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Student use of tobacco, alcohol and other mind-altering drugs is illegal and interferes with the learning process. These substances are capable of producing substance abuse and chemical dependency. Therefore, all use by adolescents is considered substance abuse.
It is the policy of Bellarmine Preparatory School to support abstinence from tobacco, alcohol and other mind-altering drugs for adolescents in order that their development can reach full intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual and physical potential. Given the pervasive high rates of adolescent use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs, the school is committed to a comprehensive home school-community partnership supported program, which includes as essential components, education, prevention, intervention and aftercare. Bellarmine will continuously develop and maintain programs in education, prevention, intervention and school re-entry support. Professional treatment and aftercare, when needed, will remain the responsibility of the student and parent or guardian.
The purpose of the policy and the administrative procedures is to provide directions to school and staff in the development of a comprehensive program designed to address the issues related to student use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs. Implementation of this policy, including staffing, in-service training and instructional materials, will be provided within the resources allocated in the annual budget of the school.
The following regulations shall be applicable to students at Bellarmine while they are in school, on school grounds or at school-sponsored events:
It shall be a violation of this policy for a student to be under the influence of, or to use, sell, distribute or possess tobacco, drug paraphernalia, dangerous or controlled substances or any substances purported to be such, except drugs prescribed by a physician or other person authorized to prescribe drugs for the personal use of the student. Any student required to possess or use prescription drugs shall notify the Dean of Students prior to possessing or using the same in school, on school grounds or at school-sponsored events. Dangerous or controlled substances and substances purported to be such, include, but are not limited to, narcotics, amphetamines, marijuana, hallucinogens, barbiturates, prescription or non-prescription drugs of any nature and medications such as diet pills and caffeine pills. All tobacco, alcohol, drug paraphernalia and drugs in possession by a student, except drugs prescribed for use by a student as set forth above, shall be confiscated.
Confrontation of Student
Staff observer will confirm behavioral signs with another adult, either a staff member or a police officer. When confronted, a student will be asked to confirm that he/she is under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. If a student denies that he/she is under the influence of alcohol, the student will be given the opportunity to provide physical confirmation through the use of an oral swab or breathalyzer or at the option of Bellarmine a urinalysis. The parent or adult student shall pay for the urinalysis. If the student acknowledges that he or she is under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, the disciplinary policy will be enforced. If a student refuses to take an oral swab test, breathalyzer test, or urinalysis the student may be expelled.
Disciplinary Action for Alcohol and Other Drugs: (Offenses are cumulative during a student's enrollment at Bellarmine.)
1st Offense of being under the influence (but not possession) of alcohol and/or other drugs: The student will be suspended for 3 days. The student will be required to take a chemical use assessment for re-entry into Bellarmine Prep. This will be done by our professional chemical dependency counselor within 1 week of the offense. All costs of the assessments are the responsibility of the parent or guardian.
2nd Offense of being under the influence alcohol and/or other drugs: The student will be expelled. The student can reapply after one full semester, pending enrollment in a treatment program.
1st Offense for use of tobacco: When there is reasonable cause to believe that use of tobacco products by a student has occurred in school, on school grounds or at school-sponsored activities, then the student will be subject to disciplinary procedures. The student will be fined $25 and the Student Assistance Program will complete a pre-assessment of that student.
2nd Offense for use of tobacco: The student will be suspended up to 3 days. Suspension may be modified if the student participates in an assessment with the building chemical dependency counselor and follows the assessment recommendations.
For a first offense of possession of any illegal substance: The student will be suspended for three (3) days. The student will be required to take a chemical use assessment, including an oral fluid exam, for reentry into Bellarmine. Re-entry will only occur after an interview with student and parents/guardians and an investigation of intent of possession. If the assessment indicates the need for treatment, the student is obligated to follow those recommendations. The SAP (Student Assistance Program) coordinator will monitor student compliance with the recommendations. If the student does not complete the recommendations of the assessment, the student may be expelled.
For a second offense of possession of any illegal substance: The student will be expelled. The student can reapply after one full semester, pending enrollment in a treatment program.
For a first offense of distribution or selling of any illegal substance other than alcohol or tobacco: Student will be suspended pending an investigation. If findings support allegations the student will be expelled.
For a first offense of distribution or selling of alcohol or tobacco: Student will be long-term suspended. Second offense of distribution or selling of alcohol or tobacco: Student will be expelled.
See also Athletic Code for information about how drug and alcohol use can affect athletes.
This policy is taken directly from the 2012-2013 Student Handbook.