University officials speak out against drug use following arrests on FHSU campus

Two students were arrested for suspected drug violations Wednesday at their residence hall on the Fort Hays State University campus, and university officials emphasized today that such behavior is unacceptable.

Chief Sid Carlile and Detective Ed Howell of the FHSU Police Department initiated the arrests and participated with other local law enforcement officials in serving two search warrants Wednesday at Wiest Hall. Two students were arrested on suspicion of drug violations. A third student was detained on suspicion of a probation violation. The university will not release the names of the students until they are formally charged.

"The possession and use of illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our campus, no matter how small the amount of drugs involved," said Dr. Herb Songer, vice president for student affairs. "We know that students, like people in all walks of life, face temptations, so we provide counseling and support programs to help them make the right decisions."

Bob Duffy, coordinator of the Drug Alcohol Wellness Network (DAWN), explained the support programs that are available for students at FHSU. "First of all I would like to say that a majority of college students do not engage in illegal drug activity," Duffy said, "but for those who do suffer negative consequences related to substance abuse, DAWN offers a licensed outpatient counseling education and referral service."

DAWN clients are regularly referred within the university's Kelly Center for personal and academic issues.

"We provide chemical dependency evaluations, outpatient counseling (both individual and group), Alcohol Information Schools, and referrals when issues are beyond the scope of what we can provide," Duffy said. "DAWN engages in prevention efforts such as class presentations, peer education, and residence hall presentations on a variety of issues. If you are a student or know of a student struggling with these issues, feel free to contact me through the Kelly Center at 628-4401 or via e-mail at"

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