Drug, Alcohol and Controlled Substance Policy

  • Policy E-2i(1-2): Southeast Community College policy absolutely prohibits the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs, controlled substances, and/or alcohol by students, employees and visitors on College property or at any College - related activity. SCC employees and students shall observe all state and federal laws and city ordinances governing the possession and use of alcoholic beverages, illicit drugs and controlled substances. Staff, students or visitors suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol while on campus or at a College-related activity may be requested to leave and may be reported to law enforcement officials.

    Students, employees or visitors that violate federal or state laws concerning the possession, use or sale of drugs or alcohol are subject to criminal prosecution. In addition, for students and employees, the College considers a violation of its drug and alcohol policies to be a major offense that can result in mandated participation in a drug or alcohol rehabilitation program, referral for criminal prosecution, and/or immediate disciplinary action, up to and including termination from employment (for employees) and either suspension or expulsion from the College (for students).

    Legal Sanctions for Students and Employees

    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.

    Disciplinary Sanctions for Students and Employees

    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:

    • Re-assignment and/or re-direction of student/classroom activities
    • Dismissal from class session and/or course
    • Verbal or written warning
    • Disciplinary probation
    • Suspension or expulsion
    • Referral to an appropriate drug/alcohol treatment program
    • Referral to law enforcement agencies

    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.

    Drug, Alcohol and Controlled Substance Abuse Prevention Programs and Resources

    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.

    Alcohol and Drug Education and Assistance

    • Employee Assistance Program through Continuum EAP is available at no cost to full- time SCC employees. Counseling assistance is available via face-to-face meetings, telephone, and email. All Continuum assistance is confidential. In addition to alcohol and drug use, Continuum provides assistance in other areas such as anxiety or depression, change, conflict, depression, anxiety, financial/legal challenges, grief, marital/family difficulties, and stress. Employees may obtain information about the EAP through the Human Resource Office, and/or contacting them directly at 402-476-0186 or http://www.4continuum.com/.
    • Assistance for students is provided via referral to community resources. Information can be obtained by contacting the campus Dean of Students or the Nebraska 211 Office at http://www.ne211.org/.
    • ScreenU, which administers screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) to college students is available free to all students.
    • New students are provided information the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act during new student orientation and via the college catalog.
    • Posters annually displayed in designated areas around campuses that promote awareness of local and campus resources and increase awareness of the risks associated with drug and alcohol consumption.
    • Residence Hall and Student Handbooks contain information about policies, protocol, and community referral information.
    • Annual Safety and Security Reports (available online and on each campus).
    • SCC either hosts or makes information available about Alcoholics Anonymous meetings that are open to all employees and students in recovery or seeking help. For further information, contact the campus office or Dean of Students.
    • Many community agencies are available to assist employees and students seeking alcohol and drug counseling and treatment. College departments including Campus Deans of Students, Student Success, Transitions Lab, and Human Resources, will provide referrals to students and employees seeking assistance, education and prevention strategies regarding drug and alcohol abuse. In addition to these, many area hospitals and community agencies are available to provide drug and alcohol treatment and rehabilitation. For further information access the website at http://www.ne211.org/or dial 2-1-1.

    Corrective Actions

    • Students: The Campus Dean of Students will investigate suspected /alleged violations of College policies regarding prohibited use of alcohol and drugs by students. Sanctions may include disciplinary action against a student, up to and including expulsion and referral for criminal prosecution.
    • Employees: The Human Resources Office will investigate suspected/alleged violations of College policies regarding prohibited use of alcohol and drugs by employees. Sanctions may include disciplinary action against an employee, up to and including termination and referral for criminal prosecution.

    Continuous Program Improvement

    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.