Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989

On December 12, 1989, President Bush signed into law the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989. These Amendments require that higher education institutions receiving any federal funding must notify each student and employee annually of its program to prevent the illicit use of drugs and the abuse of alcohol by students and employees.

We at the University of Louisville have begun programs in the past few years to combat the misuse and abuse of alcohol and other chemical substances. We realize; however, that only through a concerted effort by all, can we make any major strides in preventing substance abuse. The following is the University of Louisville's Drug-Free Schools Notice:

Drug-Free Schools Notice

As required by the Federal Drug- Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, you are hereby notified by the University of Louisville that on University premises or at University-sponsored activities the following acts are prohibited:

  1. distribution, possession, or use of any illegal drug or controlled substance without legal authorization;

  2. providing alcoholic beverages to individuals under 21 years of age, or possession of alcoholic beverages by individuals under 21 years of age; or

  3. illegal possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage, public intoxication, driving while intoxicated, and drinking alcoholic beverages in an unlicensed public place.

In addition to imposition of disciplinary sanctions under University procedures including suspension or separation from the University for such acts, students or employees may face prosecution and imprisonment under Federal and Kentucky laws which make such acts felony and misdemeanor crimes.

The Code of Student Conduct lists details of offenses and disciplines for students. Staff may be disciplined under Section 11.1 of the Staff Handbook. Faculty may be disciplined by Deans per Redbook Sections 4.5.3 or 3.2.2 with review per 4.4 for sanctions less than dismissal or suspension for one year.

The health risks associated with the misuse and abuse of mind-altering drugs, including controlled substances and alcohol, include but are not limited to: physical and psychological dependence; damage to the brain, pancreas, kidneys and lungs; high blood pressure, heart attacks, and strokes; ulcers; birth defects; a diminished immune system; and, death.

The Counseling Center and Student Health Services provide assessment and referral services to University students, as well as serving as an alcohol and other drug information/education resource. For further information, call 852-6585. Service for faculty and staff are available through the Faculty/Staff Assistance Program. For further information call 852- 6543.