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Appendix A: Programs & Policies Addressing Alcohol & Other Drugs (AOD)

Drug and/or Alcohol Resource Team (DART)

UNCSA’s Drug and Alcohol Resource Team (DART) is a resource for students who request help with substance abuse problems.  Any student, who identifies himself or herself as having a problem with either alcohol, tobacco, or any drug, may request assistance and support to refrain from further use of these substances.  DART is entirely voluntary and highly confidential.

The goal of the program is to remove barriers from students seeking assistance.  Students in DART are evaluated, drug tested, and referred to appropriate treatment.  Treatment resources may include a combination of on campus counseling, therapy, outpatient or inpatient care.  The program includes supportive counseling, referrals to appropriate resources, and unscheduled drug testing at no cost to the student.  Results of the drug testing in DART are confidential. 

 Goals of the DART Program:

  • To assist in identifying University of North Carolina School of the Arts students with drug and alcohol abuse issues
  • To encourage students to seek medical and psychological assistance for their abuse issues, and to assist in providing treatment
  • To assure that students who enter into a therapeutic contract, comply, and continue with that contract
  • To provide ongoing support for a student’s sobriety so they may continue to study and perform to the best of their ability

 In no way should the DART Program be seen as a venue for excusing substance abuse or as a way for University of North Carolina School of the Arts students to escape consequences for their behavior.

Entrance into the DART Program

A student may refer themselves into the program by contacting the Wellness Center. The student will be asked to make an initial medical evaluation appointment with the Medical Director of Health Services, and submit to a drug and/or alcohol test.

  • Students, faculty or staff members who are aware of a student with substance abuse issues may refer a student into the program.
  • Students, faculty, or staff may consult with a Counselor in the Wellness Center or UNCSA’s Case Manager as to the most effective approach to encourage students to seek help.

Confidentiality

Dart records and results of drug testing of any student who has signed the DART Agreement will be retained by the Wellness Center and held confidential. Parents of students over the age of 18 are not notified.  Parental notification of minor students may occur if the student’s safety is considered to be in danger. If at any time it is felt the student is not making a “good effort” toward self- rehabilitation the student may be removed from the program.

Support Programs
Counseling Services offers substance use assessment and referrals to other resources. Student Health Services offers assistance in treatment and referrals. Professional confidentiality applies to all clients. Weekdays, students can visit the Wellness Center on the upper level of the Hanes Student Commons or can call 336-770-3288 for counseling or health services. During nights and on weekends, students can contact Student Health Services and/or Counseling Services through a member of the Residence Life Programs & Housing or the UNCSA Police Department. Students may also contact the local chapters of Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous for additional support and assistance.  

Alcohol and/or Other Drug (AOD) Policy

Relevant Laws
Any member of the school community who violates alcohol or drug law is subject to both criminal prosecution and UNCSA disciplinary proceedings. It is not “double jeopardy” for both the civil authorities and UNCSA to take action against a person for the same specified conduct.

      Alcohol:

  1. It is unlawful for any person under 21 years of age to:
    1. purchase, attempt to purchase, possess, or consume any alcoholic beverage;
    2. falsify a license or other ID in order to obtain alcoholic beverages.
  2. It is unlawful for any person to:
    1. sell, give, or provide alcoholic beverages to an underage person;
    2. aid or assist an underage person in the purchase, attempted purchase, possession, or consumption of alcoholic beverages;

      Illegal Drugs:

North Carolina law makes it a crime to possess, with or without the intent to sell, deliver, or manufacture, drugs that collectively are designated as “controlled substances.” The law classifies these drugs in six categories, or “Schedules.” For a complete list, see the North Carolina Controlled Substances Act.

  1. Schedule I and II Controlled Substances include, but are not limited to, such drugs as heroin, mescaline, lysergic acid diethylamide, opium, cocaine, amphetamine, methaqualone, and Ritalin.
  2. Schedule III - VI Controlled Substances include, but are not limited to, such drugs as marijuana, pentobarbital, and codeine.

Possession and/or Consumption of Alcohol and/or Other Drugs
For purposes of UNCSA’s Alcohol and/or Other Drug (AOD) Policy and student conduct proceedings, “possession and/or consumption” means:

  1. ownership, control, or temporary custody of alcohol, an illegal substance, or possession and/or use of controlled drugs not prescribed to the student;
  2. a positive alcohol level or drug screen result; or
  3. being in the presence of what one knows or reasonably should know is alcohol, an illegal drug, or paraphernalia. For example, those in a room where a controlled or prohibited substance is present are presumed to be in possession of the substance absent compelling evidence to the contrary.

Note: A student in the presence of an AOD policy infraction but who is not actively involved is first encouraged to ask the involved student(s) to stop the behavior. If such an approach is not practical or is unsuccessful, the student must then leave the situation and/or seek assistance from a university staff member (for example, a College Life staff member or UNCSA Police). A student who does not do any of the above may be found to be in possession of or held responsible for the policy infraction.

Note: A parent or guardian of a student under age 21 will be contacted in incidents involving alcohol and/or other drugs.

Alcohol Testing
If two UNCSA staff members believe an underage student has consumed alcohol, or if a student 21+ is noticeably impaired on campus or at a UNCSA sponsored event, a UNCSA staff member will test the student’s alcohol level. The following procedures will be followed:

  1. If the alcohol test is above 0.0, the student will be referred to Student Conduct for appropriate adjudication.
    1. If the result is above 0.8 and below 0.12, the student will be monitored by the Residence Life Programs & Housing staff until their test is 0.08 or below.
    2. If the level is 0.12 or above, or if the student’s behaviors create concern, the student will be sent to the emergency room by ambulance or other emergency transport. Costs for this are the responsibility of the student.
  2. If the alcohol level test is 0.0, the student will be medically evaluated by either UNCSA Health Services or a local hospital emergency room in response to the behaviors exhibited that prompted the alcohol level test. All costs are the responsibility of the student.

Note: A test resulting in an alcohol level of 0.0 does not absolve a student who also possesses alcohol.

  1. A refusal or an inability to be tested will be documented and taken into consideration during adjudication and may be treated as an admission of guilt.

Drug Testing
For the purposes of the AOD and student conduct policies, a student who is in the presence of illegal drugs is considered to be in possession of the drugs. No drug test will be given. If a student wishes to exonerate himself or herself that student may submit to drug testing at their own expense at an off campus location. The drug test must be complete within five days of the incident.

Good Samaritan Law and Amnesty

Alcohol: If you seek medical help on behalf of someone with alcohol poisoning, you will be exempt from certain underage alcohol possession charges.

The law grants immunity for charges from law enforcement, including campus safety. In other words, they cannot ticket you with underage possession or consumption of alcohol if you are seeking medical attention on behalf of someone who may have alcohol poisoning.

To ensure you receive amnesty, you must do two things:

  1. Provide your name when calling 911
  2. Stay with the victim until help arrives.

Note: Students may also receive amnesty from student conduct charges in medical emergencies.

Illegal Drugs: If you seek help on behalf of a drug overdose victim, you and the victim will be exempt from certain drug charges.

When it comes to drug overdose, note that the law grants amnesty for a person seeking medical help on behalf of an overdose victim AND the overdose victim himself. Neither can be charged with:

  1. Misdemeanor drug possession (e.g. marijuana)
  2. Felony possession of less than one gram of heroin or one gram of cocaine
  3. Possession of drug paraphernalia

In other words, you can call 911 or seek medical attention if you think a friend has overdosed, and the police cannot arrest you or the victim for any of the above, even if the drugs are in plain sight. If larger quantities of drugs are present or evidence of drug manufacturing, distribution, and/or selling, the law does not offer protection against those charges. These amounts of possession are less than 1.5 ounces of marijuana, less than 1 gram of cocaine, heroin, or bath salts, and less than 100 tablets of many prescription drugs. 

Note: Students may also receive amnesty from student conduct charges in medical emergencies.

Infraction and Minimum Proposed Outcome(s)

First Infraction of any portion of the Alcohol and/or Other Drug Policy

Minor Infractions

Minimum Proposed Outcome(s)

  • Possession and / or consumption of alcoholic beverages if under the age of 21.
  • Illegal possession and/or consumption of any Schedule III - VI controlled substance (marijuana, etc.).
  • Possession and/or consumption and/or use of any Schedule III - VI prescription drug not prescribed to the student.
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Supplying an alcoholic beverage to a person under the age of 21.

Off-campus suspension for seven calendar days; Substance Use Assessment (at student’s expense); Drug Screening (at student’s expense); conduct probation for two semesters beyond the current semester; Parental notification; other outcomes as assigned.

 

 

Major Infractions

Minimum Proposed Outcome(s)

  • Illegal possession and/or consumption of any Schedule I or II controlled substance (cocaine, heroin, etc.).
  • Possession and/or consumption and/or use of any Schedule I or II prescription drug not prescribed to the student.
  • Driving while under the influence of illegal drugs.
  • Driving while under the influence of alcoholic beverages.

Suspension for a period of at least one academic year beyond the conclusion of the current academic year; conduct probation for three semesters beyond the suspension; Parental notification.

 

 

  • Illegal manufacture, sale or delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver, of any Schedule I or II controlled substance (cocaine, heroin, etc.).
  • Illegal manufacture, sale or delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver, of any Schedule III – VI controlled substance (marijuana, etc.).

Dismissal.

Parental notification.

Second Infraction of any portion of the Alcohol and/or Other Drug Policy

Major Infractions

Minimum Proposed Outcome(s)

  • Possession and / or consumption of alcoholic beverages if under the age of 21.
  • Illegal possession and/or consumption of any Schedule III - VI controlled substance (marijuana, etc.).
  • Possession and/or consumption and/or use of any Schedule III - VI prescription drug not prescribed to the student.
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Supplying an alcoholic beverage to a person under the age of 21.

Suspension for a period of at least one academic year beyond the conclusion of the current academic year; conduct probation for three  semesters beyond the suspension; Parental notification.

 

  • Illegal possession and/or consumption of any Schedule I or II controlled substance (cocaine, heroin, etc.).
  • Possession and/or consumption and/or use of any Schedule I or II prescription drug not prescribed to the student.
  • Driving while under the influence of illegal drugs.
  • Driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages
  • Illegal manufacture, sale or delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver, of any Schedule I or II controlled substance (cocaine, heroin, etc.).
  • Illegal manufacture, sale or delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver, of any Schedule III – VI controlled substance (marijuana, etc.).

Dismissal.

Parental notification.

Third Infraction of the Alcohol and/or Other Drug Policy

Major Infractions

Minimum Proposed Outcome(s)

  • Possession and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages if under the age of 21.
  • Illegal possession and/or consumption of any Schedule III - VI controlled substance (marijuana, etc.).
  • Possession and/or consumption and/or use of any Schedule III - VI prescription drug not prescribed to the student.
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Supplying an alcoholic beverage to a person under the age of 21.
  • Illegal possession and/or consumption of any Schedule I or II controlled substance (cocaine, heroin, etc.).
  • Possession and/or consumption and/or use of any Schedule I or II prescription drug not prescribed to the student.
  • Driving while under the influence of illegal drugs.
  • Driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages
  • Illegal manufacture, sale or delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver, of any Schedule I or II controlled substance (cocaine, heroin, etc.).
  • Illegal manufacture, sale or delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver, of any Schedule III – VI controlled substance (marijuana, etc.).

Dismissal.

 

Parental notification.

Note: Infractions of alcoholic beverage control laws may also result in criminal penalties such as fines, loss of driver’s license/driving privileges, and/or a jail sentence. An infraction may also result in being subject to civil liability such as being sued and required to pay for damages. North Carolina law and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts are strict on this matter.

Note: If a suspended student wishes to be considered for re-acceptance, the following conditions must be met:

The student must obtain a drug use assessment from a certified drug abuse counselor within two weeks of the beginning of the suspension. Assessment costs are the responsibility of the student.

During the time of suspension, the student must submit to drug screens as required by the certified substance abuse counselor, but with a minimum of one urine drug screen every four weeks or one hair follicle drug screen every 90 calendar days.

Prior to reapplication, the student must demonstrate through professional documentation from a certified substance abuse counselor that they have been drug-free since the initial drug screen (see #2 above).

Substance Use Assessment (SUA)
A student who is found responsible for an Alcohol and/or Other Drug violation must complete a Substance Use Assessment (SUA) at their own expense or have a meeting with a wellness educator. This requirement may be in addition to other outcomes or probationary conditions as determined by the Associate Director for Student Conduct. The student may elect either an off-campus or on-campus assessment provider. Off-campus referrals are available upon request. UNCSA Counseling & Testing Services can provide an on-campus SUA. The steps to complete the on-campus SUA are as follows:

  1. Within five business days of receiving the final decision letter, the student must schedule an initial appointment with a UNCSA counselor.
  2. The student will complete an on-line intake questionnaire prior to the initial appointment.
  3. The student will attend their first appointment.
  4. Following the first appointment, the student will schedule a follow-up appointment with the counselor. The second meeting must happen within two weeks of the initial appointment.
  5. The student will submit proof of completion of the SUA to the Associate Director for Student Conduct by the deadline noted on the final decision letter.

The steps to complete an off-campus SUA are as follows:

  1. Within five business days of receiving the final decision letter, the student must notify the Associate Director for Student Conduct of their decision to use an off-campus provider.
  2. Within five business days of receiving the final decision letter, the student must schedule an appointment with the off-campus provider.
  3. The student will comply with the rules and regulations set by the approved off-campus provider. In addition, the student must complete all requirements set by the approved off-campus provider.
  4. The student will submit proof of completion of the SUA to the Associate Director for Student Conduct by the deadline noted on the final decision letter.

Note: Missed UNCSA Counseling & Testing Services appointments will result in a late fee. Substance Use Assessment fees cannot be appealed or waived.

Note: Failure to complete the SUA within the specified time frame will constitute a Major Infraction with the potential consequence of Suspension.

Drug Screen Process
A student who is found responsible for a drug violation must complete a hair follicle drug screen at their own expense no less than 90 days from receiving the final decision letter. This requirement may be in addition to other outcomes or probationary conditions as determined by the Associate Director for Student Conduct. The hair follicle drug screen will be completed at the UNCSA Wellness Center unless otherwise noted by the Associate Director for Student Conduct. The steps to complete the hair follicle drug screen are as follows:

  1. The student must schedule their drug screen no less than five business days prior to the first date listed on the final decision letter.
  2. The student must present their decision letter to a representative of the UNCSA Wellness Center when they schedule the hair follicle drug screen.
  3. The Associate Director for Student Conduct will notify the student of the outcome of the drug screen within five business days of receiving the results.

Note: The hair follicle drug screen is a hair test. Hair must not be cut, shaved, permed, or dyed between receipt of the decision letter and completion of the drug screen.

Note: Failure to follow steps for compliance may result in further outcomes. In addition, a positive hair follicle drug screen will constitute a Major Infraction with the potential consequence of Suspension or Dismissal.