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                          February 16, 1971


     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.


     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.