In addition to disciplinary action and sanctions implemented by the University of Lynchburg, an employee or a student who violates drug laws is subject to criminal sanctions provided by federal, state, and local laws. Neither presence on campus nor residence in University housing shields an individual from obligation to adhere to laws regarding alcohol, drugs, and other matters.
Both the federal Controlled Substances Act and the Virginia Drug Control Act penalize the unlawful possession, use, manufacturing, and distribution of controlled substances. Penalties vary based on factors including, but not limited to, the type or “schedule” of drug involved, the amount possessed, whether distribution or intent to distribute a drug is present, and whether conviction is for a first or subsequent offense.
For more detailed information about criminal penalties that may result from violation of federal, Virginia, or Lynchburg City laws pertaining to controlled substances, see “Controlled Substance Laws and Penalties” in University of Lynchburg Alcohol and Drug Policies: 2021-22.