Drug-Free School and Campus Regulations Report


Name of Report: Annual Drug-Free School and Campus Regulations Report
Required by: Institute of Higher Education (IHE)
Office Responsible: Dean of Students
Date Due: October 15
How often submitted: Annually
Date presented to Students: January 6 and August 18, 2023 at orientation for all students
Date Published in The Log: October 3, 2023


Standard of Conduct

Divine Word College (DWC) is a Catholic educational institution oriented toward religious life and ministry.  DWC is a drug free workplace and college.  Students enrolling in DWC assume an obligation to behave in a manner compatible with the College’s function as a Catholic educational institution.

No employee or student shall unlawfully manufacture, distribute, dispense, possess or use any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, or any other controlled substance, as defined in schedules "I" through "V" of Section 202 of the "Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812).  

Workplace is defined to mean the site for the performance of work including any college building or any college premises; any college owned vehicle used to transport students to and from college or college-sponsored or College approved activity, event or function, such as a field trip or athletic event where students are under the jurisdiction of the College.  (Divine Word College Policy Handbook, #5.09)



The College recognizes that students are adults and are expected to obey the law and take personal responsibility for their conduct; however, students will be disciplined if their use of alcohol creates a public disturbance, danger to themselves and/or others, or property damage.

All students are to obey the laws of the State of Iowa and the regulations of the College concerning the use and/or possession of alcohol, prescription or non-prescription drugs, and illegal drugs. The legislation reads in part: “A person shall not sell, give, or otherwise supply alcoholic liquor, wine or beer to any person knowingly or having reasonable cause to believe him to be under the legal age of twenty-one (21), and a person or persons under the legal age shall not purchase or attempt to purchase, or individually or jointly have alcoholic liquor, wine or beer in their possession or control; except in the case of liquor, wine or beer given or dispensed to a person under the legal age within a private home and with the knowledge, presence, and consent of the parent or guardian for beverage or medicinal purposes or as administered to him by either a physician or dentist for medicinal purposes or and except to the extent that a person under the legal age may handle alcoholic beverages and beer during the regular course of the person’s employment by a liquor control licensee, or wine or beer permittee under this chapter.” (Code of Iowa, Section 123.47) (Student Handbook #111, 1.1)

In accord with the Iowa Code, students of the legal age (21 years of age and older) may drink alcoholic beverages. To sell or give or otherwise provide a person under the legal age with alcoholic beverages is prohibited. (Student Handbook #111, 1.2)

The consumption of alcoholic beverages is limited to the recreation area: Pourhouse, student lounge, TV rooms, Arkfeld House lounge, Megan Hall lounge and TV room. (Student Handbook #111, 1.4)

Using or storing alcohol in student dorms is not permitted. Alcohol is not permitted in the kitchen or dining room except during special events when permission has been granted by the Dean of Students (Student Handbook #801.6).

Alcohol is not permitted in any other areas unless permission is granted by the Dean of Students. (Student Handbook #111, 1.5)

The use of alcoholic beverages does not excuse one from respect towards others, towards the property of others, or towards a general atmosphere of quiet in the dorms. (Student Handbook #111, 1.7)

The preceding guidelines are to be considered an integral part of formation for a mature Christian and for someone considering the religious, missionary vocation. They are intended to encourage both responsible enjoyment of alcohol and a gradual self-mastery as well. (Student Handbook #111, 1.8)

The College does not allow student drivers to drink alcohol or use illegal drugs and drive College cars. The College may conduct random drug/alcohol tests if a student appears to be under the influence of any kind of drug. (Student Handbook #804.4)


Health Risks Associated with Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Abuse

Drugs are chemicals that affect the body and brain. Different drugs can have different effects. Drugs can change how the brain works and interfere with a person’s ability to make choices, leading to intense cravings and compulsive drug use. Consequently, this behavior can turn into a substance dependency, or drug addiction. The risks of drug use can range from changes in appetite, wakefulness, heart rate, blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, psychosis, overdose, mental illness, heart or lung disease, cancer, and even death.


Prevention Programs

The Religious Formation Program offered a formation curriculum throughout the academic year which includes certain topics on the prevention of AOD, namely, Introduction to Addiction, Alcohol, and Drug Addiction.
Besides the formation curriculum of the Religious Formation Program, the Counseling Center can assist with AOD counseling for students and employees and can make referral as needed. There also are other programs available nearby and nationwide. A number of resources are listed below.


Campus Resource

DWC Counseling Center
Room 220
Phone (563) 876-3353 Ext 270        
Off-Campus Resource

Turning Point Treatment Center  
250 Mercy Drive Dubuque, IA 52001 National Institute on Drug Abuse
Phone: (563) 589-8925 1-800-662-HELP
Substance Abuse Services Center National Council on Alcoholism
799 Main Street 1-800-622-2255
Dubuque, IA 52001  
Phone: (563) 582-3784  


Disciplinary Sanctions for Violations of the Standards of Conduct

Violation of the Student Handbook #111 will be dealt with strictly. Such violations will result in the confiscation of the alcoholic beverage and may result in the revocation, for a specific period, of the student’s privilege regarding drinking. It may also result in disciplinary probation. If such violations continue, the student will be brought before the Formation Committee.  (Student Handbook #111, 1.6)

DUI Policy A student arrested for DUI (Driving Under the Influence) is ordinarily subject to immediate dismissal from the College. A student may appeal a dismissal decision to the Formation Appeals Committee if there are mitigating circumstances warranting consideration. The decision to consider an appeal rests with the Formation Committee. (Student Handbook #111.2)

Drugs The policy of the College in regard to drugs is that anyone possessing and/or using illegal drugs is subject to immediate dismissal by the Dean of Students. (Student Handbook #111.3)

(Reviewed and approved by the Board of Administration, September 25, 2023)



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