Family of Faith Christian University seeks to ensure the health and well-being of all students and employees. Therefore, it has been and shall continue to be the policy of this university to prohibit the illegal use, possession, sale, delivery, and/or manufacture of drugs, or the possession, use, or sale of alcohol by any university student, minor or otherwise, or employee of FFCU.
Family of Faith Christian University employees and students are prohibited from engaging in the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, use or being under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol on the university campus, at off-campus facilities owned or controlled by the university or as part of university sponsored activities. All categories of employees and students are subject to this policy and to applicable federal, state, and local laws related to this matter.
Legal sanctions under local, state and federal law:
Various federal, state and local statutes make it unlawful to manufacture, distribute, dispense, deliver or sell controlled substances. FFCU shall take all actions necessary and consistent with state and federal law and applicable University policy to eliminate illegal drugs and alcohol from the university community. Family of Faith Christian University will enforce all Oklahoma state laws dealing with purchase, possession, and consumption of alcohol by minors.
Health risks associated with use of illicit drugs and/or abuse of alcohol:
Every drug, including alcohol, is a potential poison which may cause disability and death if it is taken incorrectly into the body, consumed in wrong amounts, or mixed indiscriminately with other drugs. Drugs cause physical and emotional dependence. Drugs, and their harmful side effects, can remain in the body long after use has stopped. The extent to which a drug is retained in the body depends on the drug’s chemical composition, that is, whether or not it is fat-soluble. Fat-soluble drugs such as marijuana, phencyclidine (PCP), and lysergic acid diethyl amide (LSD) seek out and settle in the fatty tissues. Such accumulations of drugs and their slow release over time may cause delayed effects weeks, months, and even years after drug use has stopped.
There are many health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol including: organic damage, impairment of psychological processes and mental functioning, and physical and psychological dependence. Such use during pregnancy may cause spontaneous abortion, various birth defects, or fetal alcohol syndrome. Additionally, the illicit use of drugs increases the risk of contracting hepatitis, AIDS and other infections. If used excessively, the use of alcohol or drugs singly, or in certain combinations, may cause death.
Drug and Alcohol Counseling, Treatment, and Rehabilitation Programs:
Family of Faith Christian University provides confidential counseling to students having drug and alcohol related problems. This service is furnished at no cost to the students. Referral services are also provided for professional counseling, treatment, and rehabilitation programs that are available. The cost of these professional services is normally the responsibility of the individual concerned or his insurance carrier.
Drug and Alcohol-Abuse Education Programs:
Information on drug and alcohol abuse education programs can be found in the Vice President of Student Affairs office. The Vice President of Student Affairs will refer them if necessary.
Penalties and Sanctions:
Appropriate action shall be taken in all cases in which students are determined to be in violation of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 as implemented by this policy. Any alleged violation of the Act as implemented by this policy by a student of the university shall be reported to the Vice President of Student Affairs or the Director of Spiritual Life. The circumstances surrounding the offense and the facts as determined by appropriate investigation will be fully reviewed prior to a decision on the action to be taken. Possible disciplinary sanctions for failure to comply with the provisions of this policy may include one or more of the following: (1) Recommendation for professional counseling, (2) Warning/Reprimand, (3) Probation, (4) Mandatory participation in, and satisfactory completion of, a drug and alcohol abuse program or a rehabilitation program, (5) Suspension, (6) Expulsion, (7) Referral for prosecution, or (8) Other appropriate disciplinary actions, (9) Any related state mandated consequences.