Arizona Summit Law School (Summit) recognizes the importance of maintaining a safe, efficient and healthful work environment for its employees, students, volunteers and clients. As such, the Summit campus has been designated as drug-free and only under certain circumstances and with prior written approval from the Dean is the consumption of alcohol permitted on campus.
The alcohol and drug policies herein are without limitation of any other alcohol and drug policies set forth by Summit. Students and employees are subject to all applicable drug and alcohol policies including policies set forth in the Employee Handbook, Faculty Handbook and Student Handbook, as applicable, or other applicable rules when adopted.
The possession, sale, manufacture or distribution of any controlled substance is illegal under both state and federal laws and is thus prohibited on campus. Additionally, furnishing or providing alcohol to anyone less than 21 years of age, or for anyone less than 21 years of age to possess alcohol, is illegal. Violations of any of the foregoing may also result in criminal prosecution, fine and/or imprisonment.
There are many health risks associated with substance (alcohol and drug) abuse. Alcohol or drugs used in excess and over time can produce illness, disability and death. The health consequences of substance abuse may be immediate and unpredictable, such as cardiac arrest with cocaine use, or more subtle and long term, such as liver deterioration associated with the prolonged use of alcohol. In addition to health-related problems, substance abuse can lead to financial difficulties, domestic violence, deterioration of the family structure, motor vehicle accident injuries and reduced job performance.
Services for employees experiencing substance abuse issues are available through the Summit health plan. Employees can contact their primary care physician or the UnitedHealthcare "Care24 Services" for help (available 24/7. TTY/TDD callers (1.888.887.4114), please call the National Relay Center at 1.800.828.1120 and ask for the foregoing number. Help includes referrals for those requesting assistance with substance abuse. Employees who desire substance abuse counseling can also contact Human Resources for such referrals and resources available in the community.
Summit’s drug and alcohol abuse program for students includes a presentation at each student orientation from the Member Assistance Program (MAP) from the State Bar of Arizona. For those who participate voluntarily, MAP offers confidential assistance to any Arizona attorney, judge or law student whose professional performance may be impaired because of physical or mental illness, emotional distress, substance abuse, compulsive gambling or other addictive behaviors. More information can be found at azbar.org/MAP. In addition, the Director of Student Services offers referrals to students who are experiencing substance abuse problems.
All members of the Summit community are urged to seek help with substance abuse. Additional resources include:
Alcoholics Anonymous (Phoenix Metro)
Narcotics Anonymous (Phoenix Metro)
St. Luke’s Behavioral Health Center
Additionally, students and employees who violate drug and alcohol policies may be required to participate satisfactorily in a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program approved by the school.
At any Summit event where there is alcohol served (as approved by the Dean pursuant to these policies), Summit reserves the right to refuse to serve alcoholic beverages to anyone who is visibly intoxicated or whose behavior, at the sole discretion of Summit and its agents, warrants the refusal of service. Any individual who arrives at a school function on or off campus in a visibly intoxicated state may, at the sole discretion of Summit or its agents, be denied entrance to the event.
Any student who is found guilty of violating a local, state or federal law pertaining to unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol must notify the appropriate school official, in writing, no later than five calendar days after conviction. Failure to comply with this notification requirement will result in immediate termination or dismissal.
No later than 30 calendar days after receiving notification of such conviction from a student, the school will:
a. Take action against the student to include any range of authorized disciplinary actions up to termination/dismissal; and/or
b. Require the student to participate satisfactorily in a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program approved by the school; and
c. If the student is authorized to work on a grant provided by the federal government at the time of the incident, the school shall notify the agency that awarded the grant within 10 calendar days after receipt of notification from the student.
The school will review this policy, the relevant education assessment and treatment programs annually to determine their effectiveness and to ensure that sanctions are consistently enforced. The school reserves the right to implement changes at any time by approval of the Dean.