Annual Drug and Alcohol Notification
St. Cloud State University (SCSU) is required by law to provide an annual notification to all students and employees of the policies, sanctions, and risks associated with the use of alcohol and other drugs.
This notification provides the following information:
- Drug and alcohol resources and programs available to students and employees;
- Health risks associated with alcohol abuse and illicit drug use;
- Standards of conduct and conduct sanctions for students and employees regarding alcohol & drug use;
- Possible Local, State and Federal legal sanctions.
Drug and Alcohol Resources and Programs Available to Students and Employees
St. Cloud State University seeks to provide an excellent learning environment and to provide support and service to our community and the broader community. We recognize the best educational environments are free from the adverse effects of high-risk and illegal alcohol and other drug use. The misuse and abuse of alcohol and other drugs pose a serious threat to individuals and the University’s ability to fulfill its educational mission. Reducing these negative effects requires that we care for members of our community and our guests and visitors. If you or someone you know is being affected by alcohol or drug use, please use the recommended resources below.
Drug and Alcohol Information and Resources for Students
Counseling and Psychological Services (Counseling is free and confidential to all SCSU students)
103 Stewart Hall (320) 308-3171
Confidential online alcohol and marijuana screening is available through the Counseling & Psychological Services website.
Health Services (320) 308-3191
SCSU Recovery Community
214 Atwood Memorial Center (320) 308-6119
Drug and Alcohol Information and Resources for Employees
LifeMatters Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
The EAP for state employees and family members is provided by LifeMatters and provides expert, confidential, personal consultation for concerns including financial and legal matters, relationship challenges, and personal and family problems.
(651) 259-3840 or 1-800-657-3719
State of MN Policy on Alcohol and Other Drug Use by Employees: www.beta.mmb.state.mn.us/doc/hr/policy/policy-alcohol.pdf
Employees seeking treatment for substance dependence disorder may be eligible for time off from work through the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). For more information, please visit: www.hr.mnscu.edu/employees/benefits/fmla.html
Health Risks Associated with Alcohol Abuse and Illicit Drug Use
To make informed choices about drug and alcohol use, students and employees should educate themselves about the serious health consequences of use, misuse and abuse of alcohol and other drugs. The use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs can cause a number of problematic changes in behavior and physiology. Alcohol or substance dependence occurs when a person continues their use despite recurrent social, interpersonal, physical and/or legal consequences. For basic information about the health risks associated with alcohol and/or other drugs please visit:
Standards of Conduct and Conduct Sanctions for Students and Employees Regarding Alcohol & Drug Use
Except as allowable in Board policy 5.18 and as authorized by Minnesota Statutes in accord with established exceptions, the St. Cloud State University Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy prohibits the illegal or disruptive use, possession, production, manufacture, distribution, promotion, advertising, sale, or even being in the presence of alcohol, other drugs and controlled substances, and drug paraphernalia on property owned or operated by St Cloud State University.
To view the policy and exceptions in entirety, please visit: www5.stcloudstate.edu/Policies/SCSU/Viewer.aspx?id=57
Students, employees or other violators of this policy may be held accountable by university officials, St. Cloud Police, or others in accordance with other university policies, local ordinances, and state law.
Standards of conduct for students regarding alcohol & drug use
Per MNSCU Board Policy 3.6, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities may hold students accountable for a violation of the behavioral proscriptions contained in their Student Codes of Conduct committed off campus when:
- Hazing is involved; or
- The violation is committed while participating in a college or university sanctioned or sponsored activity; or
- The victim of the violation is a member of the college or university community; or
- The violation constitutes a felony under state or federal law; or
- The violation adversely affects the educational, research, or service functions of the college or university.
Individual Student Sanctions
Per the Student Code of Conduct, conduct sanctions for students found in violation could include warning, University probation, discretionary sanctions, restriction and loss of privileges, etc. For a complete list of possible sanctions, please visit: www.stcloudstate.edu/studenthandbook/code/sanctions.aspx
Students that are found responsible for violation of university policy related to alcohol or drugs are typically referred to U-Choose IMPACT program through the Office of Student Life and Development. For more information about this program, please visit: www.stcloudstate.edu/uchoose/default.asp
Registered Student Organizations or Club Sanctions: In addition to any of the individual sanctions listed above, student organizations and/or clubs may also be subject to:
- Loss of registration as a registered student organization or club. The Department of Campus Involvement or other appropriate office shall notify any national, regional, or state governing body with whom the organization is associated or which sponsors social, academic, or sports events when such action is taken. Loss of registration includes loss of all student activity fees and University funding and all rights and privileges accorded to registered student organizations.
- Loss or withdrawal of all student activity fee funding and/or any other selected rights and privileges accorded to registered student organizations or club for a specified period of time.
Standards of Conduct for Employees
SCSU employees are expected to follow Minnesota Statutes and Board policies and procedures about employee conduct and ethics, as well as their respective collective bargaining agreements, and are subject to disciplinary action as outlined therein.
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MNSCU) Board Procedure 1C.01 Employee Code of Conduct.
Possible Local, State and Federal Legal Sanctions
In addition to disciplinary sanctions by the University, students and employees may be subject to criminal prosecution under federal, state, and/or local laws. To ensure students and employees are aware of possible legal sanctions, this section briefly describes some relevant laws with sanctions and provides links to more information.
Federal Laws and Sanctions
Controlled substance convictions under federal laws carry a range of penalties which can include fines and/or imprisonment. Federal controlled substance convictions also can lead to forfeiture of both real and personal property; the denial of federal benefits, such as grants and student loans; and the denial of federally-provided or supported professional and commercial licensures. The seriousness of the offense and the penalty imposed generally depends on the type and amount of the drugs involved.
- Provisions of the federal Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. 801 et al
- Federal trafficking penalties
Minnesota Laws and Sanctions
Controlled substance convictions under Minnesota laws carry a range of penalties which can include fines and/or imprisonment.
The misuse of alcohol also can result in criminal penalties under Minnesota laws.
In addition, Minnesota state law imposes stiff penalties on individuals who are convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or a hazardous substance. Administrative penalties for driving under the influence convictions include driver’s license suspension, revocation, cancellation, denial, or disqualification.
City of St. Cloud Laws and Sanctions
The St. Cloud City Council has passed several ordinances with the intension of discouraging underage possession and consumption of alcohol, such as the social host ordinance. The city also has a disruptive intoxication ordinance in place to provide for the safety, health and welfare of the public while prohibiting certain harmful conduct of intoxicated persons. These are considered misdemeanor offenses and those found responsible for violations may face fines and/or jail time.
Other Relevant Documents and Resources
- Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MNSCU) Board Policy 5.18
- Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MNSCU) Board Policy 3.6 Student Conduct
- Alcohol Facts and Statistics prepared by the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
- Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988
- Public Law 100-690
- Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989
- Notice of Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Violations