Gardner-Webb is an alcohol and drug-free campus. This information is provided to all students, faculty and staff to provide a comprehensive overview of the health risks and legal implications related to alcohol and other drug use and to serve as a reference for on- and off-campus resources.
The policies listed below apply to the Gardner-Webb campus and all university-sponsored events at off-campus locations. Administrators, alumni, faculty, guests, staff, and students must adhere to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and University regulations related to the sale and use of alcoholic beverages and drugs. Any person found in possession of felony drugs, or manufacturing or selling of alcoholic beverages or drugs on the university campus or at University-sponsored events will be referred to University Police for prosecution. Any student or employee convicted of violation of state and local law may be subject to suspension from the University.
Gardner-Webb University supports and is fully committed to the concept of a drug and alcohol-free campus community. In order to comply with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, Gardner-Webb publishes the following and makes it available to each student and to all employees.
The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of controlled substances such as, but not limited to, the following:
Gardner-Webb will impose disciplinary sanctions on students and employees who violate the terms of paragraph one. Upon conviction, the appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion from the University and/or satisfactory participation in a drug and alcohol abuse assistance or rehabilitation program approved for such purpose by a federal, state, or local health, law enforcement, or other appropriate agency will be taken. More specific penalties are outlined in the following publications: Gardner-Webb University Student Handbook, Gardner- Webb University Special Studies Bulletin, Gardner-Webb University Graduate Catalog and Gardner-Webb Personnel Policies Manual. Violations may also be referred to the appropriate civil authorities for prosecution under local, state, and federal law.
Local, state, and federal laws prohibit the unlawful possession, and distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol. The applicable legal sanctions for various offenses are listed in the North Carolina Criminal Law and Procedure book, and a reference copy is maintained in the University Police Office. A booklet describing the health risks associated with the illicit drugs and abuse of alcohol is made available to all students and employees. Additional information and individual counseling is available through the University’s Counseling Center in Tucker Student Center. If necessary and at the student/employee’s expense, referral can be made to an outside agency. Violation of subsection (a1) of this section shall be an infraction and shall not be considered a moving violation for purposes of G.S.20-16 (c), the law prohibiting passengers in a motor vehicle from possessing an open container of alcoholic beverage in the passenger area of a motor vehicle.
Dimensions is a weekly series of programs designed to enhance the spiritual, intellectual and cultural life of the University and Gardner-Webb is a community and all members of the community are responsible for maintaining order and discipline on the University campus. The Student Development Division serves the primary role of coordination and implementation of Gardner-Webb University’s substance abuse policy. The division’s position emphasizes the early identification and intervention into substance abuse problems experienced by persons.
The Counseling Center provides current information on alcohol and other drugs, including topics of addiction, self-assessment and help, consequences of drug use, and drug facts. Counselors are available for consultation with any person. The Office of Housing and Residence Education provides programs on topics of health care, to include alcohol use and abuse, throughout the year.
This information is made available through brochures, journals, books, videos and cassette tapes, posters and newsletters to faculty/staff and students. High-traffic areas of the campus will be provided with handout materials related to substance use and its consequences.
Educational experiences are offered by key areas within the University. These experiences include:
Service-learning is an active learning practice that connects the work in the classroom directly to the needs of the community. The University maintains close affiliation with Partners Behavioral Health and Atrium Health, where persons may be referred for assessment and/or treatment. In addition, referrals may be made to local providers.
Alcoholics Anonymous / Adult Children of Alcoholics / Al-Anon
AA is an informal international fellowship of people who join because they cannot control their use of alcohol. Their purpose is to stay sober and help others who want to achieve sobriety. They do not actively recruit new members, but newcomers are always welcome. They meet and talk about their alcohol problems and how to stay sober. Al-Anon is a fellowship that offers support for family and friends of alcoholics whether the alcoholic wants help or even admits he or she has a drinking problem. Comfort and understanding is given through a mutual exchange of experiences, strength and hope. Phone: (704) 484-1000.
Gardner-Webb University is a Tobacco Free Campus. The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines for the implementation and maintenance of a tobacco-free campus at Gardner-Webb University.
The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines for the implementation and maintenance of a tobacco-free campus at Gardner-Webb University.
Gardner-Webb University has a long history of enhancing quality of life for students, faculty, staff and visitors. Gardner-Webb serves as a center for intellectual development in Cleveland County, NC and the surrounding communities. As a leader in higher education, Gardner-Webb has an obligation to not only develop minds, but to promote health-enhancing behaviors and to provide an environment that enables improved health status. “For years, there has been evidence that reducing tobacco usage can greatly decrease frequency of cancer, stroke, heart and lung disorders and several additional health-related conditions. By implementing the Tobacco-Free Campus Policy, Gardner-Webb University is seeking to enhance the health of our students, faculty, staff and visitors to our campus”. Gardner-Webb proactively prohibited tobacco use in campus facilities in 1996. The evidence that tobacco threatens both smokers and nonsmokers continue to mount. The latest U.S. Surgeon General’s report (June 2006), “The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke,” was Gardner-Webb’s final motivation toward launching the “Great Choices-Healthy Futures” health promotion campaign.
This policy does not compel students, faculty or staff to quit using tobacco products: however, if anyone desires to quit, Gardner-Webb University will support this positive behavioral change effort through the provision of cessation resources and educational interventions.
(This policy supersedes all previous tobacco policies