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Summary of Relevant Provisions of Vermont and United States Law

Summary of Relevant Provisions of Vermont and United States Law

Vermont law and United States laws control the possession and sale of alcoholic beverages and illicit drugs within the State of Vermont. Violations of these provisions may result in criminal sanctions. Involvement with the criminal justice system is a serious matter even if maximum fines or prison sentences do not result. A criminal record can adversely affect job opportunities, admission to graduate or professional schools, and eligibility for training and financial aid opportunities. Under the Higher Education Act of 1998, students convicted under federal or state law for the sale or possession of drugs will have their federal financial aid eligibility suspended. This includes all federal grants, loans, federal work study programs, and more. Students convicted of drug possession will be ineligible for one year from the date of the conviction of the first offense, two years for the second offense, and indefinitely for the third offense. Students convicted of selling drugs will be ineligible for two years from the date of the first conviction, and indefinitely for the second offense. Those who lose eligibility can regain eligibility by successfully completing an approved drug rehabilitation program. Filing or processing of criminal charges and/or imposition of criminal sanctions do not preclude University-imposed sanctions through Residential Life or the Center for Student Ethics and Standards. Some of the specific legal rules and criminal sanctions are described below:

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