Campus Life

Drug-Free Campus

Mars Hill University Programs and Policy

Standards of Conduct and Disciplinary Sanctions

Mars Hill University strictly prohibits the use or possession of alcohol and/or illegal drugs on the university campus for both students and employees.

Mars Hill University provides the following sanctions for the use of alcohol on the university campus. These sanctions are stated in the Mars Hill University Student Handbook and the Mars Hill University Faculty & Staff Handbooks, as appropriate.

The selling, transfer, possession, use or collection of alcoholic beverages or containers on the campus is prohibited. This includes off-campus parties sponsored by campus organizations. Students convicted shall receive a minimum fine of $75.00 or 20 hours of community service work. Additional infractions will cause the fine and sanctions to be significantly increased, up to and including the possibility of suspension. For employees, drinking on the job or reporting to work under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs is grounds for reprimand or discharge. Furthermore, the university has a policy against the manufacture, sale, transfer, possession, or use of illegal and/or controlled substances. Students found guilty through the campus judicial process will be suspended for no less than 1 year and may be subject to expulsion. Such violations by employees are grounds for immediate disciplinary action, which could include reprimand, suspension without pay, or discharge.

These policies are outlined for the university population in the student handbook, the staff handbook, and the faculty handbook. These policies should be taken seriously as violations of them will result in prompt disciplinary action.

A Mars Hill University employee must notify the Human Resources Office "in writing of his or her conviction for a violation of a criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace no later than five calendar days after such conviction." Failure to do so will result in immediate discharge.

Drug/Alcohol Treatment

Mars Hill University has a multi-faceted approach to substance abuse. The first level involves referral for personal counseling coupled with alcohol and substance abuse education offered on campus by the Director of Counseling.

In addition to the on-campus educational programming, the institution works with New Vistas and Mission Health System (Copestone). The university’s health insurance plan also provides Substance Abuse Services.

The university also schedules alcohol and substance abuse programs that are attended on a voluntary basis. The programs are scheduled through the semester and are organized by the Office of Student Development Counseling Center. Additional substance abuse education may be provided for the campus population through health fairs sponsored by the university infirmary.

Local, State, and Federal Law

1. The North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Laws make it unlawful for any person under twenty-one (21) years of age to purchase, possess, or consume; or for anyone to aid or abet such a person in purchasing, possessing, and consuming any alcoholic beverage. (General Statute 18A-8)

2. Any person who is over the lawful age to purchase and who aids or abets another in purchase or possession shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $2000 or imprisonment for not more than two years, or both.

3. It shall be unlawful for any person to obtain alcoholic beverages when under the lawful age by using or attempting to use a fraudulent or altered driver’s license or any other type of false identification.

4. It shall be unlawful for any person to permit the use of his or her license or any other identification document by any person who purchases or attempts to purchase alcoholic beverages while under the lawful age.

5. A driver may not consume any alcoholic beverage while driving. No person may transport in the passenger area any alcoholic beverage in any container other than the manufacturer’s unopened original container.

Use and Trafficking in Illegal Drugs

North Carolina Controlled Substances Act 90-89 deals with the use and trafficking in illegal drugs by schedule from I to VI.

1. It is illegal to possess or manufacture an illicit drug or controlled substance with the intent to sell or deliver it to another.

2. It is illegal to sell or buy any item which is represented to be an illicit drug or controlled substance.

Punishment is based on the type (schedule) of substance and the quantity. The prescribed sentences are, class H felon, minimum 5 years, maximum 10 years and class I felon, maximum 5 years and/or fine.

90-95 Violations, penalties:

(a) Except as authorized by this Article, it is unlawful for any person:

(1) To manufacture, sell or deliver, or possess with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a controlled substance;
(2) To create, sell or deliver, or possess with intent to sell or deliver, a counterfeit controlled substance;
(3) To possess a controlled substance.

(b) With certain exceptions, any person who violates G. S. 90-95 with respect to:
(1) A controlled substance classified in Schedule I or II shall be punished as a Class H felon.
(2) A controlled substance classified in Schedule III, IV, V, or VI shall be punished as a Class I felon, but the transfer of less than 5 grams of marijuana for no remuneration shall not constitute a delivery in violation of G. S. 90-96 (a) (1).

Cases involving controlled substances will be reported to the Mars Hill Police Department.

Health Risks

The abuse of alcohol causes symptoms ranging from decreased inhibitions, lowered muscle coordination, and slowing of reaction time to chronic disorders, such as cirrhosis, anorexia, mental deterioration with memory loss, tremors, uncontrollable fears progressing to hallucination, convulsions, and sometimes death.

Marijuana inhibits short-term memory, slows reaction time, and irritates the throat and lungs. It has twice the amount of “tar” as cigarette smoke. Frequent use has been linked to lung cancer, bronchitis, and emphysema. It has also been linked to low sperm count and irregular menses. Heavy use can also depress the immune system.

Cocaine can cause depression, intense anxiety, confusion, uncontrolled tremors, weight loss, and seizures. It also can cause destruction of the membranes and cartilages in the nasal cavity. It can lead to cardiac irregularities, heart attacks and cardiac arrest. Other secondary problems associated with the use of cocaine are hepatitis, meningitis, and AIDS. These are usually caused by using contaminated needles to inject cocaine.

LSD and PCP are hallucinogens that can cause hyper excitability, hypertension, emotional instability, prolonged psychotic states, personality disorders, increased homicidal and suicidal risks and death.

Narcotics (i.e. morphine, Demerol, and Methadone) cause addiction in a very short time. These drugs depress the central nervous system. They can cause coma, convulsions, and death. Barbiturates and tranquilizers are also depressants and can cause similar problems. The combination of these drugs with alcohol can potentiate their effect and can often cause death.

Stimulants (i.e. amphetamines) can cause addiction, nervousness, exhaustion, depression, confusion, personality changes, convulsions, coma, and death.

Inhalants (i.e. glue, aerosols, gasoline) can result in sudden death by doing damage to the brain and central nervous system. Prior to this, there may be nausea, vomiting, asphyxiation, and comatose state.