Drug and Alcohol Policies

Drug-free Schools and Campuses Act

Mercer University shares the widespread national concern with the serious threat to health, safety, and welfare posed by the unlawful use of drugs and the abuse of alcohol, especially in the workplace and on college campuses. As a matter of University policy, growing out of the University's historic mission and character, and in keeping with Drug-free Schools and Campuses Act, the University has a Drug-free Workplace and Campus Program that delineates 1) Standard of Conduct; 2) Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention; 3) University Sanctions; and 4) Federal and State Legal Sanctions.  

Please review the Drug-free Workplace and Campus Policy (also available in the Student Handbooks and through the Office of Human Resources) for more information. 

Standard of Conduct

The unlawful possession, use, distribution, dispensing or manufacture of illicit drugs or alcohol at any time on any University property or as part of any University-sponsored activity is absolutely prohibited. (Professional and graduate schools may adopt policies more in line with the profile of their student body, as long as these policies are reviewed and approved in advance by the Provost; see applicable Student Handbooks for more information).

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention

The health risks associated with drug and alcohol abuse are significant and can lead to chemical dependency and chronic health problems.  Acute and traumatic events can also occur.  Detailed information about drug and alcohol abuse health risks is provided to students, faculty, and staff in the Drug-free Workplace and Campus Policy.  Students are also encouraged to review this information in their Student Handbook.  

Students and employees who want information about counseling and treatment programs, either for personal substance abuse or for family members or others, may contact the Office of Human Resources (for employees) or the appropriate Senior Student Affairs Officer (for students).

Human Resources - Serving All Campuses: 478-301-2786

Student Affairs Office - Atlanta campus: 678-547-6824
Student Affairs Office - Macon campus: 478-301-2685

Information and help is also available from:

Counseling and Psychological Services - Macon campus: 478-301-2862
Counseling Center- Atlanta campus: 678-547-6060

Helpline Georgia for Substance Abuse: 1-800-338-6745

Statistics concerning the number of drug and alcohol-related incidents and fatalities occurring on Mercer's campuses are compiled in the Campus Security Report

University Sanctions

As a condition of employment or enrollment at Mercer, all employees and students must abide by these standards of conduct, and disciplinary sanctions will be imposed for violations. Among the sanctions that may be imposed are: reprimand, probation, suspension, expulsion or termination of employment, and referral for prosecution. Ordinarily the sanctions for drug-related violations will be suspension or termination of employment or enrollment. However, in the University's sole discretion, an employee or student may be permitted to continue in employment or enrollment if he or she satisfactorily participated in an approved rehabilitation program.

Nothing in this policy is intended to affect the procedural rights of students or employees (including faculty members) under existing judicial board, grievance, or review procedures. However, once the University has determined, after reasonable inquiry, that a violation of this policy has occurred, the employee or student may be subject to immediate suspension (without pay, in the case of an employee) pending the conclusion of such procedures. If no existing procedures are in place for an alleged violation by a particular student or employee, the University will adapt other review procedures so as to ensure the individual the opportunity for a fair review, including the right to be heard.

State and Federal Legal Sanctions

Georgia law prohibits the purchase or possession of alcohol by a person under the age of 21, or the furnishing of alcohol to such a person. Driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs also is illegal. It is against Georgia law, under certain circumstances, to walk or be upon a roadway while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. The punishment for these offenses may include imprisonment, payment of a fine, mandatory treatment and education programs, community service, and mandatory loss of one’s driver’s license.

Under Georgia and federal law, it is a crime to possess, manufacture, sell, or distribute illegal drugs. Information on Federal Trafficking Penalties can be accessed here.