Drug and Alcohol Abuse Policy
It is the policy of our school to maintain a drug-free campus in accordance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (Public Law 101-226).
If needed, the following rehabilitation programs are available to our students:
1. Biblical counseling by our deans of students, professors, or other qualified personnel;
2. Information and assistance from the College Nurse;
3. Qualified counselors in the area including the following:
A. Mr. Kevin Thomas, Ankeny, IA
B. Pastors of local churches in the Des Moines area;
C. All the major hospitals in Des Moines which have drug and alcohol treatment facilities.
Federal Penalties and Sanctions for Illegal Possession of a Controlled Substance 21 U.S.C. 844(a):
1. First conviction: Up to one year imprisonment and fined at least $1,000, but not more than $100,000, or both.
2. After one prior drug conviction: At least 15 days in prison, not to exceed two years, and fined at least $2,500, but not more than $250,000, or both.
3. After two or more prior drug convictions: At least 90 days in prison, not to exceed three years and fined at least $5,000, but not more than $250,000, or both.
4. Special sentencing provisions for possession of crack cocaine: Mandatory, at least five years in prison, not to exceed 20 years, and fined up to $250,000, or both, if:
A. First conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds five grams;
B. Second crack conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds three grams;
C. Third or subsequent crack conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds one gram.
21 U.S.C. 853(a)(2) and 881(a)(7):
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 one year imprisonment.
21 U.S.C. 881(a)(4):
Forfeiture of vehicles, boats, aircraft, or any other conveyance used to transport or conceal a controlled substance.
21 U.S.C. 884(a):
Civil fine of up to $10,000 (pending adoption of final regulations).
21 U.S.C. 835(a):
Denial of federal benefits, such as student loans, grants, contracts, and professional and commercial licenses, up to one year for first offense, up to five years for second and subsequent offenses.
21 U.S.C. 922(g):
Ineligible to receive or purchase a firearm.
Revocation of certain federal licenses and benefits, (e.g. pilot licenses, public housing tenancy, etc.), are vested in the authorities of individual federal agencies.
State Penalties and Sanctions for Possession, Manufacture, or Delivery of a Controlled Substance
1. Possession of a controlled substance
It is unlawful for any person to knowingly or intentionally possess a controlled substance unless such substance was obtained pursuant to a valid prescription. Any person who violates this subsection is guilty of a serious misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison and a fine up to $1,000,000.
2. Manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance
It is unlawful for any person to manufacture, deliver, or possess with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance. Any person who violates this section with respect to the following is guilty of a Class C or D felony:
A. A narcotic drug (morphine, opium, heroin, percodan, or cocaine): up to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000;
B. A hallucinogen (LSD, marijuana), a stimulant, (amphetamines), a depressant (quaaludes, barbiturates): up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $7,500;
C. A controlled substance not already listed (Diazepart, Barbital, etc.): up to one year in prison and a fine up to $1,000.
3. Gathering where controlled substances are unlawfully used
It is unlawful for any person to sponsor, promote, aid, or assist in the sponsoring or promoting of a meeting, gathering, or assemblage with the knowledge or intent that a controlled substance will be distributed, used, or possessed there.
4. Common controlled substances
Controlled substances include cocaine, crack, marijuana, amphetamines, barbiturates, quaaludes, opium, hallucinogens, and codeine.
Health Risks of Alcohol Abuse
Alcohol consumption causes a number of marked changes in behavior. Even low doses significantly impair the judgment 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 spousal and child abuse. Moderate to high doses of alcohol cause marked impairments 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 quantities of alcohol, particularly when combined with poor nutrition, can also lead to permanent damage to 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, more than other youngsters, at greater risk of becoming alcoholics.