Drug-Free Schools And Communities Act Of 1989

In accordance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities-Act Amendments of 1989, the seminary’s policy on illegal drugs and alcohol is as follows:

  1. Standard of Conduct and Seminary Sanctions

    Calvin Theological Seminary prohibits the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of drugs and alcohol by faculty, staff, and students on seminary property or as any part of seminary activities. The seminary 2002-2004 catalog states that, “Behavior that is either disruptive or illegal will result in dismissal” (p. 212).

  2. Legal Sanctions

    Municipal, state, and federal laws strictly outline penalties-including fines and jail terms-for the illegal use, possession, or distribution of alcohol and drugs.

  3. Health Risks

    The use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol present health risks, such as addiction, acute and chronic illness, and death. Other risks associated with alcohol and drug use include impaired learning, violence, injuries, accidents, drunk driving, acquaintance rape, unwanted pregnancies, and sexually transmitted diseases.

  4. Treatment Programs

    Alcohol and drug information, referral, counseling, treatment, and rehabilitation programs are available to faculty, staff, and students through a variety of on- and offcampus resources. Some of these services and programs are without charge; others are covered by insurance or based on ability to pay. Students may obtain further information about available services by calling the Broene Center (526-6123). Employees may direct their inquiries to Human Resources (957-6097). Faculty, staff, and students with questions, concerns or problems related to the use of illicit drugs or the abuse of alcohol are urged to take immediate advantage of the help that is available. All members of the seminary community, however, must clearly understand that they jeopardize their education, their jobs, their health, and their future if they unlawfully possess, use, or distribute drugs or alcohol at Calvin Theological Seminary. Sanctions for such misconduct will be consistently enforced.