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Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program

Policy- Alcohol and Illegal Drugs

In accordance with federal law, and as described in more detail below, NCMC has adopted and implemented a program and policies to prevent the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees.

Students

Students are expected to comply with local and state laws pertaining to alcoholic beverages, controlled substances and illegal drugs. In addition, the manufacture, distribution, sale, possession, consumption, use or transportation of alcoholic beverages, controlled substances and illegal drugs and/or possession of drug paraphernalia by any student on College property, at any college-sponsored student activity, or at NCMC approved classes, field trips or activities off campus shall be strictly prohibited. This includes possession of alcoholic beverage containers.

No student shall be in an intoxicated condition, which may be evidenced by disorderly, obscene or indecent conduct or appearance, while on campus or at a college- approved event off campus. No student shall furnish or cause to be furnished any alcoholic beverage to any person under the legal drinking age. Missouri under-age drinking laws and federal and state drug laws regarding the possession, use and sale of illegal drugs will be enforced through judicial referrals and/or reporting incidents to the Trenton Police Department. NCMC will impose sanctions, consistent with local, State, and Federal law, for violations of NCMC alcohol and drug policies and the Student Code of Conduct. Sanctions may include a verbal warning, written warning, loss of privileges, probation, suspension, expulsion from the halls and/or campus, or imposition of a lesser sanction. Sanctions may also include classes, community service, referrals for appropriate counseling and/or referral to local law enforcement for prosecution. If a student is convicted of violating criminal laws regarding alcohol or drugs, they may be subject to civil action. Legal sanctions may include classes, community service, fines, prison terms, loss of driving privileges, and mandated rehabilitation programs.

Employees

The unlawful possession, purchase, manufacture, use, sale or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by employees on college property or at any of its activities is prohibited. Violations of NCMC alcohol and drug policies as stated in College policies or employee handbooks/manuals may result in disciplinary action including corrective discipline, counseling, (faculty) reassignment, verbal warnings, documented warnings, probation, suspension with or without pay, and discharge for employees and/or referral to local law enforcement for prosecution.

If an employee is convicted of violating criminal laws concerning alcohol or drugs, in addition to civil action, the employee may be subject to termination. Legal sanctions may include classes, community service, fines, prison terms, loss of driving privileges, and mandated rehabilitation programs. Failure to disclose previous convictions on a job application is grounds for termination.

More Information Regarding Potential Legal Sanctions

NCMC supports the laws and regulations of the United States of America, the State of Missouri, Grundy County, and the City of Trenton as well as the counties and cities in which NCMC outreach sites are located. Each student and employee is expected to do the same. Applicable legal sanctions under state, local, and federal law can include: forfeiture of personal property and real estate, fines, revocation of driver’s license, probation, parole, imprisonment, mandatory minimum sentences, and deportation for non-US citizens. Conviction of a federal drug crime can also result in the loss of eligibility for Federal financial aid.

A Federal Trafficking Penalties table, obtained from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (https://www.dea.gov/sites/default/files/2018-06/drug_of_abuse.pdf#page=30), is provided below:

Missouri Penalties

In addition to the information listed above, a complete listing of Missouri substances, how they are placed on the schedule and additional drug information, can be found at:  https://health.mo.gov/safety/bndd/laws.php

Student-Athlete Drug Use Testing Policy

In 2012, discussions with the President, Athletic Director, and coaches ensued regarding drug-use testing. A review of other institution’s drug use policies was conducted and policy was developed. The policy was presented to the President’s Cabinet for review and suggestions. The final policy was approved by the NCMC Board of Trustees on 8/28/12 and the first random drug test took place in Fall 2012. The College continues to issue random drug testing every semester.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Information and Programs

The College assists in drug education and prevention programs to reduce the abuse and illegal use of alcohol and other drugs. First-time violators of the College’s substance abuse policies are required to attend a substance abuse education class, Alcohol 101, as part of the disciplinary process. An alcohol and drug violation protocol is implemented for students who violate the alcohol and drug policy. Specific information is addressed in the Alcohol and Drug Biennial Review, available on the Student Consumer Information page at: https://www.ncmissouri.edu/about/Documents/biennial_review.pdf or located in the Dean of Student Services Office. The College also provides education through dissemination of informational materials, educational programs, counseling referrals and college disciplinary actions.

Alcohol and Other Drugs Biennial Review

NCMC compiles a Biennial Review of the College alcohol and drug policy and initiatives.   The Biennial Review includes: foundational belief, a review of policy, annual notification, goals, statistical reporting elements, enforcement/sanction consistency, AOD campus efforts, measured effectiveness of the policy and programs through a SWOT analysis, and identified improvements that can be made. The Alcohol and Drug Biennial Review is available at:
https://ncmissouri/consumerinfo/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2016/11/biennial_review.pdf.ncmissouri.edu/about/Documents/biennial_review.pdf on the Student Consumer Information page at: https://www.ncmissouri.edu/consumerinfo , and in the following locations: Academic Resource Center (ARC), Library, Dean of Student Affairs’ Office, Dean of Instruction’s Office, Dean of Nursing/Health Science’s Office, and the Human Resources Office.

Health Risks

Substance abuse may result in a wide array of serious health and behavioral problems. Substance abuse has both long and short-term effects on the body and the mind. Alcohol and drugs are toxic to the human body. In addition to the problem of toxicity, contaminant poisonings often occur with illegal drug use. HIV infection with intravenous drug use is a prevalent hazard.

Acute health problems may include heart attack, stroke, and sudden death, which can occur for first time cocaine users. Long lasting effects caused by drug and alcohol abuse can cause problems such as disruption of normal heart rhythm, high blood pressure, leaks of blood vessels in the brain, bleeding and destruction of brain cells, possible memory loss, infertility, impotency, immune system impairment, kidney failure, cirrhosis of the liver, and pulmonary damage. Drug use during pregnancy may result in fetal damage and birth defects causing hyperactivity, neurological abnormalities, and developmental difficulties.

Treatment Programs

There is no available on-campus counseling. Locally, counseling and referral assistance to students and employees who are troubled by alcohol or substance abuse problems is provided by North Central Missouri Mental Health Center (NCMMHC) and Preferred Family Healthcare. The Dean of Student Affairs can assist students in setting-up counseling services through an agreement between NCMC and NCMMHC. NCMC employees may seek assistance through the NCMC EAP program through Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Specific information is available for employees by contacting the Business Office or visiting the Blue Cross/Blue Shield website. Any member of the College community that is experiencing symptoms associated with their own or someone else’s alcohol or drug use is encouraged to seek help.

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