Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act

Kent State University adheres to and complies with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (Public Law 101-226), which requires an institution of higher education to implement programs to prevent the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol by students and its employees. Under the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, the university also is required to publish and disseminate to students and employees an annual notice regarding drug and alcohol policies and related information.

This notice is sent to you by Healthy Kent. Healthy Kent, Kent State's Alcohol and Other Drug Task Force, is a group that fosters campus and community collaboration aimed at reducing the negative impact of alcohol and other drug use in our community. This group makes recommendations for policy and program changes, serves as the lead campus group to collaborate with community resources to reduce alcohol and other drug-related problems, coordinates the institutional alcohol and other drugs biennial review, and supports efforts of the community to reduce high-risk alcohol and other drugs-related negative behavior on and off campus.

Included within this annual notice are the following:

  • Relevant polices from the university policy register;
  • A description of applicable legal sanctions/disciplinary actions resulting from usage of alcohol and other illicit drugs under federal, state or local law and campus policy;
  • A description of the health risks associated with alcohol and other drug use; and
  • A list of available substance abuse treatment and prevention programs.

The full notice, including the information noted above, is posted here. Should you have any questions about this notice or the work of the task force, you may contact the chair for Healthy Kent: Alcohol and Other Drugs Task Force, Todd Kamenash, assistant dean of students and director of student conduct, at 330-672-4054 or tkamena@kent.edu.