It is the policy of Southwestern Community College to establish an alcohol and a drug-free workplace in accordance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and a drug-free school and campus in accordance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989 [Public Law 101-226]. It is the interest and obligation of the college to provide a drug-free, healthy, safe, and secure environment for its staff and students.

The unlawful possession, distribution, dispensation, manufacture, or use of illicit drugs and alcohol by employees and students on college premises, while conducting college business off-campus, or as part of any of its activities is strictly prohibited. Drugs and paraphernalia will be confiscated and turned over to police.

There are substantial penalties for drug and alcohol violations. Individuals are subject to federal, state, and local laws, as well as college policies. Both state and federal laws prohibit distribution or manufacture of controlled substances or counterfeit controlled substances. Penalties can result in fines and imprisonment depending on the severity of the crime.

State and local ordinances regulate alcohol. Underage possession of alcohol, driving while intoxicated, public intoxication, public consumption, serving underage intoxicated individuals, open containers and large private parties are all affected by these laws. Check with the local police department for more information.

Sanctions under college policy may range from disciplinary reprimand to suspension from the college, depending on individual circumstances

Illicit drug use may result in:
• physical or psychological dependency;
• a craving or inability to stop using drugs;
• adverse effects on body systems;
• injury due to motor vehicle crashes, assaults or other unintended acts;
• disruption of personal relationships and work habits or ineligibility for some
types of employment.

Campus Wellness Resources