I. Policy on Illegal Drugs
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro seeks to maintain an environment that supports the pursuit and disseminating of knowledge. All members of the academic community - students, faculty, and staff members - share responsibility for protecting the academic environment by exemplifying high standards of professional and personal conduct. Use of illegal drugs by any member of the community interferes with the activities through which the goals of the University can be realized. Therefore, such practices will not be tolerated. The University will take all actions necessary, consistent with law and University policy, to eliminate the use of illegal drugs from the University community.
This policy has been developed in accord with "The University of North Carolina Policy on Illegal Drugs," adopted by the Board of Governors January 15, 1988. It establishes the framework for programs designed to educate the campus community on the harmful effects of illegal substances and to assist afflicted persons in their efforts to become rehabilitated. It also provides guidance for punishing violators.
This policy is applicable to the following: students, faculty, senior administrative officers, non-faculty EPA employees1, and SPA employees2.
A. Article 5 of Chapter 90 of the North Carolina General Statutes makes it a crime to possess, sell, deliver, or manufacture those drugs designated collectively as "controlled substances." As citizens, all members of the University community are expected to know these laws. The North Carolina General Statutes are readily available in the Library.
B. This policy shall be publicized in catalogs and other materials prepared for all enrolled and prospective students and in appropriate materials distributed to faculty members, senior administrative officers, non-faculty EPA employees, and SPA employees.
IV. Educational and Rehabilitation Programs
A. The University shall establish and maintain a program of education designed to help all members of the University community avoid involvement with illegal drugs. This program shall emphasize these subjects:
1. the incompatibility of the use or sale of illegal drugs with the goals of the University
2. the legal consequences of involvement with illegal drugs
3. the medical implications of the use of illegal drugs
4. the ways in which illegal drugs jeopardize an individual's present accomplishments and future opportunities
B. The University shall provide information about drug counseling and rehabilitative services (campus-based or community-based) available to students and employees.
C. Persons who voluntarily avail themselves of these University services or programs are assured that applicable professional standards of confidentiality will be observed.
V. Conduct Proceedings and Sanctions
A. Preliminary Determinations
The University will initiate a Conduct proceeding against a student, faculty member, senior administrative officer, EPA non-faculty employee, or SPA employee whenever both of these requirements are met:
1. there is a reasonable basis for believing that the person has violated this policy or North Carolina law pertaining to controlled substances
2. the alleged conduct is deemed to harm the interests of the University
Requirement (1), above, can be satisfied by either of the following:
(a) a conviction or a guilty plea resulting from criminal prosecution
(b) independent evidence obtained by University officials including police officers.
It should be noted that though an offense may be the subject of legal action by the civil authorities, University officials are nonetheless free to initiate disciplinary action that may result in additional penalties.
When the above requirements are met, the University will initiate conduct action against the alleged violator according to established procedures that safeguard the rights and interest of students and employees. Procedures will vary, depending on classification of the person facing disciplinary action:
Student Code of Conduct for the The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, approved by the Chancellor
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro's Regulations on Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Due Process, Section 7. Discharge or Imposition of Serious Sanction, adopted by the Board of Trustees
Senior Administrative Officers
Policies Concerning Senior Administrative Officers of The University of North Carolina, adopted by the Board of Governors
Non-Faculty EPA Employees
Personnel Policies for Designated Employment Exempt from the State Personnel Act, adopted by the Board of Trustees
Relevant regulations of the Office of State Personnel
Decisions reached by these processes are reviewable according to normal appeal mechanisms.
B. Penalities for students, faculty, senior administrative officers, and non-faculty EPA employees:
For these persons, the penalties to be imposed may range from written warnings with probationary status to expulsions from enrollment and discharges from employment. The following minimum penalties shall be imposed for the particular offences described:
1. Trafficking3 in Illegal Drugs
(a) For the illegal manufacture, sale or delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver, of any controlled substance identified in "Schedule I, N.C. General Statutes 90-89, or Schedule II, N.C. General Statutes 90-90 (including, but not limited to, heroin, mescaline, lysergic acid diethylamide, opium, cocaine, amphetamine, methqualone), any student shall be expelled and any faculty member, senior administrative officer, or non-faculty EPA employee shall be discharged.
(b) For a first offense involving the illegal manufacture, sale or delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver, of any controlled substance identified in Schedules III through VI, N.C. General Statutes 90-91 through 90-94, (including, but not limited to, marijuana, pentobarbital, codeine) the minimum penalty shall be suspension from enrollment or from employment for a period of at least one semester or its equivalent. For a second offense, any student shall be expelled and any faculty member, senior administrative officer, or non-faculty EPA employee shall be discharged.
2. Illegal Possession of Drugs
(a) For a first offense involving the illegal possession of any controlled substance identified in Schedule I, N.C. General Statute 90-89, or Schedule II, N.C. General Statutes 90-90, the minimum penalty shall be suspension from enrollment or from employment for a period of at least one semester or its equivalent.
(b) For a first offense involving the illegal possession of any controlled substance identified in Schedules II through VI, N.C. General Statutes 90-91 through 90-94, the minimum penalty shall be probation, for a period to be determined on a case-by-case basis. A person on probation must agree to participate in a drug education and counseling program, consent to regular drug testing at his/her own expense, and accept such other conditions and restrictions, including a program of community service, as the Chancellor or the Chancellor's designee deems appropriate. Refusal or failure to abide by the terms of probation shall result in suspension from enrollment or from employment for any unexpired balance of the prescribed period of probation. Residential students convicted of such offenses shall be removed from University housing in addition to the above.
(c) For a second or other subsequent offenses involving the illegal possession of controlled substances, progressively more severe penalties shall be imposed, including expulsion of students and discharge of faculty members, senior administrative officers, or EPA non-faculty employees.
3. Suspension Pending Final Disposition
When a student, faculty member, senior administrative officer, or non-faculty EPA employee has been charged by the University with a violation of policies concerning illegal drugs, he or she may be suspended from enrollment or employment before initiation or completion or regular disciplinary proceedings if, assuming the truth of the charges, the Chancellor or, in the Chancellor's absence, the Chancellor's designee, concludes that the person's continued presence within the University community would constitute a clear and immediate danger to the health or welfare of other members of the University community; provided, that if such a suspension is imposed, an appropriate hearing of the charges against the suspended person shall be held as promptly as possible thereafter.
C. Penalties for SPA Employees
Discipline for SPA employees is prescribed in regulations published by the State Personnel Commission. Violations of this policy and of North Carolina state law on controlled substances shall be deemed "personal misconduct" actionable under these rules. Penalties for offenses described herein will be in accord with state policy.
VI. Oversight and Reporting
A. A campus coordinator will be responsible for overseeing all actions and programs relating to this policy.
B. The Chancellor shall submit annually to the Board of Trustees and to the President of the University a report on campus activities related to illegal drugs for the preceding year. The reports shall include, as a minimum, the following: (1) a listing of the major education activities conducted during the year; (2) a report on any illegal drug-related incidents, including any sanctions imposed; (3) an assessment by the Chancellor of the effectiveness of the campus program and; (4) any proposed changes in the policy on illegal drugs.
This policy shall be effective with the beginning of Fall Term, 1988.
VII. Operational Procedures
Under the University's Policy on Illegal Drugs (hereafter referred to as "the Policy"), conduct proceedings against a student will be initiated when two requirements are met;
- There is a reasonable basis for believing that the person has violated the Policy or North Carolina law pertaining to controlled substances; and
- The alleged conduct is deemed to harm the interests of the University.
The first requirements, above, can be satisfied by either of the following:
- A conviction or a guilty plea resulting from criminal prosecution, or
- Independent evidence obtained by University officials, including police officers.
This statement established certain procedures and guidelines for determining when the second requirement is met.
A. Conduct Occurring Beyond Campus Boundaries
Alleged conduct involving the illegal use of drugs occurring beyond the boundaries of the campus may be considered harmful to the University. The Administrative Hearing Officer in the Division of Student Affairs will initiate conduct action when these minimal conditions are present:
- Such alleged conduct occurs within Guilford County during a period in which the student is actively enrolled as a student at the University; and
- Such alleged conduct had resulted in the felony-level charges of possession/trafficking made by a civil authority.
Other conduct occurring beyond the campus may also be actionable under the Policy on Illegal Drugs, depending on the circumstances.
B. Conduct Occurring Within Campus Boundaries
Alleged conduct involving illegal use of drugs which occurs within the boundaries of the campus will normally be considered harmful to the University. Conduct action under the Policy will be initiated according to the following procedures:
An administrative officer, including any member of the Residence Life staff, who discover a student engaged in illegal conduct involving drugs, will immediately inform the student that such conduct is prohibited under conduct regulations.
The officer will report the incident to the appropriate University office, as follows, for consideration of whether disciplinary action under the Policy should be taken:
- A member of the Residence Life staff who encounters such conduct will report the matter to the immediate supervisor, who will inform the Associate Director of Residence Life for Student Development. The Associate Director will report the facts of the incident to the Administrative Hearing Officer for a decision on whether conduct proceedings should be initiated.
- All other University personnel encountering instances of conduct involving illegal drugs will make report to the Administrative Hearing Officer for conduct action.
- The report of drug-related behavior to the Administrative Hearing Officer may be accompanied by an explanation of mitigating factors. Such mitigating factors may include but are not limited to the isolated or singular character of the incident as evidenced by a student's unusual conduct in comparison with what is known to be his/her normal behavior, and the absence of prior reports of similar acts by such students.
The Administrative Hearing
Officer will consider actions under the Policy in consultation, as
necessary, with other officers of the University. In making each decision,
the Administrative Hearing Officer will consider all relevant circumstances,
including reports, if any, of mitigating factors.
Charges will be
made and hearings will be held in accord with the Student Code of
Conduct published by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student
Affairs and contained in the UNCG Calendar/Student Handbook and on
the University's web site at http://saf.dept.uncg.edu/conduct/policies/.
personnel whose employment is exempt from the State Personnel act
personnel whose employment is subject to the State Personnel Act
term "trafficking" is used in its generic sense, not in
its specific application to selling, manufacturing, delivering, transporting,
or possessing controlled substances in specified amounts that is the
subject of North Carolina General Statute 90-95 (h).