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As important upcoming or current events occur that pertain to Rise Media Business & Technical Training School and/or Rise Training School Students, please check this page periodically as they will be posted here!


The Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), includes many disclosure and reporting requirements. A disclosure requirement is information that a school (post secondary education) institution is required to distribute or make available to another party, such as students or employees. A reporting requirement is information submitted to the U.S. Department of Education or other Federal or State Agencies. Disclosure and reporting requirements sometimes overlap. For certain topics, institutions are required to make information available to students or others and to submit information to the Department of Education.


Drug and alcohol use and misuse are problems at many schools, universities and college campuses across the country. The Rise Media Business & Technical Training School ge takes this issue seriously and has a clearly‐defined set of policies regarding the use and distribution of alcohol and drugs on campus. This annual notice is being provided to you as required by the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989. Schools and Institutions of higher education that receive funds in any form are required to comply with the above Acts. In compliance with the law, the student policy can be found in the current on-line version of the Student Handbook.


The Board of Directors is committed to providing a drug-free workplace and campus for its contractors, employees and students in accordance with the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1994.


Consistent with federal, state, and local law, Rise Media Business & Technical Training School will impose disciplinary sanctions upon students, contractors and employees who violate this policy. Violations of the federal, state, and local laws and ordinances governing drug and alcohol abuse by employee, contractors or students may result in referral for criminal prosecution. Legal sanctions, including fines and/or imprisonment, may be imposed by the courts. Students in violation of the policy may be required by Rise Media Business & Technical Training School to receive treatment, or to be suspended or expelled. Faculty, Contractors and staff in violation of this policy may be required to receive treatment. The Rise Media Business & Technical Training School may exercise disciplinary actions against faculty, contractors and staff in violation of the policy, up to and including termination.


Some drug/alcohol offenses are misdemeanors while others are felonies. In either case, the sentence may include imprisonment. Convictions for the unauthorized manufacture, delivery, trafficking, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance varies. Penalties for conviction under Maryland Criminal Article 5-602 may vary based on the type of controlled dangerous substances in question, the quantities involved, whether or not a person is charged with possession and intent to distribute or actual distribution, and prior convictions, as well as additional charges related to possession of drug paraphernalia.

For example, possession and intent to distribute cocaine, crack, ecstasy, GHB, heroin, LSD, methamphetamine, and some prescription drugs is considered a felony and could result in fines of no more than $25,000 and incarceration of no more than 20 years in jail. For all other drugs, however, penalties could be limited to fines of no more than $15,000 and incarceration of no more than five years in jail (for a first offense).

The same possible penalties apply to conviction for actual distribution of controlled dangerous substances, as well as conviction for manufacturing controlled dangerous substances (which includes not only distribution of controlled dangerous substances, but also possessing, distributing, or creating a machine, instrument, or device, or a combination of these items, that is capable of producing a controlled dangerous substance). In concurrence with charges under Maryland Criminal Article 5-602, a person may face charges under Maryland Article 5-619, which relates to drug paraphernalia, including any equipment, products, or materials associated with using or manufacturing a controlled dangerous substance.


Certain academic programs require regular drug and alcohol screenings. For academic programs that require clinical or practicum field work, and/or that require a student’s eligibility to sit for a license or certification exam, regular and random drug and alcohol screening is required. In addition, the use, sale, or distribution of drugs and alcohol, including the conviction of certain criminal offenses related to illicit drug and alcohol intoxication, may limit or adversely affect a student’s ability to enter into and/or to continue in an academic program at Rise Media Business & Technical Training School. Such limitation could be a further detriment to a student’s future pursuit of advanced academic credentials at external colleges, universities, and professional programs.


It is important to understand the extent of the health risks associated with alcohol and drug abuse. To assist our students and staff in regard to substance abuse, we provide the accompanying chart identifying selected substances with companion information about physical effects and dangers.





Absorbed directly into bloodstream, enters every organ of the body and depresses the central nervous system; results in intoxication, dizziness, slurred speech, unsteady walk, relaxation, relaxed inhibitions, impaired coordination and slowed reflexes. Addiction: accidents, impaired ability, coordination and judgment; memory loss; vision disturbance; reduced ability to concentrate; heart and liver damage; nausea; vomiting; other physical damage; and death.


Decreased appetite, increased heart rate/temperature/blood pressure, slowed breathing, brief intense euphoria, restlessness, excitement, and a feeling of well-being followed by depression. Addiction: heart failure, ulcers in nose, seizures, lung damage, severe depression and sudden death.


Altered perceptions, increased heart rate, high blood pressure, reduced fertility, red eyes, dry mouth, reduced concentration and coordination, euphoria, laughing and hunger. Panic reaction, impaired short-term memory, addiction, lack of motivation, anxiety/panic, impaired coordination and lung damage.


(AKA: Acid, angel dust, buttons, cactus, hog, killer weed, magic mushrooms, microdot, PCP, LSD, red dragon, sugar cubes, white lightning)

Altered mood and perception, focus on details, anxiety, panic, nausea, synesthesia (ex. smell colors, see sounds), illusions, hallucinations, dilated pupils, elevated body temperature, and sleeplessness; repeated heavy use can lead to increased heart rate/blood pressure. Unpredictable behavior, emotional instability, convulsions, coma, heart/lung failure, inability to feel pain, disorientation, flashbacks, ruptured blood vessels in the brain, tremors, violent behavior (with PCP), can cause the appearance of schizophrenic-like psychosis.


(AKA: Aerosol sprays, bolt, climax, huff, laughing gas, locker room, poppers, snappers, solvents, whippets)

Nausea, dizziness, headache, lack of coordination and control, rapid pulse, loss of appetite and involuntary passing of urine or feces. Unconscious, suffocation, nausea and vomiting, permanent damage to brain and central nervous system, hepatitis or brain damage, electrolyte imbalance and muscle fatigue, violent behavior, suffocation and sudden death.


(AKA: Big H, Opium, Heroin, Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Buprenorphine,Tramadol, Fentanyl, OxyContin, Hydrocodone: Vicodin, Lorcet, Lortab, Codeine



Euphoria, drowsiness, insensitivity to pain, nausea, vomiting, watery eyes, runny nose, slow shallow breathing, clammy skin and convulsions. Addiction, lethargy, weight loss, contamination from utensils (hepatitis, AIDS), accidental overdose, coma, death, premature or stillborn infants and severe withdrawal.


(AKA: Black beauties, crank, crystal meth, diet pills, ice, pep pills, speed, uppers)

Alertness, talkativeness, wakefulness, increased heart rate/blood pressure, loss of appetite, rapid breathing, headache, dizziness, dilated pupils, heavy sweating and shaky hands; repeated use can lead to brain damage/ulcers/malnutrition. Fatigue leading to exhaustion, addiction, paranoia, depression, confusion, possibly hallucinations, anxiety/panic and violent behavior.


(AKA: alprazolam (Xanax, Xanax XR) clonazepam Klonopin) chlordiazepoxide (Librium) diazepam (Valium) lorazepam (Ativan)

Depressed breathing, slow heartbeat, intoxication, drowsiness and uncoordinated movements Possible overdose (combination with alcohol can multiply the effect), muscle rigidity and addiction; withdrawal and overdose require medical treatment; high doses can result in coma and death.


Students or employees who are having difficulty with drug or alcohol use are urged to seek a confidential assessment from Rise Media Business & Technical Training School. Based upon an assessment, Employee Relations or a Counselor can provide referrals and linkage to treatment services at community-based agencies or within certain health insurance networks. Anyone who is aware of others (either students, faculty, or staff) with possible drug or alcohol abuse problems should also seek guidance from Employee Relations to facilitate a referral to an off-campus provider.


Rise Media Business & Technical Training School will institute and maintain a drug awareness program to inform employees, contractors and students about:

  • the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse
  • the school’s policy of maintaining a drug and alcohol-free learning and working environment (a Drug Free Workplace Policy).

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