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Drug Free Schools and Communities Act

The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA) of 1989 - also known as the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act - requires institutions of higher education to establish policies that address unlawful possession, use, or distribution of alcohol and illicit drugs. The DFSCA also requires the establishment of a drug and alcohol prevention program.

All members of the ASU Community are encouraged to review the following information. This information is distributed on an annual basis.

Students, faculty, and staff may request information about the Drug Free Schools and Campuses Review by contacting the executive director of student affairs at 325-942-2047. The full report is available in the Office of Student Affairs.

  • Standards of Conduct

    Alcoholic Beverages

    Angelo State University seeks to encourage and sustain an academic environment that both respects individual freedom and promotes the health, safety, and welfare of all members of its community. In accordance with the ALCOHOL POLICY, BOARD OF REGENTS, TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY SYSTEM, system universities shall not sell, serve, or permit the sale or service of alcohol on campus, except in “special use” buildings or facilities designated by the president. Students who are 21 years of age or older may be permitted to have alcohol in certain dormitory rooms, but not in common areas of residence halls. At his discretion, the president may restrict possession or consumption of alcohol (as permitted under this policy) to specified residential, areas including apartments. Nothing herein shall be taken as an assumption of risk or responsibility on the part of the Board of Regents, Texas Tech University System, or its system universities for any injuries or damage, whatever kind, resulting from a student’s possession or use of alcohol, whether such use is legal or illegal.

    In accordance with this policy and the above stated objectives, Angelo State University has adopted and implemented a program to prevent unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students, faculty, staff, and visitors on the campus or as a part of any of its activities. The following policies and regulations are currently in effect.

    Alcoholic Beverage Regulation. This regulation applies to all individuals, including students, faculty, staff and visitors present on property owned, leased or otherwise under the control of Angelo State University. The possession or use of an alcoholic beverage, as that term is defined in the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code, on property under the control of Angelo State University is prohibited except as expressly permitted by this regulation.

    Areas in which possession or use of alcoholic beverages is prohibited include, but are not limited to, classrooms, laboratories, offices, lounges, stadiums and other athletic facilities, dining areas, meeting and party facilities, the Houston Harte University Center, the University Lake Facility and all residence halls and apartments except as specifically authorized in this regulation.

    The possession or use of alcoholic beverages is permitted in the individual apartments of the Vanderventer Apartments, provided all of the student residents of the individual apartment or room are 21 years of age or older. The possession or use of alcoholic beverages is also permitted by individuals 21 years of age or older on university property leased or otherwise made available on a long-term basis to a firm or association. However, alcoholic beverages shall not be purchased for, provided or given to, or knowingly be made available to any person under 21 years of age in the facilities covered by this paragraph, except as expressly authorized by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code.

    University-funded student organizations may not sponsor all-school events and/or activities open to the general public where alcoholic beverages are consumed.

    Illegal Drugs

    The university does not condone possession, use or distribution of marijuana, L.S.D. or other hallucinogenic, or narcotics by anyone in any campus facility. Angelo State University has established a DRUG FREE CAMPUS POLICY where the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of any drug, narcotic, or controlled substance is prohibited on the Angelo State University campus by university policy and by the Board of Regents’ RULES AND REGULATIONS as well as by state and federal statute. Any individual found in violation of this policy is subject to the following disciplinary sanctions.

    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, or both. After 1 prior drug conviction: At least 15 days in prison, not to exceed 2 years and fined at least $2,500. After 2 or more prior drug convictions: At least 90 days in prison, not to exceed 3 years and fined at least $5,000. Special sentencing provisions for possession of a mixture or substance which contains cocaine base: Mandatory at least 5 years in prison, not to exceed 20 years and fined a minimum of $1,000, if: (a) 1st conviction and the amount possessed exceeds 5 grams, (b) 2nd conviction under this subsection and the amount possessed exceeds 3 grams, (c) 3rd or subsequent conviction under this subsection and the amount possessed exceeds 1 gram.

    21 U.S.C. 853 (a) (2) and 881 (a) (7): Forfeiture of personal and real property used to possess or to facilitate possession of a controlled substance if that offense is punishable by more than 1 year imprisonment.

    21 U.S.C. 881 (a) (4): Forfeiture of all conveyances, including aircraft, vehicles, or vessels, which are used, or are intended for use, to transport, or in any manner to facilitate the transportation, sale, receipt, possession, or concealment of a controlled substance.

    21 U.S.C. 844a: Civil fine of up to $10,000 for each violation.

    21 U.S.C. 862 (b): Denial of Federal benefits to drug possessors, up to 5 years for first offense, up to 10 years for second offense, for third or subsequent conviction be permanently ineligible for all federal benefits.

    18 U.S.C. 922 (g): Ineligible to receive or purchase a firearm.

    Miscellaneous: Students convicted of drug crimes are prohibited from receiving Federal Financial Aid for specified periods of time. Revocation of certain Federal licenses and benefits, e.g. pilot licenses, 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.

    Federal Trafficking Penalties for Schedules I, II, III, and V (except Marijuana)
    Schedule Substance/Quantity Penalty Substance/Quantity Penalty
    II

    Cocaine
    500-4999 grams mixture

    First Offense: Not less than 5 yrs. and not more than 40 yrs. If death or serious bodily injury, not less than 20 yrs. or more than life.

    Fine of not more than $5 million if an individual, $25 million if not an individual.

    Second Offense: Not less than 10 yrs. and not more than life. If death or serious bodily injury, life imprisonment. Fine of not more than $8 million if an individual, $50 million if not an individual.
    Cocaine
    5 kilograms or more mixture

    First Offense: Not less than 10 yrs. and not more than life. If death or serious bodily injury, not less than 20 yrs. or more than life.

    Fine of not more than $10 million if an individual, $50 million if not an individual.

    Second Offense: Not less than 20 yrs, and not more than life. If death or serious bodily injury, life imprisonment. Fine of not more than $20 million if an individual, $75 million if not an individual.

    2 or More Prior Offenses: Life imprisonment. Fine of not more than $20 million if an individual, $75 million if not an individual.
    II

    Cocaine Base
    28-279 grams mixture

    Cocaine Base
    280 grams or more mixture
    IV

    Fentanyl
    40-399 grams mixture

    Fentanyl
    400 grams or more mixture
    I Fentanyl Analogue
    10-99 grams mixture
    Fentanyl Analogue
    100 grams or more mixture
    I

    Heroin
    100-999 grams mixture

    Heroin
    1 kilogram or more mixture
    I

    LSD
    1-9 grams mixture

    LSD
    10 grams or more mixture
    II

    Methamphetamine
    5-49 grams pure or
    50-499 grams mixture

    Methamphetamine
    50 grams or more pure or 500 grams or more mixture
    II

    PCP
    10-99 grams pure or 100-999 grams mixture

    PCP
    100 grams or more pure or 1 kilogram or more mixture

    Federal Trafficking Penalties
    Substance/Quantity Penalty
    Any Amount Of Other Schedule I & II Substances

    First Offense: Not more that 20 yrs. If death or serious bodily injury, not less than 20 yrs. or more than Life.  Fine $1 million if an individual, $5 million if not an individual.

    Second Offense: Not more than 30 yrs. If death or serious bodily injury, life imprisonment.  Fine $2 million if an individual, $10 million if not an individual.
    Any Drug Product Containing Gamma Hydroxybutyric Acid
    Flunitrazepam (Schedule IV) 1 Gram
    Any Amount Of Other Schedule III Drugs

    First Offense: Not more than 10 yrs. If death or serious bodily injury, not more that 15 yrs.  Fine not more than $500,000 if an individual, $2.5 million if not an individual.

    Second Offense: Not more than 20 yrs. If death or serious injury, not more than 30 yrs. Fine not more than $1 million if an individual, $5 million if not an individual.
    Any Amount Of All Other Schedule IV Drugs (other than one gram or more of Flunitrazepam)

    First Offense: Not more than 5 yrs. Fine not more than $250,000 if an individual, $1 million if not an individual.

    Second Offense: Not more than 10 yrs. Fine not more than $500,000 if an individual, $2 million if other than an individual.
    Any Amount Of All Schedule V Drugs

    First Offense: Not more than 1 yr. Fine not more than $100,000 if an individual, $250,000 if not an individual.

    Second Offense: Not more than 4 yrs.  Fine not more than $200,000 if an individual, $500,000 if not an individual.

    Federal Trafficking Penalties for Marijuana, Hashish and Hashish Oil, Schedule I Substances
    Substance/Quantity Penalty

    Marijuana 
    1,000 kilograms or more marijuana mixture or 1,000 or more marijuana plants 

    First Offense: Not less than 10 yrs. or more than life. If death or serious bodily injury, not less than 20 yrs., or more than life. Fine not more than $10 million if an individual, $50 million if other than an individual. 

    Second Offense: Not less than 20 yrs. or more than life. If death or serious bodily injury, life imprisonment. Fine not more than $20 million if an individual, $75 million if other than an individual. 

    Marijuana 
    100 to 999 kilograms marijuana mixture or 100 to 999 marijuana plants 

    First Offense: Not less than 5 yrs. or more than 40 yrs. If death or serious bodily injury, not less than 20 yrs. or more than life. Fine not more than $5 million if an individual, $25 million if other than an individual. 

    Second Offense: Not less than 10 yrs. or more than life. If death or serious bodily injury, life imprisonment. Fine not more than $8 million if an individual, $50 million if other than an individual. 

    Marijuana 
    50 to 99 kilograms marijuana mixture, 
    50 to 99 marijuana plants 

    First Offense: Not more than 20 yrs. If death or serious bodily injury, not less than 20 yrs. or more than life. Fine $1 million if an individual, $5 million if other than an individual. 

    Second Offense: Not more than 30 yrs. If death or serious bodily injury, life imprisonment. Fine $2 million if an individual, $10 million if other than an individual. 

    Hashish 
    More than 10 kilograms 

    Hashish 
    More than 10 kilograms 

    Marijuana 
    less than 50 kilograms marijuana (but does not include 50 or more marijuana plants regardless of weight)
    1 to 49 marijuana plants 

    First Offense: Not more than 5 yrs. Fine not more than $250,000, $1 million if other than an individual. 

    Second Offense: Not more than 10 yrs. Fine $500,000 if an individual, $2 million if other than individual. 

    Hashish 
    10 kilograms or less 

    Hashish Oil 
    1 kilogram or less 

  • Disciplinary Sanctions

    Penalties for a violation of this policy range from mandatory participation in university approved drug and alcohol abuse education, counseling, and/or rehabilitation programs to separation from the university (in the case of a violation by a student) or termination of employment (in the case of a violation by a faculty or staff member).  Established procedures will be followed in investigating and adjudicating alleged violations, whether by faculty, staff, or students, and all due process procedures will be followed.

  • Health Risks

    Specific serious health risks are associated with the use of alcohol and illicit drugs. Some of the major risks are listed below. For more information, visit the University Health Clinic and Counseling Services website or via phone at 325-942-2371. 

    Alcohol and Other Depressants (barbiturates, sedatives, and tranquilizers)

    Addiction, accidents as a result of impaired ability and judgment, alcohol poisoning, overdose when used with other depressants, damage to a developing fetus, heart and liver damage.

    Marijuana

    Impair short-term memory, thinking, and physical coordination. Can cause panic reaction and increase the risk of lung cancer and emphysema. Can interfere with judgment, attention span, concentration, and overall intellectual performance. Impairs driving ability. May cause psychological dependence and compromise the immune system.

    Cocaine

    Addiction, cardiovascular system damage including heart attack, brain damage, seizures, lung damage, severe depression, paranoia, psychosis. Similar risks are associated with other stimulants, such as speed and uppers.

    Nicotine

    Tobacco smoke contains thousands of chemical compounds, many of which are know to cause cancer. Nicotine, which is a central nervous system stimulant, produces an increase in heart and respiration rates, blood pressure, adrenaline production and metabolism. People can rapidly become physically and psychologically dependent on tobacco. Compromises the immune system. 

    Inhalants

    Inhalants are a diverse group of chemicals that easily evaporate and can cause intoxication when their vapors are inhaled. Most inhalants are central nervous system depressants. Use of these drugs slows down many body functions. High does can cause severe breathing failure and sudden death. Chronic abuse of some of these chemicals can lead to irreversible liver damage and other health problems.

    Prescription Drug Abuse

    Adverse reactions, dependency, withdrawal, and overdose.

  • Treatment Options

    Consistent with its educational mission, the University has personnel in the Office of Student Affairs and the University Health Clinic available to counsel students who voluntarily seek assistance in dealing with alcohol and/or drug abuse and have not been charged with a violation of university policy or the Board of Regents’ RULES AND REGULATIONS.

    Additional information on drug and alcohol counseling resources in San Angelo and the surrounding area is available in the Office of Student Affairs, Room 112, in the Houston Harte University Center.

    A variety of resources exist for alcohol and other drug prevention education, counseling, and referral. For detailed information concerning these resources available from the University and community, please see below:

    University Health Clinic and Counseling Services – 325-942-2171

    • Professional, confidential consultation, and counseling services
    • Early intervention, assessment, education, and referral
    • Educational sessions for those concerned about alcohol or other drug use
    • Educational Programs

    ASU Police Department – 325-942-2071

    • Services relating to legal aspects

    Office of Student Affairs – 325-942-2047

    • Address the Code of Student Conduct, enforces policies and procedures, and provides students with resources necessary to resolve personal disputes.

    Human Resources Department – 325-942-2168

    • Services, guidance, education, and training (faculty and staff), referrals to Employee Assistance Program (EAP) (faculty and staff), enforces policies and procedures for staff; assistance with disciplinary action for staff.

    Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council for the Concho Valley – 325-224-3481

    • Community treatment, prevention, and available resources

    Alternative Options

    • Speakers on a wide variety of topics related to drug and alcohol use
    • Alcohol, drug, and marijuana use programs
    • Events and Programs
    • Alcohol and drug free events
    • Mocktail Parties
    • Drunk Driving Simulator Activity
    • Drunk Driving Awareness & Driver Safety Activities
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