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Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention

drug free campus and workplace

The Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program at Rasmussen University utilizes a targeted approach to help prevent alcohol and drug-related problems for our population of students, whether they attend courses online or on-campus. The primary elements of our program are detailed below and with each element designed to reduce the illegal and high-risk use of alcohol and illicit drugs, and to prevent or reduce the negative impact to our population of students, employees, and our local communities, and to ultimately keep them safe.

The program described above and within the content of this box will be reviewed on a biennial basis to determine its effectiveness. The review will be conducted by a task force of the following: 1. Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs, 2. Compliance Director, 3. A Regional Vice President, 4. A Campus Director, and 3. A Student Advisor. This group will submit a report following their review.

Legal Sanctions/Penalties

Federal and state sanctions for illegal possession of controlled substances range from up to one year imprisonment and $100,000 in fines for a first offense, to three years imprisonment and $250,000 in fines for repeat offenders. Additional penalties include forfeiture of personal property and the denial of federal student aid benefits. (See attached document for details)

Health Risks and Resources


Alcohol is a depressant that affects the heart, liver, kidneys, and brain activity. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism states “harmful and underage college drinking are significant public health problems, and they exact an enormous toll on the intellectual and social lives of students on campuses across the United States.”  Consequences of underage college drinking can include sexual assault, assault, academic problems, Alcohol Use Disorder, in addition to other health risks.

Drug Abuse

Drugs are chemicals that affect the body and brain. Different drugs can have different effects. Some effects of drugs include health consequences that are long-lasting and permanent. Both short-term and long-term health risks occur with drug abuse. Many health risks may vary depending on the type of drug and how often it is taken.