Student Policy on the Possession, Use and Distribution of Illicit Substances

In terms of South African legislation the possession, use and / or distribution of illicit substances are forbidden.

Boston Media House’s Stance on Illicit Substance Abuse & Distribution:

The possession, use and / or distribution of any controlled substance or drug, as defined by South African law, is strictly prohibited on Boston premises. Should a Boston student be found in possession of, under the influence of and / or providing others with controlled substances or drugs, thereby breaking the institutions Code of Conduct and bringing the institution into disrepute, disciplinary measures will be implemented.

Boston recognises that in some instances the abuse of illicit substances may have developed into a medical problem, in terms of dependency, and as such the student will be provided with information and / or a referral to a suitable support service.

Disciplinary Intervention for Possession and / or Abuse of Illicit Substances:

Boston staff are duty bound to assist in promoting a healthy, drug free environment, to actively discourage the possession, use and / or distribution of illicit substances and to report any matters relating to the possession, use and / or distribution of illicit substances on campus to Management.

Boston’s Code of Conduct must be strictly adhered to at all times in instances of substance abuse by students whilst on Boston premises. The following steps are to be followed whilst on campus:

  1. Regardless of circumstance, the substance is to be confiscated and handed over to Management.
  2. In instances where drug abuse, possession of or dealing in is suspected, the matter is to be reported to Management for investigation.

Should Management be required to call a Disciplinary Hearing in order to conduct an investigation into the possession of or abuse of illicit substances; the Disciplinary Hearing will be conducted in accordance with Boston’s policy on Student Disciplinary Hearings and may result in punitive sanctions.

The following sanctions will serve as a guideline for the Disciplinary Committee when deciding on how to deal with incidents of possession and substance abuse whilst on Boston premises:

1st Offence: Possession and / or Substance Abuse

  • The student will be asked to go for counselling in order to receive support and education.
  • Parents / Guardians may be informed at this stage. Should parents / guardians not be informed the student will receive a warning that parents / guardians will be informed if there is a repeat offence.
  • The student will receive a final written warning for possession and / or substance abuse whilst on Boston premises.

2nd Offence: Possession and / or Substance Abuse –

  • Parents / Guardians are informed.
  • The student is requested to enter a formal rehabilitation programme.
  • Should the student refuse to attend a formal rehabilitation programme, Boston will take the necessary disciplinary action, which may include suspension, expulsion and / or reporting to the relevant state authorities, as per the relevant legislation.

The Trafficking, Supplying and Selling of Illicit Substances on Boston Property:

The trafficking of, supplying of (without the expectation of payment), offering of illicit substances to other students and the sale of illicit substances to other students whilst on Boston premises will result in a Disciplinary Hearing which may end in suspension or expulsion.

In accordance with the Drug and Drug Trafficking Act No. 140 of 1992, Boston’s Management is obligated to report their suspicion of any person/s who may be dealing in illicit substances on Boston premises to the South African Police Services.

Should a student be found guilty of dealing in illicit substances (either by means of a Disciplinary Hearing or via a SAPS investigation) whilst on Boston premises, the student will face immediate expulsion and will be reported to the relevant state authorities, if this has not already been done.

Amnesty:

Boston will support any student who voluntarily comes forward, is honest about their substance use and is willing to receive help for their problem.

Students who approach Boston’s Counsellor (where available) or Principal asking for assistance with a substance use or abuse problem:

  • Will not face any disciplinary action.
  • Will be dealt with confidentially.
  • Will be required to agree to a management plan as set out by Boston’s Counsellor

The management plan will include:

  • A contract to stop using / abusing illicit substances.
  • Attending substance abuse counselling.

Should the student not comply with the management plan, the Counsellor / Principal will bring the matter to the attention of both the student’s parents / guardians as well as Boston’s Management, who may then decide to call for a Disciplinary Hearing.

Support Services:

A variety of support services are available to students involved in substance abuse:

  1. Boston Counsellor (Sandton Campus only) – an appointment can be made to meet with Boston’s on-site Counsellor: Robyn Wright-Parkin (robynw@boston.co.za / 011 883 0933). Confidentiality will be maintained.
  2. SANCA / Phoenix House – provide both in-patient and out-patient treatment programmes and counselling services: 0861 173 422 / 011 673 0400.
  3. Narcotics Anonymous (NA) – NA meetings are held twice a week. A full list of meeting places and times is available at: na.org.za or from the Boston Counsellor. Confidentiality will be maintained.
  4. Life Line – provide both telephonic and face-to-face substance abuse counselling: 0861 322 322 / 0800 567 567.

 Definitions:

  • Boston: is taken to mean Boston Media House.
  • Deal in / Distribution of: in relation to a drug, includes performing any act in connection with the shipment, importation, cultivation, collection, manufacture, supply, prescription, administration, sale, transmission or exportation of the drug.
  • Drug: refers to substance that produces a psychiatric effect. In this policy the term “drug” is used generically to include pharmaceutical drugs (prescribed and over the counter), illicit drugs, image and performance enhancing substances and inhalants and other volatile substances.
  • Illicit / Illegal Drug or Substance: A range of drugs which the production, sale, possession and use of is prohibited. These drugs include but are not limited to amphetamine, cocaine, marijuana (dagga), ecstasy, heroin, LSD, mandrax.
  • Possession: refers to when a controlled substance is found on your person; when the controlled substance belongs to you, even if it is not on your person and, you know the whereabouts of the controlled substance and that it is illegal.
  • Selling / Supplying / Trafficking: in relation to a drug, includes offering, advertising, possessing or exposing the drug for sale, to dispose of it, whether for consideration or otherwise, or to exchange it.