Drug-free Schools

DRUG-FREE SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES ACT/ DRUG-FREE WORK PLACE ACT COMPLIANCE

It is the policy of Mountwest Community & Technical College to comply with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities (Campuses) Act of 1989 and Federal Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988.

COVERAGE

The entire College community, including students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the campus.

STANDARDS OF CONDUCT

The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of illicit drugs and alcohol on Mountwest Community & Technical College property or as a part of any College function is prohibited. (b) Reporting to work, class, or any College function under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs is prohibited.

DISCIPLINARY SANCTIONS

The College will impose disciplinary sanctions on students and employees consistent with local, State, and Federal laws for violation of the “Standards of conduct” outlined above. All persons should be aware that violations could result in expulsion from school, termination of employment, or referral for prosecution.

HEALTH RISKS

Substance abuse and drug dependency are problems of staggering size in our society today. They are the leading causes of preventable illness and injury in the United States, and are estimated to afflict over 25 million Americans. While alcoholism may develop in anyone, it tends to appear first between the ages of 20 and 40, and is more prevalent when a family history of alcohol abuse exists. Alcohol abuse is often characterized by one of three different patterns: (1) regular and daily use, (2) drinking large amounts of alcohol (binging) at specific or irregular times, or (3) periods of sobriety interspersed by periods of heavy drinking and intoxication. The disorder is progressive, and is usually fatal. If you recognize any tendencies toward alcohol abuse in yourself, your friends, or loved ones, please seek help as outlined below in the “Counseling and other assistance” section.

Health risks of other drugs include:

COUNSELING AND OTHER ASSISTANCE

Help is available on campus through the office of Student Services, Human Resources and Employee Development, and Mountwest Department of Public Safety.