Drug and Alcohol Policy

Drug and Alcohol Free School Policy
In accordance with Public Law 101-226, the ANTI-DRUG ABUSE ACT of 1988, it is the policy of INNOVATION DESIGN ACADEMY that its work place is alcohol and drug free. This policy is adopted with education, awareness and prevention uppermost in the mind. Accordingly, the School adopts the following policy effective November 14, 2006.

The use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs can lead to physical and psychological health risks. These risks depend upon the type of drug used and the intensity of the use. Long-term use of drugs can lead to organic damage to the body and psychological problems. And even short-term use carries a risk of an overdose that can result in effects as serious as death. Drug and alcohol use also carries other direct and indirect health risks, including a heightened risk of blood-transmitted disease for users of intravenous drugs, the risk of pregnancy complications and birth defects in women who use drugs or alcohol while pregnant, and the impairment of the ability to operate motor vehicles. As such, all students and employees are encouraged to abstain from the use of illegal drugs and irresponsible use of alcohol.

  1. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of alcohol or a controlled substance is prohibited in and on Innovations Design Academy- owned and controlled property. This prohibition applied to employees, students, and visitors.

 

  1. Any Innovations Design Academy employee determined to have violated this policy may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including removal. No employee will report to work while under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs. Violation of these rules by an employee will be reason for mandatory evaluation/treatment for alcohol or a substance use disorder or for disciplinary action up to and including removal.
  1. Any student determined to have violated this policy may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension or dismissal.

 

  1. Any visitor determined to have violated this policy may be evicted from the School premises and subject to legal action initiated by the School.
  1. An alcohol and drug abuse prevention program is available as needed for Innovations Design Academy employees and students by the North Central Behavioral Health Systems. Alcohol and Drug-Free Work Place Activities for groups and individuals will focus on the following:

 

  • The dangers of alcohol and drug abuse in the work place;
  • The School’s policy of maintaining an alcohol and drug-free work place;
  • Any health, alcohol or drug abuse agency which provides alcohol and/or drug counseling, rehabilitation and assistance programs;
  • The penalties which may be imposed for alcohol and /or drug abuse violations occurring in the work place.
  1. Each employee will be given a copy of the School’s position in Paragraph (1), as well as information about the dangers of alcohol and drug use/abuse in the workplace, availability and penalties for violating the stated policy. As a condition of his/her employment, each employee shall agree in writing to abide by the terms contained in this policy.

 

  1. Employees, as a condition of employment, are required to notify Innovations Design Academy of any criminal drug conviction resulting from a violation occurring at the work place no later than five (5) days after each conviction.
  1. Within thirty (30) days of receiving notice of a violation of these prohibitions, Innovations Design Academy shall institute appropriate disciplinary action. In the case of employees, this action could include, but is not limited to, dismissal. Innovations Design Academy may also require an employee who violated this policy to participate satisfactorily in an employee assistance program or a substance abuse assistance or rehabilitation program. In the case of students, this action could include, but is not limited to, loss of financial aid.

 

  1. For the purpose of this policy, the following definitions apply:
    • A “controlled substance” is (1) not legally obtainable; (2) a substance being used in a matter different from that prescribed; or (3) that which is legally obtainable but has not been legally obtained
    • A “Conviction” is defined as a finding of guilt (including pleas of no contest) or imposition of a sentence, or both, by any judicial body charged with the responsibility of determining violations of the federal or state criminal drug statutes.

 

*Innovations Design Academy does not currently have a confidential crime reporting procedure. Innovations Design Academy does not have a process in which pastoral or professional counselors can report crimes anonymously.

Title IV Implications of Illegal Drug Convictions
Any students convicted of possessing or selling illegal drugs while receiving Title IV assistance will be ineligible for FSA funds based on the chart below:

Possession of illegal drugs Sale of illegal drugs (includes convictions for conspiring to sell illegal drugs)
First offense One year from date of conviction Two years from date of conviction
Second offense Two years from date of conviction Indefinite period
Third Offense Indefinite period Indefinite period

Note: If convicted of both possessing and selling illegal drugs and the periods of ineligibility are different, the longer penalty will apply.

In addition, violations of federal, state, or local laws and ordinances concerning drugs and alcohol can lead to felony or misdemeanor convictions and legal sanctions, which include but are not limited to: fines, imprisonment, forfeiture of property, and loss of driving privileges. A description of federal penalties for drug violations can be found at http://www.justice.gov/dea/agency/penalties.htm