Policy Statement

The College seeks to promote a healthy and responsible campus environment which is conducive to teaching and learning.


South Central College recognizes that the misuse of alcohol and other drugs is a serious problem in our society and our community. 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.

Major Sections

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

List of Related Policies or Procedures (if any):

5.18 Alcoholic Beverages or Controlled Substances on Campus policy (System)

Date of Last Review: 12/8/17