LSUS is committed to maintaining a campus free of illegal drug use and alcohol abuse. Students should be aware that the Student Conduct Code prohibits the unauthorized manufacture, sale, possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol on campus. Violation of this policy is grounds for disciplinary action up to and including permanent dismissal from the university. Federal and state laws provide additional penalties for such unlawful activities, including fines and imprisonment. Local ordinances also provide similar penalties for drug and alcohol-related offenses. The university is bound to take all appropriate actions against violators, including referral for legal prosecution and/or requiring a student to participate satisfactorily in an approved drug/alcohol abuse assistance or rehabilitation program. Students should be aware that penalties for violating Louisiana law concerning controlled substances can include fines of $5,000 to $15,000 and imprisonment at hard labor for up to 30 years.
The university provides assistance to students with drug related problems through its Student Development and Counseling Center. Those students who voluntarily seek assistance from the center are assured that professional standards of confidentiality will be maintained. Referral to appropriate community agencies is available through the Student Development and Counseling Center. University support services and programs are designed to encourage students to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles.
Chemical dependency is a primary and progressive disease which adversely affects all areas of an individual's life. The use of illicit drugs and/or the abuse of alcohol is harmful to a person's health and well-being and has been proven to be damaging to vital organs such as the heart, liver and brain. Pregnant women who use drugs run the risk of bearing addicted, malformed or stillborn children. Illicit drug use and alcohol abuse is often a factor in accidents and is a leading cause of death among persons of college age. See the drug use chart which lists the effects of controlled substances.