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Srishti’s Policy on Substance Abuse

Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology is committed to providing a safe, secure and conducive educational / work environment for every individual to achieve her or his true potential. Srishti has a zero tolerance policy towards Substance usage on campus and off campus, including private and paying guest accommodations and on any form of transportation to and from Srishti.  


Srishti’s Policy on Substance Abuse is committed to ensuring that substance usage is prohibited, prevented and eliminated.

Any form of substance abuse is not tolerated. 

Any forms of substance abuse of any kind are unlawful and will be subject to penalties in accordance with applicable law.


Srishti’s Policy on Substance Abuse prohibits the possession or use of illegal drugs and alcohol on or around its property at any time.

“Institution premises” include buildings, grounds, parking lots, and transport provided by the institution.  Areas where the use is prohibited include: student campus activities, classrooms, parking lots, roadways, leisure activity areas, and all offices or work areas considered college property. Any violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action by the college deemed appropriate within the policies of conduct prescribed and approved by the Director and the Governing Council. 

This policy addresses alcohol, drugs and other intoxicants. The purpose of this policy is to clarify the rules regarding possession, consumption and distribution of intoxicants within the institution owned or operated buildings, property and grounds including administrative, instructional and research facilities.

Srishti reserves the right to inspect the institution’s premises for these substances. Srishti reserves the right to conduct alcohol and drug tests at any time. Srishti may cancel an admission or terminate one’s employment if one violates this policy, refuses to be tested, or provides false information. 


Definitions under Srishti’s Substance Abuse policy 

  • A “substance” includes alcohol, illegal drugs, inhalants, and prescription and over-the counter drugs. 
  • An “illegal drug” is any substance that is illegal to use, possess, sell, or transfer. 
  • “Drug paraphernalia” are any items used or intended for use in making, packaging, concealing, injecting, inhaling, or consuming illegal drugs or inhalants. 
  • A “prescription drug” is any substance prescribed for an individual by a licensed health care provider. 
  • An “inhalant” is any substance that produces mind-altering effects when inhaled.


An individual is “under the influence” if any substance:

  • impairs one’s behaviour or ability to work safely and productively; 
  • results in a physical or mental condition that creates a risk to one’s own safety, the safety of others, or campus property; or
  • is shown to be present in one’s body, by laboratory evidence, in one or more than one identifiable trace.


Rules

  1. One may not use, possess, or be under the influence of alcohol on institution premises. 
  2. One may not use, possess, or be under the influence of illegal drugs. 
  3. One may not sell, buy, transfer, or distribute any drugs. It is against the law to do so and there will be legal consequences.
  4. One may not use, possess, sell, buy, transfer, or distribute drug paraphernalia. 
  5. One may not use or be under the influence of inhalants. 
  6. One may use a prescription drug only if a licensed health care provider prescribed it within the last year. 
  7. One must follow directions, including dosage limits and usage cautions. 
  8. One must keep these drugs in their original containers or bring only a single-day supply. 
  9. Srishti may consult with a doctor to determine if a prescription or over-the-counter drug may create a risk if one uses it on the campus. 
  10. One may not use machinery while taking prescription or over-the-counter drugs that impair your ability to work safely. This includes driving vehicles.

In addition, this policy prohibits the unlawful manufacture, dispensing or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by any individual on institution premises, while conducting institution business off the premises, or as part of any institution sponsored activities.

An individual must cooperate with any investigation into substance abuse. An investigation may include tests to detect the use of alcohol, drugs, or inhalants. 

This policy delineates the appropriate action to take in the event that any individual exhibits behavior consistent with alcohol or drug use in the educational / work place.


Procedure

When in the judgment of the individual, a determination is made that there is unauthorized use or possession of alcohol, controlled substances or the use or possession of illegal drugs, or if behavior or work performance of any individual gives rise to performance related concerns that may indicate a need for drug and alcohol testing or some other action, the following procedure shall be used.  The procedure also applies to other violations of the policy as stated above.

Possession, use and / or distribution of substances of abuse will attract appropriate disciplinary action which may include expulsion. Offenders will also come under the purview of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act 1985 (NDPS Act) and will be liable for penal action.


Disciplinary Procedures

Any individual violating the policy on substance abuse will face: 

  • Immediate suspension from the college (admission or employment) pending enquiry. 
  • If the individual is a student, the parent / legal guardian will be informed immediately and will be expected to meet the Director at the earliest. 
  • The Institutional Disciplinary Committee will conduct an enquiry and submit the report to the Director who will initiate further action in consultation with the Executive Administrator and Dean of Students.


Policy Matters on Alcohol, Drugs and Narcotics

The campus is declared as an “Alcohol, Drugs and Narcotics free campus”

If an individual is found possessing / consuming Alcohol / Drugs / Narcotics in the premises owned or controlled by the Institution, the Institutional Disciplinary Committee (IDC) will take appropriate action.


Testing

Testing may include urine, blood, or breathalyzer tests. Before testing, an individual will have the chance to explain the use of any drugs / intoxicants. Srishti will follow laws for keeping test results confidential. 


Assistance

Srishti’s assistance program provides education on alcohol, drugs and narcotics abuse. Referrals to certified medical practitioners for consultation / treatment can be facilitated.The names, contact numbers / email details of certified medical professionals will be published on posters, notice / bulletin boards in each campus.

Srishti will endeavour to work towards prevention programmes based on enhancement of knowledge, skills for refusing peers, development of appropriate coping and social skills, stress reduction methods, focusing on normative behaviour and involvement of families.

Note: This policy will be subject to change. Please check the Srishti website for continuous updates and revisions to the policy.

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