Mississippi College Commitment to Drug Free Environment
The Congress of the United States has enacted and the President of the United States has signed into law THE DRUGFREE SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES ACT OF 1989.
It is the purpose of this Act to encourage the establishment of a DRUGFREE community in all educational settings, for the benefit of all students.
MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE is committed to the principles of the Act and publishes this notice to ALL STUDENTS.
It is assumed that every student enrolling in Mississippi College agrees to conduct himself or herself in a manner conducive to the highest sort of mental and moral development in keeping with the ideals and the traditions of the College.
In addition to those standards and regulations published in the MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE STUDENT HANDBOOK or in the College GENERAL BULLETIN, Mississippi College is committed to the establishment of a completely DRUGFREE environment in the lives of each student enrolled for any and all study at the College, or involved in any way in any of her programs.
The use, possession, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students at Mississippi College is expressly forbidden and the same shall not be tolerated on any property owned or controlled by Mississippi College, nor shall the same be tolerated at or as a part of any activity undertaken at or under the direction or supervision of Mississippi College.
Illicit drugs shall be defined to include any drug, the use, possession or distribution of which is proscribed by the laws of the State of Mississippi or by the United States of America.
Any violation of the provisions of this notice, or of any statements of a similar nature published by Mississippi College, relative to illicit drugs, will result in disciplinary action, which may include expulsion, suspension, mandatory successful completion of approved rehabilitation programs, and/or probation, any of which may become a part of the permanent record of the person violating or breaching any expression of this statement or similar published College rules and/or regulations.
Additionally, the College expressly reserves the right to refer any person violating this or similar regulations to the appropriate Law Enforcement Officials for prosecution for violation of Civil and/or Criminal Laws, as authorized by THE DRUGFREE SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES ACT OF 1989.
The Counseling Center of Mississippi College has available a list of approved rehabilitation centers. The criminal penalties for drug possession, abuse, use and/or distribution in the State of Mississippi, as expressed in the Mississippi Uniform Controlled Substances Law, Miss Code Section 4129-139, range from six months imprisonment and $500 fine for the sale of paraphernalia to 30 years and $1 million in fines for second offenders. Illicit drugs are listed in schedules and penalties vary. (See pages 47-51 for Federal Trafficking Penalties).
It is the desire of Mississippi College to have a totally DRUGFREE environment, where the body, as the temple of God, is allowed to remain healthy and grow in stature and where the mind is allowed to grow in wisdom.
Effects of Alcohol
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 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. In addition, research indicated that children of alcoholic parents are at greater risk than other youngsters of becoming alcoholics.
Federal Penalties and Sanctions for Illegal Possession of a Controlled Substance
21 U.S.C. 844(a)
1st conviction: Up to 1 year imprisonment and fined at least $1,000 but not more than $100,000, or both.
After 1 prior drug conviction: At least 15 days in prison, but to exceed 2 years and fined $2,500 but not more than $250,000, or both.
After 2 or more prior drug convictions: At least 90 days in prison, not to exceed 3
years and fined up to $250,000, or both, if:
- 1st conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds 5 grams.
- 2nd crack conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds 3 grams.
- 3rd or subsequent crack conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds 1 gram.
21 U.S.C. 853(a)(2) and 881(a)(7)
Forfeiture of personal real property used to possess or to facilitate possession of a controlled substance if that offense is punishable by more than 1 year imprisonment.
(See special sentencing provision re: crack).
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. 844a
Civil fine of up to $10,000 (pending adoption of final regulations).
21 U.S.C. 853a
Denial of Federal benefits, such as student loans, grants, contracts, and professional and commercial licenses, up to 1 year for first offense, up to 5 years for second and subsequent offenses.
18 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 within the authorities of individual Federal agencies.
NOTE: These are only Federal penalties and sanctions. Additional State penalties and sanctions may apply.