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Drug, Alcohol and Controlled Substance Policy

  • 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.

    It is the policy of the Southeast Community College Area to control and monitor the use/abuse of drugs, alcohol and other chemicals and controlled substances on college premises and at College-sanctioned events, and to educate students and employees about the use, abuse, and effects of drugs, alcohol and illegal/controlled substances. The College will implement procedures which will ensure to monitor and pursue compliance with laws relating to drugs, alcohol, and other chemicals and controlled substances including: the Drug-Free Workplace Act and the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991, the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, and all related regulations and rules promulgated pursuant thereto.

    Exception: The use of alcoholic beverages may be permitted on college premises or at College-sanctioned activities in accordance with all College policies and procedures, as well as local, state and federal laws as follows:

    • In limited circumstances approved by the President or designee, and/or
    • Pursuant to the Class C liquor license currently held by Southeast Community College’s Great Plains Culinary Institute.

    NOTE: SCC guests and visitors suspected of being under the influence of a controlled substance may be asked to leave College property or any officially recognized activity. Failure to comply may result in law enforcement intervention.

    Drug and Alcohol Use Testing

    Pursuant to the Drug-Free Workplace Act and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, Southeast Community College will require drug and alcohol tests for employees and students in circumstances where reasonable suspicion exists.

    Student-Athletes - In accordance with all National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Drug Testing Policy, all student-athletes must consent to random drug testing for drugs/alcohol before participating in any athletic competition or event. All student athletes must complete and sign the consent form prior to the first athletic event of the Fall semester and will be subject to random testing throughout the course of the Spring semester or the subsequent time period where athletic events of the school year are ongoing. For procedures related to drug testing of SCC student-athletes please refer to the SCC Athletic Handbook.

    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. See information regarding the federal penalties and sanctions.  Find relevant Nebraska laws pertaining to drugs and alcohol.

    College Sanctions for Violations of Policy

    Student and employee violations of the policy and Standards of Conduct will be subject to disciplinary procedures consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, College policy, and collective bargaining agreements. If a student’s behavior or action constitutes a significant disruption, safety concern and/or potential harm to themselves or others, the College will apply restrictions and/or disciplinary action appropriate to the behavior, setting, and program of study. Disciplinary action will be specific to the situation, class, course or program. See the SCC Student Code of Conduct for further information regarding the conduct process. Actions that may be taken include but are not limited to one or a combination of the following disciplinary sanctions:

    • Verbal Warning/Written Disciplinary Warning
    • Disciplinary Probation or Suspension
    • Expulsion or Eviction from on-campus facilities/programs
    • Referral to an appropriate drug/alcohol treatment program
    • College Service or Behavioral Requirements
    • Loss of Privileges
    • Confiscation of Prohibited Property
    • Educational Program
    • Restitution
    • Fines
    • Housing Reassignment
    • Housing Suspension or Expulsion
    • Eligibility Restriction
    • Other 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.

    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.