Stevenson University is an innovative, coeducational, independent institution offering undergraduate and graduate students a career-focused education marked by individualized attention, civility, and respect for difference. In order to achieve our mission, the health and safety of members of the Stevenson University community are of primary concern to the institution. The main goal of Stevenson’s drug and alcohol program is to help all members of the community understand the health risks associated with the abuse of alcohol and illicit drugs and to provide appropriate support and resources for those members who may be struggling with their own usage. In order to fulfill this primary goal, Stevenson strives to develop, articulate and enforce clear policies for students and employees. Further, the institution seeks to provide relevant and effective educational programs for members of the university community, particularly students, surrounding the impact of abusing alcohol and illicit drugs.
Stevenson’s drug and alcohol program is guided by the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA), which requires that colleges develop a drug and alcohol abuse prevention program that includes (a) a written statement about its standards of conduct that prohibits the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees; (b) a written description of legal sanctions imposed under federal, state, and local laws for unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol; (c) a description of the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol; (d) a description of any drug or alcohol counseling, treatment, or rehabilitation or re-entry programs that are available to students and employees, and (e) a statement that the institution will impose disciplinary sanctions on students and employees for violations of the intuitions’ codes of conduct and a description of such sanctions. The drug and alcohol abuse prevention program must be distributed annually, in writing, to each employee and to each student who is taking one or more classes for any type of academic credit (except for continuing education units), regardless of the length of the student’s program of study.
On March 1, 2017, the Governor of Maryland declared a state of emergency in response to the opioid epidemic in Maryland. According to the 2018 Annual Report produced by Maryland’s Opioid Operational Command Center, there were 2,385 unintentional intoxication deaths from all types of drugs and alcohol in Maryland in 2018, which represents an increase of 4.5% as compared to 2017. Opioids accounted for 88.6% of all such fatalities. While Maryland has seen a decline in heroin related deaths for the second year in a row, fentanyl related deaths continue to rise.
As a result of these troubling statistics, Stevenson continues to devote a specific section of this document to heroin and opioid education. Stevenson requires full-time students to participate in heroin and opioid addiction and prevention awareness training during new student orientation. At our August 2019 new student orientation program, Mr. Tim Weber from the Kennedy Addiction Recovery Center, delivered a presentation to new students. Mr. Weber delivered a similar presentation in both August and October of 2018. For those who are do not attend an in-person training program, Stevenson has created an online program that these students must complete. Further, medical professionals in the Wellness Center and all full-time Security Officers at Stevenson University have been trained on symptom recognition and medication administration procedures. In addition many of the part-time Security Officers have been trained as well and, in several cases, they received this training as part of their full-time work as firefighters and EMTs.
Finally, as part of our prevention efforts, we wish to highlight the institution’s Good Samaritan Policy. Under this policy, students who seek medical attention for themselves or their fellow students related to consumption of alcohol or other drugs will not be charged with a violation of Stevenson University policies and/or the Guidelines for Student Housing. Students, however, may be required at the discretion of the Dean of Students (or designee) to complete an alcohol assessment/alcohol education and/or a drug assessment/drug education program depending on the severity of the student’s situation.
For your convenience, Stevenson’s Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program is presented below based on the heading of each section. A full copy of the report is available here.