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Federal Penalties and Associated Health Risks

The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, Public Law 101-226, require that, as a condition of receiving funds or any other form of financial assistance under any Federal program, an institution of higher education (IHE), state education agency (SEA), or local educational agency (LEA) must certify that it has adopted and implemented a program to prevent the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees.

A student who has been convicted of any offense under any federal or state law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance shall not be eligible to receive any grant, loan or work assistance under this title during the period beginning on the date of such conviction and ending after the interval specified in the following table:

Student ineligibility for grants, loans, or work assistance

For possession of a controlled substance, ineligibility period is:

First conviction, one year
Second conviction, two years
Third conviction, indefinite

For sale of a controlled substance, ineligibility period is:

First conviction, two years
Second conviction, indefinite

A student whose eligibility has been suspended under paragraph one may resume eligibility before the end of the ineligibility period determined under such paragraph if:

1. The student satisfactorily completes a drug rehabilitation program that
  (a) complies with such criteria as a secretary shall proscribe in regulations for purposes of this paragraph; and
  (b) includes two unannounced drug tests; or
2. The conviction is reversed, set aside or otherwise rendered null and void.


If you are under 21 and you have alcohol in your possession or consume alcohol, you risk:
  • Fines up to $200
  • Possible 30-day jail sentence
  • Legal fees and court costs
  • Possible loss of drivers license
If you are under 21 and possess/consume any alcohol while driving a motor vehicle, this may result in:
  • Drivers license suspension of six months or more.
  • License reinstatement fee of $50
  • Court costs and legal fees
If you really want to gamble with your future or someone else’s and decide to drink and drive, consider the costs of a DUI:
  • Fines up to $1000
  • Possible 30-day jail sentence, maybe even prison
  • Court costs and legal fees
  • Insurance goes up dramatically. For example a 17-year-old male in South Dakota pays approximately $800 a year in liability insurance; after DUI conviction he will pay about $1600 a year for three to five years. Many insurers will not even give him coverage.



DWU understands that students occasionally use alcohol and/or other drugs and are concerned about the overall effects on each student. Every effort is made to assign sanctions which are designed to address the behaviors and to provide an educational component in order to help the student make more informed choices in the future. Successive violations may indicate an immediate concern or potential development of a long-range problem and therefore all alcohol/drug violations are cumulative throughout a student’s academic career/enrollment at DWU instead of one academic year. If a student should receive a 3rd alcohol/drug violation over the course of their career, they are subject to probation, removal from the residence halls, and/or suspension; to be assigned at the discretion of the director of residence life and director of student life. Sanctions for alcohol violations will be determined on a case-by-case basis.


DWU is a tobacco-free campus. No form of tobacco is welcome anywhere on campus. Sanctions for tobacco violations will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Drug Violation

As a drug free campus, DWU will take all drug offenses seriously. The use of drugs on campus will not be tolerated. Though each case will be heard individually, punitive or criminal action may be taken in any case of drug use, including immediate dismissal from campus.

Students are encouraged to discuss off-campus alcohol/drug violations with the director of residence life before court appearances, but must do so if he/she pled guilty to or was found guilty of alcohol/drug legal violations(s).

Alcohol/Drug Resources

Sally Wickware-Thompson
Campus Counselor
Prather Hall, DWU
Donna Gerlach R.N.
Campus Nurse
Prather Hall, DWU
Stepping Stones
901 S. Miller
Mitchell, SD 57301
AA (Alcoholics Anonymous)
424 E. 9th St
Mitchell, SD 57301
Dakota Mental Health Center
910 W. Havens
Mitchell, SD 57301
Lutheran Social Services
411 N. Duff
Mitchell, SD 57301
Women's Health Services
909 S. Miller
Mitchell, SD 57301
Dakota Wesleyan University
1200 W. University Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301
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Last updated: 1/11/10