Drug Punishment Inequities at Lynchburg

By Alyssa Wilson ~ Assistant Editor

Combating Drugs and Crime - United States Department of State
Drug Bust. Image from https://www.state.gov/policy-issues/combating-drugs-and-crime/

Several weeks ago, rumors started swirling on campus that a certain sports team was caught doing illegal drugs. Weeks later, there have seemingly been no ramifications to those students who are still on campus at the University of Lynchburg. 

While we as a campus newspaper generally don’t publish rumors, the nature of this conversation and to protect our sources, we are merely going to raise issues of inequity.

The university has a zero drug tolerance policy on campus which is proved through the many students who have been kicked off campus for marajuana use. According to pg. 81 of the student handbook,  any students found in possession of any drug marajuana and otherwise, will receive an automatic suspension from the University of Lynchburg. So, why are all drugs not being treated the same? 

Within a class I am taking this semester, we have been following the development of this incident on our campus. Although we as students have been talking about it, there has been no talk about these drug infractions being reported to the Dean of Students or Student Development. 

Assuming the school does not know about these infractions, what I find to be appalling is that the use of this illegal drug is not being escalated to the Dean of Students, but is being handled internally by sports teams. 

On the other hand, if the school does know, this presents extreme punishment inequities between both the use of the drugs and the students. 

Many of the students who are being kicked off campus for marajuana usage are not part of a sports team or any kind of organization where punishment is able to be handled internally by the leaders of that organization. Whereas, in a sports team setting, these students have some kind of protection by their coaches and staff. 

Again, this goes back to the question of whether or not the Dean of Students even knows about this incident, but from other things that have circulated around the student body it is not the first time there have been complaints about drug use and sports teams on campus nor will it be the last if it is not brought to administration’s attention. 

Regardless of administration’s knowledge of drug use, my question is if the university preaches a zero tolerance drug policy why is more investigation not going into these allegations of  drug infractions?

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