County, State, and Federal Law | Alcohol & Drugs

Medical Amnesty (HB4094)

Under Oregon House Bill 4094, which went in to effect on January 1, 2015, people under age of 21 in Oregon have legal immunity if they report alcohol-related medical emergencies under Oregon’s Medical Amnesty law. This law removes typical penalties related to getting an MIP when an underage drinker seeks medical help for themselves or a friend if they've had way too much to drink. This law does not shield minors from other offenses like driving under the influence or processing illegal drugs.

US Department of Education Drug-Free Schools and Community Act Regulations

Under Part 86 of the Education Department General Administrative Regulation (EDGAR) and the Drug-Free Schools and Community Act, institutions of higher education (IHEs) receiving federal financial assistance must perform:

  1. The annual distribution in writing to each employee, and to each student who is taking one or more classes for any type of academic credit except for continuing education units, regardless of the length of the student's program of study, of—
    • Standards of conduct that clearly prohibit, at a minimum, the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees on its property or as part of any of its activities
    • A description of the applicable 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 IHE will impose disciplinary sanctions on students and employees (consistent with local, State, and Federal law), 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.
  2. A biennial review by the IHE of its program to—
    • Determine its effectiveness and implement changes to the program if they are needed
    • Ensure that the disciplinary sanctions described in paragraph (a)(5) of this section are consistently enforced

In accordance with these laws, this report is distributed annually to Pacific University faculty, staff and students in compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Community Act of 1989.