Drug Regulations

Lynchburg College prohibits possession, use, and distribution of illegal drugs. (NOTE: Synthetic marijuana [e.g., “Spice,” “K2”] and “bath salts” are illegal.) Lynchburg College also prohibits possession and use of a prescription drug for which one does not have a valid prescription, as well as illegal distribution of a prescription drug. Distribution of a drug may include but is not limited to selling, giving, and trading drugs. Residue of a prohibited drug is considered evidence of possession and/or use of that drug.

The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 require that, as a condition of receiving funds or any other form of financial assistance under any federal program, an institution of higher education must prohibit the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees on its property and as part of any of its activities.  To safeguard the opportunity for Lynchburg College students to benefit from federal financial assistance, to protect the safety and health of the campus community, and to uphold the College’s educational mission, Lynchburg College prohibits any drug or drug-related activity deemed illegal by federal law, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and/or the City of Lynchburg.  This prohibition includes possession, use, and distribution of marijuana, which is a Schedule I controlled substance under federal law, regardless of whether marijuana is considered legal in a student’s home state or locality.

Lynchburg College prohibits driving under the influence of a drug that impairs driving.

Lynchburg College prohibits possession or use of drug paraphernalia. Items considered to be drug paraphernalia include but are not limited to glass smoking pipes, bongs, hookahs, marijuana “bowls,” and spoofs, regardless of how such items are actually used.

Suspension from Lynchburg College is the standard sanction for a first-time violation of drug-related policies; expulsion is issued in more serious cases and for second drug-related infractions. Additionally, illegal possession or distribution of controlled substances may result in criminal prosecution by city, state, and/or federal law enforcement agencies. Lynchburg College notifies law enforcement officers of illegal drugs and paraphernalia confiscated on campus and cooperates with the authorities in apprehending and prosecuting alleged violations of drug laws.

A student seeking readmission to Lynchburg College after suspension for any drug- or paraphernalia-related violation must complete the following prior to submitting a readmission application:

  1. A substance abuse assessment with a licensed professional counselor with required follow through on recommendations made by the counselor;
  2. A drug education seminar; and
  3. A paper summarizing what was learned through the assessment and seminar and how that knowledge will influence the student’s behavior, if the student is readmitted.

Any student re-enrolled after suspension for any drug- or paraphernalia-related violation must complete the following:

  1. Remain on drug probation throughout the student’s tenure at Lynchburg College;
  2. Participate in random drug testing and bear the cost of testing;
  3. Complete up to fifty hours of community service upon return; and
  4. Serve a period of disciplinary probation.

Re-enrolled students who do not comply with the conditions set forth above or who have a second drug- or paraphernalia-related violation will be expelled from Lynchburg College.