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Student Right to Know:
Drug and Alcohol Information

Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Specific Rules Pertaining to Drug Testing and Counseling
Dangerous Effects of Alcohol and Drugs
Disciplinary Sanctions for Drug and Alcohol Abuse


 

Drug and Alcohol Abuse

As a condition of employment or enrollment at the college, individuals shall certify that they are not engaged in the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of illicit drugs and/or alcohol on the College's property or as any part of the institution's activities.

All campuses, centers and student/employee/alumni activities associated with the college, whether on or off campus, shall be guided by this policy and its procedures.

 

Specific Rules Pertaining to Drug Testing and Counseling

The drug testing and counseling program applies to individuals who represent the college at official functions as participating or supporting members of one or more of the following performing groups:

  1. Intercollegiate athletics and/or cheerleading;
  2. Musical groups; or
  3. Theatrical and/or dancing performers.

Each individual who represents the college as a participating or supporting member of one or more of the groups listed shall be subject to being tested on a periodic basis, not to exceed once each calendar month, throughout the academic year, based on a random selection system.

At some time during each calendar month throughout the academic year (September through April), at least five percent of the individuals participating in each of the identified performing groups will be selected and tested. The selection process of those to be tested during any given month will be accomplished through a random selection system where all individuals participating in each of the identified performing groups in this policy are included in the selection set. Therefore, an individual is subject to being tested each month of the academic year.

When an individual first tests positive on a drug test and the positive result is confirmed, the individual will be required to participate in a drug counseling program as prescribed by the person assigned by the College President to supervise the testing, and will be immediately suspended from all performing group activities for a period of 14 calendar days, commencing on the date the positive result is confirmed. During this 14 calendar-day suspension the individual cannot associate with the performing group in any official capacity whatsoever.

Failure to participate in the prescribed counseling program and/or testing positive on any future drug test (the second positive result does not have to be in the same academic year) will result in immediate and permanent suspension from all performing groups herein identified and may subject the individual to further disciplinary procedures.

If the individual suspended permanently from the performing groups was the recipient of institutional scholarship aid, such aid shall be terminated on the effective date of the suspension.

Prior to implementation of any suspension period, the individual will have the opportunity to discuss the matter fully with the appropriate officials and to present evidence of any rebuttal or mitigating circumstances. The individual may appeal any suspension ruling by following the procedures established within the "Student Conduct" and "Disciplinary" sections of the College Rule Manual and published in the college catalog.

Any individual refusing to be tested will be immediately suspended from all identified performing groups in this policy and will have all institutional scholarship aid terminated immediately.

 

Dangerous Effects of Alcohol and Drugs

  1. Alcohol dangers include:
    1. loss of concentration and judgment leading to dangerous or problem behavior;
    2. loss of work time or lateness, increasing the workload and stress on others; and
    3. inability to deal realistically with problems, often hiding them until they are almost impossible to solve.
  2. Drug dangers include:
    1. making you feel able to handle tasks that are too much for you, or making you careless and likely to forget important safety steps you need to take;
    2. throwing off your sense of time, space and distance; causing lateness and absenteeism, increasing the workload of others;
    3. causing crime, including theft of your personal belongings or college property, to finance someone else's drug habit; and
    4. causing major errors in work, risking harm to others along the way.
  3. Dangers of specific drugs:
    1. Marijuana (grass, pot, weed) slows your physical reflexes, cuts your mental powers, makes you forgetful, throws off space and judgment. Personal dangers include damage to lungs, reproductive organs, and brain functions.
    2. Cocaine (coke, crack, freebase, rock, snow) causes a temporary feeling of almost superhuman power, impairing judgment and decision-making ability; it causes emotional problems, mood swings and lack of dependability. It is expensive and often the cause of crime. Personal dangers include damage to the respiratory and immune systems, malnutrition, seizures, and loss of brain function. Lower-cost forms such as crack are especially addictive, making all other effects worse.
    3. Heroin (H, horse, junk) causes total disinterest in safety, or in anything else except drugs, making a person dangerous and a weak link in any team; high cost of addiction leads to crime; dirty needles and other paraphernalia spread disease. Personal dangers include damage to personal productivity and relationships, overdose-caused coma and death. Is addictive, even in small amounts, and withdrawal is painful and difficult.
    4. Hallucinogens (designer drugs, ecstasy [MDMA], LSD, PCP) vastly distort what is seen and heard, so that dangerous situations are caused or overlooked; bring about sudden, bizarre changes in behavior that can include attacks on others; rebound effects such as loss of concentration and memory or behavior problems can occur even when the dose has worn off. Personal danger due to frequent use can be the permanent loss of mental function.
  4. Legal drugs, dangerous if abused:
    1. Amphetamines (speed, uppers) can make you rush around wildly and carelessly, pushing yourself beyond your physical capacity.
    2. Sedatives (downers) slow your mental processes and reflexes - very dangerous in any position requiring alertness. Personal dangers of abusing these "legal" substances, including alcohol, range from disrupting family relationships to serious health problems, including liver and kidney damage.

STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Limited assistance is available through the college's counseling department. The College district has a number of appropriate public and private facilities through which it may suggest students seek professional help.

In all instances, referrals and clinical records are confidential. Information concerning the results of program participation is made available to the college only if the client is willing to sign a release of information.

All students who receive college-administered financial assistance are required to sign a statement of commitment to be drug free.

Additional information is available through the counseling department

 

Disciplinary Sanctions for Drug and Alcohol Abuse

College of Central Florida SANCTIONS:

The College will impose sanctions on students and employees for any violation of the college's Drug-Free Institution Policy consistent with state and Federal law. Possible sanctions include suspension, termination, expulsion, participation in a drug rehabilitation program, referral for prosecution, or other such action the college deems appropriate. Primary candidates who test positive for the illegal use of drugs will be ineligible for employment at the college for a minimum of six months following the college’s receipt of the confirmed positive test results. Refusal to submit to a drug/alcohol test will be treated as a confirmed positive test result for purposes of employment and employee discipline. The Following minimum penalties shall be imposed for the particular offenses described.

MANUFACTURE, SALE OR DELIVERY OF ILLICIT DRUGS: - For the illegal sale, delivery, or possession with the intent to deliver, of any controlled substance identified in Schedules I and II of Chapter 893.03 of the Florida Statutes (including but not limited to heroin, cannabis, mescaline, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), opium, cocaine, amphetamine, and MDA (ecstasy, methaqualone) any student shall be expelled and any faculty member, administrator or other employee shall be discharged

For the illegal manufacture sale or delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver, of any controlled substance identified in Schedules III through V of Chapter  893.03 of the Florida Statutes (including, but not limited to steroids, diazepam and Phenobarbital) the penalty may include suspension from enrollment or employment.  For a second offense, any student shall be expelled and any faculty member, administrator or other employee shall be discharged.

POSSESSION, SALE OR CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES:  Possession, sale or consumption of alcoholic beverages on campus or at off-campus college sponsored activities is prohibited unless specifically authorized.  Alcoholic beverages include, but are not limited to beer, wine, distilled spirits, wine coolers and liqueurs.

Students, faculty and staff in violation of this policy will be subject to disciplinary actions as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, or according to college disciplinary procedures.

ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF DRUGS:  For a first offense involving the illegal possession of any controlled substance identified in Schedules I or II of Chapter 893.03 of the Florida Statutes, the minimum penalty for students and employees shall be suspension.

For a first offense involving the illegal possession of any controlled substance identified in Schedules III through V of Chapter 893.03 of the Florida Statutes, the minimum penalty shall be probation for a period to be determined on a case-by-case basis.  A person on probation must agree to participate in a drug education and counseling program, consent to follow-up drug testing, and accept other conditions as the college deems appropriate.

For refusal or failure to abide by the terms of probation or for subsequent offenses involving the illegal possession of drugs, progressively more severe penalties shall be imposed, including expulsion of students and discharge of employees.  These penalties will be imposed in accordance with college disciplinary procedures. 

 

STATE OF FLORIDA SANCTIONS:

DRINKING AGE:   'The legal drinking age in Florida is 21. Selling, giving, or serving alcoholic beverages to persons under 21 is unlawful. The possession of alcoholic beverages by persons under 21 is unlawful. It is unlawful for a person under 21 to misrepresent his or her age in order to obtain alcohol. 'This includes the manufacture or use of false identification. It is unlawful to use altered identification for the purpose of procuring alcoholic beverages. Possession of alcoholic beverages by a person under the age of 21 may also result in the curtailment of driving privileges.

DUI: (Driving while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs): Possible penalties include mandatory driver’s license suspension, fines, community service, and imprisonment.

DRUG RELATED OFFENSES:  Under state law, it is a crime for any person to possess or distribute controlled substances/drugs as described in Section 893.03, Florida Statutes, except as authorized by law.  Punishment for such crime ranges from first-degree misdemeanors (up to one year imprisonment and up to a $1,000. fine) to first-degree felonies (up to 30 years imprisonment and up to a $10,000. fine). The driving privilege may also be affected if any of these crimes are committed. Convictions on drug-related charges may result in forfeiture of federal financial aid.

TRAFFICKING: (distributing specified large quantities of various controlled substances) is punishable by a prison term of between 3-25 years and a fine of between $25,000 - $500,000 depending on the particular illicit drug and the quantity involved.

 

FEDERAL SANCTIONS:

Possible federal sanctions for illegal possession of a controlled -substance or drug trafficking range from 1-20 years in prison and between $1,000 and $8,000,000 in fines depending on the particular substance and quantity involved, whether death or serious bodily injury resulted and the number of previous felony drug convictions.   Additional sanctions may include forfeiture of personal and real property, denial of federal benefits and loss of eligibility to receive or purchase a firearm. Drug possessors may also be subject to a civil fine of up to $10,000.

 

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