In accordance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989, the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of alcohol and illicit drugs by Montana State University Billings employees and its students on institutional property or at any of its activities is prohibited. Montana State University Billings will uphold the standards of conduct which prohibit the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of alcohol and illicit drugs by its employees and students.
Montana State University Billings will impose misconduct sanctions (consistent with local, state, and federal laws), and consistently enforce such sanctions, relating to the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of alcohol and illicit drugs by its employees and students. Violations of this policy will result in misconduct action up to and including termination and may have legal consequences. (Refer to MSU Billings Personnel Management Memo #21A.) In the case of an enrolled student, suspension or expulsion from the institution may be appropriate. Specific misconduct procedures and sanctions for students involved in these unlawful activities are outlined in Part IX, B, 2 of this Handbook. At the option of Montana State University Billings, an employee or student violating this policy may be required to satisfactorily complete a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program as an alternative to termination, suspension, or expulsion.
Information regarding health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol, as well as alcohol counseling treatment and rehabilitation programs for students and employees is available from Student Health Services or the Employee Wellness Program Office.
In accordance with the 1988 Drug-Free Workplace Act, it is unlawful to manufacture, distribute, dispense, possess, or use an illegally controlled substance in the workplace. Employees in violation of this act may be suspended, terminated, or required to participate in a rehabilitation program.
As required by the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, as a condition of employment under the grant, the employee will notify the employer in writing of his or her conviction for a violation of a criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace no later than five (5) calendar days after such conviction.
Montana State University Billings, as an institution, agrees to notify the following agency if an employee is convicted of violating a criminal drug statute:
Furthermore, Montana State University Billings agrees to take one of the following actions within 30 days of receiving notice from the employee of a drug conviction:
A brochure is communicated and given to all employees and students of Montana State University Billings, who agree to comply with its terms and conditions.
A. Board of Regents Policy
Montana State University Billings understands that the service of alcoholic beverages in a controlled and responsible manner is consistent with the laws and practices of society. Board of Regents Policy (503.1) states:
“Alcoholic beverage” means any beverage which is subject to the “Montana Alcoholic Beverages Code.”
Property belonging to the Montana University System means any property which is owned, leased or otherwise controlled by any unit of the Montana University System.
B. Montana State University Billings Liquor Consumption Policy and Guidelines
According to the Board of Regents’ policy, Montana State University Billings will allow the serving of alcoholic beverages on campus provided the following conditions are met:
Groups or organizations that are requesting permits to serve alcoholic beverages must meet the following qualifications:
The unlawful possession, sale, manufacture, distribution, or consumption of alcoholic beverages, public drunkenness, driving under the influence or violation of state or local laws regarding alcohol use or possession.
The University does not allow the consumption of alcoholic beverages by persons not of legal age at functions sponsored by Montana State University Billings organizations. Organizations will be held responsible for the conduct of their members at functions sponsored by the organization and may be charged under this Code for failure to comply with Montana state laws related to alcoholic beverages.
Repeated or flagrant violation of the University Alcohol Policy as set forth in Part VIII.
If a student agrees with and signs a release of information form, Montana State University Billings may notify parents when their underage (under 21) student has a second or third time violation of campus alcohol and drug policies or state laws. Parents may be notified on first time violations if the violation includes a medical emergency, vandalism, any violence or gross disrespect of residence hall staff or law enforcement officials (IX.B.2.A.4).
The unlawful use, possession, manufacture, sale, or distribution of marijuana or any narcotic, drug, drug paraphernalia, medicine, chemical compound, or other controlled substance defined as illegal under federal, state, or local laws. Although Montana state law permits the use of medical marijuana, i.e., use by persons possessing lawfully issued medical marijuana cards, federal laws prohibit marijuana use, possession and/or cultivation at educational institutions and on the premises of other recipients of federal funds. Possession of a valid and appropriately held Medical Marijuana Permit identification card does not authorize a student to possess, use, or distribute marijuana in any university-owned property or in any public area of the university.