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Part of Minutes of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees

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'4 L I PRESIDENT'S REPORT TO THE TRUSTEES February 16, 1971 1. DRUG ABUSE BEING FOUGHT ON SEVERAL FRONTS Several positive steps are under way to combat drug abuse at the University, which neither condones the illegal use of drugs nor denies drug abuse is cause for concern within the University or within society as a whole. A University Com- mittee on Drug Education has been formed to coordinate planning and evaluation of its programs dealing with drug abuse. The committee, to place emphasis on methods to make the University's drug-related programs more widely known and utilized, will make its first report by April 15. "I believe the University must pledge its resources and cooperation in an effort to reduce and control the drug problem as it exists in our community, in the state, and in the nation," Dr. Singletary stated. In recent weeks various members of the UK community have been reviewing the University's present effort in drug education. Some of these activities include: a day-long drug abuse seminar, held January 8 for the Student Affairs staff, featuring Dr. Dale Farabee, state commissioner of mental health; Dr. Charles Walton, College of Pharmacy; Dr. John A. O'Donnell, Department of Soci- ology; James Amato, Lexington police judge, and Sgt. Frank Fry- man, Lexington Police Department; continuing conferences between administrators and Lexinqton officials; an agreement by the Medi- cal Center to provide drug identification services to Fayette Circuit Court when the State Toxicology Laboratory is unable to run tests; a Student Center Board drug seminar, held in December, with discussions led by representatives of the Student Health Service, College of medicine, Lexington Police Department, and the Clinical Research Center; a Rap Room program, sponsored by the Human Relations Center, and counseling and treatment of stu- dents who seek help from the Student Health Service. 2. ACCREDITING TEAM ENDS VISIT Inspection of the University by an accrediting team from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools was completed on schedule Wednesday. Despite the snowfall, which hampered work Monday and closed the University on Tuesday, the team of 31 edu- cators met their deadline. Dr. Singletary was given oral im- pressions by the visitors. Next, he will receive a draft of the report which eventually will determine whether UK will retain its accreditation unconditionally or will be asked to make some re- commended changes to continue as an accredited institution.