General College Policy on Drugs
The possession, use, or distribution of illegal drugs on the Davidson College campus is prohibited. Such conduct:
Violates federal and state laws.
Endangers one's physical and mental health; and endangers the health and safety of others, especially roommates and neighbors.
Threatens the fabric of the community with serious security risks resulting from dealing with individuals operating outside the law.
Davidson College is not a sanctuary for illegal drug use and it will cooperate fully with all law enforcement officials investigating or charging a student with illegal drug use. Any student who violates federal or state illegal drug laws is subject to criminal prosecution as well as campus judicial proceedings.
Students are subject to disciplinary action for the possession, manufacture, use, sale or distribution of any quantity of prescription drugs or controlled substance, except for the use of an over-the-counter medication or for the prescribed use of medication in accordance with the instructions of a physician. Controlled substances include, but are not limited to:
"crack" or other cocaine derivatives
"ecstasy", "eve", or other "designer drugs"
Possession of paraphernalia associated with the use, possession or manufacture of a prescription drug or controlled substance is also prohibited by state law and college policy.
The penalties to be imposed by the college may range from probation to indefinite suspension. However, the following minimum penalties shall be imposed:
The minimum penalty for a first-time violation of the Illegal Drug Policy for the illegal use of a Schedule VI drug as defined by North Carolina Statute (e.g. Marijuana, THC, Hashish, Hash Oil) or Schedule VI drug paraphernalia will be disciplinary probation for a full year, a requirement for participation in a drug abuse education and/or treatment program, and a letter will be sent to parents. Any student who violates the Illegal Drug Policy with the use of a Schedule VI drug or drug paraphernalia for a second time will be immediately suspended from the college and for at least one semester beyond the semester in which the violation occurs. Other sanctions may apply depending on the type of drug possessed, used, distributed or sold. *
The minimum penalty for a first-time violation of the Illegal Drug Policy for the illegal use of drugs found in Schedules I-V as defined by North Carolina Statute (e.g. all other controlled substances, prescription drugs) or their paraphernalia will be the immediate suspension of the guilty student from the college and for at least one semester beyond the semester in which the violation occurs. Other sanctions may apply depending on the type of drug possessed, used, distributed or sold. (See the following charts for more specific details.) *
The penalty for a violation of the Illegal Drug Policy for the sale, distribution, or manufacture of a prescription drug, controlled substance or drug paraphernalia will be an immediate indefinite suspension from the college. *
* A student charged and admitting guilt for a violation of the Illegal Drug Policy may choose to appear before the Judicial Committee to determine an appropriate sanction. A student charged but not admitting guilt will appear before the Honor Council.
As citizens, the students, faculty and staff at Davidson are responsible for knowing and complying with all applicable federal, state and local laws that make it a crime to possess, sell, deliver or manufacture those drugs considered "controlled substances" by the State of North Carolina and the United States Government. Any member of the college community who violates the law is subject both to prosecution and punishment by the civil authorities and to disciplinary proceedings by the college.
OTHER DRUGS: The possession, production, sale and delivery of controlled substances are illegal under the North Carolina Controlled Substance Act of 1971. A drug offense may be considered a felony or misdemeanor depending on the nature of the charge. Simple possession is generally considered less serious than manufacture, sale or distribution. However, possession of large amounts of drugs may be construed as intent to sell. Distribution may include giving a controlled substance to a friend free of charge. Repeat offenders are generally punished more harshly.
A criminal record (misdemeanor or felony) may preclude admission to graduate or professional schools, profession licensure and certification, or security clearance of certain professions and positions.