Health and Safety
Health and Safety
1. Drug-Free Workplace and Campus Policy
Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences (“Saint Luke’s College” or “the College”) supports and complies with the provisions of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 and the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988. The Drug-free Schools and Campuses Act of 1989 requires an institution of higher education to 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. The following describes the Act’s provisions.
As part of the drug prevention program, Saint Luke’s College annually distributes the following information to students and employees:
- Standards of conduct that clearly prohibit the unlawful possession use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol on its property or as part of any of its activities.
- A description of applicable local, state or federal legal sanctions pertaining to the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol.
- A description of health risks from the use of illicit drugs and alcohol.
- A description of available drug and alcohol related prevention programs and counseling available to students and employees.
- A statement affirming the disciplinary sanctions the College will impose on students and employees who violate the standards of conduct.
2. Alcohol and Illicit Drug Policy
Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences is an independent institution of higher education closely affiliated with Saint Luke’s Hospital, and seeks to prepare health profession leaders to effectively meet the health care needs of diverse populations in complex organization and in a variety of settings. Consistent with our health care heritage and commitment to a diverse and healthful life-style, Saint Luke’s College promotes:
- An alcohol-free environment
- A tobacco-free environment
- An environment free of substance abuse
3. Health and Risks Associated with the Use of Illicit Drugs and Alcohol
The College recognizes alcohol and drug dependency as an illness and the serious health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol. Examples of some risks, but not all, are as follows:
- The consumption of alcohol and other depressants causes a number of marked changes in behavior. Even low doses significantly impair judgment and coordination required for safety and care. Use of alcohol and depressants can lead to addiction and accidents as a result of impaired ability and judgment.
- The use of marijuana can lead to panic reactions, impaired short term memory, increased risk of lung cancer and emphysema, particularly in cigarette smokers, and impairment of driving ability.
- Cocaine usage risks include addiction, heart attack, seizures, lung damage, severe depression, paranoia, and psychosis. Similar risks are associated with other stimulants, such as speed and uppers. Hallucinogens can lead to unpredictable behavior, emotion instability, violent behavior, and organic brain damage; in heavy users, convulsions and coma.
- Narcotics, such as heroin, morphine, and codeine risks include addiction, accidental overdose, risk of hepatitis and AIDS from contaminated needles.
- Inhalants, such as gas, aerosols and glue can result in loss of consciousness, suffocation, damage to the brain and central nervous system, sudden death, nausea and vomiting, nosebleeds and impaired judgment.
4. Standards of Conduct
Employee Standards of Conduct (excerpt from HR-002 and CO-003 Policies)
Saint Luke’s College recognizes its success is dependent in part upon the physical and psychological well-being of its employees. It is the intent of the College to maintain a safe, healthful, secure and efficient working environment and to protect its employees, students and operations. To this end, it is the policy of Saint Luke’s College to establish a drug and alcohol-free workplace. The College policy states, that employees shall not be involved with the unlawful manufacture, possession, use or distribution of any controlled substance of any kind, including drugs and alcohol on College property or as any part of the activities of the College. All employees are to conduct themselves in a professional manner, complying with the rules and procedures in place to ensure a safe, healthy working environment for all personnel.
Student Standards of Conduct
The following statements taken from the Student Code of Conduct (found in the Student Handbook) set our College’s conduct standards. The Code of Conduct is administered by the Chief Student Affairs Officer. Student Conduct Expectations are to promote personal responsibility and accountability, encourage students to consider the impact of their actions, empower students to address any conflict in a safe respectful manner and collaborate with faculty, staff, students, and the campus community. The Drug and Alcohol Policy in the Student Handbook sets the College’s policy and conduct standards for alcohol and drug use.
The unlawful manufacture, possession, use or distribution of any controlled substance of any kind, including drugs and alcohol, by students and/or employees on College property or as any part of the activities of the College, is strictly prohibited. For purposes of this policy “unlawful” is defined as a violation of any local, state or federal law regarding manufacture, possession, use or distribution of drugs or alcohol.
Violations of this prohibition by students will result in discipline, which may include dismissal from the College and/or referral to appropriate law enforcement authorities for prosecution.
Violations of the prohibition by Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences employees will result in disciplinary action as described in the Saint Luke’s Health System Alcohol and Drug Abuse policy HR-002. Saint Luke’s College personnel will give law enforcement authorities full cooperation for any investigations.
Financial Aid and Drug Related Convictions
In addition, students who receive federal financial aid are advised that criminal conviction for a drug-related offense may lead to the loss of their financial aid funds.
Under federal regulations, students convicted for a drug offense that occurred during a period of enrollment while they were receiving Title IV Federal Student (Financial) Aid, lose eligibility for that aid. Federal Student Aid includes grants, loans, and work assistance otherwise provided to eligible College students under Title IV of the Higher Education Act.
The period of non-eligibility begins on the date of the conviction and remains in effect until the student has met certain rehabilitation requirements. The prohibition on federal aid applies to any student who has been convicted of any offense under any Federal or State law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance as defined by the federal Controlled Substances Act. Laws regulating distilled spirits, wine, and malt beverages are not included within the definition of “controlled substance.” Other financial aid programs, including certain state programs, may also limit eligibility for students convicted of a drug offense.
Penalties for Illegal Possession or Distribution of drugs or Alcohol under State and Local Law
Missouri law and local law also provide penalties for violations of laws relating to the unlawful manufacture, sale, use or possession of controlled (and/or imitation of) controlled substances and alcohol. In addition, states and localities have laws relating to underage drinking, driving while intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol and/or illicit drugs. Sanctions for violations may range from local citation to state law felonies. Penalties may range from small fines to prison terms, depending on the violation and past criminal history of the individual.
Missouri drug and alcohol regulations can be found at: http://www.moga.mo.gov/
A complete listing of Missouri substances, how they are placed on the schedule and additional drug information, can be found at: http://www.moga.mo.gov/
Penalties for Illegal Possession or Distribution of Drugs or Alcohol under Federal Law
Federal law prohibits, among other things, the manufacturing, distributing, selling and possession of controlled substances as outlined in 21 United States Code, Sections 801 through 971. Depending on the amount, first offense maximum penalties for trafficking marijuana range from up to five years’ imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000 to imprisonment for life and a fine of $4 million.
Depending on the amount, first offense maximum penalties for trafficking other controlled substances (e.g., methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, cocaine base, PCP, LSD, fentanyl and fentanyl analogue) range from five years to life imprisonment and fines range from $2 to $4 million. First offense penalties and sanctions for the illegal possession of small amounts of controlled substances, including marijuana, range from up to one year in prison or a fine of at least $1,000. Penalties are more severe for subsequent offenses
7. Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Support
The College seeks to assist in drug education and prevention programs to reduce the abuse and illegal use of alcohol and other drugs. The College provides education through dissemination of informational materials, educational programs, counseling referrals and College disciplinary actions.
There is no available on-campus counseling. Students or employees who experience personal problems with the use or abuse of drugs or alcohol are urged to seek assistance from Saint Luke’s Health System EAP/SAP Services (Employee Assistance Program/ Student Assistance Program). The EAP/SAP can offer short-term counseling and referral assistance to students and employees who are troubled by alcohol or substance abuse. The Chief Student Affairs Officer can assist students/employees in contacting EAP/SAP services. In addition to providing short term counseling, SAP may refer students to appropriate treatment or rehabilitation programs as needed. Any member of the College community that is experiencing symptoms associated with their own or someone else’s alcohol or drug use is encouraged to seek help.
Further information and sources are provided on the following policies:
CO-033 Drug & Alcohol Abuse Policy and Prevention Program
Available from the Chief Student Affairs Officer.