Washington University is committed to maintaining a safe and healthful environment for members of the University community by promoting a drug-free environment as well as one free of the abuse of alcohol. Violations of this policy will be handled according to existing policies and procedures concerning the conduct of faculty, staff and students. For a complete copy of the University’s Drug and Alcohol Policy please see http://wustl.edu/policies/.
Federal Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Violations
The following notice provides information about the Title IV federal financial aid penalties associated with drug-related offenses under section 484(r) of the Higher Education Act. It also describes how to regain eligibility for such financial aid after conviction of a drug-related offense.
As prescribed in Section 484(r), a student convicted of any offense under any federal or state law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance during a period of enrollment when he or she was receiving any grant, loan, or work assistance under Title IV will be ineligible to receive such assistance for the following period of time:
• For one year from the date of conviction for the first offense involving the possession of a controlled substance
• For two years from the date of conviction for the second offense involving the possession of a controlled substance
• Indefinitely from the date of conviction for the third offense involving the possession of a controlled substance
• For two years from the date of conviction for the first offense involving the sale of a controlled substance
• Indefinitely from the date of conviction for the second offense involving the sale of a controlled substance
A student whose eligibility has been suspended under the previous provision may resume eligibility before the end of the prescribed ineligibility period by one of the following means:
• The student satisfactorily completes a drug rehabilitation program that complies with criteria the Secretary of Education prescribes and includes two unannounced drug tests.
• The conviction is reversed, set aside, or otherwise rendered nugatory.