Illegal Drugs and Misuse of Legally Prescribed Drugs

The use of illegal drugs, such as marijuana, and the misuse of prescription drugs can greatly limit your ability to succeed at Wartburg College. Encourage your friends to avoid these drugs, and tell them directly of your concerns. Counseling Services in the Pathways Center can help a student discuss these issues or help a friend learn to intervene in a constructive way.

Illegal drugs, misuse of prescription drugs, and drug paraphernalia are not permitted on the Wartburg campus, Wartburg West property, or during activities directly associated with Wartburg College (i.e. conference attendance, service trips, athletic events, etc.). While Wartburg West is in Denver, Colorado, where marijuana use has been legalized, Wartburg College’s student code of conduct and the drug policy supersede the Colorado marijuana policy in relation to our students and facilities. Therefore, use of marijuana in the Wartburg West apartment or being under the influence of marijuana while present in the Wartburg West facilities, in class, during activities, or at an internship or site placement are direct violations of the Drug Policy and the student code of conduct.  

The college also will cooperate with all law enforcement agencies to enforce the laws pertaining to the use and possession of illegal drugs. Violations of this rule will be considered of sufficient seriousness to warrant dismissal from the college. Violations of this policy will result in Student Conduct Proceedings.  
Cases involving alleged student violations of existing drug laws will be heard by the appropriate authorities.

Drug-Free Schools Student Information 

The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Acts Amendments of 1989, Public Law 101-226, requires that Wartburg College implement a program to prevent the illicit use of drugs and the abuse of alcohol by students and employees. The purpose of this notice is to share information about: (1) Wartburg College’s standards of conduct regarding illicit drugs and alcohol; (2) A description of applicable legal sanctions under local, state, or federal law; (3) A description of the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol; (4) A description of available counseling and treatment opportunities; and (5) A statement regarding applicable sanctions for use of illicit drugs or abuse of alcohol.

Standards of Conduct 

Wartburg College is committed to making good-faith efforts to maintain a drug-free learning environment and work place. In addition, Wartburg recognizes that drug use and alcohol abuse are a contradiction to its understanding of community, and that use of illegal drugs and alcohol abuse may negatively impact academic success, impair job performance and judgment, endanger other Wartburg community members, and cause physical damage.

Accordingly, the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of illicit drugs or misused prescription drugs is prohibited on Wartburg property or as any part of a Wartburg activity, including Wartburg West participation. 

Additionally, more restrictive requirements may be set by instructors or advisors for alcohol and other drug use for individual courses, specifically those that require travel. 

Student Employment Expectations 

No member of the faculty or staff will be permitted to report to work while under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs. In addition, an employee must notify Wartburg College of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring in the work place no later than five days after such conviction. The college will notify the appropriate federal agency within 10 days of having received notice that an employee has had a criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring in the workplace.

These standards cover all employees, including part-time and student employees.

Applicable Sanctions for Use of Illicit Drugs or Misuse of Prescription Drugs

Violation of the drug policy is taken very seriously. Students found in violation can anticipate any of the following possible sanctions.

  • Fine ranging from $50 to $500. 
  • Meeting with a Student Life staff member to review drug policies.
  • Letter of warning to parents, coaches, academic or co-curricular adviser.
  • Referral to an off-campus alcohol or drug education program and approval by the director of counseling services for continued enrollment. (Costs associated with participation are the student’s responsibility)
  • Ongoing treatment program. (Costs associated with participation are the student’s responsibility)
  • Social probation. 
  • Decrease in housing priority or relocation. 
  • Participation in an activity to further the participant’s understanding of self and the issues involved and acceptance of the college’s positions and needs.
  • Suspension. 

Any Wartburg College employee, including student employees, determined to have violated the college’s policies regarding unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol will be subject to one of the following actions:

  1. Satisfactory participation in an alcohol/drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program.
  2. Disciplinary action up to and including termination and suspension. 

Legal Sanctions 

Local, state, and federal statutes also clearly prohibit the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol. Wartburg College sanctions vary depending upon the scope. Additional information on local, state, and federal laws can be found here. In addition, a student’s federal financial aid may be jeopardized by a drug conviction according to federal statute.

Health Risks 

Abuse of alcohol and the use of illicit drugs can have a significant impact on physical health. Wartburg College is committed to providing alcohol and drug education in order to help students and employees make informed choices about their behavior.

Alcohol is a depressant that, when used in excess, impairs judgment and motor skills. It is particularly dangerous to operate machinery, including driving a vehicle, while under the influence of alcohol. Behavior that indicates a need for assistance includes: drinking to cope, drinking often to the point of intoxication, going to class or work while under the influence of alcohol, driving while intoxicated, injuring oneself as a result of drinking, the need to drink more and more to achieve the same effect, showing frequent moodiness without apparent cause, having physical complaints relating to alcohol, relying on alcohol regularly to relieve tension or stress or pain, experiencing blackouts or loss of memory, and denying the possibility of a drinking problem.
Drug abuse is using natural and/or synthetic chemical substances for non-medical reasons to affect the body and its processes (e.g., amphetamines to stay awake when tired), the mind and nervous system (e.g., LSD to experience a change in perceptions), or behavior and feelings (e.g., marijuana to change moods).

If you take drugs, you risk accidents, ill health, dependence, and overdose. Signs of drug abuse include: restlessness, excessive reflex action, “drunkenness,” dilated pupils, drowsiness, talkativeness, irrational behavior, needle marks, and/or possession of drug paraphernalia such as needles and syringes, marijuana holders, bongs, or water pipes.

Counseling and Treatment Opportunities 

If you are concerned about yourself or someone you know abusing or using illicit drugs, written information is available from the Noah Campus Health Clinic, Counseling Services, campus pastors, and the vice president for student life. Covenant Clinic Psychiatry (319-352-9606) and Pathways Behavioral Services (319-352-1353) in Waverly provide counseling and assessment. An Alcoholics Anonymous group meets regularly in Waverly. Mental health professionals on campus and in Waverly have information and contacts with a variety of drug treatment centers and clinics, detoxification centers, and hospitals that treat patients on an inpatient or outpatient basis.

Certain costs associated with treatment programs may be covered by major medical insurance. For additional information, please contact Noah Health Clinic at 319-352-8436 or Counseling Services at 319-352-8596.

Questions concerning the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Acts Amendments of 1989 should be referred to the vice president for finance and administration.