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Elizabeth City State University

Illegal Drug Policy

Elizabeth City State University has the responsibility to nurture and protect its environment. The Board of Trustees of the university has committed itself to the proposition that students, faculty, and staff should be able to engage in the scholarly pursuits of teaching, learning, discourse, and research free from illegal drug use.

Education Programs and Activities

Elizabeth City State University's drug education programs and activities involve the following:

  • Conducting anonymous surveys of students, faculty, and staff to identify the extent of the drug problem;
  • Establishing mandatory seminars on substance abuse for faculty, staff, and students;
  • Conducting Drug Awareness Week activities with print and electronic media advertising;
  • Developing creative outreach programs for the university that utilize community resources;
  • Initiating contacts for academic linkages with Departments to address substance abuse in appropriate health and physical education courses;
  • Generating a greater public awareness of substance abuse through special events such as sporting events, campus extravaganzas, panel discussions, magazine publications, etc.;
  • Publishing and distributing fact sheets and other printed literature on substance abuse; and
  • Conducting faculty and staff wellness activities.

Counseling and Referrals

It will be the responsibility of every student, staff, and faculty member to help in the maintenance of a drug-free campus. The ECSU Counseling Center makes referrals to the appropriate local or state agencies. All individuals are afforded the right of confidentiality in all contacts consistent with local, state, and federal laws, and the general welfare of ECSU, its students, faculty, and staff.

Enforcement and Penalties

Elizabeth City State University will take all necessary actions, in accordance with local, state, and federal law, and applicable university rules and regulations, to eliminate illegal drugs from the campus community.

Students, faculty members, administrators, and other employees are responsible, as citizens, for knowing about and complying with the provisions of North Carolina law that make it a crime to possess, sell, deliver, or manufacture those drugs designated collectively as "controlled substances" in Article 5 of Chapter 90 of the North Carolina General Statutes.

Penalties will be imposed by the university in accordance with procedural safeguards applicable to disciplinary actions against students, faculty members, and other employees, as required by the ECSU Student Handbook, by Section 4 of the ECSU Tenure Policy and Regulations, by Section 5 of the North Carolina Personnel Manual, and by university policies applicable to other employees exempt from the State Personnel Act.