Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program and Policy


The purpose of this policy is to present students and team members of Northcentral University (NCU) with official notification of the applicable policies and penalties related to controlled substances (illicit drugs) and alcohol, as required by the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989. Students and team members of the University are required to be aware of and abide by the standards and provisions outlined in this policy statement. NCU will distribute this policy to students and team members on an annual basis.

Standards of Conduct/ Prohibition of Illicit Drug Use

The use, consumption, sale, purchase, possession, manufacture or distribution of illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, and/or alcohol while on University property or while engaged in University activities is prohibited. All students and team members are subject to this policy and to applicable federal, state and local laws related to this matter. Any violation of this policy may result in disciplinary actions as set forth in the applicable sections of this policy. NCU recognizes that students and team members may, in accordance with the federal, state and local laws, choose to use alcohol on their own time. Additionally, the University retains the right to grant limited exceptions to this policy only for the moderate consumption of alcohol during University-sponsored events or meals at which the University deems such moderate consumption to be acceptable.

Sanctions (Federal, State, and Local Law)

Students and team members should be aware that they are criminal penalties – under federal, state, and local law – that make it illegal to use, manufacture, sell or possess controlled substances. See Appendix A for a detailed listing of federal drug-trafficking penalties. Students must also be aware that there are federal financial aid penalties for drug-related convictions – received prior to and/or while receiving aid – that can affect student eligibility to receive federal financial aid. For additional information regarding federal financial aid and the implications of drug-related convictions, please visit the Office of the US Department of Education's Federal Student Aid website

Drug and Alcohol Counseling, Treatment, and Rehabilitation

NCU urges individuals with substance abuse problems to seek assistance and support. Students are encouraged to seek help through available national and community resources and hotlines including, but not limited to, the following examples:

Team members are eligible to participate in the University’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Employee Connect, at no additional cost. Telephone: 1-888-628-4824; Website: www.GuidanceResources.com. Support, guidance, and resources are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Team members are encouraged to contact Human Resources with additional questions.

Health Risks Associated with the Use of Drugs and Alcohol

There are serious physical and psychological health implications associated with the use and/or abuse of drugs and alcohol that vary based on the frequency, extent, and intensity of consumption. When consumed in excess, drugs and alcohol can also lead to overdose or death. Drug use can cause changes in the brain that result in memory and cognition problems or lead to more severe consequences such as seizures, stroke, and possible brain damage. Alcohol use can impair brain function and motor skills; excessive use can increase the risk of certain cancers, stroke, and liver disease. Drug and alcohol use while pregnant may result in a number of health complications for the fetus such as premature birth, miscarriage, and low birth weight. For more information on the use of drugs and/or alcohol and its effects on the brain and body, visit the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.

Institutional Sanctions for Drug and Alcohol Violations

Students and team members found participating in the use, consumption, sale, purchase, possession, manufacture or distribution of illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, and/or alcohol while on University property or while engaged in University activities shall be subject to disciplinary sanctions on a case-by-case basis. Students are expected to conduct themselves professionally and refrain from acts of misconduct set forth in the Student Code of Conduct published in NCU’s Catalog. Suspected acts of misconduct or violations of this policy should be reported to the appropriate authority for review and submission of the Suspected Code of Conduct Violation form. Substantiated violations may result in disciplinary sanctions, up to and including expulsion from the University. Team members are expected to observe high standards of ethical, moral, and legal business conduct as outlined in the Code of Conduct and Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct published in the Team Member Handbook. Violation of these standards of conduct or this policy may result in corrective action, up to and including termination of employment. Suspected violations should be reported to a member of leadership, Human Resources, and/or via the NCU Helpline (InTouch) at:


For further questions or assistance regarding the information outlined in this policy, please email registrar@ncu.edu. Appendix A – Federal Drug-Trafficking Penalties Federal Drug Trafficking Penalties, non-marijuana Marijuana trafficking penalties Source – www.dea.gov/pr/legis.shtml (last accessed on November 24, 2014)