Jul 16, 2024  
2023-2024 Student Handbook 
    
2023-2024 Student Handbook

Drug/Alcohol Policies



Alcohol and Drugs on Campus Policy

The College is committed to providing each of its students a druwith g-free and alcohol-free environment in which to attend classes and study. From a safety perspective, the use of drugs or alcohol may impair the well-being of students, interfere with the College’s educational environment, and result in damage to College property.

All students shall adhere to the following:

  1. All students are prohibited from unlawfully possessing, using, being under the influence of, manufacturing, dispensing, transmitting, selling, or distributing alcohol, illegal, or unauthorized controlled substances, or impairing substances at any College location.
    1. Controlled Substance means any substance listed in 21 CFR Part 1308 and other federal regulations, as well as those listed in Article V, Chapter 90 of the North Carolina General Statutes. Generally, the term means any drug that has a high potential for abuse and including but not limited to heroin, marijuana, cocaine, PCP, GHB, methamphetamines, and crack. This term also includes any drugs that are illegal under federal, state, or local laws and legal drugs that have been obtained illegally or without a prescription by a licensed healthcare provider or are not intended for human consumption.
    2. Alcohol means any beverage containing at least one-half of one percent (0.5%) alcohol by volume, including malt beverages, unfortified wine, fortified wine, spirituous liquor, and mixed beverages.
    3. Impairing Substances include any substance taken that may cause impairment, including but not limited to bath salts, inhalants, or synthetic herbs.
    4. College Location means in any College building or on any College premises; in any College-owned vehicle or in any other College-approved vehicle used to transport students to and from College or College activities; and off College property at any College-sponsored or College- approved activity, event or function, such as a field trip or athletic event, where students are under the College’s jurisdiction.
    5. Reasonable Suspicion is the legal standard required before the College can require a student to take a drug or alcohol test. Some of the factors that constitute reasonable suspicion are a) direct observation of drug use or possession; b) direct observation of the physical symptoms of being under the influence of drugs; c) impairment of motor functions; d) pattern of abnormal or erratic conduct or behavior; or e) reports from reliable sources or credible sources (anonymous tips may only be considered if they can be independently corroborated).
  2. Student use of drugs as prescribed by a licensed physician is not a violation of policy; however, individuals shall be held strictly accountable for their behavior while under the influence of prescribed drugs.
  3. Students may be required to be tested for substances, including controlled substances or alcohol, based on individualized, reasonable suspicion. The required observations for reasonable suspicion testing shall be made by an administrator, supervisor, or other trained official, and the person who makes the determination that reasonable suspicion exists shall not be the same person who conducts the test. This section does not apply to law enforcement officers serving the College through the local sheriff’s department. Law enforcement officers must adhere to their normal standards when conducting a search.
  4. The College does not differentiate between drug users, drug pushers, or sellers.
    Any student in violation of Section A herein will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination or expulsion and referral for prosecution.
  5. A student who violates the terms of this policy will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with Policy 5.3.2 - Standards of Student Conduct. At his or her discretion, the Vice President of Student Success may require any student who violates the terms of this policy to satisfactorily participate in a drug abuse rehabilitation program or an alcohol abuse rehabilitation program sponsored by an approved private or governmental institution as a precondition of continued enrollment at the College.
  6. Each student is required to inform the College in writing within five (5) days after he or she is convicted for violation of any federal, state, or local criminal drug statute or alcoholic beverage control statute where such violation occurred while on or at a College location. Failure to do so could result in disciplinary action.
  7. When required by state or Federal regulations, the Student Services office will notify the appropriate government agency within ten days of receiving notice from the student or otherwise receiving actual notice of such a conviction.
  8. In addition to this Policy, students employed by the College, including students employed under the College’s Work Study Program, shall adhere to the requirements in Policy 3.4.2 - Employees - Drugs and Alcohol on Campus.

June 13, 2022

Drug/Alcohol Education and Prevention

Educational information on drug and alcohol issues will be available to all students on a continuing basis throughout the year. On a periodic basis, events will be scheduled featuring guest speakers, films video presentations, etc.

Any student wanting information or assistance should contact the Director of Career Services and Counseling in Student Success. Appropriate information or referral will be handled confidentially.

Drug/Alcohol Resource Guide

Local

  • Alcoholics Anonymous Hotline: 1-888-237-3235
  • Narcotics Anonymous Helpline: 1-866-375-1272
  • Substance Abuse Hotline (LME): 336-513-4444
  • Residential Treatment Services: 336-227-7417
  • ARMC Behavioral Medicine Services: 336-538-7893
  • Cardinal Health Innovations (LME): 336-513-4222
  • UNC Health Care Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program: 919-966-6039

State and National

  • Alcohol/Drug Council of N.C. Information and Referral Service: 1-800-688-4232
  • Drug-Free Workplace Help Line: 1-800-967-5752
  • American Council on Alcoholism Helpline: 1-800-527-5344
  • Al-Anon: 1-800-449-1287
  • Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (SAMHSA): 1-240-276-2420

Drugs/Alcohol: Risks & Laws (North Carolina Laws)

 

Types of Drugs Health Risks To Possess To Possess with Intent to Sell or Deliver; to Manufacture or to Sell and/or Deliver
Schedule I: Heroin, LSD, Peyote, Mescaline, Psilocybin (shrooms), other hallucinogens, Methaqualone, (quaaludes), Phencyclidine (PCP), and MDA Psychologically and physically addictive; depression, withdrawal symptoms, convulsions, death, unpredictable behavior with hallucinogens; possible damage to unborn fetus Maximum Penalty: Five years in prison and/or fine (felony) Maximum Penalty: Ten years in prison and/or fine (felony)
Schedule II: Morphine, Demerol, Codeine, Percodan, Percocet, Fentanyl, Dilaudid, Seconal, Nembutal, cocaine, amphetamines, and other opium and opium extracts and narcotics Psychologically and physically additive; withdrawal symptoms, convulsions, respiratory failure, frequent accidents; possible damage to unborn fetus; death; cocaine and amphetamines increase blood pressure which can lead to irregular hear tbeat and death; amphetamines can cause agitation, increase in body temperature, hallucinations, convulsions, possible death

Maximum Penalty: Two years in prison and/or $2,000 fine (misdemeanor)

Unless

1. Exceeds 4 tablets, capsules, other dosage units or equivalent quantity of hydromorphone

2. Exceeds 100 tablets, capsules, other dosage units or equivalent quantity

3. One gram or more of cocaine; Maximum Penalty: Five years in prison and/or fine (felony)

Maximum Penalty: Ten years in prison and/or fine (felony)
Schedule III: Certain barbiturates such as Amobarbitol and codeine containing medicine such as Fiorinal #3, Doriden, Tylenol #3, Empirin #3 and cocaine-based cough suppressants such as Tussionex and Hycomine; and all anabolic steroids Psychologically and physically addictive; potential liver damage, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, disorientation, shallow breathing, cold and clammy skin, coma, possible death; withdrawal symptoms include anxiety, tremors, insomnia, convulsions; possible damage to unborn fetus

Maximum Penalty:

To possess less than 100 tablets, capsules, other dosage units or equivalent quantity: Two years in prison and/or fine (misdemeanor); to possess more than 100 tablets, capsules, other dosage unit or equivalent quantity: Five years in prison and/or fine (felony)

Maximum Penalty: Five years in prison and/or fine (felony)
Schedule IV: Barbiturates, narcotics and stimulants including Valium, Talwin, Librium, Eqanil, Darvon, Darvocet, Placidyl, Tranzene, Serax, Ionamin (yellow jackets) Psychologically and physically addictive; drowsiness, withdrawal symptoms, tremors, abdominal and muscle cramps, insomnia, anxiety, convulsions, possible death; possible damage to unborn fetus

Maximum Penalty:

Same as Schedule III

Maximum Penalty: Five years in prison and/or fine (felony)
Schedule V: Compounds that contain very limited amounts of codeine, dihydrocodeine, ethylmorphine, opium, and atropine, such as Terpine Hydrate with codeine, Robitussin AC Psychologically and physically addictive; nausea, gastrointestinal symptoms, drowsiness, withdrawal symptoms, including runny nose, watery eyes, panic, chills, cramps, irritability, nausea; possible damage to unborn fetus

Maximum Penalty:

Six months in prison and/or fine (misdemeanor)

Maximum Penalty: Five years in prison and/or fine (felony)
Schedule VI: Marijuana, THC, hashish, hash oil, Tetrahydrocannabinol Psychologically addictive; increased risk of lung cancer, bronchitis, and emphysema; contributes to heart disease, fatigue, paranoia, possible psychosis; withdrawal symptoms including insomnia, hyperactivity and decreased appetite; depression of the immune system; decreased sperm count in men and irregular ovulation in women

Maximum Penalty:

To possess less than 1/2 ounce of marijuana or 1/20 ounce hashish: 30 days in prison and/or $100 fine (misdemeanor); to possess more than 1/2 ounce of marijuana or 1/20 ounce hashish: Two years in prison and/or fine (misdemeanor); to possess more than 1 1/2 ounces of marijuana or 3/20 ounce of hashish or consists of any quantity of synthetic tetrahydrocannabinols or tetrahydrocannabinols isolated from the resin of marijuana: Five years in prison and/or fine (felony)

Aider and Abettor: 

1. Any person who is under 21 years of age to purchase and who aids or abets another to attempt to purchase, purchase or to possess, sell or give shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than six months and/or a fine up to $500

2. Any person over 21 years of age to purchase and who aids or abets another attempt to purchase, purchase or to possess, sell or give shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than two years and/or fine up to $2,000

Malt Beverage-beer, 1/2 of 1% to 6% alcohol;
Unfortified Wine-wine not more than 17% alcohol;
Fortified Wine-wine of not more than 25% alcohol;
Spirituous Liquor-distilled spirits or ethyl alcohol, including spirits of wine, whiskey, rum, brandy, gin
Mixed Beverage-a drink composed in whole or part of spirituous liquor and served at restaurants, hotels, and private clubs licensed by the state
Psychologically and physically addictive; respiratory depression; depression of the immune system; increased risk of heart disease; cancer, accidents, hypertension; brain damage; damage to unborn fetus; impotence at high dosage levels To possess, attempt to purchase or purchase; to sell or give malt beverages, unfortified wine, fortified wine, spirituous liquor or mixed beverages to anyone under 21 years old; Maximum penalty: Imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or a fine, or both, in the discretion of the court (misdemeanor); however, to possess, attempt to purchase by 19-20 year old is an infraction punishable by a fine not to exceed $25