Drug and Alcohol Policies

Use of Illegal Drugs

Chapter VI, Section 5.9 (20) of the Board of Regents' Rules and Regulations, states in part, A student who, by a preponderance of the evidence, under these Rules and Regulations is found to have illegally possessed, used, sold or distributed any drug, narcotic, or controlled substance, whether the infraction is found to have occurred on or off campus, shall be suspended for a period of not less than the remainder of the semester in which the infraction occurred plus the following long semester.

In the event the semester in which the infraction occurred has ended by the time a student is found guilty, the student shall be suspended for a period of not less than the following two long semesters.

With the approval of the president or the president's designee, suspension may be probated and sanctions may then include required counseling and/or rehabilitation along with other appropriate penalties. The president of each system university shall submit a written report quarterly to the chairman of the local committee, which report details all cases in which a suspension has been probated.

A second infraction for a drug-related offense shall result in permanent expulsion from the university and from all other institutions in The Texas State University System.

Disciplinary Sanctions

Students: All students are expected and required to obey the law, to comply with the Rules and Regulations of the Texas State University System and Sul Ross State University and with directives issued by an administrative official in the course of his or her authorized duties. Any student who engages in conduct that is prohibited by the Texas State University System or Sul Ross State University Rules and Regulations or by federal, state or local law is subject to discipline whether such conduct takes place on or off campus or whether civil or criminal penalties are also imposed for such conduct. Illegal possession, use, sale or distribution of any drug, narcotic or controlled substance on or off campus, will lead to disciplinary action as described above.

Employees: The unlawful use, possession, dispensing or distribution of drugs or alcohol will result in a disciplinary penalty of disciplinary probation, demotion, suspension without pay or termination, depending on the circumstances.

Legal Sanctions

Students and employees found in violation of any local, state or federal law regarding the use, possession or distribution of alcohol or other drugs (as defined by the Texas Health and Safety Code, Subtitle C. Substance Abuse Regulations and Crimes) will receive the full legal penalty in addition to any appropriate University disciplinary action as stated above.

Available Counseling and Treatment Programs

Sul Ross State University
Counseling and Accessibility Services
Ferguson Hall 112
(432) 837-8203

Alpine & Midland
Alcoholics Anonymous
Meetings held at 502 E. Lockhart Ave.
Alpine, TX 79830
(432) 837-5578

Big Bend Frontier Division of Permian Basin Community Centers
808 N. Fifth Street
Alpine, TX 79830
(432) 837-3401

Desert Springs Medical Center
P.O. Box 60608
Midland, TX 79711-0608