Alcohol & Drug Awareness

The University of Pikeville seeks to encourage and sustain an academic environment that respects individual freedoms and promotes the health, safety and welfare of its students, faculty, staff and visitors. These participants are expected to know and follow the applicable laws and all University rules and regulations. Each person is responsible for his/her own behavior.

The University of Pikeville complies with the Drug-Free School Communities Act of 1989. This act requires that the University of Pikeville certify it has adopted and implemented a program to prevent the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees in order to remain eligible for federal financial assistance, as set forth in local, state and federal laws, and the rules and regulations of the University.

The University of Pikeville prohibits the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees in buildings, facilities, grounds or other property owned and/or controlled by the University or as part of University activities. Alcohol is not permitted on campus. Students who are convicted of an offense involving the sale or possession of a controlled substance may become ineligible for federal student aid.

For the University’s complete drug and alcohol policy regarding the Drug-Free School and Communities Act, you may submit a request to the Public Safety Department or the Office of Student Services. Student Services and the Public Safety Department conduct drug and alcohol abuse education programs each semester.


The purpose of this policy is to establish procedures for the university’s response to reports of missing students, as required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008. This policy applies to students who reside in campus housing.

A University of Pikeville residential student is "determined to be missing" when a missing person report investigation concludes that the student has been absent from the university for a period of 24 hours or longer without any known reason. The Director of Public Safety, or designee, in conjunction with the Dean of Students, or designee, will make the official determination of whether a student is deemed missing.

All residential students have the opportunity annually to identify an individual or individuals to be contacted by the Dean of Students not later than 24 hours after the time that the student is determined to be missing in accordance with the procedures set forth below. A designation will remain in effect until changed or revoked by the student. This information is maintained confidentially and will be available only to the Director of Public Safety, Dean of Students and Director of Student Life. The administration of the university reserves the right to notify the parents of a student under the age of 21 if they are reported missing.

For those under the age of 18 and not an emancipated individual, the university is required to notify the emergency contact as well as the custodial parent or guardian no more than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing.


a. Any concerned person who has information that a residential student may be a missing student must notify the Department of Public Safety or Director of Student Life as soon as possible so that an official determination may be made about whether or not the student is missing.

b. Department of Public Safety and Student Life staff will gather all essential information about the residential student from the reporting person and from the student’s acquaintances. Appropriate staff will include the Student Life Coordinators on call, the Director of Student Life, the Dean of Students and the Director of Public Safety.

c. If the above actions are unsuccessful in locating the student in a reasonable time, or it is apparent immediately that the student is a missing person (e.g. witnessed abduction) the student will be determined as a missing student.

At this time the Director of Public Safety or his/her designee will notify the Pikeville Police Department that the university has a missing student. The Dean of Students and/or their designee will notify the emergency contact of the missing student and the appropriate officials in administration at the university. In addition, the university reserves the right to notify the parents of a student under the age of 21 if they have been determined to be missing.

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