Drug and Alcohol Policy
The Board of Regents of Texas Lutheran University has adopted an alcohol policy that allows for the responsible and legal use of alcoholic beverages. Regulations are intended to ensure that the consumption of alcohol is done safely, responsibly, and in keeping with Texas state law and university policy.

The university neither encourages the use of alcohol nor tolerates the abuse of alcohol. Any use of alcohol must be managed in a way that respects the rights of those who choose not to consume. Use of alcohol must be characterized by care, responsibility, and accountability.

TLU offers many educational programs that target Drug and Alcohol abuse some of which include; TIPS (Training for Intervention Procedures for students), confidential online alcohol screening throughout the school year, mandated one-on-one alcohol education/counseling for students who violate TLU’s alcohol policy, and special events and programming held during the National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week (NCAAW) and the Safe Spring Break Initiative. For more information on these and other programs dealing with drug and alcohol abuse education/prevention, please contact Ms. Terry Weers, director of Counseling Services.

For more detailed information, please consult the section on alcohol in the latest edition of the university’s student handbook.

Policy Statement on the Drug-Free Schools Amendment

The federal government’s Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989 requires universities to certify that they have a program to prevent the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees. This page describes TLU’s response to this federal requirement.

Standards of Conduct

University conduct policies and the students’ Code of Conduct are published in the student handbook. Specific disciplinary action is described for any student who engages in conduct that is prohibited by federal, state, or local law. The illegal use, possession, or distribution of drugs and alcohol is specifically prohibited. The university’s policy on employee use, possession, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol is stated in all university handbooks.

Health Risks of Alcohol and Drugs

Use of illicit drugs can cause physical and mental changes, though frequently these changes are severe and sudden. Death or coma resulting from overdose of drugs is more frequent than alcohol, but unlike alcohol, abstinence can lead to reversal of most physical problems associated with drug use.

Alcohol – Excessive use of alcohol can result in accidents, dramatic behavioral changes, retardation of motor skills, birth defects or reproductive complications, vitamin deficiency, impairment of rational thinking, and serious withdrawal symptoms.

Prolonged alcohol abuse may cause bleeding from the intestinal tract, damage to nerves and the brain, psychotic behavior, loss of memory and coordination, damage to the liver often resulting in cirrhosis, impotence, severe inflammation of the pancreas, and damage to the bone marrow, heart, testes, ovaries, and muscles.

Cancer is 10 times more frequent among alcoholics than among non-alcoholics.

Rohypnol – Unfortunately, the usage of this drug has increased on campuses across the nation. Usually found in 2 mg doses, this drug is suspect in many alleged date rape situations. Often slipped unsuspectingly into someone’s drink, the drug provides the effect of disinhibition and sedation; in effect, the victim seemingly loses all power to resist and frequently becomes confused and disoriented for several hours. Make certain that you know and trust anyone who offers to bring or serve you a drink. On rare occasion, death has resulted in the usage of this drug.

Marijuana (Cannabis) – Marijuana is usually ingested by smoking. Prolonged use can lead to psychological dependence, disconnected ideas, alteration of depth perception and sense of time, impaired judgment, and impaired coordination.

Cocaine (“crack”) – Cocaine is a stimulant that is most commonly inhaled as a powder. Psychological and behavioral changes resulting from use include over-stimulation, hallucinations, irritability, sexual dysfunction, psychotic behavior, social isolation, and memory problems. An overdose produces convulsions and delirium and may result in death. “Crack” is a refined cocaine derivative which is highly addictive, sometimes proving fatal even to occasional users.

Amphetamines (“speed,” “love drug,” “ecstasy”) – Patterns of use and effects are similar to cocaine.

Severe intoxication may produce confusion, rambling or incoherent speech, anxiety, psychotic behavior, ringing in the ears, hallucinations, and irreversible brain damage. Intense fatigue and depression can lead to suicide. Large doses may result in convulsions and death from cardiac or respiratory arrest.

Hallucinogens or Psychedelics – These include LSD, mescaline, peyote, phencyclidine (PCP or “angel dust”), and psilocybin (found in “mushrooms” or “magic mushrooms”). Use distorts one’s perception of surroundings, causes bizarre mood changes, and results in visual hallucinations. Discontinuing use may cause “flashbacks.” Suicide is not uncommon.

Solvent Inhalants (e.g. glue, lacquers, plastic cement) – Fumes from these substances cause problems similar to alcohol. Incidents of hallucinations and permanent brain damage are more frequent.

Damage From Intravenous Drug Use – In addition to the adverse effects of specific drugs, intravenous drug users can develop AIDS, hepatitis, tetanus (lock jaw), and infections in the heart. Permanent brain damage may also be a result.

University Penalties

Students – The university will impose a minimum disciplinary penalty of suspension for a specified period of time or suspension of rights and privileges, or both, for conduct related to the use, possession, or distribution of drugs that are prohibited by law. Other penalties may be imposed for conduct associated with illegal drug use, including disciplinary probation, payment for damage to property, suspension of rights and privileges, suspension from the university for a specified period of time, expulsion, or other penalties.

Employees – Unlawful use, possession, or distribution of drugs or alcohol will result in disciplinary penalties, including demotion, suspension without pay, or termination, depending upon the circumstances.

Available Drug / Alcohol Counseling and Rehabilitation Services

Students or employees of the university who have questions or concerns related to alcohol or substance abuse are encouraged to consult with members of the staff who are expert in the areas of counseling and referral.

Among those individuals are:
University Nurse Health Center,
Clifton Apt., 372-8068
Krost Program Krost Center, 372-6048
Campus Pastor Hahn Annex,
Counselor Beck Center,
Dean of Student Life Beck Center #213,
University Police Bogisch Apts., 372-8199
(231 Prexy #4)
Referral to local physicians, counseling psychologists, and rehabilitation centers is also available whenever necessary.

Student Life: What we do now

  • On-line alcohol assessment instrument – through Web site, advertised during Mental Health Awareness Week (Counseling)
  • E-mail newsletter with topics on alcohol (Health Center)
  • Birthday cards on 21st birthday (Health Center)
  • Alcohol 101/eChug (Judicial Affairs)
  • Educational sanctioning (Judicial Affairs)
  • Alcohol Awareness Week (Student Activities)
  • Safe Spring Break (Student Activities)
  • Law enforcement on campus
  • Alcohol policies outlined in brochure and in the Student Handbook
  • NCAA programming each semester for athletes
  • Brochure racks in residence halls with information about various alcohol topics

Learning Objectives: Students will learn how to say no to alcohol. Students will learn connection between alcohol and sexual assault. Students will learn about party safety and date rape drugs.

Zero Tolerance

The Texas Lutheran University has a “Zero Tolerance” drug policy. The possession, sale, or manufacture and distribution of any controlled substance are illegal under both state and federal law. Texas Lutheran University Police Department is primarily responsible for enforcement of the drug laws on campus. Violators are subject to criminal prosecution, fine and imprisonment, and Texas Lutheran University disciplinary action.

Penalties Under State and Federal Law

I. Texas Law

Offense Minimum Punishment Maximum Punishment
Manufacture or delivery of controlled substances (drugs) Confinement in a state jail for a term of not more than two years or less than 180 days, and a fine not to exceed $10,000 Confinement in TDCJ for life or for a term of not more than 99 years or less than 15 years, and a fine not to exceed $250,000
Possession of controlled substances (drugs) Confinement in jail for a term of not more than 180 days, and a fine not to exceed $2,000 Confinement in TDCJ for life or for a term of not more than 99 years or less than 10 years, and a fine not to exceed $100,000
Delivery of marijuana Confinement in jail for a term of not more than 180 days, and a fine not to exceed $2,000 Confinement in TDCJ for life or for a term of not more than 99 years or less than 10 years, and a fine not to exceed $100,000
Possession of marijuana Confinement in jail for a term of not more than 180 days, and a fine not to exceed $2,000 Confinement in TDCJ for life or for a term of not more than 99 years or less than 5 years, and a fine not to exceed $50,000
Driving while intoxicated (includes intoxication from drugs, alcohol* or both) Confinement in jail for a term of not more than 72 hours, and a fine of not more than $2,000 or less than $100 Confinement in TDCJ for a term of not more than 10 years or less than 2 years and a fine not to exceed $10,000
Public intoxication   Class C misdemeanor – maximum fine of $500
Purchase of alcohol by a minor
Consumption of alcohol by a minor
Possession of alcohol by a minor
Misrepresentation of age by a minor
Fine of not less than $25 nor more than $500 Class C misdemeanor – mandatory license suspension, mandatory community service, mandatory alcohol awareness class and/or fine not to exceed $500
Sale of alcohol to a minor   Class A misdemeanor – $4,000 fine and/or maximum of one year in jail
Furnishing alcohol to a minor   Class B misdemeanor – $0 to $2,000 fine and/or 180 days in jail
* Blood Alcohol Concentration (.08 BAC)

II. Federal Law

Offense Minimum Punishment Maximum Punishment
Manufacture, distribution or dispensing drugs (includes marijuana) A term of imprisonment not more than one year, and a minimum fine of $1,000 A term of life imprisonment without release (no eligibility for parole) and a fine not to exceed $8,000 (for an individual) or $20,000 (if other than an individual)
Possession of drugs
(including marijuana)
Civil penalty in amount not to exceed $10,000 Imprisonment for not more than 20 years or not less than 5 years, a fine of not less than $5,000 plus cost of investigation and prosecution
Operation of a common carrier   Imprisonment for up to 15 years and a fine not to exceed $250,000