Columbus State values the health and safety of its students and employees and supports
local, state and federal laws concerning drugs. The Code of Student Conduct Policy
No. 7-12, and Separation from Employment, Policy No. 3-18, include as prohibited behaviors:
[T]he unauthorized use, distribution, or possession of drugs or alcohol on campus
or off campus at college sponsored events.
[D]isruptive or disorderly behavior including intoxication or indecent conduct and
Students/employees in violation of the Code of Conduct will be subject to the Conduct
Code Procedure as outlined in the Student or Employee Handbook: sanctions could include
suspension or expulsion. Students/employees who violate the Conduct Code are also
subject to arrest and prosecution under applicable local, state, or federal laws.
Information regarding state laws and sanctions can be found in Chapter 2529 of the
Ohio Revised Code, available in Columbus State Library and in your local public library.
The use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol carry significant social, physical,
and emotional health risks. Users may suffer damage to key body organs such as the
heart, liver, kidneys, and central nervous system. Drugs can kill the user, and the
use of drugs and alcohol during pregnancy may cause birth defects or death of unborn
babies. Drug users may experience difficulties with concentration and memory that
impair learning. They can exhibit mood swings, impaired judgement, isolation, and
depression, all of which can contribute to impaired driving, injuries, accidents,
domestic or random violence, and sexual assault. Drugs can lead to the deterioration
of family units and the breakdown of friendships and other support systems.
Columbus State is committed to providing students and employees with drug and alcohol
education, counseling, and referral for treatment or rehabilitation. Counseling Services
can provide resources and assistance to individuals who use drugs or alcohol, and
to others whose lives are affected by family members or friends who are users. They
can help you choose a local agency which meets your needs or can answer any specific
questions you might have. Please call them at 614-287-2818.