FA Consumer Info - Drug Violations

Drug and Alcohol-Free Environment

Dyersburg State Community College prohibits the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol on the campus property or on institutionally owned, leased or otherwise controlled property or as part of any activity of DSCC.

Dyersburg State maintains a drug-free awareness program administered by the Counseling and Career Placement Office with assistance through regular organizational channels. The DSCC Student Handbook contains information and policies related to tobacco, alcohol, and illegal drugs.

Drug Violations

A federal or state drug conviction can disqualify a student for FSA funds.  Convictions only count if they were for an offense that occurred during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving Title IV aid—they do not count if the offense was not during such a period.

The chart below illustrates the period of ineligibility for FSA funds, depending on whether the conviction was for sale or possession and whether the student had previous offenses. (A conviction for sale of drugs includes convictions for conspiring to sell drugs.)


Possession of
illegal drugs

Sale of illegal drugs

1st offense

1 year from date of conviction

2 years from date of conviction

2nd offense

2 years from date of conviction

Indefinite period

3+ offenses

Indefinite period


If the student was convicted of both possessing and selling illegal drugs, and the periods of ineligibility are different, the student will be ineligible for the longer period. A student regains eligibility the day after the period of ineligibility ends or when he successfully completes a qualified drug rehabilitation program. Further drug convictions will make him ineligible again.

Students denied eligibility for an indefinite period can regain it only after successfully completing a rehabilitation program as described below or if a conviction is reversed, set aside, or removed from the student’s record so that fewer than two convictions for sale or three convictions for possession remain on the record. In such cases, the nature and dates of the remaining convictions will determine when the student regains eligibility. It is the student’s responsibility to certify that she has successfully completed the rehabilitation program; as with the conviction question on the FAFSA.

Standards for a qualified drug rehabilitation program
Qualified drug rehabilitation program must include at least two unannounced drug tests and must satisfy at least one of the following requirements:

  • Be qualified to receive funds directly or indirectly from a federal, state, or local government program.
  • Be qualified to receive payment directly or indirectly from a federally or state-licensed insurance company.
  • Be administered or recognized by a federal, state, or local government agency or court.
  • Be administered or recognized by a federally or state-licensed hospital, health clinic, or medical doctor.

Counseling Services for Drug and Alcohol Abuse