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JSU Drug Policy

Jacksonville State University hereby affirms its policy of providing a drug free work place for its employees. In furtherance of this policy, the following guidelines and sanctions have been adopted.
  1. Drug Use Policy - Federal Law prohibits the illegal manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of a controlled substance in the work place. (The "work place" is defined as Jacksonville State University property, vehicles, or participation in a JSU sponsored activity away from campus.) It is the policy of JSU to comply totally with this law and in compliance will:

    1. Provide each student and employee a copy of this policy.
    2. Require any student convicted of any criminal drug statute violation which has occurred in the work place to notify the University Judicial Coordinator within five (5) days of the conviction.
    3. Require any faculty or staff member convicted of any criminal drug statute violation which has occurred in the work place to notify the Director of Human Resources within five (5) days of the conviction.

  2. Legal Sanctions - Legal sanctions for possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol may include imprisonment for periods ranging from less than one year (for first offenses) up to life imprisonment without parole (for multiple convictions) and fines ranging up to $500,000.

  3. Health Risks -

    1. Use of marijuana reduces short term memory, motivation, concentration and attention span.
    2. Infertility may be caused by the use of marijuana in both males and females.
    3. Lung damage may result from use of marijuana.

    1. Use of cocaine may lead to addiction.
    2. Use of cocaine may cause permanent damage to the lungs, liver and nose.
    3. Chest pain, heart attach, heart failure, stroke and seizures may result from the use of cocaine.

    1. Use of alcohol may lead to addiction.
    2. Damage to the liver, brain, heart and other organs may result from long term drinking.
    3. Harm may occur to babies whose mothers use/abuse alcohol during pregnancy. (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome)
    4. Abuse of alcohol can lead to overdose and death.
    5. Mixing alcohol with other drugs (legal and illicit) may intensify the effects of either, making overdose more likely.
    Use of drugs and/or alcohol causes impairment of judgment and motor skills which greatly increases the risks of injury or death due to accidents.

  4. Drug Awareness, Counseling, and Treatment - Counseling and Career Services offers counseling and therapy to all students, faculty, and staff at Jacksonville State University. These services are without charge. These services include intervention, short-term and long-term supportive therapies. Referrals may also be made to the Calhoun-Cleburne Mental Health Center or to a facility approved under our health insurance plan.

    Faculty and staff members may contact the Human Resources Office to obtain additional information concerning counseling and treatment available through our health insurance plan.

  5. Institutional Sanctions -
    1. Students who violate this policy will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the University.
    2. Employees who violate this policy will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including discharge. If you are charged by your immediate supervisor with an offense which may result in discharge, your case will be referred to the next level of supervision and your immediate discharge may be recommended and/or effected immediately. If discharged, you will not be entitled to accrued annual leave, and this action will become part of your employment record.
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