Drug, alcohol possession on campus results in consequences
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Drug, alcohol possession on campus results in consequences

Published 3/27/17

Shanna Kyle

TNE Writer

Being in possession of drugs or alcohol on campus can have serious consequences.  NSU is a dry campus. This means there is absolutely no alcohol allowed on the campus at any time. If students are caught with alcohol or controlled substances on their person while on campus, they can get arrested and face possible expulsion from school.

Controlled substances and alcohol are not permitted in all university housing units and work places, as well as at any university-sponsored event. Alcoholic beverages, whether it is beer or hard liquor, and controlled substances are not allowed.

Students who are caught with alcohol on campus will have to go through a conduct meeting with Student Affairs. How many offenses the student has determines how severe the punishment will be. Typically, the University Police will not be contacted with alcohol-related incidents unless the student is under-aged or a situation has escalated.

Students who are caught with controlled substances on campus will also have to go through a conduct meeting with Student Affairs. The punishments for controlled substances on campus are typically more severe than those related to alcohol. Most of the time University Police will be called if a student is found with controlled substances.

“We encourage students to be successful while they are here at NSU,” said Patti Buhl, director of public safety. “We are here 24/7 for those who need us.”

Students who are intoxicated on campus can get arrested and be put in jail. If an officer from the Tahlequah Police Department or University Police finds an individual intoxicated in public, they can arrest that individual for being publicly intoxicated and intoxicated while on campus.

Students who decide to drink and drive can also be pulled over by University Police. The individual can then be asked to take a breathalyzer test or any other field sobriety test. It does not matter is a student is on a bike, riding a moped or driving a vehicle. Drinking and driving can be a serious offense.

When facing difficult situations and stress, students may turn to alcohol or controlled substances to cope. Hawk Reach connects students with rehabilitation facilities and programs if a student wants it.

“Hawk Reach does not offer a controlled substance or alcohol program,” said Robin Mackey, director of student counseling services. “Although if a student needs treatment, we can refer them out.”

If students are facing underlying problems, Hawk Reach offers counseling services that can help a student work through the those problems.

“I had things go on at home and personally, and Hawk Reach was really awesome,” said Sarah Brixey, graduate student. “Hawk Reach helped me more than private sessions in therapy. I cannot thank Hawk Reach enough.”

For more information about Hawk Reach and the services they offer, call 918-444-2042 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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