Drug Free Schools & Communities Act

The Drug-Free Schools and Community Act (DFSCA) of 1989 (Public Law 101-226, 20 U.S.C. § 1011) requires institutions of higher education receiving Federal funding to certify to the Secretary of Education they have developed and implemented a drug and alcohol abuse education and prevention program (DAAPP) to prevent the unlawful possession, use, sale, or distribution of illegal drugs and alcohol by all employees and students as part of any of its activities or on school properties.

The campus community, including all employees and all students enrolled in any course(s) for which academic credit may be earned, must receive written notification regarding the DAAPP. Information to be shared includes:

  • Standards of conduct that clearly prohibit, at a minimum, the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees
  • A list of applicable legal sanctions under federal, state, or local laws for the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol
  • A description of the health risks associated with the abuse of alcohol or use of illicit drugs
  • A list of drug and alcohol programs (counseling, treatment, rehabilitation, and re-entry) that are available to employees or students
  • A clear statement that the institute of higher education will impose disciplinary sanctions on students and employees for violations of the standards of conduct and a description of those sanctions up to and including expulsion or termination



As a requirement of the Federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Regulations [EDGAR Part 86], Appalachian School of Law will disseminate policy/information to all students and employees on a semiannual basis. This process is formally conducted by disseminating an email to the entire campus community after the “add” date for classes each semester.



An additional DFSCA requirement is the completion of a biennial review of alcohol and other drugs (AOD) programs and policies to determine program effectiveness and consistency of policy enforcement and to identify and implement any changes needed to either. Each review covers the previous two academic years.