In a recent email sent out to all Rollins College students, faculty, and staff, the requirements of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act were included in a linked brochure. Udeth Lugo, the Director of Institutional Research, sent this email to acknowledge the updated requirements and to remind all members of the Rollins College community that it is important to uphold the expectations of this act. In this link, there are three main points that are addressed. These include educational efforts, counseling and rehabilitation services, and sanctions for illegal drug-related activities. This brochure provides valuable information for my paper because it addresses the specific Rollins College drug and alcohol policy. It is important that I understand this information in order to evaluate Rollins on the effectiveness of this policy and determine whether or not I want to argue for changes.
One of the key points that stood out to me is the statement that Rollins will provide an educational program with the goal of preventing drug and alcohol sales and abuse. This program will include information on the health and judicial consequences of such acts. However, I am not confident that this educational program will be much of a benefit in reaching the long-term goal of eliminating drug and alcohol abuse on campus. In my opinion, most if not all students, faculty, and staff are well-aware of these consequences. It seems that pushing additional information at them will not help prevent a problem, but perhaps only bring about awareness and remind the community that this problem still exists on campus.
Alcohol/Drug Abuse Brochure for Rollins College Students, Faculty and Staff. Rollins College, 2016.