Student Drug and Alcohol Use Policy #4000.16

Purpose:  South Central College recognizes that the misuse of alcohol and other drugs is a serious problem in our society and our community.  The College seeks to promote a healthy and responsible campus environment which is conducive to teaching and learning.   Federal and state law prohibits the unlawful use, possession, or distribution of alcohol or illegal drugs on campus. Students who use, possess or distribute alcohol or illegal drugs on campus will be subject to disciplinary action as set forth in the College's code of conduct and civil and state laws. This prohibition extends to any student on College grounds, whether he or she is a member of the College community or not.

Applicability:  This document is in compliance with Federal Drug-Free Schools and Campus Regulations, Minnesota State policies, other state and local laws, South Central College has adopted the following policies regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs:

  • No student shall use, possess, manufacture, sell, or otherwise distribute any alcoholic beverage, illegal drug or any controlled substance while on-campus or while off-campus and involved in a College-sponsored activity, service, project, program or work situation.
  • No student shall report to campus while under the influence of alcohols or a controlled substance, which affects alertness, coordination, reaction, response, judgement, decision-making, or safety.
  • Exceptions include medically authorized use of prescription drugs
  • Although the Minnesota Medical Cannabis Law and program allows seriously ill Minnesotans to use medical marijuana to treat certain conditions, the possession and use of marijuana remains illegal under federal law, including the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, the Controlled Substances Act, and the Campus Security Act, and Board Policy 5.18 Alcoholic Beverages or Controlled Substances on Campus. Therefore, the use, possession, production, manufacture, and distribution of marijuana continues to be prohibited while a student is on college or university owned or controlled property or any function authorized or controlled by the college or university.

Sanctions may include but are not limited to: Students found to have violated this policy will be subject to disciplinary action according to the Student Code of Conduct, including, but not limited to any one or all of the following:

  • Confiscation of any alcohol, drugs, or paraphernalia
  • Conduct warnings or probation
  • Counseling or medical referral
  • Suspension or expulsion from the college
  • Referral to law enforcement agencies for prosecution of charges

Federal and State Drug Law
Minnesota Law has many statues which regulate and control the use and abuse of alcohol.  For example, driving while impaired (DWI) may result in a fine, jail time, and/or revocation of driver’s license.  Possession of alcohol under age 21 or use of false identification to purchase alcohol may result in a fine.  Furnishing alcohol to persons under 21 is punishable by a find and/or time in prison.

Federal Law provides varying penalties for controlled substance crimes.  For example, illegal possession of a controlled substance may result in a fine of $100,000 and up to one year in prison for the first offense.  Additional penalties may include forfeiture of personal property or the denial of federal student financial aid benefits or other federal licenses and benefits.  Trafficking in drugs such as heroin or cocaine may result in life imprisonment.

Distribution & Review
This policy will be distributed to all SCC students annually.  This policy will be reviewed biannually to assess its effectiveness, implement changes, and insure the disciplinary sanctions are consistently enforced.

Health Risks
Abuse and addition to alcohol, nicotine, and illegal substances cost Americans upwards of half a trillion dollars a year, considering their combined medical, economic, criminal and social impact.  Every year, abuse of illicit drugs and alcohol contributes to the death of more than 100,000 Americans, while tobacco is liked to an estimated 440,000 deaths per year.

People of all ages suffer the harmful consequences of drug abuse and addition.

  • Babies exposed to legal and illegal drugs in the womb may be born premature and underweight.  This drug exposure can slow the child’s intellectual development and affect behavior later in life.
  • Adolescents who abuse drugs often act out, do poorly academically, and drop out of school.  They are at risk of unplanned pregnancies, violence, and infectious diseases.
  • Adults who abuse drugs often have problems thinking clearly, remembering, and paying attention.  They also develop poor social behaviors as a result of their drug abuse, and their work performance and personal relationship suffer.
  • Parent’s drug abuse often means chaotic, stress-filled homes and child abuse and neglect.  Such conditions harm the well-being and development of children in the home and may set the stage for drug abuse in the next generation. 

For a full description of health risks associated with alcohol and drugs, visit National Institute on Drug Abuse https://www.drugabuse.gov/

Campus Resources

South Central College Counselor - (507) 389-7274
http://www.southcentral.edu/Career-Counseling-Center/counseling.html

Community Resources By Location

North Mankato Campus

Emergencies

  • Call 911
  • Mayo Health System Emergency Room - 507-625-4031
    1025 Marsh Street, Mankato, MN 

Agencies

  • Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon Family Group – 507-387-2772
    www.mankatoaa.com
  • Addiction Recovery Technologies  - 507-345-4670
    Mankato Place Suite 2116, 12 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato, MN
  • Blue Earth County Human Services (Chemical Health Assessments) - 507-389-8227 
    410 S. 5th Street, Mankato, MN
  • Nicollet County Human Services (Chemical Health Assessments) - 507-931-6800
    108 Minnesota Ave, St. Peter, MN
  • House of Hope – 507-625-4373
    1429 3rd Ave, Mankato, MN
  • Mayo Health System - 507-625-4031
    1025 Marsh Street, Mankato, MN 

 

Faribault Campus

Emergencies

  • Call 911
  • District One Hospital - 507-334-6451
    200 State St. NE, Faribault, MN
  • Crisis Line - 800-422-1286

Agencies

  • Alcoholics Anonymous – (651) 227-5502
  • Family Focus – 507-334-6413
    2301 4th Street NW, Faribault, MN
  • Rice County Social Services – 507-332-6115
    320 Third St NW #2, Faribault, MN

Related policies, procedures or plans:

  • MinnState Board Policy 5.18 Alcoholic Beverages or Controlled Substances on Campus

Date & Subject of Revisions:   December 8, 2017

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