Division of Student Affairs FLORIDA
Drug Free School and Workplace Statement
The University of Florida is committed to providing a campus environment free of the abuse of alcohol and the
illegal use of alcohol and other drugs. To enhance this commitment, the university has adopted and implemented
programs that seek to prevent the illicit use of drugs and the abuse of alcohol by university community members.
The following summary of the university's policies concerning the use of alcohol and other drugs is provided to you
in response to the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments
Standard of Conduct
The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance or the unlawful
possession and use of alcohol are harmful and prohibited in and on property owned and controlled by the
University of Florida or any other University of Florida facility. No employee or student is to report to work, class, or
any university activity while under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol.
The use of alcoholic beverages by members of the University of Florida community is at all times subject to the
alcoholic beverage laws of the state of Florida, applicable county and city regulations, and the University Alcohol
Policy, Rule 6C1-2.019, Florida Administrative Code.
The possession and use of controlled drugs by members of the University of Florida community must at all times
be in accordance with the provisions of Florida law, the rules of the Board of Regents, and the rules of the
University of Florida.
Under Florida law, no person may possess substances regulated under the provisions of Chapter 893, Florida
Statutes (controlled substances)and "designer drugs", unless dispensed and used pursuant to prescription or
otherwise authorized by law. Sale and delivery of such substances are prohibited unless authorized by law.
* Revised November 2002
Alcohol consumption causes a number of marked changes in behavior. Even low doses of alcohol significantly
impair the judgment and coordination required to drive a car safely, increasing the likelihood that the driver will be
involved in an accident. The use of small amounts of alcohol by a pregnant woman can damage the fetus. Low to
moderate doses of alcohol also increase the incidence of a variety of aggressive acts.
Moderate to high doses of alcohol cause marked impairment in higher mental functions, severely altering a
person's ability to learn and remember information.
Heavy use may result in chronic depression and suicide and also may be associated with the abuse of other drugs.
Very high doses can cause respiratory depression and death. If combined with other depressants of the central
nervous system, much lower doses of alcohol will produce the
Even occasional heavy drinking may be associated with the harmful effects described above. Binge drinking, which
occurs over an extended period of time, involves repeated use of alcohol to the point of intoxication. A person may
give up usual activities and responsibilities during this time in order to use the alcohol, and serious impairment in
all areas of functioning may occur.
Long-term heavy alcohol use can cause digestive disorders, cirrhosis of the liver, circulatory system disorders, and
impairment of the central nervous system-all of which may lead to early death. Repeated use of alcohol can lead to
dependence, and at least 15 to 20 percent of heavy users eventually will become problem drinkers or alcoholics if
they continue drinking. Sudden cessation of alcohol intake is likely to produce withdrawal symptoms, including
severe anxiety, tremors, hallucinations, and convulsions, which can be
The use of illegal drugs and the misuse of prescription and other drugs also pose a serious threat to health. The
use of marijuana (cannabis) may cause impairment of short-term memory, comprehension, and ability to perform
tasks requiring concentration. The use of marijuana also may cause lung damage, paranoia, and possible
The use of narcotics, depressants, stimulants, and hallucinogens may cause nervous system disorders and
possible death as the result of an overdose. Illicit inhalants can cause liver damage.
There are significant risks associated with the use of alcohol and drugs. These risks include impaired academic or
work performance; lost potential; financial problems; poor concentration; blackouts; conflicts with friends and
others; vandalism, theft, and murder; sexual assault and other unplanned sexual relationships; spouse and child
abuse; sexually transmitted diseases; HIV/AIDS; and unusual or inappropriate risk taking which may result in
physical or emotional injury or death.
Available Drug and Alcohol Counseling, Rehabilitation, Reentry Programs
By calling the university's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) AT392-5787, employees can receive individual
consultations sessions or be referred to community providers or agencies for assistance in dealing with drug and
alcohol abuse. The EAP is free and confidential, and all university employees, including Other Personnel Services
(OPS) employees, are eligible.
Students may seek assistance at the Campus Alcohol and Drug Resource Center, 302 Student Health Care
Center, 392-1161 x4281, SC 622-1161 x4281; the Student Mental Health Center, 392-1171, SC 622-1171; and the
University Counseling Center, P301 Peabody Hall, 392-1575, SC 622-1575. Many student organizations also
provide an opportunity to become involved in alcohol and drug education projects. For general information about
student organizations, call the Student Activities Center at 392-1671, SC 622-1671.
Help for all members of the university community is available through Alcoholics Anonymous at 372-8091 and
Narcotics Anonymous at 376-8008. Additional places where one can get treatment are listed in the Gainesville
telephone directory under the headings "Alcoholism Information and Treatment Centers" and "Drug Abuse and
Addiction Information and Treatment."
For More Information
Detailed information about alcohol consumption, the use of illegal drugs, and the misuse of prescription and other
drugs may be obtained by calling the Campus Alcohol and Drug Resource Center at 392-1161 x4281, SC 622-
1161 x4281 or by checking out its web site: Campus Alcohol and Drug Resource Center.
Faculty and faculty OPS, including "post-docs," may call the the Employee Assistance Program at 392-5787, S.C.
622-5787, with questions.
Administrative and Professional (A&P), University Support Personnel System (USPS), or other OPS employees
may call University Personnel Services' Employee Relations and Development section, 392-1072, (* -see below)
SC 622-1072, or the appropriate personnel satellite office with questions.
Undergraduate, graduate, and professional students may call Student Affairs at 392-1274, SC 622-1274, or the
Dean of Students Office at 392-1261, SC 622-1261.
Please direct your questions about the university's commercial driver license program and federally mandated drug
and alcohol testing at the University of Florida to the UF Workers' Compensation Office, University Personnel
Services, at 392-4940, SC 622-4940.
*SC stands for SUNCOM, which is the state of Florida's private long-distance telephone network.
Original publication Revised November 2002. This publication is available in alternative form; call the Director's
Office, University Personnel Services, at (352) 392-1075, SC 622-1075, TDD (352) 392-7734.
Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act Requirements
The following are required of the University of Florida and its employees:
1. An employee shall notify his or her supervisor or other appropriate management representative of any
criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring in the workplace no later than five days after such
2. The university shall notify any federal contracting agency within ten days of having received notice that
an employee engaged in the performance of such contract or grant has had a criminal drug statute
conviction for a violation occurring in the workplace.
3. The university will take appropriate personnel action against any employee who is convicted for a
violation occurring in the workplace or will require the employee's satisfactory participation in a drug
abuse assistance or rehabilitation program.
Violation of policies and laws described on the first page of this statement by an employee or student is grounds
for disciplinary action up to and including termination or expulsion in accordance with applicable University of
Florida rules and/or collective bargaining agreements. Such disciplinary actions also may include reprimand or
suspension. Student organizations also may be sanctioned for violation of these policies and laws. Such sanctions
may range from written reprimand to revocation of recognition as a student organization. Students receiving
financial aid may be subject to losing this assistance. Additionally, a violation may be reason for evaluation and
treatment of a drug- and/or alcohol-use disorder or referral for prosecution consistent with local, state, and federal
Disciplinary action against a student or employee by the university does not preclude the possibility of criminal
charges against that individual. The filing of criminal charges similarly does not preclude action by the university.
Other Legal Sanctions
State law prohibits the possession of alcoholic beverages by persons under age 21. No person may sell, give,
serve, or permit to be served alcoholic beverages to a person under 21, and it is unlawful for a person under 21 to
misrepresent his or her age in order to obtain alcohol.
Violation for the first of any such offenses is punishable by a definite term of imprisonment of up to 60 days and/or
a $500 fine; a subsequent offense is punishable by a definite term of imprisonment of up to one year and a fine of
$1,000. Possession of alcoholic beverages by a person under the age of 21 also may result in the curtailment of
driving privileges. Misrepresentation of age also will lead to the curtailment of driving privileges.
Under state law, it is a crime for any person to possess or distribute controlled substances/drugs as described in
Section 893.03, Florida Statutes, except as authorized by law. Punishment for such crimes ranges from first-
degree misdemeanors (up to one-year imprisonment and up to a $1,000 fine) to first-degree felonies (up to 30
years imprisonment and up to a $10,000 fine). Specifically, possession of fewer than 20 grams of marijuana is
punishable with imprisonment of up to one year and a fine of up to $1,000; possession of more than 20 grams of
marijuana is a third-degree felony with imprisonment of up to five years and a fine of up to $5,000. Trafficking
(distributing specified large quantities of various controlled substances) is punishable by a term of imprisonment up
to life and a fine of $25,000 to $500,000, depending on the particular illicit drug and the quantity involved. Thus,
possession of fewer than 28 grams of cocaine is a third-degree felony, while possession of more than 28 grams of
cocaine trafficking in cocaine is a first-degree felony, punishable with a fine of up to $250,000 and imprisonment up
to life without eligibility for early release. The death penalty may be imposed if a person has brought large
quantities of the substances into the state knowing the result would be the death of any person.
Individuals who have been convicted of a felony involving the sale of or trafficking in, or conspiracy to sell or traffic
in, a controlled substance under certain circumstances may be disqualified from applying for state employment.
Penalties under federal law for drug trafficking generally are greater than penalties under state law. Convictions on
drug-related charges also may result in disqualification for federal financial aid. Punishments may include a fine of
up to $8 million and life imprisonment. For more information, look at the following web site: Complying with the
Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Regulations