DRUG-FREE SCHOOLS AND CAMPUSES
STATEMENT TO EMPLOYEES AND STUDENTS
Note: The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment
of 1989, Public Law 101-226, requires that as a condition of receiving
federal funds, or any other form of financial assistance under any federal
program, an institution of higher education must certify that it has
adopted and implemented a program to prevent the unlawful possession,
use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees.
We therefore make the statement below to employees and students on Seattle
Pacific University policy.
Seattle Pacific University does not permit faculty, staff, or students to unlawfully
possess, use, or distribute illicit drugs or alcohol or to use alcoholic
beverages on its property or as part of any of its activities. Such possession,
use, or distribution will be grounds for disciplinary action, up to and including
termination/expulsion, and referral for prosecution. An employee or student
who, while on the SPU property or at any University activity, exhibits objective
signs of having consumed intoxicating beverages or illicit drugs will be
placed on immediate suspension. If the observed behavior is a result of drug
abuse or alcohol use, the employee/student will be subject to further disciplinary
action. Employees should refer to the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Use Policy
(in the faculty and staff handbooks) and students to the student handbook for further
Any such incident will be documented and reported to the Dean of Students
in the Office of Student Life (regarding students) or Human Resources
(regarding employees) and to the President's Office. The disciplinary
action taken will be reviewed and approved by the President or his designate.
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 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 at greater risk than other youngsters
of becoming alcoholics.
Health Risks: Uses & Effects
Unlawful possession or distribution of controlled substances,
including illicit drugs and more than 40 grams of marijuana, is a felony
under both state and federal law, punishable by up to ten years in prison
(depending on the drug). Unlawful possession of 40 grams or less of marijuana
is a misdemeanor in the City of Seattle and King County and is punishable
by up to three months in jail.
Under state and federal law, the unlawful manufacture, distribution,
or dispensing of a controlled substance is also a felony and subjects
the offender to forfeiture (confiscation) of any property (e.g., an automobile,
boat or other personal property) used in the course of such illegal dealing.
State law also forbids the furnishing of liquor to a person under the
age of 21 years or consumption of liquor by a person under the age of
21 years, except in certain special circumstances. Violation can result
in fines of up to $500 or imprisonment from two to twelve months.
Legal Sanctions & Federal Trafficking Penalties
Washington State Criminal Penalties
Referrals for drug and alcohol abuse prevention programs may be obtained from
the Seattle Pacific University Counseling and Testing Center. This consultation
and referral is accessible to Seattle Pacific University administration,
faculty, staff, and students.
A list of some local drug and alcohol treatment resources is provided
Information, Alcohol/Drug 24-hour Help Line - 722-3700 or 1-800-562-1240
Swedish Medical Center/Ballard
PO Box 70707, Seattle, 98107 (accepts Medicare)
5300 Tallman Avenue NW, Seattle, WA 98107
Swedish Medical Center/Downtown
Lakeside Milam Recovery Center
10322 NE 132nd Street,
Kirkland, WA 98034
|Schick Shadel Hospital
12101 Ambaum Boulevard SW, Seattle, 98146
|U.S. Veterans Administration Medical Center
Alcohol and Drug Dependency Program (veterans only)
1660 S. Colombian Way, Seattle, 98108
Patients must call first for referral.
Recovery Center of King County - Main Facility
464 12th Ave, #300, Seattle, 98122
Evergreen Treatment Services
1700 Airport Way S., Seattle, 98134
|Shamrock Group, Inc.
8535 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle, 98103
Sunrise Centers 12650 1st Ave. S., Seattle, 98168
|Al-Anon Family Groups
|Nar-Anon Family Groups
If you have questions regarding the University's policy on drugs, alcohol and tobacco, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 206.281.2809 or the Office of Student Life at 206.281.2481