EFFECTIVE: October 1, 1990
RETITLED: September 14, 2000
RETITLED: August 25, 2001
REVISED: March 27, 2015
REFERENCES: Board Policy on Drug Free Schools, BP 19-30; Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989
/ Nancy J. McCallin /
Nancy J. McCallin, Ph.D.
This procedure applies to all the Community Colleges within the Colorado Community College System (CCCS).
Board Policy (BP) 19-30 provides that all Community Colleges within CCCS must comply with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989.
Each College shall adopt and implement a program to prevent the abuse of alcohol and use of illegal drugs by students and employees.
CCCS reserves the right to change any provision or requirement of this procedure at any time and the change shall become effective immediately.
[COLLEGE NAME] is a Community College governed by the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education (Board). Board Policy 19-30, Drug Free Schools, requires the College to comply with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Amendments of 1989 (PL 101-226 in federal law). The College has adopted the following Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program:
In compliance with the federal Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, [COLLEGE] prohibits the unlawful manufacture, dispensation, possession, use, or distribution of a controlled substance (illicit drugs and alcohol) of any kind and in any amount including marijuana. These prohibitions cover any individual’s actions which are part of any College activities, including those occurring while on College property or in the conduct of College business away from the campus.
Any student or employee who is convicted of the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, use/abuse of illicit drugs or alcohol is subject to criminal penalties under local, state and federal law. A single federal drug offense can carry a fine of up to $4,000,000.00 and/or life in prison. At the state level, the most serious single drug offense carries a fine of up to $1,000,000.00 and up to 32 years imprisonment and the least serious single drug offense carries a fine of up to $5,000.00 and/or up to 18 months imprisonment.
State laws regulating the production, dispensation, possession, and use of alcohol are in Titles 12 and 18 of the Colorado Revised Statutes. A person under the age of 21 who possesses or consumes alcohol may be subject to a fine of $100.00 and/or mandated substance abuse education for a first time offense. Provision of alcohol to any person under the age of 21, a visibly intoxicated person, or a known alcoholic may be punishable by a fine of up to $1,000.00 and a one-year jail sentence. Contributing to the delinquency of a minor can result in a $500,000.00 fine and an eight-year imprisonment.
Under Title 42 of the Colorado Revised Statutes, operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs can be subject to a $1,000.00 fine, up to one year in jail, license revocation, and community service for a first time offense.
Finally, depending on where the College is located, local ordinances may also impose a variety of offenses for drug and alcohol violations. More information can be found at: https://library.municode.com/co
Students and/or employees who violate the above standard of conduct will be subject to disciplinary action pursuant to the applicable employee and student disciplinary policies and procedures. The sanctions may include, but are not limited to, a requirement to complete an appropriate rehabilitation or re-entry program, discipline up to and including expulsion for students and termination for employees, and/or referral to authorities for prosecution.
Health risks associated with drug and alcohol abuse include, but are not limited to: malnutrition, brain damage, heart disease, and pancreatitis, cirrhosis of the liver, mental illness, death, low birth weight babies, and babies with drug addictions.
Information on available counseling, treatment, rehabilitation or re-entry programs is available at [CAMPUS OFFICE NAME] or the Colorado Department of Health.