Fair Disciplinary Action for UNT Drug Possession Violations

Fair Disciplinary Action for UNT Drug Possession Violations

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Tristan Seikel started this petition to University of North Texas and

The criminal justice system is extremely harsh on drug offenders. Currently, students at the University of North Texas found with drugs other than alcohol or low amounts of marijuana can be subject to additional punishments, such as:

  • Loss of on-campus housing or meal plans
  • Expulsion
  • Suspension
  • Fines

As students of the University of North Texas, we want our university to remove the type of substance as a factor in determining their response to first-time low-level drug possession.  No student should lose housing, food, or their education because of first-time low-level drug possession. Instead, students caught with first-time low-level drug possession should be given a warning about the legal and health consequences and be provided with educational materials as well as rehabilitative support if needed.

Educating and rehabilitating students with first-time low-level drug possession offenses would improve their retention and educational outcomes. It’s also an evidence-based approach that works better than stigma and punishment.

The University of North Texas already takes this approach with underage alcohol use, which is one of the most dangerous drugs for public health in the world. It also takes this approach with low amounts of marijuana, which is just as illegal in Texas as any other Schedule I drug.

As students, we are asking for fairness and consistency in UNT’s treatment of first-time drug offenses, nothing more and nothing less. We understand that distributing or selling dangerous drugs contributes to a public health issue for the University and should be subject to disciplinary action.

For first-time low-level drug possessions, we want UNT to educate and rehabilitate instead of taking food, on-campus housing, or education away from students.

If you are a UNT student or faculty member and support our cause, please sign our petition in support of this sensible change in UNT’s disciplinary practices! Also, please leave your UNT email address in the comment section since it would help to show the administration that people on campus care about this reform. 

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