Drug-Free Notification

The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (Public Law 101-226) requires all schools receiving federal funding of any kind (i.e. CWSP, Perkins Loans) to notify all employees of the following on an annual basis and all students at the time of matriculation:

The Pacific School of Religion and other GTU schools require that their campuses be drug free. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of a controlled substance while at PSR is prohibited. Abuse of alcohol (including underage drinking) on PSR premises is also not allowed. Violation of this policy will be considered cause for termination from employment or from a student’s program of study.

PSR is required to impose sanctions, up to and including the dismissal, of any employee/student engaged in the abuse of alcohol or the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs while on PSR or member school premises. Any employee/student involved in such illegal activity is subject to legal sanctions under local, State, and Federal law. (Information regarding specific penalties is available at PSR Business Office.) In addition, an employee/student convicted of any criminal drug statute for a violation occurring in the workplace/campus is required to notify the Personnel Officer or the President/Dean, of such a conviction no later than five days from the date of the conviction.

PSR and its member schools comply with California State law, which prohibits possession or use of alcohol by or sale of alcohol to, anyone less than twenty-one years of age. Abuse of alcohol on PSR campus is prohibited.

(Persons who qualify under California Proposition 215 to use marijuana for medical purposes are not permitted to possess, store, provide, or use the marijuana on any PSR owned or controlled property, including, but not limited to academic buildings, student housing and residences, parking lots, library and offices, or during any PSR sanctioned activity regardless of location. Failure to follow this policy may result in termination of employment and/or dismissal from academic programs, in addition to prosecution by police authorities.)

The health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol are many. Detailed information concerning the known health hazards resulting from the abuse of drugs and alcohol may be obtained from your physician, or from PSR Personnel Officer/Director of Community Life.

Several drug and alcohol counseling, treatment, and rehabilitation programs are available to PSR faculty, students and employees. Check your health insurance program for the closest location. In addition you may find these resources helpful:

  • The New Bridge Foundation, 1820 Scenic Avenue in Berkeley provides assessment, residential inpatient rehabilitation programs, partial day programs, outpatient individual and group counseling sessions and educational workshops. New Bridge accepts private insurance.
  • The Merritt Peralta Institute at Summit Medical Center provides residential inpatient, outpatient, day treatment, workshops and group counseling. It may be reached at 510/652-7000.
  • A local Alcoholics Anonymous may be reached at 510/839-8900 and a local Narcotics Anonymous program may be reached at 510/444-4673.
    See the Personnel Dept. or Community Life for complete delineation of policy and educational programs for drug and alcohol abuse.

See the Personnel Department or Community Life for complete delineation of policy and educational programs for drug and alcohol abuse.