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Complying with the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Regulations


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The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989, requires that any institution of higher education that receives federal financial assistance must adopt and implement a program to prevent the use of illicit drugs and alcohol abuse by students and employees (20 U.S.C. 1145g-Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention).

This guide is designed to support college and university staff-campus attorneys, risk management staff, or student affairs staff-charged with ensuring their institution’s Part 86 compliance.

Section 2 outlines the Part 86 certification requirements and consequences for failing to comply with the regulations.

Section 3 outlines requirements for the annual notification and describes written formats that colleges and universities have used to present this information to their students and employees.

An important aspect of the Higher Education Act is the requirement that campuses document and assess their prevention program on a biennial basis. Section 4 provides guidance on preparing the biennial review report.

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