2019 Alcohol and Other Drugs Student Notification

Report concerns to:
Mike Bath, NMU Police Chief (906) 227-2151 mbath@nmu.edu

Date Approved:1-1-1989
Last Revision:9-3-2019
Last Reviewed:9-3-2019
Approved By:President
Oversight Unit:NMU POLICE DEPARTMENT
Purpose

Northern Michigan University complies with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 by sending annual notifications regarding the university drug prevention program to student and employees, as well as completing biennial reviews.

This is the student annual notification sent on 9-3-2019. The employee annual notification can be reviewed here: Drug Free Workplace Act

Policy

NMU Students, 

This is your annual notification of how Northern Michigan University complies with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989. The information provided at the end of this email and the Web page found at www.nmu.edu/druginformationguide outline NMU’s expectations and procedures for faculty, staff and students. The document includes:

  • Standards of conduct for students and employees
  • A description of associated and legal federal and state sanctions
  • A description of associated health risks
  • A description of available services and treatment options

Many students, faculty and staff have worked together over the years to prevent substance abuse at Northern Michigan University. We think our efforts have contributed to a healthy living-learning community and have assisted individuals in need. If you have questions or have ways you’d like to participate in helping the university further improve these efforts, please let us know.

Thank you,
NMU Alcohol Task Force

Contact Person: Mike Bath, Chief, NMU Police Department 227-2151 mbath@nmu.edu.

 

This document complies with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989.  Northern Michigan University has adopted and implemented a program to prevent the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees. 

The program includes annual distribution in writing to each employee and to each enrolled student of:

  • Standards of conduct for students and employees
  • A description of associated and legal sanctions
  • A description of associated health risks
  • A description of available services and treatment options 

Alcohol and other drug issues have received much attention nationally and locally.  Many students, faculty and staff have worked together over the years to prevent substance abuse at Northern Michigan University.  We think our efforts have contributed to a healthy living-learning environment and have assisted individuals in need. 

Northern Michigan University is committed to preventing substance abuse by:

  • Encouraging a campus environment where healthful lifestyle choices are made by students, faculty and staff.
  • Expecting acceptance of responsibility for one’s own choices and behavior.
  • Striving to balance the rights of individuals and those of the university community.
  • Encouraging chemical-free activities and supporting those who choose not to use alcohol and other drugs.
  • Enforcing university, local and state codes, ordinances and statutes, which govern alcohol and other drug use.

 NMU Standards of Conduct

Students of Northern Michigan University 

The Northern Michigan University Student Handbook prohibits the use, possession, sale or consumption of alcoholic beverages by students in any building or on any property owned or controlled by NMU (except under terms and conditions established by the president or designee) and states that no student shall illegally possess, use or have under his/her control, manufacture or distribute any other controlled substance in any building or on property owned or controlled by the University.

Failure to abide by these regulations may lead to any of the following sanctions:  (1) warning probation, (2) disciplinary probation, (3) suspension or (4) expulsion.  Special conditions may be attached to the sanction including, but not limited to, parental notification of the violation and mandatory participation in an alcohol or other drug education program. 

Health Risks Associated with Alcohol and Other Drug Use 

Regular use of alcohol and other drugs (including marijuana, stimulants, depressants, cocaine, anabolic steroids, opiates, hallucinogens) may lead to:

  • psychological and/or physical dependence
  • impaired learning ability, memory, ability to solve complex problems
  • inability to perform sexually, infertility problems
  • increased risk of sexually transmitted diseases (including AIDS)
  • complications due to the combination of prescription medication and other drugs/alcohol
  • death, coma or toxic reactions, especially when combining alcohol with any other drug, including over-the-counter medicine or prescriptions
  • guilt/regret over activities performed while under the influence of alcohol/drugs, i.e., regretting sexual encounters, fighting, risk-taking, legal difficulties
  • organic damage to brain, cardiovascular system, liver, etc.
  • increased risk of cancer
  • birth or genetic defects, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • psychosis (hallucinations, loss of contact with reality, extreme changes in personality)
  • other physiological, psychological or interpersonal problems 

Substance Abuse Resources 

ON CAMPUS

Counseling and Consultation Services (3405 Hedgcock)                             

906-227-2981 

MARQUETTE AREA

Alcoholic Treatment Center (24-hour help line)                                                   
877-476-5777

Alcoholics – Narcotics - Opiates (24-hour help line)                                           
800-711-6402

Alcoholics Anonymous                                                                                             
906-249-4430

Drug Treatment Center                                                                                             
877-478-1777

Great Lakes Recovery Centers                                                                                 
906-228-9696

The Watershed (24-hour crisis hotline)                                                                
866-419-7379

UP Health System                                                                     
906-449-3000