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Selected University Policies I. DRUG AND ALCOHOL PREVENTION POLICY LeTourneau University (LETU) seeks to foster a drug and alcohol free environment in which to learn, work, live, and grow. As a Christian university, we seek to approach alcohol and drug abuse with compassion, concern, and directness. This approach requires a consistent enforcement of the policies on alcohol and other drugs and substances as outlined in this policy. The purpose of this policy is to ensure a safe environment that reflects the mission of LETU and our goal to foster a healthy campus community. The LETU campus, all other University-owned or leased property, and all University-sponsored activities – on or off campus – are alcohol, drug, and tobacco free. The use, possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages, illicit drugs, tobacco, or other controlled substances (including the misuse of prescribed medications or use of any substance with the intent of becoming impaired/intoxicated) on the LETU campus is prohibited and violates this policy as well as the University's standard of conduct. This policy applies to all students, faculty/staff, registered student organizations, visitors, and guests on or in university owned or operated property, or engages in on-campus and off-campus activities that are considered university activities, including events and officially sanctioned field trips. LETU is operating in conformity with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 (Public Law 101-336) and the DrugFree Workplace Act of 1988. The following summarizes LETU's policy and program.

Health & Lifestyle Risks Alcohol. Health hazards associated with the excessive use of alcohol or with alcohol dependency include dramatic behavioral changes, retardation of motor skills, and impairment of reasoning and rational thinking. These factors result in a higher incidence of accidents and accidental death for such persons compared to nonusers of alcohol. Nutrition also suffers and vitamin and mineral deficiencies are frequent. Prolonged alcohol abuse can cause any or all of the following: bleeding from the intestinal tract, damage to nerves and the brain, impotence, psychotic behavior, loss of memory and coordination, damage to the liver often resulting in cirrhosis, severe inflammation of the pancreas, and damage to the bone marrow, heart, testes, ovaries and muscles. Damage to the nerves and organs is usually irreversible. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in alcoholics and is 10 times more frequent than in nonalcoholics. Sudden withdrawal of alcohol from persons dependent on it will cause serious physical withdrawal symptoms. Drinking during pregnancy can cause fetal alcohol syndrome. Overdoses of alcohol can result in respiratory arrest and death. Drugs. The use of illicit drugs usually causes the same general types of physiological and mental changes as alcohol, though frequently those changes are more severe and more sudden. Death or coma resulting from overdose of drugs is more frequent than from alcohol. Cocaine. Cocaine is a stimulant that is most commonly inhaled as a powder. It can be dissolved in water and used intravenously. The cocaine extract (crack) is smoked. Users can progress from infrequent use to dependence within a few weeks or months. Psychological and behavioral changes which can result from use include over-stimulation, hallucinations, irritability, sexual dysfunction, psychotic behavior, social isolation, and memory problems. An overdose produces

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Student Handbook 2019  

The student handbook contains the codes, rules, regulations, and policies which establish the official parameters for student life at LeTour...

Student Handbook 2019  

The student handbook contains the codes, rules, regulations, and policies which establish the official parameters for student life at LeTour...