Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act

Kent State University is committed to maintaining a drug-free campus. Given this objective, the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of any illegal drug on its property or as part of any of its activities is strictly prohibited.

This prohibition is reflected in Policy 6-22.1 and 6-01 for employees, and 4-02 for students. Any student, faculty or staff member found to be in violation of these policies will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including suspension/expulsion (students) or immediate termination (faculty / staff) by the university. Furthermore, certain legal sanctions may be imposed (i.e., imprisonment, fines, and assigned community service) by federal, state and local authorities.

Additionally, Kent State University is committed to the reduction of alcohol and other drug abuse by students and employees through the Drug Abuse and Alcohol Prevention Program (DAAPP). Policy 4-02, the Code of Student Conduct and the Hallways Handbook delineate expectations for students pertaining to alcohol and other drugs.

Employees are prohibited by policy 6-01 from performing work responsibilities while under the influence of alcohol. Alcohol consumption may also be regulated by any applicable collective bargaining agreement, work rules, or external regulations specific to an employee's position. The illegal use, possession, or distribution of alcohol is prohibited by law. Title 43 of the Ohio Revised Code pertains to liquor and imposes penalties ranging from fines to imprisonment. Kent State also provides a summary of criminal and university sanctions regarding the illegal use of alcohol and other drugs.

Students should be aware that the university will notify parents of students who are under 21 years of age who have been found responsible for an alcohol or controlled substance violation.