Drug-Free Campus and Community

The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA) of 1989 - also known as the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act - requires institutions of higher education to establish policies that address unlawful possession, use, or distribution of alcohol and illicit drugs. The DFSCA also requires the establishment of a drug and alcohol prevention program.

All members of the NSU Community are encouraged to review the information on the following pages. This information is distributed on an annual basis

Standards of Conduct

Use of illegal drugs, and the illegal use of alcoholic beverages, is identified as "conduct which adversely affects the university community." University regulations prohibit any unlawful possession, use, distribution, or sale of alcohol and other drugs by University students, faculty, staff, or guests to the University, on University-owned property and at all University sponsored activities.

Northeastern State University students are also prohibited from the illegal use of drugs or alcohol whether on or off campus.

The legal age for the consumption of alcohol is 21 years of age. Any underage student consuming alcohol is violating standards for student conduct. Additionally, excessive alcohol use can lead to additional violations, such as driving while intoxicated or public intoxication.

Northeastern State University is designated as a tobacco-free environment. Smoking and the use of all tobacco products are prohibited.

Disciplinary Sanctions

The penalties for misconduct range from warning to expulsion. Typically, students who have violated the Student Code of Conduct will be referred to the Student Health Services for assessment and Hawk Reach Services to complete an individualized education plan. A Health and Substance Abuse Educator will meet with the student and complete an assessment covering alcohol and other drug use history, reason for referral, family and personal history, health concerns, safety issues, and the consequences associated with use. The educator will also assess the student's readiness for change and establish behavior change goals.

NSU employee sanctions are listed in the employee handbook.

Local, state, and federal laws provide for a variety of legal sanctions and penalties for the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol. These sanctions include, but are not limited to, incarceration and monetary fines.

Health Risks

Specific serious health risks are associated with the use of alcohol and drugs. Some of the major risks are listed below. For more information contact Student Health Services located in Wyly Hall on Tahlequah campus, or by calling 918-444-2126. 

Alcohol and Other Depressants (barbiturates, sedatives, and tranquilizers) – Abuse of alcohol and use of other depressant drugs can cause addiction, accidents as a result of impaired ability and judgment, alcohol poisoning, overdose when used with other depressants, damage to a developing fetus, and heart and liver damage.

Amphetamines/Stimulants – Amphetamines and stimulants (speed, uppers, crank, caffeine, etc.) can speed up the nervous system which can cause increased heart and breathing rates, higher blood pressure, decreased appetite, headaches, blurred vision, dizziness, sleepiness, anxiety, hallucinations, paranoia, depression, convulsions and death due to a stroke or heart failure.

Anabolic Steroids – Anabolic steroids can seriously affect the liver, cardiovascular, and reproductive systems. They can cause sterility in males and females, as well as impotency in males.

Marijuana – Marijuana may impair short-term memory, thinking, and physical coordination. Marijuana can cause panic reaction and increase the risk of lung cancer and emphysema. It can interfere with judgment, attention span, concentration, and overall intellectual performance. The use of marijuana impairs driving ability. The use of marijuana may cause psychological dependence and compromise the immune system.

Cocaine – The use of cocaine can cause addiction, cardiovascular system damage including heart attack, brain damage, seizures, lung damage, severe depression, paranoia, and psychosis. Similar risks are associated with other stimulants, such as speed and uppers.

Nicotine - Tobacco smoke contains thousands of chemical compounds, many of which are known to cause cancer. Nicotine, which is a central nervous system stimulant, produces an increase in heart and respiration rates, blood pressure, adrenaline production and metabolism. People can rapidly become physically and psychologically dependent on tobacco. Nicotine also compromises the immune system.

Inhalants - Inhalants are a diverse group of chemicals that easily evaporate and can cause intoxication when their vapors are inhaled. Most inhalants are central nervous system depressants. Use of these drugs slows down many body functions. High does can cause severe breathing failure and sudden death. Chronic abuse of some of these chemicals can lead to irreversible liver damage and other health problems.

Prescription Drug Abuse – Prescription drug abuse can cause adverse reactions, dependency, withdrawal, and overdose.

Treatment Options and Education Resources

A variety of resources exist for alcohol and other drug prevention education, counseling and referral. For detailed information concerning these resources available from the University and community agencies, students may contact Student Health Services at 918.444.2126 located at Wyly Hall or HawkReach Counseling Services at 918-444-2042 located at Leoser Complex. Faculty and staff members may contact the Employee Assistance Program at 1-888-628-4824 or Human Resources at 919-444-2230.

Hawk Reach Counseling Services - Provides counseling to help students cope with problems stemming from alcohol or drug abuse by a family member(s) and friend(s). Student Counseling Services is available through Student Affairs.

Residence Halls Staff - Provide advice and referral for counseling.

Student Health Center - Provide counseling, and referral to appropriate on-campus and off-campus agencies which includes medical treatment.

Alcohol and Other Drug Education Programs (AODEP) – Student Affairs department of Student Health Services coordinates AODEP. Campus-wide programs and customized group programs focused on effects of alcohol and other drug use/misuse are offered throughout the academic year to bring awareness, education, and outreach to the campus community.

It is the intent of Northeastern State University to expand current educational programs and services to decrease the risks to students resulting from alcohol and drug abuse. The following toll free, hotline numbers may be of use to someone needing help or advice.

  • National Institution on Drug Abuse Information and Referral, 1-800-662-HELP, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Safe & Drug-Free Schools, 1-800-624-0100, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • National Council on Alcoholism, 1-800-622-2255, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day
  • American Council for Drug Education, 1-800-488-DRUG
  • National Clearinghouse for Alcohol & Drug Information, 1-800-SAYNOTO
  • Cocaine Helpline, 1-800-COCAINE
  • Reach-Out Hotline, 1-800-522-9054 (alcohol, drug crisis intervention, mental health and referral)

Any questions regarding the rules, regulations, and policies set forth in this statement may be referred to Student Affairs or Human Resources.