Hartwell University is committed to promoting a drug-free learning environment. The University has a vital interest in maintaining a safe and healthy environment for the benefit of its employees and students. Dignity and self-respect are essential components to the mission of the University. The use of performance-impairing and mind-altering drugs can impair judgment and increase the risk of injuries and death.
Consistent with federal law (HEOA Sec. 107 amended HEA Sec. 102 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (Public Law 101-226)), all students and employees are advised that individuals who violate Federal, State or Local laws and campus policies are subject to University disciplinary action and may also be subject to criminal prosecution, depending on the severity of the offense.
The possession, use or distribution of a controlled substance or dangerous drugs, or any drug unlawful to possess, e.g. marijuana, except as expressly permitted by law, is a violation of law and of the University Code of Conduct. Penalties may include required participation in and completion of appropriate rehabilitation programs in addition to federal, state and local sanctions. Students may face disciplinary actions up to and including dismissal from the University for possession or use of non-prescribed controlled substances or for consumption of alcoholic beverages while engaged in school activities.
Students and employees should be aware there are significant psychological and physiological health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and alcohol. Physical addiction, loss of control and withdrawal syndrome as well as serious damage to vital organs of the body can result from drug and alcohol abuse.
We recommend Celebrate Recovery as a faith-based option for receiving support for substance abuse issues.
Furthermore, individuals with alcohol abuse issues are recommended to find a local Alcoholics Anonymous Support Group.