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Members of the councils meet as the Joint Residence Hall
Council to discuss common issues. All residence halls are
responsible for hosting such a meeting at least once during
the fall and spring semesters.

Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act

In support of the national strategy to combat illegal drug
and alcohol abuse, Congress has enacted the Drug-Free
Workplace and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act
Amendments, which require that "as a condition of receiving
funds or any other form of financial assistance under any
federal program, an institution of higher education or state/
local educational agency must certify that it has adopted
and implemented a program to prevent the unlawful
manufacture, possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs
and alcohol by students and employees." Thaddeus Stevens
College of Technology has issued the following statement
to inform the community of the seriousness of the use and
abuse of drugs and alcohol and to set forth the standards of
conduct regarding such activity by students and employees
of the institution.

Community Responsibility

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology students and
employees are both citizens and members of the academic
community. As citizens, they enjoy the same rights and
obligations that all other citizens enjoy; and, as members of
the academic community, they are subject to the rights and
obligations that accrue to them by virtue of this membership.
Students and employees are expected to be honorable and
ethical in every regard and to have consideration for the
welfare of others as individuals and for the community as
a whole.

Standards of Conduct

The unlawful manufacture, possession, use, misuse, abuse,
or distribution of illegal drugs, alcohol, and illegal prescription
drugs without authorization and medical supervision on
institutional property or off campus while conducting
any officially sanctioned institutional activity is strictly
prohibited. If found in violation of these standards, students
and employees will be subject to severe disciplinary action
and may incur penalties prescribed by civil authorities.
Faculty and staff, as a condition of employment, must abide
by the terms of this policy and report any convictions under
criminal drug statutes for violations occurring on or off the
premises while conducting business for the institution
within five days of the conviction.
Sanctions for violation of any of the aforementioned
standards imposed on employees may vary from mandatory
participation in rehabilitation programs to termination of
employment and referral for prosecution.
For students, sanctions imposed by the institution for
violations of the above conditions may range from probation
up to and including expulsion and referral for criminal
prosecution.

Definition of Illicit Drugs and Alcohol

Illicit drugs refer to certain controlled substances not
prescribed by the user's physician, including (but not
limited to): marijuana (including hashish); stimulants
(amphetamines, cocaine); depressants; hallucinogens
(including PCP); opiates or narcotics (heroin, morphine,
opium); inhalants (sprays, solvents, glue); and designer
drugs (synthetic drugs similar in effect to stimulants,
hallucinogens, and narcotics, including GHB and Ecstasy).
This list is not comprehensive.
In addition to illicit drugs, illegal prescription drugs that are
used without authorization and medical supervision can also
pose a serious threat to both the physical and mental wellbeing of the user.
Alcohol is a depressant that slows the activity of the central
nervous system and the brain. Alcohol is a substance
regulated by local, state, and federal agencies with respect to
its purchase, transportation, consumption, and possession.

Health Risks

All drugs, including alcohol, can produce serious side
effects. This is true even of prescription or other legal drugs
when used as prescribed, but their risks are weighed against
their benefits by medical professionals in the therapeutic
context. Prescription drugs used without a prescription
and medical supervision can pose a serious threat to the
well-being of the user. Because the drugs listed below
impair the mind, they increase likelihood of accidents and
violent behavior. The many health risks associated with
alcohol use are well documented. Small amounts may
affect judgment and coordination, impairing performance
of even simple routine tasks. The repeated use of alcohol
can lead to dependence, with multiple physical, emotional,
and psychological complications. Effects of the prolonged
use of alcohol may include damage to the central nervous
system; malnutrition and anemia; damage to the heart,
lungs, and liver; mental disorders; and death.
Health risks associated with the seven categories of illicit
drugs may include the following:
* Marijuana: impaired memory, lung and pulmonary
damage, chronic emphysema, cancer.
* Stimulants:
paranoia,
hallucinations,
dizziness,
headaches,
abdominal
cramps,
malnutrition,
overstimulation of the central nervous system, seizures,
stroke, heart failure, death.
* Depressants: initial effects similar to alcohol inebriation,
slowed reflexes, unstable mood, loss of memory, coma,
death.
* Hallucinogens: distortion of reality, including illusions
and hallucinations, injury of self or others, convulsions,
brain damage, coma, death.
* Opiates (narcotics): skin abscesses, respiratory
damage, malnutrition, pneumonia, hepatitis, heart
disease, diabetes, coma, death.
* Inhalants: fatigue, weight loss, permanent damage to
the nervous system, hepatitis, organ failure.

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