Most Universities seemingly enact rules against drugs, but in reality – what are the actual punishments that face students caught with drugs? There have been several cases where students have died after taking drugs – when their dealer is found, harsh sentences are normally (rightfully) applied. Therefore you would be forgiven for expecting those caught with drugs to face similar punishments. But, this isn’t seemingly the case at Bournemouth University, read on for more.
Courtesy of a Freedom of Information request, Bournemouth University have released information regarding how they have dealt with students caught with drugs on campus in the last three years. There have been seven cases in this time frame, so let’s see what happened:
- Possession of Class B Drug: Resulted in Disciplinary hearing and a written warning.
- Possession of Class B Drug: Evicted from student accommodation and warned.
- Possession of Drug (Unknown Class): Disciplinary process was instigated, however the student withdrew from the University prior to completion of the process.
- Possession of Class A Drug: Warning
- Possession of Class B Drug: Disciplinary hearing and advice on support services provided.
- Possession of Class B and Class C drugs with intent to supply: Disciplinary was in progress at time of writing.
- Possession of Class B Drug with intent to supply: Resulted in written warning.
So, rather lenient, it could be suggested. Many students possessed Class B Drugs. This class of drug includes Cannabis, Mephedrone (Meow-Meow) and painkillers like Codeine. These drugs certainly have the potential to harm. Perhaps worse, one student was caught with a Class A drug. This class of drug includes Ecstasy, cocaine and even heroin. If Class B drugs can harm someone, then Class A drugs have the potential to ruin lives.
It is certainly questionable as to why harsher actions aren’t being taken against these students. There doesn’t appear to be much of a deterrent involved – the potential to receive a written warning is hardly something that is going to send a shiver down the spine of any potential drug dealer. What is arguably even more concerning is how the penalties appear to be getting more lenient!
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Rarely a month goes by without a death at a British University linked to drugs. Based on this, it would surely be advisable for a University to hand out severe penalties to those who are found with drugs. While many won’t be dealers, and instead have the intention of ‘just’ taking the drug, this is a clear issue that results in many deaths. There should be a stronger deterrent. But currently, as made clear at Bournemouth University, there doesn’t appear to be.