Last month, more than 20 TCU students were arrested on drug charges.
It all started back in October 2011, when the Fort Worth Police department received complaints about drug activity according to the after-action Report released by the police department. The report said that over the following four months, two officers went undercover and made purchases from both current and former TCU students, and also people who did not attend the university at all.
On Feb. 20, the Texas Wesleyan administration sent out a mass email to its students regarding the TCU incident. Like all universities, the possession and distribution of all illegal drugs on and off the Texas Wesleyan campus will lead to disciplinary action from the university.
Carla Tennison, senior political science major, said she was shocked by the TCU drug bust.
“That is really scary,” she said. “If that can happen there, that can happen anywhere.”
Felisa Barnes, security manager,said what happened at TCU could happen anywhere.
“If Fort Worth PD came onto our campus and arrested some of our students [who had] drugs, we would turn that over to the [Fort Worth Police Department],” Barnes said. “And then the school would take action on the disciplinary end.”
Barnes said she met with others such as the dean of students and the athletic director to discuss what procedures Wesleyan had in place to prevent something like this from ever happening.
“We wanted to meet and discuss what [we are] doing to protect our [students],” Barnes said.
Barnes said she feels the university has taken a good stand and is providing an anonymous hotline for students to report suspected illegal activity. The hotline number is 866-943-5787.
“I want to encourage the students to use the hotline,” Barnes said. “Therefore, security will be able to act on what’s reported. If no one reports it, and we don’t visibly see it ourself, then [the illegal activity] will continue.”
Also according to an email sent out to students, Wesleyan administration offers help to anyone who has a problem with drug abuse. The email said if help was needed or requested, the university would offer its support, and the person would not have to fear punishment.
Cary Poole, dean of students, said he thought it was very important to make students aware of this “amnesty clause.”
“The university has taken the initiative to create a policy which encourages students to come forward,” Poole said in an email.
“The amnesty policy encourages friends, roommates or other colleagues to assist students who may have alcohol or a drug overdose to call for assistance and ensure the student gets the necessary help needed and not worry about sanctions from the university. This does not mean the university will issue a “free pass,” but the students may be required to go through alcohol [or] drug intervention courses.”
Poole said if a student were to be caught with drugs or alcohol, they could choose to have their disciplinary case reviewed by either the dean of students board or the student hearing board.
“Both boards have the ability to determine innocence or guilt and if found guilty, what appropriate sanctions will be applied,” Poole said in an email.
Poole also said the university is looking into creating a drug and alcohol education program that all freshmen, residential students and athletes would participate in.