5.18 Alcohol and Drug-Free Campus

Alexandria Technical and Community College shall comply fully with all of the conditions of the Minnesota Department of Employee Relations Alcohol and Other Drug Use by State Employees policy, which can be reviewed at http://www.mmb.state.mn.us/doc/hr/policy-alcohol.pdf.

In compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (Public Law 101-226), Alexandria Technical and Community College has established this policy on Drug and Alcohol Use and has implemented processes to meet the college responsibilities as outline in the law.

This responsibility includes:

  • Providing information regarding the effects of alcohol and illicit drugs and the health risks associated with use,
  • Raising issues regarding personal decision making,
  • Counseling and/or referral for assistance if appropriate, and
  • Establishing written standards and sanctions regarding illegal use and/or use which results in behavior which violates Alexandria Technical and Community College's alcohol and drug-free campus policy and/or civil or state laws.

The standards of conduct at Alexandria Technical and Community College prohibit the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol on the campus premises, or in conjunction with, any college-sponsored activity or event whether on or off campus. In accordance with federal regulations, this policy is printed in the Student Planner, which is made available to every student. The policy is also available to students and employees at www.alextech.edu/policy/alcoholdrugfree and is available in a printed format on request. The policy is included with the annual Campus Crime and Security Report, which is distributed to every student and employee.

The college conducts a biennial review of this policy to determine the effectiveness of this policy and to ensure that disciplinary sanctions for violating standards of conduct are enforced consistently. The number and type of sanctions imposed as a result of drug and alcohol-related violations and fatalities that have occurred on the campus, or as part of campus-related activities, are included in the annual Campus Crime and Security Report. The college provides education for students and staff regarding the health risks associated with alcohol and drug abuse.

Standards of Conduct

  • No student or employee shall use, manufacture, sell, give away, barter, deliver, exchange, or distribute or possess with the intent to use, manufacture, sell, give away, barter, deliver, exchange, or distribute a controlled substance or drug paraphernalia as defined in Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 152
    • while on campus, or
    • while involved in a college activity, service, project, program, or work situation.
  • No student or employee shall illegally introduce upon or have possession of any alcoholic beverage as defined in Minnesota Statute 340A.101
    • while on campus, or
    • while involved in a college activity, service, project, program, or work situation.
  • No student or employee shall introduce upon or have possession of any alcoholic beverage as defined in Minnesota Statute 340A.101
    • while involved in a college activity, service, project, program, or work situation that has defined alcohol use restrictions established through organizational by-laws or policies.
  • No employee shall report to work, and no student shall report to campus, while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance or as the student's specific program defines as under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance.
  • Students who operate commercial vehicles will be required by law to provide documentation of drug and alcohol testing at the time of enrollment. Also, students may be randomly tested during enrollment in their training program.

Disciplinary Sanctions

Students
Administrative and legal sanctions, up to and including expulsion and referral for prosecution, will be imposed on students who violate the preceding standards of conduct.

Any students showing reasonable suspicion that they are under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance while on campus are subject to be dismissed from a classroom setting by the supervising college representative. This student shall be referred to an Administrator. Criminal violations will be referred to local law enforcement.

The student must make arrangements to be transported to his/her local residence. They may not drive themselves home, but must be transported either by a friend or a local cab service.

ATCC reserves the right to determine whether reasonable suspicion exists and the level of discipline to be applied to the student.<

Staff
Administrative and legal sanctions consistent with existing contracts, up to and including termination of employment and referral for prosecution, will be imposed on employees who violate the preceding standards of conduct. A disciplinary sanction may include the completion of an appropriate rehabilitation program.

Counseling and Assistance Resources

Appropriate referrals to counseling and health agencies will be made for individuals as needed. Rehabilitation may become a condition of continuing association with our college. The college will impose sanctions when this policy is violated. Disciplinary action may include written reprimand, suspension, or dismissal and referral for prosecution under local, state, or federal law.

Alexandria Technical and Community College

Counseling and Assessment Center 320-762-4487
Employee Assistance Program 1-800-657-3719
Confidential Alcohol Screening 1-888-285-3725

Community

Lakeview Chemical Dependency Services 320-762-8135 or
1-800-450-4500
Douglas County Social Services 320-762-2302
Drug and Alcohol Emergencies
(Douglas County Hospital ER)
320-762-6000
Someplace Safe (24 hour Crisis Line) 1-800-974-3359

Self-Help Groups

AL-ANON 320-762-8546
Alcoholics Anonymous 320-762-8546
Narcotics Anonymous 320-762-3981

Distribution of Written Policy

ATCC's drug and alcohol policy is found in the Student Planner and is published with our policies on the ATCC website. One or more of these publications is sent via college e-mail, ATCC's official method of communication, to every student and employee annually. All new employees and students are provided with a copy of this policy during their orientation session.

Required Education Information

Health Risks Associated with Illicit Drug Use and Alcohol Abuse
Alcohol and drug use is prohibited not simply because it is against the law, but because of the demonstrated health risks associated with use. While the following list is not exhaustive, it serves to demonstrate the range of potential hazards associated with illicit drug and alcohol use.

Alcohol
Loss of concentration and judgment, slowed reflexes; disorientation leading to higher risk of accidents and problem behavior; risk of liver and heart damage, malnutrition, cancer and other illnesses; can be highly addictive to some persons.

Amphetamines
Can cause rushed, careless behavior - pushing beyond your physical capacity, leading to exhaustion; intolerance increases rapidly; causes physical and psychological dependence; withdrawal can result in depression and suicide; continued high doses can cause heart problems, infections, malnutrition and death.

Cannabis
Causes permanent damage to lungs, reproductive organs and brain function; slows reflexes; increases forgetfulness; alters judgment of space and distance.

Cocaine
Causes damage to respiratory and immune systems; induces malnutrition, seizures and loss of brain function. Some forms (such as "crack") are highly addictive.

Hallucinogens (PCP, LSD, Ecstasy)
Causes extreme distortions of what's seen and heard; induces sudden changes in behavior, loss of concentration and memory; increases risk of birth defects in user's children; overdose can cause psychosis, convulsions, coma and death. Frequent use can cause permanent loss of mental function.

Narcotics (Heroin, morphine, opium, codeine)
Tolerance increases rapidly; causes physical and psychological dependence; overdose can cause coma, convulsions, respiratory arrest and death; leads to malnutrition, infection and hepatitis; sharing needles is a leading cause of the spread of HIV and Hepatitis; highly addictive.

Sedatives
Tolerance increases rapidly; produces physical and psychological dependence; causes reduced reaction time, and confusion; overdoses can cause coma, respiratory arrest, convulsions and death; withdrawal can be dangerous; in combination with other controlled substances can quickly cause coma and death.

Legal Sanctions

Federal and state sanctions for illegal possession of controlled substances range from up to one year imprisonment and up to $100,000 in fines for a first offense, to three years imprisonment and $250,000 in fines for repeat offenders. Additional penalties include forfeiture of personal property and the denial of federal student aid benefits.

Under federal laws, trafficking in drugs such as heroin or cocaine may result in sanctions up to and including life imprisonment for a first offense involving 100 gm or more. Fines for such an offense can reach $8 million. First offenses involving lesser amounts, 10-99 gm, may result in sanctions up to and including 20 years imprisonment and fines of up to $4 million. A first offense for trafficking in marijuana may result in up to five years imprisonment and fines up to $500,000 for an offense involving less than 50 kg, and up to life imprisonment and fines up to $8 million for an offense involving 1,000 kg or more.

The State of Minnesota may impose a wide range of sanctions for alcohol-related violations. For example, driving while intoxicated (blood alcohol content of .08 or more) may result in a $700 fine, 90 days in jail, and/or revocation of driver's license for 30 days. Possession of alcohol under age 21 or use of false identification to purchase alcohol results in $100 fine. Furnishing alcohol to persons under 21 is punishable by up to a $3,000 fine and/or one year imprisonment.

Approved by: ATCC Leadership Council
Effective Date: 3/20/12
Last Date Revised: 3/19/12