Section: 2624 – Student Services
Last Review Date: 2/4/2022
Responsible Area: Student Services
Effective Date: 2/23/2022
Policy/policies the procedure is based on: 1560
Revision History: 5/2/1996; 12/19/2012; 2/23/2022.
All Employees, Students, and visitors.
It is the intent of Northland Pioneer College (NPC) to maintain a drug- and alcohol-free environment for its students and employees.
3.1 Controlled substance - A drug or other substance that is controlled by the government because it may be abused or cause addiction.
4.1 Students are expected and required to report to school in appropriate mental and physical condition. It is our intent and obligation to provide a drug- and alcohol-free, healthful, safe, and secure environment.
4.2 Enrolled students will at least once a year receive information provided by the district detailing;
a) Standards of conduct related to the possession, use, or distribution of drugs and alcohol by students on the institutions' properties or as any part of the institution's activities.
b) A description of applicable legal sanctions under local, state, and federal law for unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol.
c) A description of the health risks associated with use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol, and
d) A description of any drug and alcohol counseling treatment, or rehabilitation or reentry programs that are available to students.
4.3 Students, as a condition of acceptance into specific programs, may be required to comply with more stringent rules that may include both random and scheduled drug testing.
4.4 NPC prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of controlled substances and alcohol on NPC premises or while participating in any NPC activity. In the event of a conflict between state and federal law, federal law shall control.
4.5 Violations will be referred to the Vice President for Learning and Student Services (VPLSS) for action in accordance with Procedure #2625 (Student Conduct Code). Disciplinary sanctions will be imposed, consistent with local, state and federal law. Violations may result in probation, suspension from school, or expulsion. Disciplinary sanctions may also include the completion of an appropriate rehabilitation program.
4.6 NPC recognizes drug and/or alcohol dependency as illnesses and major health problems. NPC also recognizes drug and alcohol abuse as potential health, safety, and security problems. Students needing help in dealing with such problems are encouraged to seek it either by requesting help or referral through an academic advising office or through their own resources. Conscientious efforts to seek help will not jeopardize the student's enrollment.
4.7 If required by federal or state law, regulation or NPC policy, violations will result in students being reported to local law enforcement officials for appropriate local, state, or federal action. Prosecution can result in fines, prison terms, or both.
4.8 NPC will conduct a biennial review of its Program to Prevent Illicit Use of Drugs and Abuse of Alcohol by Employees and Students to determine its effectiveness, implement needed changes, and ensure that disciplinary sanctions are consistently enforced.