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Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act

The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 and the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 require all schools and institutions of higher education to adopt and implement a program to prevent the illicit use of drugs and the abuse of alcohol by students and employees on school property. Postsecondary institutions under the auspices of The School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida, must adhere to federal, state and local laws as well as regulations governing illegal drugs and the abuse of drugs and alcohol.

The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 require an annual distribution in writing to each student (regardless of the length of the student’s program of study) and employee of the following:

  • Standards of conduct that clearly prohibit the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees on its property or as part of any of its activities;
  • A description of applicable legal sanctions under Federal, State and local laws;
  • A description of the health risks associated with illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol;
  • A description of available drug or alcohol counseling, treatment, or rehabilitation or re-entry program; and
  • A statement of the disciplinary sanctions that the institution will impose on students and employees.