Fuller Theological Seminary is
committed to maintaining an alcohol and drug-free environment, one conducive to
the promotion of wellness and positive self-development of all members of its
community. In keeping with this objective, the seminary will ensure that all of
its campuses, workplaces, and activities are safe and free from the problems
and risks associated with the unauthorized use and abuse of alcohol and the
illegal use and abuse of drugs.
Out of respect for our bodies as
temples of the Holy Spirit, as good stewards of our relationships with one
another, and in relation to our individual and communal fitness for ministry,
the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of
alcohol or illicit drugs by any member of the Fuller community on Fuller
property or as part of any of its activities is prohibited. While the use of alcohol by adults is lawful,
alcohol use by adults is prohibited on the Fuller campuses, outside of the
privacy of an individual's Fuller provided housing.
Drug abuse has spread to every level
of society in the United States. All drugs are toxic or poisonous if abused.
Health risks of drug abuse include, but are not limited to, sleep disorders,
confusion, hallucinations, paranoia, depression, impotence, liver damage,
cardiac irregularities, hepatitis, and neurological damage. Abuse of either
alcohol or drugs during pregnancy increases the risk of birth defects,
spontaneous abortion, and stillbirths.
Alcohol is a depressant. It
depresses the central nervous system and can cause serious, irreversible
physical damage. Excessive drinking damages the liver, resulting in cirrhosis.
Chronic alcohol abuse also causes hypertension, cardiac irregularities, ulcers,
pancreatitis, kidney disease, and cancer of the esophagus, liver, bladder, and
The good news is that alcoholism and
drug abuse and addiction are treatable. Generally, a recovering alcoholic or
drug abuser may never safely drink or use drugs again, but can lead a normal,
productive life as long as he or she maintains total abstinence. Confidential limited
counseling and referral to treatment programs may be available to Fuller
students and employees from the Fuller Psychological & Family Services
Eligible employees may also contact their Employee Assistance Program for
referrals. The costs of these programs are dependent upon the type of treatment
desired. Students and faculty should consult with their insurance carriers
with individual questions regarding coverage of treatment
Incidents on the Fuller campus or
incidents involving members of the Fuller community may be reported to civil
authorities for legal action. Local, state, and federal laws establish a
variety of penalties for the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing,
possession or use of a controlled substance, which includes alcohol as well as
illicit drugs. These legal sanctions, upon conviction, may range from the
payment of a small fine and probation to imprisonment for up to one year or a
$5,000 fine, or both. Federal laws have increased the penalties for the illegal
distribution of drugs to include life imprisonment and fines in excess of
addition, corrective action for students may include disciplinary action up to
and including immediate termination of student status. Corrective action for employees may include
disciplinary action up to and including immediate termination from employment.