Carroll Community College is concerned about the adverse effects that drugs and alcohol can have upon society, families, and education. To that end, Carroll Community College is committed to establishing and promoting a campus environment free from the use and abuse of illegal drugs and alcohol. The college can accomplish a drug-free campus through the distribution of a policy statement, development of awareness and educational programs, and the establishment of a counseling and referral program for campus members.

Carroll Community College subscribes to the Network of Drug-Free Colleges and Universities Statement of Standards (1988) which states, "American society is harmed in many ways by alcohol abuse and drug use-decreased productivity, serious health problems, breakdown of the family structure, and strained societal resources. Problems of abuse have a pervasive impact upon many segments of society-all socioeconomic groups, all age levels and even the unborn. Education and learning are especially impaired by drug use and alcohol abuse. Abuse among college students inhibits their educational development and is a growing concern among our nation's institutions of higher education."

As an institution concerned with drug use and alcohol abuse and as an institution receiving federal funds, Carroll Community College has established a drug and alcohol policy and will enforce and support both the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989. These laws require the college to notify campus members about such items as policies, legal and disciplinary sanctions, health risks, and available sources for counseling, treatment, or rehabilitation.

Carroll Community College's substance use policy declares that the college will not tolerate the manufacture, possession, use, distribution, dispensation, or sale of controlled, dangerous substances, illegal drugs of any kind, or associated paraphernalia on any of its locations, within any of its facilities, or any college-sponsored or supervised activity on or off campus. Students, faculty, or staff who violate this policy may be suspended and subject to dismissal, criminal prosecution under local, state, or federal law and/or participation in a drug education/rehabilitation program. Irresponsible or illegal use or distribution of alcohol will be subject to penalties set forth in individual campus policy.

The usual penalty for drug distribution, manufacture, and dispensing will be dismissal, while use or possession may incur a lesser penalty, to include successful completion of an approved drug education/counseling component. Punishment could be up to 30 years in jail or a $250,000 fine, or both, under federal law for manufacture, distribution, dispensation, or possession of a controlled, dangerous substance is punishable by a prison sentence up to 20 years or a fine up to $25,000, or both. Under the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, should an employee be convicted of a criminal drug statute violation occurring in the workplace, it is that employee's obligation to notify the appropriate vice president no later than five days after such conviction. While it could be assumed because of the size and organizational structure of the college, that the college administration may be aware of the conviction, it does not relieve the employer of his/her responsibility to notify the appropriate federal agency within ten days after receipt of such notice from the employee. Within 30 days of receipt, it is the college's responsibility to take the appropriate personnel action.

The college provides referral and resource services for anyone confronted with a problem of drug and/or alcohol abuse. If you suspect that you, a colleague, or a friend might be experiencing drug or alcohol-related problems, you are encouraged to contact the appropriate college office (human resources, counseling, student life) or the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs.

As required by the Drug-Free Workplace Act and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 and as a condition of employment and enrollment at Carroll Community College, each student, faculty, and staff member is required to abide by the terms of this policy.

Carroll Community College will continue to make a good faith effort to maintain a pleasant working and learning environment. We ask that you do your part to help to make our campus drug-free.

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