DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE AND DRUG-FREE SCHOOLS AND
CAMPUSES POLICY (Answer Book #IV-24, April 1, 1997)
It is the policy of West Virginia University at Parkersburg to comply with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of
1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Regulations of 1990.
In accordance with this legislation, WVU at Parkersburg prohibits the manufacture, distribution, dispensing,
possession, or use of a controlled substance anywhere on either the Parkersburg or Ripley campus. Consump-
tion of any alcoholic beverage on WVU at Parkersburg property is prohibited.
In keeping with WVU at Parkersburg’s efforts to maintain a healthy work environment, it is expected of all
employees and students to demonstrate behavior which enhances a positive work environment including a
drug-free campus. Alcohol abuse or the use of illegal drugs is incompatible with the educational mission of
WVU at Parkersburg. The illegal use or abuse of drugs and/or alcohol has a clear and adverse effect on the
Employees and students who violate this prohibition shall be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including
termination of employment or expulsion as students. Federal law penalizes the manufacture, distribution,
possession with intent to manufacture or distribute, and simple possession of drugs (“controlled substances”).
Appendix A contains a description of Federal trafficking penalties for substances covered by the Controlled
Substances Act 21 U.S.C. Sections 841, 843(b), 844, 845, 846 (1988), and is taken from a Department of
Justice publication entitled Drugs of Abuse (1989 Edition).
It is an unlawful offense for any person to deliver, manufacture, create or possess with interest to manufacture
or deliver any controlled substance defined under Schedule I, II, III, IV, and V of the West Virginia Uniform
Controlled Substances Act (60A-2-204, 206, 208, 210, and 212). These include any opiates, opiate derivatives,
and hallucinogenics such as marijuana and LSD. Also included are substances with a high potential for abuse
but which may have a recognized medical use. See Appendix B for a summary of state laws regarding unlawful
possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs or alcohol. Included are violations and penalties. Appendix C
contains a description of health risks associated with substances covered by the Controlled Substances Act (21
U.S.C. 811ff), and is taken from a Department of Justice publication entitled Drugs of Abuse (1989 Edition).
As a condition of employment, employees are to abide by the terms of this statement and notify their supervi-
sors of any conviction on drug or alcohol related charges resulting from any activity occurring in the workplace
no later than five (5) days after such conviction.
Within thirty (30) days of notification that an employee has been convicted of a criminal drug statute occurring
in the workplace, WVU at Parkersburg will:
1. Implement appropriate disciplinary action against the employee, up to and including termination; or
2. Require such employee to participate satisfactorily in a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program
approved for such purposes.
Alcoholic beverages include those beverages defined under the State of West Virginia Code, Section 60-7-12a
as nonintoxicating beer, and under 60-8-20a as wine and other alcoholic liquors. This means beer, wine, wine
coolers and all other liquors. A summary of health risks associated with alcohol follows, as described in What
Works: Schools Without Drugs (1989 Edition), a Department of Education publication.
“Alcohol consumption causes a number of marked changes in behavior. Even low doses significantly impair
the judgment and coordination required to drive a car safely, increasing the likelihood that the driver will be
involved in an accident. Low to moderate doses of alcohol also increase the incidence of a variety of aggressive
acts, including spouse and child abuse. Moderate to high doses of alcohol cause marked impairments in higher
mental functions, severely altering a person’s ability to learn and remember information. Very high doses
cause respiratory depression and death. If combined with other depressants of the central nervous system,
much lower doses of alcohol will produce the effects just described.
Repeated use of alcohol can lead to dependence. Sudden cessation of alcohol intake is likely to produce
withdrawal symptoms, including severe anxiety, tremors, hallucinations, and convulsions. Alcohol withdrawal
can be life-threatening.
Long-term consumption of large quantities of alcohol, particularly when combined with poor nutrition, can also
lead to permanent damage to vital organs such as the brain and the liver.
Mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy may give birth to infants with fetal alcohol syndrome. These
infants have irreversible physical abnormalities and mental retardation. In addition, research indicates that
children of alcoholic parents are at greater risk than other youngsters of becoming alcoholics.”
Employees and students who seek assistance in overcoming addictions involving drugs or alcohol through a
viable and recognized treatment program will be encouraged in these efforts.
Educational awareness programs on the nature and consequences of drug abuse and dependency will be pro-
vided on an annual basis for employees and students. These programs provide appropriate information, educa-
tion, consultation and referral, as well as addressing the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse in the workplace.
Employees may obtain assistance with drug use problems through WVU at Parkersburg’s Employee Assis-
tance Program (424-8214). Students are encouraged to contact the Student Assistance Center (424-8211) or the
Student Health Center (424-8205) for this type of assistance. Employees and students will be referred to
counseling, medical, or rehabilitation programs available in the surrounding communities.
Locations where drug and alcohol counseliing programs are available:
1. Alcoholic Anonymous 5. Chestnut Ridge Hospital
(888) 255-8654 (toll free) 930 Chestnut Ridge Road
Morgantown, WV 26505
2. West Brook Health Services (304) 293-4000
2121 7th Street 24-hour HELPLINE Ripley
Parkersburg, WV 26101 (800) 458-4898
6. Behavioral Health Center
3. West Brook Health Services St. Joseph's Hospital in
600 South Church Street in affiliation with Columbia
Office 5 PO 327
Phone: 372-6833 Parkersburg, WV 26102
4. Center for Chemical Dependency
Marietta Memorial Hospital 7. Worthington Center
401 Matthew Street 3199 Core Road
Marietta, OH 45750 Parkersburg, WV 26104
Phone: 1-800-523-3977 or (304) 485-0082
For additional counseling facilities, see the yellow pages in the telephone directory or contact the Student
STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA LAWS REGARDING THE UNLAWFUL POSSESSION, USE, OR DISTRI-
BUTION OF ILLICIT DRUGS AND ALCOHOL
Misrepresentation of age or MISDEMEANOR Maximum penalty-- imprisonment
illegally attempting to in county jail for up to 72 hours and
purchase nonintoxicating fine up to $50
beer and wine or alcoholic
liquor under the age of 21.
Persons not related by blood MISDEMEANOR Maximum penalty--imprison-
or marriage furnishing non- ment in county jail for up
intoxicating beer, wine, or to 10 days and fine up to $100.
alcoholic liquor to person
A person who
(1) Appears in a public MISDEMEANOR For violation of up to 60 day in
place in an intoxicated jail and a fine of up to $100.
condition. (Option alcohol education or
counseling may apply)
(2) Drinks alcoholic liquor
in a public place. For violation of 2, 3 or 4, up
to 60 days confinement in
(3) Drinks alcoholic liquor in jail and a fine of $100.
a motor vehicle.
(4) Tenders an alcoholic drink
to another person in a
(5) Possesses alcoholic liquor For violation of 5, confinement in jail
in an amount in excess of up to 12 months and a fine of $500.
one gallon in the container
not having the commissioner’s
stamp or seal.
1.Offense involving Schedule FELONY Imprisonment in the penitentiary for
I or Schedule II controlled 1 to 15 years and a fine of $25,000.
substance which is a nar-
2. Offense involving any FELONY Imprisonment in thepenitentiary for 1 to 5
other controlled sub- years and a fine of $15,000.
stance which is not a
narcotic above in Schedules
I, II, III.
3. Offense involving Schedule FELONY Imprisonment in the penitentiary for
IV substance. 1 to 3 years and a fine of $10,000.
4. Office involving Schedule MISDEMEANOR Confined in county jail
V substance. for 6 months to a year and
a fine of $5,000.
5. Offense involving posses- MISDEMEANOR Confined in county jail not
sion of a controlled sub- less than 90 days not more
stance without a valid than 6 months and a fine
prescription. of $1,000.