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 policy:
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 campus.
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 (P.L.101-226).
Policy Revised: Fall 2014