University Policies Governing Student Life


ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION

The University of Houston-Victoria (the “University”) prohibits the unlawful use, manufacture, sale, distribution, dispensation, or possession of illicit drugs in the workplace, on the campus, or at any University activity. Penalties for violation of this policy are indicated below.

Consequently the use of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on the campus or as part of any University activity unless for an approved sponsored activity where alcoholic beverages may be legally distributed. For more information, review University policy A-41, Alcoholic Beverage Use on Campus at http://www.uhv.edu/fin/policy/A/a-41.aspx.

This policy applies to all University of Houston-Victoria employees and students.

Philosophy

The unlawful use, manufacture, sale, distribution, dispensation, or possession of drugs or 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, 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 and their implementation regulations provide the proper framework for the drug and alcohol abuse policies of the University.

Student Assistance Programs

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.

Individual Counseling

Individuals are seen free of charge on a short-term basis for assistance with substance related problems at the UCC. For alcohol and drug dependence, the UCC will likely make a referral to comprehensive services.

Group Counseling

There are several Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) groups in Victoria. The following webpage provides information about current groups: http://www.swtadistrict7aa.org/index.html. There are also Narcotics Anonymous groups in the Coastal Bend area. Information about groups is provided at http://www.cbana.org/.

Psycho-Educational Programs

The UCC can arrange for psycho-educational programs to the university community upon request.

Learn more about the counseling center at http://www.uhv.edu/CounselingCenter/Default.aspx. To request an appointment, visit http://www.uhv.edu/CounselingCenter/appointments.aspx.

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.

In addition, any student athlete should reference section Student Athlete Conduct Code in the Student-Athlete’s Handbook, for specific policies which govern student athlete’s conduct including sanctions for the unlawful use, manufacture, sale, distribution, dispensation, or possession of illicit drugs and alcohol on the campus or at University activities held off-campus.

Students and employees are subject to criminal sanctions of varying severity as provided for by federal state, and local laws if convicted of the unlawful use, manufacture, sale, distribution, dispensation, or possession of illicit drugs and alcohol.

Loss of Student Eligibility for Federal Aid

(34 CFR § 668.40 – Conviction for possession or sale of illegal drugs)

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:

Suspension of Financial Aid Eligibility for Drug-Related Offenses

  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

    Indefinite

    The sale of a controlled substance:

    First offense

    2 years

    Second offense

    Indefinite

  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)).