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Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program

The following policy is adopted in order to comply with the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the subsequent Drug Free Schools and Communities Amendments of 1989. Continued participation in federal programs is contingent upon this policy being in place. As well, Andover Newton Theological School recognizes alcohol and/or drug dependencies as illnesses, major health problems and potential safety and security problems to the School. This policy expresses the School's commitment to the maintenance of the drug free environment on campus. All faculty, staff, and students must abide by the terms of this policy.

General Prohibitions and Sanctions

Andover Newton prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of controlled substances, or being under the influence of illicit drugs on the campus or any other work site connected to the School or during any School-related activity. Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal and expulsion and criminal penalties.

Drug Education, Counseling and Rehabilitation Programs

Any student or employee who violates the provisions of this policy may be required to participate in a substance abuse education program or a rehabilitation program at his or her expense.

For referrals to education, treatment and rehabilitation programs, employees and students may contact the New England Pastoral Institute, a center for pastoral counseling and psychotherapy, located on campus. As with any consultation with New England Pastoral Institute, confidentiality is assured.

Voluntary efforts to seek help for a drug or alcohol problem are encouraged and will not per se put either the student or the employee in jeopardy, provided that the individual seeks help prior to discovery.

For additional information, the following hot line is available: The National Institute on Drug Abuse Hotline, 1-800-662-HELP, an information and referral line that directs callers to treatment centers in the local community.


As a condition of employment, employees must abide by the terms of this policy and are required to report to work fit to perform their duties in a safe and efficient manner. As a further condition of employment, employees must report their own convictions under a criminal drug statute for violations occurring either in the work place or during the performance of work-related duties within five days after the conviction, as required by the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988. The School will notify the granting agency within 10 days after receiving notice from an employee or from an outside agency of the employee's criminal drug statute conviction for conduct in the workplace. Within 30 days of receiving notification of an employee's drug statute conviction, the School will initiate appropriate personnel action which may include imposing a sanction or requiring satisfactory participation in a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program through an approved agency. Employee is interpreted in the broader sense of the word to include any individuals who receive any reimbursement from the School for services.

A copy of this policy will be distributed to all faculty, staff and students.

Federal Penalties and Sanctions for Illegal Possession of a Controlled Substance

First conviction:
Up to one year imprisonment and fined at least $1,000 but not more than $100,000 or both.

After one prior drug conviction:
At least 15 days in prison, not to exceed two years and fined at least $2,500 but not more than $250,000 or both.

After two or more prior drug convictions:

  • At least 90 days in prison, not to exceed three years and fined $5,000 but not more than $250,000 or both if:

    a. first conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds five grams.
    b. second crack conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds three grams.
    c. third or subsequent crack conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds one gram.
  • Forfeiture of personal and real property used to possess or facilitate possession of a controlled substance if that offense is punishable by more than one year imprisonment.
  • Forfeiture of vehicles, boats, aircraft or any other conveyance used to transport or conceal a controlled substance.
  • Civil fine of up to $10,000.
  • Denial of federal benefits, such as student loans, grants, contracts, and professional and commercial licenses, up to one year for first offence, up to five years for second and subsequent offenses.
  • Ineligible to receive or purchase firearms.
  • Revocation of certain federal licenses and benefits, i.e., pilot licenses, public housing tenancy, are rested within the authorities of individual federal agencies.

Updated September 21, 2006