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Drug and Alcohol Policy


Drug-Free Campus Statement

It is Herzing University’s policy to provide a positive environment conducive to learning. To that end, the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol on school property or in connection with any school activity is strictly prohibited. Reporting to or remaining at work or school under the influence of or impaired by alcohol or illicit drugs is also prohibited. This prohibition applies to all employees and students. Violation of these provisions by a student may lead to the imposition of disciplinary sanction, up to and including suspension or expulsion. Herzing University employees are also subject to disciplinary sanctions for violation of these provisions occurring on University property or any work site during work time, up to and including termination for employment. Referral for criminal prosecution may occur where appropriate.

Legal Sanctions

Students must be aware that significant criminal penalties exist under state and federal laws for the unlawful possession or distribution of alcohol and illegal drugs. Legal sanctions under local, state, and federal laws vary by location, but may include:

  • Monetary fines
  • Jail time
  • Suspension, revocation, or denial of a driver’s license
  • Property seizure
  • Loss of eligibility for federal benefits, including federal financial aid

Federal penalties for drug trafficking may be found at Students who are concerned about specific circumstances should consult applicable local, state, and federal law and/or seek legal counsel.

Federal Student Aid Penalties for Drug Convictions

A federal or state drug conviction (but not a local or municipal conviction) can disqualify a student from using federal student aid. Only convictions occurring during a period of enrollment in which the student was receiving federal student aid are counted against students for aid eligibility purposes, as indicated on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The following chart indicates the suspension period for related offenses.

 Possession of Illegal DrugsSale of Illegal Drugs
1st Offense1 year from date of conviction2 years from date of conviction
2nd Offense2 years from date of convictionIndefinite Period
3rd + OffenseIndefinite PeriodIndefinite Period

A student may regain eligibility prior to the end of the period of ineligibility if he/she successfully completes a qualified drug rehabilitation program that includes passing two unannounced drug tests if he/she passes two unannounced drug tests administered by such a program, or if the conviction is reversed, set aside, or otherwise rendered invalid. A rehabilitation program is considered qualified if it meets at least one of the following criteria:

  • It is qualified to receive funds directly or indirectly from a federal, state, or local government program.
  • It is qualified to receive payment directly or indirectly from a federally or state-licensed insurance company.
  • It is administered or recognized by a federal, state, or local government agency or court.
  • It is administered or recognized by a federally or state-licensed hospital, health clinic, or medical doctor.

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Sheet from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of National Drug Control Policy for more information at

Health Risks

Various health risks are associated with the use of illicit drugs. Some of the more common risks are cited below and may be found at

DrugRisk of Physical DependenceRisk of Psychological DependenceHealth Risks
Narcotics (e.g., heroin, oxycodone, morphine)HighHighDrowsiness, slow and shallow breathing, confusion, muscle weakness, nausea, convulsions, coma, death
Stimulants (e.g., crack/ cocaine, amphetamines, methamphetamine)PossibleHighHigh fever, agitation, panic, headache, dizziness, tremors, convulsions, cardiac arrest, stroke, deat
Depressants (e.g., Valium, Xanax, Rohypnol)ModerateModerateLoss of motor coordination, weakness, headache, blurred vision, dizziness, nausea, low blood pressure, slow breathing, coma, death
Hallucinogens (e.g., LSD, MDMA, PCP)NoneUnknownSeizures, muscle cramps, nausea, liver kidney and cardiovascular failure, coma, death
InhalantsUnknownHighMuscle weakness, disorientation, nausea, nervous system and organ damage, asphyxiation, death
MarijuanaUnknownModerateDizziness, nausea, dry mouth, loss of motor coordination, panic attacks


For those students who choose to use alcohol, Herzing University encourages students to drink responsibly and to never drink and drive. Consuming alcohol has many risk factors and can lead to dependency. With excessive use, liver, brain, heart, and stomach damage can occur without apparent warning signs. Alcohol is one of the leading causes of preventable deaths in the United States.

Counseling, Treatment, and Rehabilitation

Drug and alcohol counseling, treatment, and rehabilitation programs for employees and students are available from a variety of community sources. Anyone who recognizes a personal drug or alcohol problem, who is concerned about a student or coworker, or who wishes to know more about drug and alcohol abuse may contact a campus executive officer, the human resources department, or for more information. Community resources near a student or employee’s respective campus or location may be found by contacting a campus executive officer, the Human Resource Department, or

National Resources

Herzing University also encourages anyone dealing with substance abuse issues to contact the following national agencies for guidance and assistance in identifying counseling, treatment, or rehabilitation programs.

Alcohol/Drug Helpline: (800) 821-4357

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Hotline: (800) 662-HELP

Al-Anon: (888) 425-2666 (local information can be found in your local telephone directory)

Employee Resources

Herzing University provides an employee assistance program (EAP) as a benefit to all employees regardless of if they opt in to other benefits through the University. This service provides referrals and treatment sessions as needed and can connect employees to additional outpatient or inpatient services that could be eligible for coverage through the employee healthcare plan. Information about contacting the EAP can be obtained through the Human Resource Department.

Biennial Review

Herzing University conducts a biennial review of its program to determine the effectiveness of the program and implement changes as needed. This review also ensures that disciplinary sanctions are uniformly enforced.

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