Drug and Alcohol Policy

The users of drugs or alcohol may impair the well-being of all employees, the students and the public at large; drug and alcohol uses may also result in an injury or damage to College property.

Therefore, the unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession or use of a controlled substance or of alcoholic beverages shall be prohibited while on College premises or as part of any College sponsored activities.

Any student violating this policy shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion and referral for prosecution.

Policy Provisions

Drug Usage

The College shall not differentiate between drug users, drug pushers or sellers. Any student who possesses, uses, sells, gives or in any way transfers a controlled substance to another person, or manufactures a controlled substance while on college premises or as part of any college sponsored activity shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion and referral for prosecution. Any student who is in a state of intoxication or any influence which may be attributed to the use of drugs or of alcoholic beverages shall not in any way limit the responsibility of the individual for the consequences of his or her actions and will be subject to disciplinary actions.

The term "controlled substance" shall mean any drug in 21 CFR 1308 and other federal regulations, as well as those listed in Article V, Chapter 90 of the North Carolina General Statutes. Generally, these are drugs which have a high potential for abuse. Such drugs shall include, but are not limited to: Heroin, Marijuana, Cocaine, PCP, "Crack", Methamphetamine and any other hallucinogenic, narcotic, synthetic or illegally manufactured substances. They also include "legal drugs" which are not prescribed by a licensed physician.

Any student convicted of violating any criminal drug statute while on College premises or as part of any College sponsored activity shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.

The Vice President of Students Services may require the student to successfully finish a drug abuse program sponsored by an approved private or governmental institution as a precondition for continued enrollment at the College.

Each student shall be required to inform the Office of the Vice President of Student Services, in writing, within five (5) days after being convicted for violation of any federal, state or local criminal drug statute where such violation occurred while on College premises or as part of any College sponsored activity. A conviction shall mean a finding of guilt (including a plea of no contender) or the imposition of a sentence by a judge or jury in any federal or state court.

Federal Grant Provisions
Students employed under the College Work Study Program shall be considered to be employees of the college, if the work is performed for the college. In addition, for work performed for federal, state or local public agency, a private nonprofit agency or a private for-profit company, students shall be considered to be employees of the College unless the agreement between the College and the organization specifies that the organization is considered to be the employer. Students considered employees of the College should refer to the Drug and Alcohol Policy 2.17 in the College's Personnel Manual.

Important Links

Drug Free Schools Biennial Review
Drugs of Abuse/Uses and Effects

Federal Penalties and Sanction for Illegal Possession of a Controlled Substance
Federal Trafficking Penalties
NC Alcohol Laws