University community. The University is committed to the development and maintenance of a drug-free environment on the campus as well as an environment that prohibits the abuse of other drugs and alcohol. The University has a drug and alcohol abuse prevention program in operation and it is accessible to all members of the University community. The University is committed to the further expansion of that program and the dissemination of drug awareness information to the members of the University community. In addition, the University is committed to enforcing the provisions of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1989 and believes that these acts provide the proper framework for the drug and alcohol abuse policies of the University.

Student Resources

All UHV students are eligible for services through the University Counseling Center (UCC). Students who have concerns about alcohol and other drug use are welcome to consult with the professional staff at UCC regarding available drug and alcohol counseling on campus and in the community. Referrals can also be made to rehabilitation programs, mutual help organizations, private hospitals, and private and public treatment programs. UCC can also provide resource materials pertinent to substance use.

Penalties for Violation of the Policy (excerpts)

Any student who admits to or is found to have violated the University's Student Code of Conduct regarding the unlawful use, manufacture, sale, distribution, dispensation, or possession of illicit drugs and alcohol on the campus or at University activities held off-campus will be subject to disciplinary action (up to and including expulsion), may be referred for prosecution, and may be requested to satisfactorily participate in a drug and alcohol assistance or rehabilitation program, as agreed upon by the student and the University.

Loss of Student Eligibility for Federal Aid due to Drug Conviction

The 2008 Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, as amended, include a revised student eligibility provision. It provides that a student is ineligible for federal student aid if convicted, under federal or state law, of any offense involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance during a period of enrollment in which federal student aid was received. Federal aid can be grants, student loans, and/or college work study. The period of ineligibility begins on the date of conviction and lasts until the end of a statutorily specified period. The student may regain eligibility early by completing a drug rehabilitation program or if the conviction is overturned.

Section 484®, Higher Education Act of 1965, detailing the suspension of eligibility for drug-related offenses and rehabilitation follows:


  1. IN GENERAL – A student who has been convicted of any offense under any Federal or State law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance shall not be eligible to receive any grant, loan, or work assistance under this title during the period beginning on the date of such conviction and ending after the interval specified in the following table:

    If convicted of an offense involving:

    The possession of a controlled substance:

    Ineligibility period is

    First offense

    1 year

    Second offense

    2 years

    Third offense


    The sale of a controlled substance:

    Ineligibility period is

    First offense

    2 year

    Second offense


  2. REHABILITATION – A student whose eligibility has been suspended under paragraph (1) may resume eligibility before the end of the ineligibility period determined under such paragraph if -

    1. the student satisfactorily completes a drug rehabilitation program that –
      1. complies with such criteria as the Secretary (Department of Education) shall prescribe in regulations for purposes of this paragraph; and
      2. includes two unannounced drug tests;
    2. the conviction is reversed, set aside, or otherwise rendered nugatory.
  3. DEFINITIONS – In this subsection, the term "controlled substance" has the meaning given the term in section 102(6) of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C.802(6)).