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ECU Policy on Drug Abuse
The policy is taken from the ECU Student Handbook which is online at
East Carolina University is dedicated to the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge and as such, expects members of the academic community to behave in a manner conducive to that end. The highest standards of personal and professional conduct must be maintained by faculty, staff, and students. Illegal or abusive use of drugs by members of the university community adversely affects the mission of the university and is prohibited.
Accordingly, the East Carolina University Board of Trustees adopts the following policy consistent with the UNC Board of Governors’ Policy on Illegal Drugs. The policy is intended to accomplish the following:
Prevent drug abuse through a strong educational effort
Encourage and facilitate the use of counseling services and rehabilitation programs by those members of the academic community who require their assistance in stopping drug abuse
Discipline appropriately those members of the academic community who engage in illegal drug-related activities
Education Efforts to Prevent Drug Abuse
In keeping with its primary mission of education, East Carolina University will conduct a strong educational program aimed at preventing drug abuse and illegal drug use. Educational efforts shall be directed toward all members of the academic community and will include information about the incompatibility of the use or sale of illegal drugs with the goals of East Carolina University; the health hazards associated with illegal drug use; the incompatibility of drug abuse with the maximum achievement of educational, career, and other personal goals; and the potential legal consequences of involvement with drugs. For students who may experience an alcohol or drug problem while at the university, a substance abuse counseling program is available. You may call the Center for Counseling and Student Development at 328-6661.
Counseling and Rehabilitation Services to Prevent Drug Abuse
Those faculty, staff, or students who seek assistance with a drug-related problem shall be provided with information about drug counseling and rehabilitation services available through East Carolina University and also through community organizations. Those who voluntarily avail themselves of university services shall be assured that applicable standards of confidentiality will be observed.
Disciplinary Actions to Prevent Drug Abuse
Students, faculty members, administrators, and other employees are responsible, as citizens, for knowing about and complying with the provisions of North Carolina law that make it a crime to possess, sell, deliver, or manufacture those drugs designated collectively as “controlled substances” in Article 5 of Chapter 90 of the North Carolina General Statutes. Any member of the university community who violates that law is subject both to prosecution and punishment by the civil authorities and to disciplinary proceedings by the university.
It is not “double jeopardy” for both the civil authorities and the university to proceed against and punish a person for the same specified conduct. The university will initiate its own disciplinary proceedings against a student, faculty member, administrator, or other employee when the alleged conduct is deemed to affect the interests of the university.
Penalties will be imposed by the university in accordance with procedural safeguards applicable to disciplinary actions against students, faculty members, administrators, and other employees, as required by Sections V and VI of Appendix D of the East Carolina University Faculty Manual and by the UNC Board of Governors’ policies applicable to other employees exempt from the State Personnel Act. The penalties to be imposed by the university may range from written warnings with probationary status to expulsions from enrollment and discharges from employment. However, the following minimum penalties shall be imposed for the particular offenses described.
Trafficking in Illegal Drugs
For the illegal manufacture, sale, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver, of any controlled substance identified in Schedule I, N.C. General Statutes 90-89, or Schedule II, N.C. General Statutes 90-90 (including, but not limited to, heroin, mescaline, lysergic acid diethylamide, opium, cocaine, amphetamine, methaqualone), any student shall be expelled, and any faculty member, administrator, or other employee shall be discharged.
For a first offense involving the illegal manufacture, sale, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver, of any controlled substance identified in Schedules III through VI, N.C. General Statutes 90-91 through 90-94 (including, but not limited to, marijuana, phenobarbital, codeine), the minimum penalty shall be suspension from enrollment or from employment for a period of at least one semester or its equivalent. For a second offense, any student shall be expelled, and any faculty member, administrator, or other employee shall be discharged.
Illegal Possession of Drugs
For a first offense involving the illegal possession of any controlled substance identified in Schedule I, N.C. General Statutes 90-89, or Schedule II, N.C. General Statutes 90-90, the minimum penalty shall be suspension from enrollment or from employment for a period of at least one semester or its equivalent. Note: State personnel policy provides that employees subject to the State Personnel Act may not be suspended from employment for punitive reasons for more than three days. Whenever this policy mandates “suspension” of an employee subject to the State Personnel Act as a minimum penalty, that employee must instead be terminated in accordance with the state personnel policy.
For a first offense involving the illegal possession of any controlled substance identified in Schedules III through VI, N.C. General Statutes 90-91 through 90-94, the minimum penalty shall be probation for a period to be determined on a case-by-case basis. A person on probation must agree to participate in a drug education and counseling program, consent to regular drug testing, and accept such other conditions and restrictions, including a program of community service, as the chancellor or the chancellor’s designee deems appropriate. Refusal or failure to abide by the terms of probation shall result in suspension from enrollment or from employment for any unexpired balance of the prescribed period of probation.
For second or other subsequent offenses involving the illegal possession of controlled substances, progressively more severe penalties shall be imposed, including expulsion of student and discharge of faculty members, administrators, or other employees.
When a student, faculty member, administrator, or other employee has been charged by the university with a violation of policies concerning illegal drugs, he or she may be suspended from enrollment or employment before initiation or completion of regular disciplinary proceedings if, assuming the truth of the charges, the chancellor or, in the chancellor’s absence, the chancellor’s designee concludes that the person’s continued presence within the university community would constitute a clear and immediate danger to the health or welfare of other members of the university community; provided that if such a suspension is imposed, an appropriate hearing of the charges against the suspended person shall be held as promptly as possible thereafter.
In the case of employees, anyone convicted of a criminal drug statute violation occurring in the workplace shall notify the university no later than five days after such conviction. The university will commence disciplinary action against such an individual within thirty days of notice of conviction.
Responsibilities Under This Policy
Authority to implement the policy shall reside in the chancellor. The chancellor shall designate a coordinator of drug education who shall, acting under the authority of the chancellor, be responsible for overseeing all actions and programs relating to this policy. All employees and students shall be responsible for abiding by the provisions of this policy. In the case of employees, adherence with the provisions of the policy shall be a condition of employment. The chancellor will render an annual report to the board of trustees on the effectiveness of this policy.
Dissemination of This Policy
A copy of this policy shall be given annually to each employee and to all new employees at the beginning of their employment.
Each student residing in university housing shall receive a copy of this policy. The vice chancellor for student life shall designate several locations on campus where students can obtain copies of this policy.
The policy shall be printed in appropriate student documents and posted on official bulletin boards of the university.
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