Biennial Review

Biennial Review

The Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Regulations (34 CFR Part 86) of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA) require an institution of higher education (IHE) such as Vincennes University to certify it has adopted and implemented programs to prevent the abuse of alcohol and use or distribution of illicit drugs both by VU students and employees both on its premises and as a part of any of its activities. At a minimum each institution of higher education must annually distribute the following in writing to all students and employees:

  • Standards of conduct that clearly prohibit the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees

  • A description of the legal sanctions under local, state, or federal law for the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol

  • A description of the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol

  • A description of any drug or alcohol counseling, treatment, or rehabilitation or re-entry programs that are available to employees or students

  • A clear statement that the institution will impose sanctions on students and employees and a description of those sanctions, up to and including expulsion or termination of employment and referral for prosecution, for violations of the standards of conduct

The law further requires that the institution conduct a biennial review of its program with the following objectives: (1) determining the effectiveness of the policy and implementing changes to the Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) program if they are needed; and (2) to ensure that the sanctions developed are enforced consistently. The biennial review must also include a determination as to: (1) the number of drug- and alcohol-related violations and fatalities occurring on the campus or as part of their activities that are reported to campus officials; and (2) the number and type of sanctions the IHEs impose on students or employees as a result of such violations or fatalities. Vincennes University acknowledges its legal obligation to conduct a biennial review of compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act. The information obtained to complete the Biennial review is a collaboration of individuals and departments throughout Vincennes University. These offices include the Dean of Students, Counseling Center, Human Resources, Campus Police, Associate Dean of Students, Residential Life, Athletic Director, Student Services Director of Jasper campus and Student activities. Institutions of higher education are not required to submit the report to the U.S. Department of Education but will make it available upon request. All requests or questions can be directed to Jennifer Andrews, Director of Counseling Services at Vincennes University jandrews@vinu.edu.