Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act

Gavel The following information is presented in compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989.

  1. Middle Tennessee State University prohibits the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs on the campus property or on institutionally owned, leased, or otherwise controlled property.  The possession, use or distribution of alcohol on property owned, leased or otherwise controlled by the University is limited and subject to MTSU Policy 755: Alcoholic Beverages.

  2. Various federal and state statutes make it unlawful to manufacture, distribute, dispense, deliver or sell, or possess with intent to manufacture, distribute, dispense, deliver, or sell controlled substances. The penalty imposed depends upon many factors which include the type and amount of controlled substance involved, the number of prior offenses, if any, and whether any other crimes were committed in connection with the use of the controlled substance. Possible sanctions include incarceration up to and including life imprisonment and imposition of substantial monetary fines.

    Tennessee statutes provide that it is unlawful for any person under the age of twenty-one (21) to buy, possess, transport (unless in the course of employment), or consume alcoholic beverages, wine, or beer, such offense being classified a Class A misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 11 months, 29 days, or a fine of not more than $2500, or both. The receipt, possession, or transportation of alcoholic beverages without the required revenue stamp is also a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment of not more than thirty (30) days or a fine of not more than $50, or both.

  3. The use of alcohol can lead to serious health risks:
      • loss of muscle control, poor coordination, slurred speech;
      • fatigue, nausea, headache;
      • increased likelihood of accidents;
      • impaired judgment;
      • possible respiratory paralysis and death.

    Heavy drinking can lead to:
      • alcoholism;
      • damage to brain cells;
      • increased risk of cirrhosis, ulcers, heart disease, heart attack, and cancers of liver, mouth, throat, and stomach;
      • hallucinations;
      • personality disorders.

    Health risks associated with the use of illegal drugs include;
      • increased susceptibility to disease due to a less efficient immune system;
      • increased likelihood of accidents;
      • personality disorders;
      • addiction;
      • death by overdose;
      • anemia;
      • poor concentration.

    Additional information about how use of drugs and/or alcohol affects your health is available at Student Health Services located in the Health, Wellness & Recreation Center.

  4. Middle Tennessee State University does not currently provide drug/alcohol counseling, treatment, or rehabilitation programs for students. Referral to community treatment facilities may be made in appropriate cases

  5. Middle Tennessee State University will impose sanctions against individuals who are determined to have violated rules prohibiting the use, possession, or distribution of illegal drugs or alcohol.

    Sanctions for students using or possessing illegal drugs or alcohol include disciplinary probation and, in appropriate cases, suspension from the University. In addition, residence hall students will be removed from the housing system for the use or possession of illegal drugs. Referral for criminal prosecution may be made in appropriate cases. To view university alcohol and drug statistics, please refer to the Statistics webpage.

    Individuals involved in the sale or distribution of illegal drugs will be suspended from the University and referred to the appropriate authorities for criminal prosecution.

    All employees, including students, agree as a condition of employment to abide by this policy. Sanctions against employees for use or possession of illegal drugs or alcohol in the workplace include termination of employment. Additionally, employees are required to notify the institution of any drug convictions resulting from a violation in the workplace no later than five days after the conviction.