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Alcohol and Drug Use    

Maharishi University of Management supports maximum growth of our students and the development of total brain functioning. Therefore, we are seriously committed to having a drug-free and alcohol-free campus as well as substance-free students, whether on or off campus. Our stringent policy regarding alcohol and non-prescribed drug use reflects this commitment.

Consciousness-based education is for those who wish to grow in higher states of consciousness, and the use of alcohol and drugs impedes that progress. The educational system offered at MUM is designed to unfold the infinite potential of mind, body, and behavior by completely natural means. The influence of drugs and alcohol is not nourishing to our University community. Therefore, anyone who uses these substances, promotes the use of these substances, makes them available to others, or is found in the presence of these substances, in violation of our Code of Student Behavior and/or the law, is subject to disciplinary consequences.

Note: Students taking any prescribed medications should continue until their health care provider recommends otherwise.

Students seeking assistance with substance abuse issues are strongly encourage to visit privately with the Director of our Student Support Services, Campus Nurse, or any other member of our Student Life team. We will direct you to the appropriate resources. For a listing, please visit http://www.mum.edu/RelId/652112/ISvars/default/Guide_to_Support_Services.htm.

ALCOHOL POLICY

Alcohol slows down brain functioning leading to poor decision making and slower reaction times.  This can lead to serious accidents when drunk.  In addition, alcohol kills brain cells.  By drinking you are damaging the very means of gaining new knowledge and being most successful in your life.   

Iowa Laws

In the state of Iowa, the possession, use, or distribution of alcohol, is illegal for anyone under age 21. Students in violation of any alcohol-related laws will be subject to remedial action, and may also be prosecuted under state or federal law.

On campus

The possession, use, and/or distribution of alcohol and empty alcohol containers are prohibited on campus. If a student of any age has alcohol or empty alcohol containers in his or her possession on campus (either carrying the alcohol beverage or having already consumed it), this is regarded as a serious breach of conduct. Students are also not allowed to be in the company of those who are using or distributing alcohol on campus. Violation of this policy will result in immediate remedial action.

Off campus

The University strongly recommends that students of all ages abstain from the possession, use, or distribution of alcohol off campus as well as on campus. The underage possession or use of alcohol off campus, distribution to students under the age of 21 off campus, and driving while under the influence of alcohol anywhere are prohibited and subject to immediate remedial action. Note: the alcohol and drug abuse policy is in effect during all field trips, Rotating University classes, other University-sponsored events, and internships.

Health Risks of Alcohol Consumption

According to The Partnership at Drugfree.org ,

"Alcohol, even at low doses, significantly impairs the judgment and coordination required to drive a car safely. Low to moderate doses of alcohol can also increase the incidence of a variety of aggressive acts, including domestic violence and child abuse. Hangovers are another possible effect after large amounts of alcohol are consumed; a hangover consists of headache, nausea, thirst, dizziness, and fatigue.

Prolonged, heavy use of alcohol can lead to addiction (alcoholism). Sudden cessation of long term, extensive alcohol intake is likely to produce withdrawal symptoms, including severe anxiety, tremors, hallucinations and convulsions. Long-term effects of consuming large quantities of alcohol, especially when combined with poor nutrition, can lead to permanent damage to vital organs such as the brain and liver."

Consequences of alleged infractions of the Alcohol Policy are detailed in the section below entitled “Alcohol and Drug Use Corrective Procedures”.

DRUG POLICY

State and Federal Law and University Policy

In the state of Iowa, the possession, use, or distribution of certain non-prescribed drugs (such as marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, etc.) is illegal. The University’s policy is that the possession, use, distribution, manufacturing and/or growth of illegal drugs and the possession of drug paraphernalia are prohibited. Being in the company of those who are using or distributing illegal drugs or misusing prescriptions drugs is also prohibited. This policy applies to all students, on and off campus, during the school year and during vacations, whether they are here or elsewhere. The University views this infraction of rules as a serious breach of conduct subject to remedial action. Students may also be prosecuted under state or federal law. A schedule of federal penalties for their possession and distribution may be found at http://www.justice.gov/dea/druginfo/ftp3.shtml.

 The misuse of prescribed drugs and psychoactive substances is also contrary to the University's mission to promote the development of the full potential, health and well-being of the individual.  Therefore, the misuse of prescribed drugs and possession or use of psychoactive substances, whether legal or illegal, or natural or man-made, is not permitted on or off campus, with the exception of medication that is prescribed by a licensed medical professional.

Note regarding federal law: if you are convicted for illegal drug use and the offense occurred while you are receiving Federal Student Aid, you may become ineligible for Federal Student Aid for one to three years.

Health Risks of Illegal Drug Use

A summary of health risks of illegal drugs by the National Institute of Chemical Dependency may be found at www.nicd.us/drugclassifications.html.

ALCOHOL AND DRUG USE CORRECTIVE PROCEDURES

The University wishes to promote early intervention for students who seem to be using alcohol or drugs in violation of university policy, but have not been caught violating university policy. Therefore, faculty, Resident Advisors, fellow students, and others who suspect alcohol or drug usage by a student, including improper use of prescription drugs, are strongly encouraged to call the Director of Student Support Services, the Director of the Student Success Center, or any other member of the Department of Student Life team to share the concern.

If warranted, a member of the Student Life team will meet with the student privately, and consider with the student how best to address the concern. As long as the student has not been caught in violation of university policy, and is not about to be charged with a violation, this meeting will not result in any disciplinary sanctions for the student for past violation of the alcohol and drug policy.

I. General Procedures and Policies for Alleged Alcohol and Drug Policy Infractions

       A student who is found in alleged violation of the alcohol or drug policies is required to meet with the Dean of Student Life or his or her designee or attend a Student Support Meeting, in accordance with the General Remedial Procedures outlined in the Code of Student Behavior.

       The University reserves the right to judge each case individually, based on all relevant information. The Committee will consider all the circumstances and facts at hand, including but not limited to any prior record, and the severity of the alleged infraction.

       MUM may proceed on circumstantial evidence or reliable hearsay; and is not constrained by formal rules of legal evidence. If evidence is missing or inconclusive, the Committee may choose to give the student a warning. The University does not require an arrest or conviction to take action on an alleged infraction.

       If a student is incapacitated due to alcohol or drug use, is unconscious, or otherwise needs medical attention, the student, if able, and others are strongly encouraged to call 911 quickly, and then Campus Safety and Security at 641-472-1115 (campus extension 1115), in order to protect the health and safety of the affected student. If violence is occurring or immediately threatened, the student, if able, and others are also strongly encouraged to call 911, and then Campus Security. The responsible choice of any student who calls for assistance under such circumstances will be taken into account in determining the appropriate consequences for any violation by such student of the alcohol and drug policy.

       Students who choose not to meet with the Dean of Student Life or his or her designee, or a Student Support Committee, when requested, to discuss reported policy violations, or who fail to follow through in a timely and prescribed manner on any consequences from an earlier meeting are subject to additional consequences to be determined by the Student Support Committee.

       A suspension may affect, among other things, the student’s tuition, room and board charges, and fees; financial aid; immigration status; and health insurance.

II. Alleged Alcohol Infractions

Please note: The following schedule provides minimum sanctions. The findings of fact, including but not limited to the amount and type of alcohol involved, the particular circumstances, and prior record of the student will be factors considered when determining any appropriate consequences.

A.  First time, less serious:

1.  Definition:

                     Evidence of possession of alcohol on campus

                     Empty containers in room, vehicle or personal belongings on campus

                     Being in presence of alcohol on campus

                     First time caught drinking or intoxicated on campus if 21 or older (cooperative with

   authorities)

                     First time caught drinking or intoxicated on or off campus if under 21 (cooperative with

  authorities)

2. Consequence:

    Meet with Student Support Committee, chaired by Dean of Student Life or his/her designee, in accordance with the University’s General Remedial Procedures described in the Coe of Student Behavior

      Referral to Student Success Center, as appropriate

      Follow up with Dean or other member(s) of Department of Student Life team, as appropriate

      Warning and a minimum of 5 months probation

      Other measures as appropriate, including but not limited to: screening and assessment

    alcohol education

    behavioral contract

    apology to affected persons  (or deans as representatives of community)

    notification of parents or guardians of students who are under the age of 21 if such students have been found responsible for violating University policies regarding alcohol. Please note that the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) has given universities the option to notify parents and guardians of students under the age of 21 who have been found responsible for violating University policy regarding alcohol and other drugs. M.U.M. may notify parents or guardians the first time and any subsequent time a student is found to have violated the University’s Code of Student Behavior policies on the use and possession of alcohol or other drugs.

B.  More serious first-time violation or repeated violation:

1.  Definition:

    First time caught drinking or intoxicated on campus if 21 or older, with belligerent, non-cooperative, disruptive, or disrespectful behavior

    First time caught drinking or intoxicated on or off campus if under 21, with belligerent, non-cooperative, disruptive, or disrespectful behavior

    Providing alcohol on campus to students 21 and older

    Second violation of alcohol policy, whether less or more serious

2.  Consequences:

    Same as above except a minimum of two blocks suspension followed by a minimum of 5 months probation following suspension

   Students who have been suspended for violation of the alcohol policy must apply and be accepted for readmission to the University. Readmission is not automatic; applicants are subject to Admissions review.

C.  Driving Under the Influence

1.  Definition:

  First time caught drinking and driving under the influence of alcohol (cooperative with authorities and relatively low blood alcohol content)

2.  Consequences:

  Same as above except a minimum of 3 months suspension; followed by 1 year probation

D.  Most serious violation

1.  Definition:

    Gross disregard of policy

    First time caught drinking on campus by students 21 or older, with grossly belligerent, non-cooperative, disruptive or disrespectful behavior on campus by students

    First time caught drinking or intoxicated on or off campus if under 21, with grossly belligerent, non-cooperative, disruptive, or disrespectful behavior

    Providing alcohol on campus to students under age 21

    Second incident of driving under the influence of alcohol on or off campus or first incident with belligerent, non-cooperative, disruptive, or disrespectful behavior

    Multiple violations

2.  Consequences:

    Same as above except a minimum of 6 months suspension; followed by 1 year probation

III. Alleged Drug Infractions 

Please note: Use, possession, and/or distribution of prescription drugs without a prescription or not according to prescription, as well as psychoactive drugs and so-called “designer drugs” are treated the same as use, possession, and/or distribution of illicit drugs.

The following schedule provides minimum sanctions. The findings of fact, including but not limited to the amount and type of drug involved, the particular circumstances, and prior record of the student will be factors considered when determining any appropriate consequences. When the illicit drug involved is something other than cannabis, the consequence will be more severe, with the minimum suspension and probation likely being the period of time set forth in the next higher level category.

A.  First time in the presence of illicit drugs 

1. Definition:

  Being in presence of illicit drugs on or off campus with no evidence of 

      possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia or 

      use of or intoxication by illicit drugs or abuse of prescription drugs

2. Consequences:

•  Meet with Student Support Committee

•  Referral to Student Success Center, as appropriate

•  Follow up with Dean or other member(s) of Department of Student Life team, as appropriate

•  Minimum 5 months probation

•  Other measures as appropriate, including but not limited to:

    drug education

    behavioral contract

B.  Subsequent time found in presence of illicit drugs; or first time, other less serious behavioral infractions:

1.  Definition:

    Evidence of use and/or possession of illicit drugs or drug paraphernalia on or off campus, including but not limited to smoke from marijuana or other illicit substances

    Being in presence of illicit drugs on or off campus, second or subsequent time

    First time use and/or possession of, including but not limited to intoxication by, illicit drugs or abuse of prescription drugs on or off campus (cooperative with authorities)

2.  Consequences:

    Meet with Student Support Committee

    Referral to Student Success Center, as appropriate

    Follow up with Dean or other member(s) of Department of Student Life team, as appropriate

    Minimum 2- block suspension and 5 months minimum probation

    Other measures as appropriate, including but not limited to:

    screening and assessment

    random drug testing at student expense (for students found to have used drugs)

    apology to affected persons (or deans as representatives of community)

    notification of parents or guardians of students who are under the age of 21 if such students have been found responsible for violating University policies regarding drugs. Please note that the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) has given universities the option to notify parents and guardians of students under the age of 21 who have been found responsible for violating University policy regarding alcohol and other drugs. M.U.M. may notify parents or guardians the first time and any subsequent time a student is found to have violated the University’s Code of Student Behavior policies on the use and possession of alcohol or other drugs.

    Students who have been suspended for violation of the drug policy must apply and be accepted for readmission to the University. Readmission is not automatic; applicants are subject to Admissions review.

C.  Repeated or more serious first-time violation:

1.  Definition:

    Second violation of drug policy, whether less or more serious

    First time use and/or possession of, including but not limited to intoxication by, illicit drugs or abuse of prescription drugs on or off campus, with belligerent, non-cooperative, disruptive, or disrespectful behavior

    First time caught driving while intoxicated by illicit drugs (cooperative with authorities)

2.  Consequences:

    Same as above except a minimum of 6 months suspension followed by 1 year probation

D.  Most serious violation

1.  Definition:

    Gross disregard of policy

    First time use and/or possession of, including but not limited to intoxication by, illicit drugs or abuse of prescription drugs on or off campus, with grossly belligerent, non-cooperative, disruptive or disrespectful behavior on or off campus

   First time caught driving while intoxicated by illicit drugs (non-cooperative)

   Selling, giving, distributing, or possessing with intent to sell, give or distribute, illicit drugs or prescription drugs for illicit or improper use, on or off campus;

    Manufacturing or growing illicit drugs on or off campus

    Multiple repeated violations and/or or multiple serious violations at one time (including alcohol and/or drug violations)

2.  Consequences:

    Same as above except a minimum 1 year suspension, followed by a minimum 1 year probation upon readmission

 
 
 
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