The Catholic University of America
Drug and Alcohol Policy

The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance (substance regulated pursuant to 21 U.S.C 812 and 21 C.F.R 1300.11-1300.15) or alcohol by a student or employee on university property or as any part of a university-sponsored program off campus is strictly prohibited.

D.C. and Federal law prohibit the unlawful use, manufacture, possession, control, sale and dispensation of any illegal narcotic or dangerous drugs. Both sets of laws carry penalties for violations, including monetary fines and imprisonment.

The health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol include physical and mental impairment, emotional and psychological deterioration, fine and gross motor degeneration and death. In addition to the health risks to the abuser of illicit drugs and alcohol are the risks to co-workers, students and the public.

Information about substance abuse and treatment programs is available in the Personnel Services Office, the Dean of Students Office, the Counseling Center and the Health Services Office. These offices have developed procedures to assure confidentiality.

The University's Counseling Center and Health Services Office can provide consultation and referral to students with problems related to alcohol and drug use. Faculty and staff with problems related to alcohol and drug use should contact the Office of Human Resources for referrals to treatment programs.

Individuals whose performance is impaired as a result of the use or abuse of drugs or alcohol (either on or off campus) who illegally use or abuse drugs or alcohol on campus, or who have been convicted of violating any criminal drug statute while on university property or as any part of a university-sponsored program off campus will be sanctioned. The sanctions can include required completion of an appropriate rehabilitation program, suspension, expulsion, termination of employment, and referral to law enforcement authorities. Sanctions or required participation in a rehabilitation program will be determined and implemented by the Executive Vice President in consultation with the General Counsel and the cognizant vice president. The Faculty Handbook, union contracts, personnel manuals and other specific university regulations regarding termination and suspension of employees will be honored.

As a condition of enrollment and/or employment, each student, faculty member and staff member will abide by the terms of this policy and will notify the Executive Vice President no later than five days after any conviction for a criminal drug statute offense or alcohol offense committed on university property or as any part of a university-sponsored program off campus. Failure to comply with these conditions will constitute unsatisfactory conduct and lead to appropriate sanctions. (Issued by the Office of the Executive Vice President, December 1990)