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Arrow Compliance With The Drug-Free Schools And Communities Act Of 1989

This information is provided separately to comply with requirements of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989. This information does not differ from RIT's written Alcohol Policy found earlier in this publication, but rather is intended to provide students with concise information about the dangers of drugs and alcohol and how RIT responds to their use.

The unlawful possession, use, manufacture, sale, service, delivery or distribution of alcohol, drugs or other controlled substances is prohibited.

RIT places responsibility on individuals and groups to use alcohol appropriately and to comply with New York State law.

RIT will impose disciplinary sanctions on violators of its Alcohol and Drug Policy. In cases of serious misconduct, severe sanctions will be placed on individuals.

Disciplinary actions: suspension, required participation in a rehabilitation program, academic suspension or dismissal as a student, assessment of financial penalties, removal from Institute housing and referral for prosecution to outside law enforcement agencies. (More detailed descriptions of disciplinary sanctions which may be imposed on violators can be found in the RIT Alcohol and Drug Policy.)

Drug and alcohol counseling is available to all students at RIT.

Good-faith efforts to maintain a drug-free environment

Ongoing programs as well as new initiatives to educate the RIT community are presented and developed to exceed minimum compliance and address the breadth and scope of the concern. Alcohol and drug abuse consultations and referrals are confidential and free of charge. IMPACT, our Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Program, provides help relating to alcohol and drugs. Students may contact Karen Pelc at 475-7081 for assistance. SAISD provides counseling and assistance for the deaf community. Students may contact SAISD at 475-5002 for assistance.

Health effects of alcohol

Alcohol consumption causes a number of marked changes in behavior. Even low doses significantly impair the judgment and coordination required to drive a car safely, increasing the likelihood that the driver will be involved in an accident. Low to moderate doses of alcohol also increase the incidence of a variety of aggressive acts, including spouse and child abuse. Moderate to high doses of alcohol cause marked impairment in higher mental functions, severely altering a person's ability to learn and remember information. Very high doses cause respiratory depression and death. If combined with other depressants of the central nervous system, much lower doses of alcohol will produce the effects just described. Repeated use of alcohol can lead to dependence. Sudden cessation of alcohol intake is likely to produce withdrawal symptoms, including severe anxiety, tremors, hallucinations, and convulsions. Alcohol withdrawal can be life-threatening. Long-term consumption of large doses of alcohol, particularly when combined with poor nutrition, can also lead to permanent damage of vital organs such as the brain and the liver.

Mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy may give birth to infants with fetal alcohol syndrome. These infants have irreversible physical abnormalities and mental retardation. In addition, research indicates that children of alcoholic parents are at greater risk than other youngsters of becoming addicts.

Federal penalties and sanctions for illegal possession of a controlled substance

  • 1st Conviction: Up to one year imprisonment or fines of at least $1,000 but not more than $100,000, or both.
  • After 1 prior Drug Conviction: At least 15 days in prison, not to exceed 2 years, and fines of at least $2,500 but not more than $250,000, or both.
  • After 2 or More Prior Drug Convictions: At least 90 days in prison, not to exceed 3 years and fines of at least $5,000 but not more than $250,000, or both.
  • Special Sentencing Provisions for Possession of Crack Cocaine: Mandatory at least 5 years in prison, not to exceed 20 years and fines of up to $250,000, or both if:
    • 1st conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds 5 grams.
    • 2nd crack conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds 5 grams.
    • 3rd or subsequent crack conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds 1 gram
  • Other Federal Penalties and Sanctions: Forfeiture of personal and real property used to possess or to facilitate possession of a controlled substance if that offense is punishable by more than 1 year imprisonment.

    Forfeiture of vehicles, boats, aircraft, or any other conveyance used to transport or conceal a controlled substance.

    Denial of Federal benefits, such as student loans, grants, contracts, and commercial licenses, up to 1 year for first offense, up to 5 years for second and subsequent offenses.

    Ineligibility to receive or purchase a firearm.

    Revocation of certain Federal licenses and benefits, e.g., pilot licenses, public housing tenancy, etc. are vested within the authorities of individual Federal agencies.

THESE ARE ONLY FEDERAL PENALTIES AND SANCTIONS. ADDITIONAL STATE AND LOCAL PENALTIES AND SANCTIONS MAY APPLY.