Southwestern Christian University recognizes its responsibility as an educational and private
institution to promote a healthy and productive environment. This responsibility demands the
implementation of programs and services facilitating that effort. The university is committed to a
program that will prevent the abuse and illegal use of drugs and alcohol by its students and
employees. The university program includes this policy, which prohibits illegal use of drugs and
alcohol in the workplace, on university property, or as part of any university-sponsored activities.
This policy also includes the prevention of the use of tobacco and tobacco-related products, such
as vapors, hookahs, and related paraphernalia. In order to meet these responsibilities, university
1. Requires all students and employees to abide by the terms of this policy as a condition of
initial and continued enrollment/employment.
2. Recognizes that the illegal use of drugs and/or alcohol is in direct violation of local, state
and federal laws as well as university policies found in the Staff and Faculty Handbooks,
and the Student Handbook’s Lifestyle Covenant. University policy strictly prohibits the
illegal use, possession, manufacture, dispensing, or distribution of alcohol, drugs or
controlled substances in the workplace; on its campus; or as a part of any university sponsored
activities. SCU prohibits the use of tobacco or tobacco related products on its
campus and all university-sponsored activities. In accordance with both the Faculty/Staff
and Student Handbook’s Lifestyle Covenant, this policy is in effect both on and off SCU
3. Considers a violation of this policy to be a major violation, which can result in a referral
for criminal prosecution, and/or immediate disciplinary action up to and including
termination from employment and suspension or expulsion from the university. A
criminal conviction is not required for sanctions to be imposed upon an employee or
student for violations of this policy. SCU holds a no tolerance policy concerning drugs.
4. Recognizes that violations of applicable local, state, and federal laws may subject a
student or employee to a variety of legal sanctions, including but not limited to: fines,
incarceration, imprisonment, and/or community service requirements. Convictions
become a part of an individual's criminal record and may prohibit certain career and
professional opportunities. A current listing of applicable local, state, and federal
sanctions can be obtained through the Office of Student Life and Human Resources. (See
Appendix A in SCU Student Handbook.)
5. Requires an employee to notify his/her supervisor, in writing, of a criminal conviction for
drug or alcohol-related offenses occurring in the workplace no later than five calendar
days following the conviction.
6. Provides for bi-annual distribution (Fall and Spring semesters) of this policy to all staff,
faculty, and students.
Health risks generally associated with alcohol and drug abuse can result in but are not limited to:
a lowered immune system, damage to critical nerve cells, physical dependency, lung damage,
heart problems, liver disease, physical and mental depression, increased infection, irreversible
memory loss, personality changes, and thought disorders. Health risks generally associated with
tobacco can harm nearly every organ in the body, cause many diseases, reduce health in general,
as well as being linked to multiple forms of cancer. The university's Human Resources
Department and/or Office of Student Life are responsible for informing students and employees
about the dangers of drug, tobacco, and alcohol abuse.
The appropriate provost or executive officer is responsible for notifying federal funding agencies
within 10 calendar days whenever an employee is convicted of a drug-related crime that occurred
in the workplace. This policy is based on the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 (P.L.100-690,
Title V, Subtitle D) and the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989
Appendix A: Student Handbook
All states regulate and control the possession of controlled dangerous substances (CDS), though
each differs in its exact definition of CDS and the penalties for possession. Oklahoma classifies
not only well-known drugs like marijuana, heroin, and cocaine as CDS, but also the compounds
used to manufacture them.
How Oklahoma Classifies CDS
Oklahoma divides CDS into five “Schedules.” Schedule I lists the most dangerous drugs, which
have a high probability of abuse and addiction, and no recognized medical value. Schedules II,
III, IV, and V decrease in dangerousness and probability of abuse, and increase in recognized
If you’ve been arrested for illegal CDS possession, you’ll need to consult the Oklahoma Code
that lists precisely which drugs fit into each group. Go to the statute (63 Okl. Stat. Ann. §§ 2-204
to 212) and find the substance you're charged with possessing -- it will be listed under one of the
Penalties for Possessing CDS
It is illegal in Oklahoma to possess CDS without a valid medical prescription. Penalties vary
according to the type of CDS involved in the violation. (63 Okl. Stat. Ann. § 2-402(A)(1).)
Schedule I or II CDS
Penalties for a first offense include a fine of up to $5,000, at least two (and up five) years in
prison, or both. Second and subsequent offenses incur a fine of up to $10,000, at least four (and
up to 20) years in prison, or both. (63 Okl. Stat. Ann. § 2-402(B)(1).)
Schedule III, IV or V CDS
Penalties for a first offense include a fine of up to $1,000, up to one year in jail, or both. Second
and subsequent offenses incur a fine of up to $5,000, at least two (and up to ten) years in prison,
or both. (63 Okl. Stat. Ann. § 2-402(B)(2).)
Marijuana possession, sale, and manufacture are regulated by both state and federal law. In
Oklahoma, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I substance, which means that it has a high
potential for abuse and no generally recognized medical value. (63 Ok. Stat. Ann. § 2-204.) Also,
it is a crime to drive under the influence of marijuana in Oklahoma.
It is a crime to knowingly or intentionally possess marijuana (including small amounts for
personal use) in Oklahoma. In addition to a possible fine, the judge will sentence a defendant to
up to a year in jail for a first offense, and between two and ten years in prison for a second or
subsequent offense. (63 Ok. Stat. Ann. § 2-401.)
Manufacture and Sales
Manufacturing or selling marijuana (or possessing marijuana with the intent to do so) in
Oklahoma is illegal. Penalties vary according to the amount possessed, manufactured, or sold.
Penalties may double for sales to a minor, and for violations that take place within 2,000 feet of a
school, park or public housing units. (63 Ok. Stat. Ann. § 2-401.)
Cultivating up to 1,000 plants, or selling up 25 pounds. Penalties include a fine of up
to $20,000, between two years and life imprisonment, or both.
Cultivating 1,000 or more plants. Penalties include a fine of up to $50,000, between 20
years and life imprisonment, or both.
Selling between 25 and 1,000 pounds. Penalties include a fine of between $25,000 and
$100,000, between four years and life imprisonment, or both.
Selling 1,000 pounds or more. Penalties include a fine of between $100,000 and
$500,000, between four years and life imprisonment, or both.
It is illegal in Oklahoma to manufacture or sell drug paraphernalia (or possess paraphernalia with
the intent to do so). Paraphernalia includes items used in growing, harvesting, processing,
selling, storing, or using marijuana. A conviction may be punished with up to a year in jail, and a fine of up to $1,000 for a first offense; up to $5,000 for a second offense; and up to $10,000 for a
third or subsequent offense. (63 Ok. Stat. Ann. § 2-101.1.)
Drafted on: June 1, 2014
Policy Revised: Fall 2014