Part of Walla Walla University's mission is a commitment to providing an atmosphere of creative learning and healthful living for students. The personal hazards involved with substance abuse and the detrimental effects such abuse has on others undermine the commitment to students. Therefore, WWU upholds policies that prohibit the use of alcohol, tobacco and unlawful drugs. Students are expected to practice this lifestyle while either on or off campus.
Walla Walla University is designated as a drug-free workplace. As such, the following rules apply:
1. The Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 prohibits "the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of a controlled substance in the workplace." A controlled substance is a drug placed under Federal law for control of dispensing based upon the substances medical use, potential for abuse, and potential for leading to physical or psychological dependency.
2. The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989 "clearly prohibits, at a minimum, the unlawful possession, use or distribution of unlawful drugs and alcohol by students and employs on its property or as part of any of its activities.
Any student who is found to be buying alcoholic beverages for a minor or selling unlawful drugs will be asked to withdraw from WWU. Since this activity is a legal violation, the appropriate law enforcement officials may be notified. Additionally, any student found to be using alcohol will be referred to the Student Assistance Program for evaluation, and be required to abide by any further recommendations of the counselor as a condition of continued enrollment.
In furthering Walla Walla University's commitment to providing an atmosphere of creative learning and healthful living a number of counseling resources are available to aid students, faculty, and staff in the process of dealing with crime, drug and alcohol dependency as well as sexual assault and harassment.
The Counseling Resource Center can be reached at 527-2848. The Christian Counseling Center, located in the University church, can be reached at 527-2310. Working in each of these are licensed counselors and trained pastors to help with individual needs or to refer individuals to other more helpful agencies. All the counselors available at Walla Walla University adhere to the laws of the state concerning confidentiality, and only report instances of crime when life is in danger or there is suspected abuse of a minor.