Substance abuse and chemical dependency have significant negative and long term outcomes for an individual’s health and well-being. MSP’s drug prevention program and policy addresses the use, distribution, unlawful possession, or sale of illicit drugs and alcohol.
Medical research has documented the debilitating and often deadly consequences of regular or episodic use of mood altering chemicals. Due to factors such as body mass, endocrine function, metabolic biochemistry, genetic history, and overall health, it is not possible to predict who will be susceptible to health risks and what the consequences may be. However, it is known that over time substance abuse and chemical dependency have measurable, deleterious effects on various organs of the body and on physiological and intellectual functioning. Users often feel they are performing at their best when, in fact, actual performance is poor. Memory is also harmfully affected. Emotional problems and mood swings also may result. The risks are known to be greater when there are accompanying or pre-existing organic conditions. Severe insult to the fetus of a pregnant woman who ingests or inhales mind-altering drugs is also a threat.
A description of the applicable legal sanctions for the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol and the health risks associated is available below.
. The Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program, consistent with the MSP Code of Student Conduct, prohibits the following behaviors.
- Alcohol abuse and related behavior, including:
- Possession, use or sale of alcohol onsite or at school-sponsored activities;
- intoxication made manifest by boisterousness, rowdiness, lewd, obscene, or indecent appearance, conduct or expression;
- language which is profane, lewd, or in general unbecoming a graduate student or MSP employee.
- Drug abuse and related behavior, including:
- use or possession of drugs without valid medical prescriptions; or manufacture, sale, or distribution of any controlled substance or mood altering chemical;
- altered behavior made manifest through rowdiness, obscene or disorderly conduct, indecent appearance, conduct, expression, or otherwise impaired functioning;
- language which is profane, lewd, or in general unbecoming of a graduate student or employee.
Any allegation of a violation of this policy will result in a student or employee being referred to the Vice President for investigation and action. Law enforcement will be contacted in any circumstance involving criminal activity/violation of federal and state drug laws or any state law related to underage drinking. Sanctions will result in one or more of the following: written reprimand, probation, suspension, dismissal, termination (employee), or referral to inpatient or outpatient therapy appropriate to the issue involved. Participation in drug or alcohol rehabilitation programs may also be required.