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Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act

The university is committed to maintaining a drug-free campus.  Given this objective, the university prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of illegal drugs on its property or as part of any of its activities.  This prohibition is reflected in Policy 6-22.1 and 6-01 for employees, and 4-02 for students.  Any student, faculty or staff member found to be in violation of these policies will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including suspension/expulsion (students) or immediate termination (faculty / staff) by the university. Furthermore, certain legal sanctions may be imposed (i.e., imprisonment, fines, and assigned community service) by federal, state and local authorities.

Additionally, Kent State University is committed to the reduction of alcohol and other drug abuse by students and employees.  Policy 4-02, the Code of Student Conduct and the Hallways Handbook delineate expectations for students pertaining to alcohol and other drugs.

Students should also be aware that the university will notify parents of students who are under 21 years of age who have been found responsible for an alcohol or controlled substance violation.

Employees are prohibited by policy 6-01 from performing work responsibilities while under the influence of alcohol.  Alcohol consumption may also be regulated by any applicable collective bargaining agreement, work rules, or external regulations specific to an employee's position.  The illegal use, possession, or distribution of alcohol is prohibited by law.  Title 43 of the Ohio Revised Code pertains to liquor and imposes penalties ranging from fines to imprisonment.  Kent State also provides a summary of criminal and university sanctions regarding the illegal use of alcohol and other drugs.


Extensive medical research has identified various health risks associated with the use, misuse or abuse of alcohol and other drugs. Alcohol or any other drug used in excess over time can produce illness, disability, or death. The health consequences of substance abuse may be immediate and unpredictable, such as cardiac arrest with cocaine use, or more subtle and long-term, such as liver deterioration associated with the prolonged use of alcohol. In addition to health-related problems, other substance abuse concerns include the following:

  • Individuals who abuse alcohol and other drugs often have erratic lifestyles which interfere with work and family responsibilities, sleep, nutrition and exercise.
  • Alcohol and substance abuse may lead to financial difficulties, domestic violence, deterioration of the family structure, motor vehicle accident injuries and reduced job performance.
  • Repeated use, misuse or abuse of alcohol and other drugs can lead to various forms of dependence.

For more detailed descriptions of commonly-abused drugs, including specific health effects and treatment options, refer to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.


University Health Services addresses a variety of needs related to alcohol and drug issues involving the Kent Campus. Psychological Services and the Office of Health Promotion, under the purview of University Health Services, provide court diversion programs, assessments, individual counseling and prevention education. Students experiencing problems associated with the use of alcohol or other drugs may obtain more information or schedule an appointment by contacting:

Psychological Services
University Health Services
DeWeese Health Center
1500 Eastway Drive
Kent, Ohio 44242

Office Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

Students enrolled in the College of Podiatric Medicine who are experiencing similar concerns as noted above may contact Case Western Reserve University's Counseling Services

Employees may utilize the IMPACT Program, Kent State University's employee assistance program, directly at 1-800-227-6007, 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. In addition, employees may access the IMPACT website to explore web-based work/life resources. Employees may also contact the Human Resources Benefits Office with any questions pertaining to the University-provided Employee Assistance and Work/Life Program.


Family and Community Services, helping individuals of all ages from providing life's basic needs – food, clothing, shelter – to counseling and mentoring

Townhall II, advancing the health, wellness and recovery of our community

Coleman Professional Services, providing mental health and rehabilitation services

Community Health Center

Alcoholics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous

Al-Anon/Alateen Family Groups of Ohio

Healthy References: Campus and Community Resources


Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention

Mothers Against Drunk Driving-Ohio

The Partnership at

Friends Drive Sober-Impaired Driving Prevention

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

National Institute on Drug Abuse

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Healthy Kent, Kent State University's Alcohol and Other Drug Task Force,  is a group that fosters campus and community collaboration aimed at reducing the negative impact of alcohol and other drug use in our community.  This group makes recommendations for policy and program changes, serves as the lead campus group to collaborate with community resources to reduce alcohol and other drug-related problems, coordinates the institutional alcohol and other drugs biennial review, and supports efforts of the community to reduce high risk alcohol and other drugs related negative behavior on and off campus.

Should you have any questions regarding this act or the policies included, you may contact the co-chairs for Healthy Kent:  Alcohol and Other Drugs Task Force.Task force co-chairs are: Todd Kamenash, assistant dean and director of student conduct, 330-672-4054; and Shay Little, associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students, 330-672-4050.

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