Policy on Illegal Drug and Alcohol Abuse

The fundamental purpose of Meredith Manor International Equestrian Centre is to maintain an environment that supports and encourages the pursuit of knowledge and skills directly related to the horse industry. That environment is damaged by illegal drug use or alcohol abuse. Therefore, all teaching staff, administrators, other school employees, and students share responsibility for protecting the environment by exemplifying high standards of professional and personal conduct.

Policy Statement

The illegal use, possession, sale, delivery, and/or manufacture of drugs or alcohol will not be tolerated and may be grounds for immediate suspension or dismissal of students, teaching staff, administrators, and other school employees.

Meredith Manor International Equestrian Centre policies and programs are intended to emphasize:

  1. The incompatibility of the use or sale of illegal drugs, and/or alcohol abuse with the goals of the school.
  2. The legal consequences of involvement with illegal drugs or the illegal use or distribution of alcohol.
  3. The health implications or the use of illegal drugs and/or the abuse of alcohol.
  4. The ways in which illegal drug and/or abuse of alcohol jeopardize an individual's present accomplishments and future opportunities. In particular, the negative implications of the illegal use or abuse of illegal drugs and alcohol in direct relation to handling and working with horses.

Standards of Conduct

  1. The illegal use, possession, sale, delivery, and/or manufacture of drugs will not be tolerated.
  2. Under West Virginia law, alcohol may be legally served and sold only to individuals twenty-one years of age or older. No student or employee under twenty-one years of age shall consume any alcohol on or off campus.
  3. No alcoholic beverages will be sold, distributed, or consumed at any school sanctioned event.
  4. No alcoholic beverages will be sold, distributed, or consumed on campus anywhere other than the privacy of the students or employees dormitory room or personal residence in the case of those students and employees twenty-one years of age or older.
  5. Intoxication or disorderly conduct will not be tolerated.

Disciplinary Sanctions

Meredith Manor International Equestrian Centre shall take actions necessary, consistent with state and federal laws to eliminate illegal drugs or the illegal use of alcohol from our school.

Students, staff, administrators, and other employees are responsible as citizens for knowing about and complying with West Virginia law regarding illegal drugs and/or the illegal use of alcohol. Any member of the school who violates that law is subject both to prosecution and punishment by civil authorities and to disciplinary proceedings by Meredith Manor International Equestrian Centre.

It is not "double jeopardy" for both the civil authorities and the school to proceed against and punish a person for the same specified conduct. The discipline imposed by the school may range from written warning with probationary status to expulsion from enrollment and discharge from employment. The following minimum penalties shall be imposed for the particular offenses described.

Trafficking in Illegal Drugs

For a first offense involving the illegal manufacture, sale or delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver any controlled substance, any student shall be expelled and any employee shall be terminated.

Illegal Possession of Drugs

For a first offense involving the illegal possession or any controlled substance identified in Schedule I, West Virginia Standards and Schedules 60A-2-204, or Schedule II, West Virginia Standards and Schedules 60A-2-205, the minimum penalty shall be suspension from enrollment or from employment for a period of at least one quarter. During this period of suspension, the student or employee must participate in a drug education and counseling program and have a recommendation from a counselor before the student or employee will be considered from reinstatement. For a first offense involving the illegal possession of any controlled substance identified in Schedules III through V, West Virginia Uniform Controlled Substances Act 60A-2-208; 60A-2-210; 60A-2-212, the minimum penalty shall be probation for a period to be determined on a case-by-case basis. A person on probation must agree to participate in a drug education and counseling program and accept other conditions or restrictions as the school deems appropriate. Refusal or failure to abide by the terms of probation shall result in expulsion for the student or discharge for the employee.

For the second offense involving the illegal possession of a controlled substance, the student shall be expelled and the administrator, staff, or other employee shall be discharged.

Intoxication- Drinking on Campus in places other than dorm rooms or houses; Arrests; Under-age drinking

For a first offense involving intoxication, drinking on campus in places other than dorm rooms or houses, under-age drinking, or arrests for violations of West Virginia or Federal Law, the minimum penalty shall be probation for the period of one quarter. A person on probation must agree to any conditions or restrictions the school deems appropriate.

For the second offense involving intoxication, drinking on campus in places other than dorm rooms or houses, arrests, or under-age drinking, the student, administrator, staff or other employee shall be placed on probation for a period to be determined on a case-by-case basis. Any person on probation for a second offense must agree to participate in an alcohol education and counseling program and accept other conditions or restrictions as the school deems appropriate. Refusal or failure to abide by the terms of probation shall result in expulsion of the student or discharge of the employee.

For a third offense involving intoxication, drinking on campus in places other than dorm rooms or houses, arrests, or under-age drinking, the student, administrator, staff, or employee shall be suspended for a period of at least one quarter. During the period of suspension, the student or employee must participate in an alcohol education and counseling program and have a recommendation from a counselor before the student or employee will be considered for reinstatement.

Meredith Manor International Equestrian Centre's students, teaching staff, administrators, and other school employees must notify the school of any drug convictions within five days of the occurrence.

Alcohol Uses and Effects

Alcohol consumption causes a number of marked changes in behavior. Even low doses significantly impair the judgment and coordination required to drive a car safely, increasing the likelihood that the driver will be involved in an accident. Low to moderate doses of alcohol also increase the incidence of a variety of aggressive acts, including spouse and child abuse. Moderate to high doses of alcohol cause marked impairments in higher mental functions, severely altering a person's ability to learn and remember information. Very high doses cause respiratory depression and death. If combined with other depressants of the central nervous system, much lower doses of alcohol will produce the effects just described.

Repeated use of alcohol can lead to dependence. Sudden cessation of alcohol intake is likely to produce withdrawal symptoms, including severe anxiety, tremors, hallucinations, and convulsions. Alcohol withdrawal can be life-threatening. Long-term consumption of large quantities of alcohol, particularly when combined with poor nutrition, can also lead to permanent damage to vital organs such as the brain and liver.

Mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy may give birth to infants with fetal alcohol syndrome. These infants have irreversible physical abnormalities and mental retardation. In addition, research indicates that children of alcoholic parents are at greater risk than other youngsters of becoming alcoholics.

Drug Counseling Rehabilitation, and Assistance Programs

  1. Alcoholics Anonymous, Inc. Parkersburg, WV http://www.aawv.org/site/district_4.php
  2. Westbrook Health Services, Parkersburg, WV (304) 485-1721
  3. Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and Referral Hotline. (1-800-662-HELP)

Federal Penalties and Sanctions for Illegal Possession of a Controlled Substance

21 U.S.C. 844(A)

  1. First Conviction: Up to 1 year imprisonment and fined at least $1,000 but not more than $100,000 , or both.
  2. After 1 prior drug conviction: At least 15 days in prison, not to exceed 2 years and fined at least $2,500 but not more than $250,000 , or both.
  3. After 2 or more prior drug convictions: At least 90 days in prison, not to exceed 3 years and fined at least $5,000 but not more than $250,000 , or both.

Special sentencing provisions for possession of crack cocaine: Mandatory at least 5 years in prison, not to exceed 20 years and fined up to $250,000 , or both if:

  1. 1st conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceed 5 grams.
  2. 2nd crack conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds 3 grams.
  3. 3rd or subsequent crack convictions and the amount of crack possessed exceeds 1 gram.

21 U.S.C. 853(A)(2) and 881(A)(7)

Forfeiture of personal and real property used to possess or facilitate possession of a controlled substance if that offense is punishable by more than 1 year imprisonment. (See special sentencing provisions; crack.)

21 U.S.C. 861(A)(4)

Forfeiture of vehicles, boats, aircraft, or any other conveyance used to transport or conceal a controlled substance.

21 U.S.C. 844a

Civil fine up to $10,000 (pending adoption of final regulations).

21 U.S.C. 853a

Denial of Federal benefits, such as student loans, grants, contracts, and professional and commercial licenses, up to 1 year for the first offense, up to 5 years for second and subsequent offenses.

18 U.S.C. 922q

Ineligible to receive or purchase a firearm.

Miscellaneous

Revocation of certain Federal licenses and benefits, e.g. pilotís licenses, public housing tenancy, etc., are vested within the authorities of individual Federal agencies.

Note: These are only Federal penalties and sanctions. Additional State penalties and sanctions may apply.

Local Penalties and Sanctions for Illegal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Alcohol

In addition to the aforementioned Federal and the following State sanctions, local ordinances generally provide for legal sanctions for unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol.

State of West Virginia Penalties and Sanctions for Illegal Possession of a Controlled Substance

Blood Alcohol Level of .10 (differs by state)

First offense: Imprisonment for not more than 1 year and/or $350 - $500 fine; suspension of license at least 6 months.

Second offense: Within 10 years, fine of not less than $500; 1 year license revocation.


I had a great time at the Manor and really enjoyed my education there. More than anything I loved all of the riding theory we got there. They really care to tell you WHY you are doing what they are telling you to do. I love having the huge bank of knowledge that I was given at the Manor, and I would not trade that for anything.
Amy Krentz Ford: 2007 Riding Master VI Graduate