Drug-Free Environment Policy

SD Board of Regents Policy Manual, Number 3:4, Student Disciplinary Code, Section 2B prohibits the following:

  • 17. The manufacture, sale, possession, use, or consumption of alcohol, marijuana, or controlled substances by students on any property controlled by the Board of Regents or used in connection with any institutionally sponsored activity; except that alcohol may be served at social activities held in other locations subject to the restriction set out in this article and in guidelines for alcohol usage set out in Board Policy 4:27; and
  • 18. Unauthorized possession of containers with the original purpose of containing or holding alcohol, or drug paraphernalia as defined in SDCL §22-42A-1.

SDSM&T and the South Dakota Board of Regents (4:27 Drug Free Environment and 3:4 Student Code of Conduct) are committed to providing a drug-free environment in support of BOR policies. SDSM&T students and employees are expected to abide by all local, state, and federal alcohol and controlled substance laws while on any property affiliated with SDSM&T and in connection with any institutionally sponsored activity (e.g. possession by consumption for students under 21 years of age will be enforced). 

  • Per BOR 4:27, any employee violating this prohibition shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, which may include termination of employment.
  • Per BOR policies, recognized student organizations are expected to report underage drinking at their sponsored events or on their property to the student conduct administrator for remedial action with individual students. Failure to report via the campus student conduct process may result in action being taken against the student organization.

Suspected presence or usage of marijuana or other controlled substances within SDSM&T managed housing will result in residence life staff contacting local law enforcement. Violating BOR policy, 3.4.2.B.17. for marijuana or other controlled substances will result in the following minimum sanctions:

  • 1st violation – a $100 fine, completion of a brief user assessment and any recommended consequences from the assessment results, one-year disciplinary probation
  • 2nd violation – a $100 fine, completion of an in-depth assessment (minimum of three sessions) and any recommended consequences from the assessment results, one-year disciplinary probation
  • 3rd violation – probable suspension for at least a semester; in extenuating circumstances, student may stay enrolled but must complete an approved treatment program

Violating BOR policy 3.4.2B.17. or 18. for alcohol-related reasons will result in the following minimum sanctions:

  • 1st violation – a $50 fine, completion of an educational sanction (e.g. Choices interactive journal or cultural analysis)
  • 2nd violation – a $100 fine, completion of a brief alcohol assessment and any recommended consequences from the assessment, one-year disciplinary probation
  • 3rd violation – probable suspension for at least a semester; in extenuating circumstances, student may stay enrolled but must complete an approved treatment program