As a condition of receiving funds or any other form of financial assistance under any federal program, an institution of higher education must certify that it has adopted and implemented a program to prevent the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees. Southeast Community College has programs and policies in place to support a drug-free environment
In satisfaction of this mandate and in order to fulfill its obligations under the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988, 41 U.S.C. § 701 and the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989, 20 U.S.C. § 1145g, the College absolutely prohibits employees and students of the College from unlawfully manufacturing, distributing, dispensing, possessing, using, or being under the influence of a controlled substance, including illegal drugs and alcohol, on College premises, in College-owned property, at any College sponsored or sanctioned activities (both on and off-campus) where alcohol is not permitted/is prohibited, and in all places where its employees and students work and learn. This campus prohibition includes campus student housing and applies to any person on College grounds, whether they are a member of the College community or not.
Students and employees are reminded that unlawful possession, distribution or use of illicit drugs or alcohol may subject individuals to criminal prosecution. The College will refer violations of proscribed conduct to appropriate authorities for prosecution. Federal regulations and state laws provide penalties of fines and imprisonment for violations of the criminal statutes which include possessing, offering for sale, possessing with the intent to offer for sale, distributing or manufacturing controlled substances such as opiates, narcotics, depressants, stimulants or hallucinogenic drugs. Information regarding the federal penalties and sanctions may be found at https://www.dea.gov/druginfo/ftp3.shtml. Relevant Nebraska laws pertaining to drugs and alcohol may be found at http://nebraskalegislature.gov/laws/browse-statutes.php. Information regarding the health risks associated with alcohol and other drugs may be found at http://www.drugabuse.gov./drugs-abuse/commonly-abused-drugs-charts, http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/overview-alcohol-consumption/alcohol-facts-and-statistics, and http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/alcohols-effects-body.
An employee who violates any provision of the College’s alcohol and substance abuse policies will result in disciplinary action (consistent with local, state, and federal law), up to and including termination of employment or suspension, and referral for prosecution, and thus may have legal consequences. Referral to counseling, treatment and rehabilitation may also be an appropriate sanction. A student who violates any provision of the College’s alcohol and substance abuse policies shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action including but not limited to one or more combination of the following disciplinary sanctions:
In addition, any student or employee who violates the Codes of Conduct as set forth in College policy may be subject to discipline and/or prosecution.
The term “controlled substance” as used in this policy means substances included in Schedules I through V as defined by Section 813 of Title 21 of the United States Code and as further defined by the code of Federal Regulations, 21 C.F.R. 1300.11 through 1300.15. The term does not include the use of a controlled substance pursuant to a valid prescription of other uses authorized by law. The term “alcohol” as used in this policy means any product of distillation or a fermented liquid which is intended for human consumption and which is defined in Nebraska statutes.
Southeast Community College has adopted these policies to prevent the illegal possession, use and sale of alcohol and drugs by College students, guests and employees on College premises or as part of College-sponsored or College-sanctioned activities. In addition, the College has developed programs to prevent the illicit use of drugs and the abuse of alcohol by students and employees. These programs provide services related to alcohol and drug abuse including dissemination of informational materials, educational programs, counseling services, referrals and College disciplinary actions.
Southeast Community College continually assesses and updates its prevention and awareness programs to ensure a transfer of learning. As of the Summer of 2016, the College is in the process of expanding alcohol and other drug, student and employee training using current and relevant evidence-based practice.