Help Is Available
A student who voluntarily seeks help for drug or alcohol abuse is not subject to disciplinary action; in fact, University officials will do everything they can to assist the student in obtaining appropriate treatment. If the student continues to use drugs, then he/she does become subject to disciplinary action.
Legal Sanctions for Illegal Use of Alcohol and Other Drugs
In addition to sanctions imposed by the University for violating the Alcohol Use Policy and the Drug Abuse Policy, a student may be subject to regulations of civil authorities. Various local, state and federal regulations prohibit the illegal use, possession and distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol. Penalties for violation of such statutes vary depending on the type of drug, the amount of the drug involved, the type of violation, and in the case of alcohol, the age of the person involved.
Alcohol and Drug Education
Alcohol and Drug Education (ADE) at TCU is based on a philosophy of student development that incorporates personal and community wellness. The mission of the program is to enhance students’ overall academic experiences and personal development through the promotion of responsible decision making and healthy lifestyle choices, especially regarding alcohol and other drugs. ADE encourages students to develop a sense of responsibility for themselves, for others, and for the university by assuming leadership in setting behavioral norms for the campus community members, both on and off campus. Appropriate bystander behavior is expected.
The staff of ADE includes staff who provide educational screenings and consultations for individuals and groups, as well as recovery support with the weekly Recovery Support Group. ADE also houses professional Student Affairs staff who offer expertise in prevention programming and training. Programs designed for academic classes, university housing, and other student groups include, but are not limited to: Alcohol & Other Drug Jeopardy, Women and Alcohol, Men and Alcohol, The 411 on 420, and values based presentation that tie substance use to personal/organizational values. Most programs are individually designed to meet the specific needs of the group or organization requesting the presentation.
Anyone interested in services available through the Alcohol & Drug Education is encouraged to visit the office (Samuelson Hall, Lower Level) or to call 817-257-7100.