The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 Amendments requires institutions of higher education to design and implement alcohol and illicit drug programs on their campuses. As a condition of receiving funds or any other form of financial assistance under any federal program, an institution of higher education must certify that it has adopted and implemented a program to prevent "the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees" on campus property or as part of any campus activity.
This legislation directed colleges to:
- To develop a written policy on alcohol and other drugs
- To develop a process that ensures policy distribution to all students, staff, and faculty
- To enumerate federal, state, or local sanctions for unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol
- To describe health risks associated with alcohol abuse or illicit drug use
- To describe college drug and alcohol programs available for students and employees
- To specify disciplinary sanctions imposed on students and employees for policy violations
- To conduct biennial reviews to assess the effectiveness of its alcohol and drug programs.
The law further requires an institution of higher education to review its program to:
- To determine its effectiveness and implement changes if they are needed, and
- To ensure that the sanctions developed are consistently enforced
In compliance with federal legislation, the Drug Free Schools and Communities Committee of Minneapolis College has prepared this biennial review.
Biennial Review Process
A committee was convened and oriented to the requirements of the Drug Free Schools Act and the completion of a Biennial Review to comply with the act.
Members represented: Campus Public Safety, Collegiate Recovery Program, Counseling, Human Resources, Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, Student Health Clinic, and Student Life.
The committee reviewed components essential to the College’s drug and alcohol program: policy statements, publications, services, data collection, campus life, and data on student and employee conduct.
Minneapolis College appears to be in full compliance with federal legislation. The College has developed and maintains a drug prevention policy. The College distributes the drug-free policy to all staff, faculty and students annually. The College provides services and activities to promote a strong drug-free campus environment and offers robust support for those in recovery. The College tracks the number of drug and alcohol related offenses, sanctions, and referrals.
Download a copy of the Biennial Drug and Alcohol Report