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Drug Policy

Federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Amendment Act (Public Law 101 - 226)

As a requirement of these regulations, Eastern Illinois University is to disseminate and ensure receipt of the below policy/information to all students, staff, and faculty on an annual basis. This is formally conducted through the PAWS/BANNER system. Questions concerning this policy and/or alcohol and other drug programs, interventions and policies may be directed to Dr. Eric S. Davidson at esdavidson@eiu.edu or 217/581-7786.

Polices - Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Weapons

As an academic community, Eastern Illinois University is committed to providing an environment in which learning and scholarship can flourish. The possession or use of illegal drugs, or the abuse of those which may otherwise be legally possessed, seriously affects the University environment, as well as the individual potential of our students and staff. The University enforces state laws and related University policies, including those prohibiting the following activities on campus:

  1. Providing alcoholic beverages to individuals under 21 or possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages by individuals under 21.
  2. Distribution, possession, or use of illegal drugs or controlled substances.
  3. Possession of firearms or other dangerous weapons.

The abuse of alcohol and other drugs by students, regardless of age and of location (on-campus or off-campus), is prohibited by the Student Conduct Code. The University can, and will, impose disciplinary sanctions for violations. Students are also subject to city ordinances and state and federal laws. A separate policy addresses violations by University staff.

The University strongly encourages students and staff members to voluntarily obtain assistance for dependency or abuse problem before such behavior results in an arrest and/or disciplinary referral which might result in their separation from the institution.

The use of, or addiction to, alcohol, marijuana, or controlled substances is not considered an excuse for violations of the Student Conduct Code or staff expectations, and will not be a mitigating factor in the application of appropriate disciplinary sanctions for such violations.

Help is available both on campus and within the community for students and staff members who are dependent on, or who abuse the use of alcohol or other drugs. The University Counseling Center (217/581-3413), the Employee Assistance Program (1-866-659-3848), and other professional agencies will maintain the confidentiality of persons seeking help for personal dependency and will not report them to institutional or state authorities. The Health Service's Health Education Resource Center provides educational and awareness programming, information, and assistance.

Student Sanctions - Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Weapons

Underage students confronted by the institution for the consumption of alcohol will face disciplinary sanctions ranging from a University Reprimand, fines of up to $200, disciplinary probation or suspension.

Students whose use of alcohol or drugs results in harm or the threat of harm to themselves or others, or to property, regardless of the location of the incident, may face disciplinary action by the University up to and including expulsion. Testing for the presences of illegal substances may be a condition of any probationary status imposed by the University for violations of drug-related provisions of this policy. Testing for illegal drugs shall be performed using a urine sample collected with a chain-of-custody and will include testing for the following substances: cocaine, marijuana, opiates, amphetamines, methamphetamines, and phencyclidines. All drug testing will include review by a qualified Medical Review Officer (MRO) and an "MRO Positive" result will be considered a positive result. Any student with a positive result, as described above, may face disciplinary action by the University up to and including expulsion.

Commonly Imposed Disciplinary Sanctions For On-Campus Policy Violations:

Policy Violation Typical Monetary Sanction - 1st Offense Other Typical Sanctions - 1st Offense Typical Sanctions - 2nd Offense
Underage Possession of Alcohol $50 Alcohol Education Program Parental Notification if under 21, Monetary Sanction, Possible Disciplinary Probation.
Open Alcohol In A Public Area $50 Alcohol Education Program Monetary Sanction, Possible Disciplinary Probation.
Possession of Kegs $100 Alcohol Education Program Parental Notification if under 21, Monetary Sanction, Possible Disciplinary Probation.
Single Incident of Possession of Marijuana For Personal Use $150 Marijuana Education Program and/or Disciplinary Probation Suspension
Possession of More Than One Ounce of Marijuana $150 Marijuana Education Program, Disciplinary Probation, Suspension and/or Expulsion Suspension or Expulsion
Possession of Any Amount of "Hard" Drugs (Cocaine, PCP, etc.)   Suspension or Expulsion Suspension or Expulsion
Conveying Marijuana or A Controlled Substance To Another Person   Suspension or Expulsion Suspension or Expulsion
Possession of Firearms or Other Dangerous Weapons   Suspension or Expulsion Suspension or Expulsion

As members of the University community, students are also subject to city ordinances and to state and federal law. Arrest and prosecution for alleged violations of criminal law or city ordinances may result from the same incident for which the University imposes disciplinary sanctions.

Employee Sanctions

The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance by employees on University premises, or while conducting University business off University premises, is absolutely prohibited.

Violations of this prohibition by employees may result in the application of sanctions, including possible required participation in an approved drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program, and disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment under applicable Board of Trustees regulations, University policies, statues, employment contracts, or collective bargaining agreements.

Illinois Sanctions For Violation of Alcohol Control Statutes

235 Illinois Compiled Statutes 5/6-21

  1. It is a Class B Misdemeanor to possess or sell alcohol if you are under 21.*
  2. It is a Class A Misdemeanor to sell, give, or furnish false ID to an individual 21 years old or under (minimum $500 fine).
  3. It is a Class B Misdemeanor to use or possess a false ID if you are under 21.*
  4. It is a Class A Misdemeanor to sell, give, or deliver alcohol to individuals under 21 years of age. Local ordinances may also be enforced.

Class A Misdemeanors are punishable with a fine of $1 to $1,000 and up to 1 year in the county jail.

Class B Misdemeanors are punishable with a fine of $1 to $500 and up to six months in the county jail.

  • These violations may also result in one's driver's license being administratively revoked or suspended by the Illinois Secretary of State's office.

Illinois Sanctions For Driving Under The Influence

625 Illinois Compiled Statutes 5/11-501

  1. If you are convicted of drunk driving or driving while under the influence of drugs, it is a Class A Misdemeanor. Your driver’s license may be suspended or revoked and you will undergo a mandatory counseling program, as well as pay a fine up to $1,000 and serve up to one year in the county jail.

    For your second offense, you will serve a mandatory jail sentence of 48 hours, or spend 10 days in community service, in addition to the above penalties. Your driver’s license will be suspended indefinitely.

    For your third offense, or in a situation where great bodily harm or injury has resulted from your conduct, you are guilty of a Class 4 Felony, which could result in a term in the state prison for 1 to 3 years, as well as revocation of your license.

  2. If you are convicted of illegal transportation of alcohol in a motor vehicle, you are guilty of a petty offense and will be fined up to $500 and suspension of driver’s license for 3 months.

Illinois Penalties For Drinking and Driving Under Age 21

Violation Type Zero Tolerance
(BAC of .01 or Greater)
DUI Conviction
(BAC of .08 or Greater)
Loss of Driving Privileges (1st Violation) 3 months 2 years minimum
Loss of Driving Privileges Test Refusal (1st Violation) 6 months 2 years minimum
Loss of Driving Privileges (2nd Violation) 1 year Until age 21 or 3 years minimum
Loss of Driving Privileges Test Refusal (2nd Violation) 2 years Until age 21 or 3 years minimum

Effect on Driving Record

Except during suspension period, violation is not on public driving record as long as there is no subsequent suspension permanently on public driving record.

State of Illinois Statutory Provisions For Illegal Drugs Manufacture or Delivery

 
Manufacture or Delivery (720 Illinois Compiled Statutes 570/401)
Possession (720 ILCS 570/402)
Illegal Drugs
Class X Felony
Class 1 Felony
Class 2 Felony
Class 3 Felony
Class 1 Felony
Class 4 Felony
 
6 to 30 years
not more than
$500,000 fine
4 to 15 years
not more than
$250,000 fine
3 to 7 years
not more than
$200,000 fine
2 to 5 years
not more than
$150,000 fine
4 to 15 years
not more than
$20,000 fine
1 to 4 years
not more than
$15,000 fine
Heroin
15 grams or more
10-14 grams
10 grams or less
15 grams or more
less than 15 grams
Cocaine
15 grams or more
1-14 grams
1 gram or less
15 grams or more
less than 15 grams
Morphine
15 grams or more
10-14 grams
10 grams or less
15 grams or more
less than 15 grams
Peyote
200 grams or more
50-199 grams
50 grams or less
200 grams or more
less than 200 grams
Barbiturates
200 grams or more
50-199 grams
50 grams or less
200 grams or more
less than 200 grams
Amphetamines
200 grams or more
50-199 grams
50 grams or less
200 grams or more
less than 200 grams
Lysergic Acid (LSD)
15 grams or more
5 to 14 grams or hits
5 grams or less
15 grams or more
less than 15 grams
Petazocine
30 grams or more
10 to 29 grams
10 grams or less
30 grams or more
less than 30 grams
Methaqualone
30 grams or more
10 to 29 grams
10 grams or less
30 grams or more
less than 30 grams
Phencyclidine
30 grams or more
10 to 29 grams
30 grams or less
30 grams or more
less than 30 grams
Ketamine
30 grams or more
11 to 30 grams
less than 10 grams
30 grams or more
less than 30 grams
GHB
200 grams or more
50 to 200 grams
less than 50 grams
200 grams or more
less than 200 grams
Ecstasy
200 grams or more
50 to 199 grams
50 grams or less
200 grams or more
less than 200 grams

Note: Second Offense, double jail sentence and fine. This chart gives examples of the penalties which may be imposed on individuals convicted of drug possession, manufacturing, or delivery. The circumstances of the case and other factors affect whether or not these are the actual penalties imposed.

Marijuana Sale or Delivery (720 Illinois Compiled Statutes 550/5)

Class B Misdemeanor: 2.5 grams or less, $500 fine and/or six months in jail

Class A Misdemeanor: 2.5-10 grams or less, $1,000 fine and/or one year in jail

Class 4 Felony: between 10-30 grams, 1-3 years in jail and/or $10,000 fine

Class 3 Felony: between 30-500 grams, 2-5 years in jail and/or fine not to exceed $50,000

Class 2 Felony: 500 or more grams, 3-7 years in jail and/or fine not to exceed $100,000

Possession (720 Illinois compiled Statutes 550/4)

Class C Misdemeanor: 2.5 grams or less, $500 fine and/or thirty days in jail

Class B Misdemeanor: between 2.5-10 grams, $500 fine and/or six months in jail

Class A Misdemeanor: between 10-30 grams, $1,000 fine and/or one year in jail

Class 4 Felony: between 30-500 grams, 1-3 years in jail and/or $10,000 fine

Class 3 Felony: over 500 grams, 2-5 years in jail and/or fine not to exceed $50,000

Federal Drug Laws

The possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs is prohibited by federal law. Strict penalties are enforced for drug convictions, including mandatory prison terms for many offenses. The following information, although not complete, is an overview of federal penalties for first convictions. All penalties are doubled for any subsequent drug conviction.

Denial of Federal Aid (20 USC 1091)

Under the Higher Education Act of 1998, students convicted under federal or state law for the sale or possession of drugs will have their federal financial aid eligibility suspended. This includes all federal grants, loans, federal work study programs, and more. Students convicted of drug possession will be ineligible for one year from the date of the conviction of the first offense, two years for the second offense, and indefinitely for the third offense. Students convicted of selling drugs will be ineligible for two years from the date of the first conviction, and indefinitely for the second offense. Those who lose eligibility can regain eligibility by successfully completing an approved drug rehabilitation program.

Forfeiture of Personal Property and Real Estate (21 USC 853)

Any person convicted of a federal drug offense punishable by more than one year in prison shall forfeit to the United States any personal or real property related to the violation, including houses, cars, and other personal belongings. A warrant of seizure is issued and property is seized at the time an individual is arrested on charges that may result in forfeiture.

Federal Drug Trafficking Penalties (21 USC 841)

Penalties for federal drug trafficking convictions vary according to the quantity of the controlled substance involved in the transaction. The following list is a sample of the range and severity of federal penalties imposed for first convictions. Penalties for subsequent convictions are twice as severe.

If death or serious bodily injury result from the use of a controlled substance which has been illegally distributed, the person convicted on federal charges of distributing the substance faces mandatory life sentence and fines ranging up to $8 million.

Persons convicted on federal charges of drug trafficking within 1,000 feet of a University (21 USC 845a) face penalties of prison terms and fines which are twice as high as the regular penalties for the offense, with a mandatory prison sentence of at least 1 year.

Drug/Substance Amount Penalty - 1st Conviction
Barbiturates Any amount Up to 5 years prison. Fine up to $250,000
Cocaine 5 kgs. or more Not less than 10 years prison, not more than life. Fine up to $4 million
Less than 100 grams 10-63 months prison. Fine up to $1 million
Crack Cocaine 50 grams or more Not less than 10 years prison, not more than life. Fine up to $4 million
5-49 grams Not less than 5 years prison, not more than 40 years. Fine up to $2 million
5 grams or less 10-63 months prison. Fine up to $1 million
Ecstasy Any amount Up to 20 years imprisonment. Fine up to $1 million. 3 years of supervised releases (following prison)
GHB Any amount Up to 20 years imprisonment. Fine up to $1 million. 3 years of supervised releases (following prison)
Hashish 10-100 kg Up to 20 years imprisonment. Fine up to $1 million.
10 kg or less Up to 5 years imprisonment. Fine up to $250,000
Hash Oil 1-100 kg Up to 20 years imprisonment. Fine up to $1 million.
1 kg or less Up to 5 years imprisonment. Fine up to $250,000
Heroin 1 kg or more Not less than 10 years prison, not more than life. Fine up to $4 million
100-999 grams Not less than 5 years prison, not more than 40 years. Fine up to $2 million
100 grams or less 10-63 months prison. Fine up to $1 million
Ketamine Any amount Up to 5 years imprisonment. Fine up to $250,000. 2 years supervised release
LSD 10 grams or more Not less than 10 years prison, not more than life. Fine up to $4 million
1-10 grams Not less than 5 years prison, not more than 40 years. Fine up to $2 million
Marijuana 1000 kg or more Not less than 10 years prison, not more than life. Fine up to $4 million
100-999 kg Not less than 5 years prison, not more than 40 years. Fine up to $2 million
50-99 kg Up to 20 years imprisonment. Fine up to $1 million
50 kg or less Up to 5 years imprisonment. Fine up to $250,000
Methamphetamine 50 grams or more Not less than 10 years prison, not more than life. Fine up to $4 million
10-49 grams Not less than 5 years prison, not more than 40 years. Fine up to $2 million
10 grams or less 10-21 months prison. Fine up to $1 million
PCP 100 grams or more Not less than 10 years prison, not more than life. Fine up to $4 million
10-99 grams Not less than 5 years prison, not more than 40 years. Fine up to $2 million
10 grams or less 10-21 months prison. Fine up to $1 million
Rohypnol 1 gram or more Up to 20 years imprisonment. Fine up to $1 million
less than 30 mgs Up to 5 years imprisonment. Fine up to $250,000

Federal Drug Possession Penalties (21 USC 844)

Persons convicted on Federal charges of possessing any controlled substance face penalties of up to 1 year in prison and a mandatory fine of no less than $1,000 up to a maximum of $100,000. Second convictions are punishable by not less than 15 days but not more than 2 years in prison and a minimum fine of $2,500. Subsequent convictions are punishable by not less than 90 days but not more than 3 years in prison and a minimum fine of $5,000. Possession of drug paraphernalia is punishable by a minimum fine of $750.

Special sentencing provisions for possession of crack cocaine impose a mandatory prison term of not less than 5 years but not more than 20 years and a fine up to $250,000, or both if:

  1. It is a first conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds 5 grams;
  2. It is a second conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds 3 grams;
  3. It is a third or subsequent crack conviction and the amount exceeds 1 gram.

Civil penalties of up to $10,000 may also be imposed for possession of small amounts of controlled substances, whether or not criminal prosecution is pursued.

Counseling and Treatment

Short term alcohol and other drug counseling is available on campus to students through the EIU Counseling Center (217/581-3413). Students may be referred through the Counseling Center to other treatment programs for more intensive treatment. Through Eastern's Human Resources department, the Employee Assistance Program offers employees additional education and counseling, as well as appropriate referrals. Within Charleston, three substance abuse counseling agencies licensed through the Illinois Department of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse exist: Central East Alcoholism and Drug Council (217/348-8108), Walter DUI and Counseling Services (217/348-3847), and ABBCON Counseling (217/345-3156). These agencies provide a variety of services which may include intake/evaluation, social setting detoxification, intensive residential program, chemical dependency programs, adolescent and adult outpatient services, DUI evaluations and remedial education. Interested individuals are encouraged to contact each agency for additional information regarding specific services and costs.

Prevention and Education

Through the Health Service’s Health Education Resource Center (217/581-7786), the EIU Counseling Center (217/581-3413), the EIU Office of Student Standards (217/581-3827), EIU Police Department (217/581-3213), and other departments and offices, a variety of individual, group and community educational programs and interventions designed to prevent and reduce alcohol and other drug use/abuse are offered to the EIU Community. In addition, a campus-community alcohol and other drug coalition meets monthly to discuss current substance abuse related issues and trends. As mandated by the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act, this policy is distributed to all students, staff and faculty on an annual basis, and during every even year, a biennial review of the comprehensive alcohol and other drug program is conducted. For more information concerning current programs, interventions and policies, contact Dr. Eric S. Davidson at esdavidson@eiu.edu or 217/581-7786.

Health Risks of Commonly Abused Substances

Substance Nicknames/Slang Terms Short Term Effects Risks/Long Term Effects
Alcohol   slurred speech, drowsiness, headaches, impaired judgment, decreased perception and coordination, distorted vision and hearing , vomiting, breathing difficulties, unconsciousness, coma, blackouts, toxic psychosis, physical dependence, neurological and liver damage, fetal alcohol syndrome, vitamin B1 deficiency, sexual problems, cancer, physical dependence
Amphetamines uppers, speed, meth, crack, crystal, ice, pep pills increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, dry mouth, loss of appetite, restlessness, irritability, anxiety delusions, hallucinations, heart problems, hypertension, irritability, insomnia, toxic psychosis, physical dependence
Barbiturates and Tranquilizers barbs, bluebirds, blues, yellow jackets, red devils, roofies, rohypnol, ruffies, tranqs, mickey, flying v's slurred speech, muscle relaxation, dizziness, decreased motor control severe withdrawal symptoms, possible convulsions, toxic psychosis, depression, physical dependence
Cocaine coke, cracks, snow, powder, blow, rock loss of appetite increased blood pressure and heart rate, contracted blood vessels, nausea, hyper-stimulation anxiety, paranoia, increased hostility Increased rate of breathing, muscle spasms and convulsions. dilated pupils disturbed sleep, depression, weight loss, high blood pressure, seizure, heart attack, stroke, hypertension, hallucinations, psychosis, chronic cough, nasal passage injury, kidney, liver and lung damage
Gamma Hydroxy Butyrate GHB, liquid B, liquid X, liquid ecstasy, G, georgia homeboy, grievous bodily harm euphoria, decreased inhibitions, drowsiness, sleep, decreased body temperature, decreased heart rate, decreased blood pressure memory loss, depression, severe withdrawal symptoms, physical dependence, psychological dependence
Heroin H, junk, smack, horse, skag euphoria, flushing of the skin, dry mouth, “heavy” arms and legs, slowed breathing, muscular weakness constipation, loss of appetite, lethargy, weakening of the immune system, respiratory (breathing) illnesses, muscular weakness, partial paralysis, coma, physical dependence, psychological dependence
Ketamine K, super K, special K dream-like states, hallucinations, impaired attention and memory, delirium, impaired motor function, high blood pressure, depression Urinary tract and bladder problems, abdominal pain, major convulsions, muscle rigidity , increased confusion, increased depression, physical dependence, psychological dependence
LSD acid, stamps, dots, blotter, A-bombs dilated pupils, change in body temperature, blood pressure and heart rate, sweating, chills, loss of appetite, decreased sleep, tremors, changes in visual acuity, mood changes may intensify existing psychosis, panic reactions, can interfere with psychological adjustment and social functioning, insomnia, physical dependence, psychological dependence
MDMA ecstasy, XTC, adam, X, rolls, pills impaired judgment, confusion, confusion, blurred vision, teeth clenching, depression, anxiety, paranoia, sleep problems, muscle tension same as LSD, sleeplessness, nausea, confusion, increased blood pressure, sweating , depression, anxiety, memory loss kidney failure, cardiovascular problems, convulsions death, physical dependence, psychological dependence
Marijuana/Cannabis pot, grass, dope, weed, joint, bud, reefer, doobie, roach sensory distortion, poor coordination of movement slowed reaction time, panic, anxiety bronchitis, conjunctivas, lethargy, shortened attention span, suppressed immune system, personality changes, cancer, psychological dependence, physical dependence possible for some
Mescaline peyote cactus nausea, vomiting, anxiety, delirium, hallucinations, increased heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature, lasting physical and mental trauma, intensified existing psychosis, psychological dependence
Morphine/Opiates M, morf, duramorph, Miss Emma, monkey, roxanol, white stuff euphoria, increased body temperature, dry mouth, “heavy” feeling in arms and legs constipation, loss of appetite collapsed veins, heart infections, liver disease, depressed respiration, pneumonia and other pulmonary complications, physical dependence, psychological dependence
PCP crystal, tea, angel dust, embalming fluid, killer weed, rocket fuel, supergrass, wack, ozone shallow breathing, flushing, profuse sweating, numbness in arms and legs, decreased muscular coordination, nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, delusions, paranoia, disordered thinking memory loss, difficulties with speech and thinking, depression, weight loss, psychotic behavior, violent acts, psychosis, physical dependence, psychological dependence
Psilcoybin mushrooms, magic mushrooms, shrooms, caps, psilocybin & psilocyn nausea, distorted perceptions, nervousness, paranoia, confusion, memory loss, shortened attention span, flashbacks may intensify existing psychosis,
Steroids roids, juice increased lean muscle mass, increased strength, acne, oily skin, excess hair growth, high blood pressure Cholesterol imbalance, anger management problems, masculinization or women, breast enlargement in men, premature fusion of long bones preventing attainment of normal height, atrophy of reproductive organs, impotence, reduced fertility, stroke, hypertension, congestive heart failure, liver damage, psychological dependence

On-Campus Resources/Information

Resource Contact Information
EIU Counseling Center 217/581-3413 — http://www.eiu.edu/counsctr/
EIU Health Education Resource Center 217/581-7786 — http://www.eiu.edu/herc
EIU Health Service 217/581-3013 — http://www.eiu.edu/health
EIU Office of Student Standards 217/581-3827 — http://www.eiu.edu/judicial/
EIU Police Department 217/581-3213 — http://www.eiu.edu/police/
EIU Student Legal Services 217/581-6054 — http://castle.eiu.edu/sls/
EIU Vice-President of Student Affairs 217/581-3221 — , http://www.eiu.edu/stuaff/
Magellan Employee Assistance Program 1-866-659-3848 — http://www.eiu.edu/~humanres/benefits/eap.php

Off-Campus Resources/Information

Resource Contact Information
ABBCON Counseling Service – Substance Abuse Counseling, and DUI Assessment 217-345-3156 — http://www.abbconcounseling.com/
Central East Alcoholism and Drug (CEAD) Council – Hour House – Outpatient, Residential, Group, Family Chemical Dependency Programs, DUI Assessment & Education 217-348-8108 — http://www.ceadcouncil.org/
Charleston Police Department – Emergency 911
Charleston Police Department – Non - Emergency 217-345-8407 — http://www.charlestonillinois.org/
Coles County Sheriff’s Office – Emergency 911
Coles County Sheriff’s Office – Non-Emergency 217-345-3156 — http://www.co.coles.il.us/Sheriff/index.htm
Coles County State’s Attorney’s Office 217-348-0561
Walter DUI & Counseling Services 217- 348-3847

In accordance with Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, no individual shall be discriminated against on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations of the University. Further, no qualified individual with a disability shall, by reason of such disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of the University or be subjected to discrimination by the University.