Drug Free Schools & Communities Act
The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 and its implementing regulations requires that an institution of higher education that receives Federal funding, certify to the Secretary of Education that it has adopted and implemented a drug and alcohol abuse prevention program (DAAPP) to prevent the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by all students and employees on school premises or as part of any of its activities. The DAAPP must be communicated annually, in writing, to all students enrolled in any course(s) for which academic credit will be awarded as well as to all employees, and must include:
- Standards of conduct that clearly prohibit the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees on its property or as part of any of its activities;
- A description of the applicable legal sanctions under local, State, or Federal law for the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol;
- A description of the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol;
- A description of any drug or alcohol counseling, treatment, or rehabilitation or re-entry programs that are available to employees or students;
- A clear statement that the University will impose disciplinary sanctions on students and employees who violate the prohibitions on unlawful drug or alcohol abuse (consistent with local, State, and Federal law); and
- A description of those sanctions, up to and including expulsion or termination of employment and referral for prosecution, for violations of the University's standards of conduct regarding drugs and alcohol.
In addition to meeting the requirements of the federal law, TTU also intends to be part of a positive effort in alleviating alcohol abuse and other drug-related problems among members of the campus community. Thus, the emphasis in program implementation will be on prevention, education, counseling, intervention, assessment, and referral.
TTU will conduct a biennial review of its drug prevention program to determine its effectiveness, implement changes to the program if needed, determine the number of drug and alcohol-related violations and fatalities which are reported to campus officials and that occur on the University's campuses or as part of its activities, determine the number and type of sanctions imposed by the University for drug and alcohol violations on the University's campus or as part of its activities, and ensure that the disciplinary sanctions for violations of the University's standards of conduct related to drugs and alcohol are consistently enforced. The results of the biennial review will be documented and you can review the report here.
TTU shall retain, for a period of three years following their distribution: (1) copies of the information distributed to employees and students on an annual basis; (2) the biennial review report; (3) those records documenting distribution; and (4) any other records reasonably related to the University's compliance with the drug prevention program certification.