Commission on Student Affairs Resolution 1999-00B

Resolution Revising Student Code Of Conduct Drug Law Policy

Approved by CSA: March 23, 2000

First Reading, University Council: April 3, 2000

Approved by University Council:

Effective Date: July 1, 2000

WHEREAS, the use of synthetic and "designer" drugs has increased nationally; and

WHEREAS, "date rape drugs" such as gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) can be synthesized from over-the-counter precursors; and

WHEREAS, our peer institutions have more comprehensive illegal drug statements as illustrated below:

Texas A&M University

"manufacturing, possessing, having under control, selling, transmitting, using or being party thereto any illegal drug, controlled substance or drug paraphernalia…"

" the term ‘controlled substances’… shall refer to those drugs…whose possession…results in criminal sanctions under the Texas Controlled Substances Act, as well as to substances that possess a chemical structure similar to that of a controlled substance (e.g. "designer drugs")

Cornell University

"To unlawfully manufacture, distribute, dispense, possess, use or sell controlled substances as defined by state and federal law."

Iowa State University

"Such violations include, but are not limited to, the unauthorized or illegal consumption, distribution, manufacture, possession, or sale of alcohol beverages or other controlled substances…"

WHEREAS, our current policy reads:

7. Drugs

Possession, use, distribution or sale of unlawful drugs.

THEREFORE LET IT BE RESOLVED, that the Code of Student Conduct be revised so that the Drug Policy is replaced by the following:

7. Drugs

Possession, use, manufacture (synthesis or growth), possession with intent to manufacture, sale, dispensation or distribution of any illegal drug or substance controlled under state or federal law.

Please refer to the Virginia Tech Statement on Alcohol and Other Drugs found in Section V.d. for additional information.