Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Information

Drug and Alcohol Free Campus Policy

In compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act and the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act, it is the policy of this College that the use, possession, distribution, manufacture, or dispensation of illicit drugs and alcoholic beverages on college property or as part of any college sponsored activity be prohibited.  The term "illicit drugs" can include any drug listed in G.S. 90-89 through G.S. 90-94.  The term "alcoholic beverage" can include any beverage listed in G.S. 18B-101.

Any employee or student who engages in any of these prohibited actions on college property or at a college sponsored activity will be subject to sanctions which will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, with the penalties which may be
imposed ranging from written warnings, mandatory counseling or rehabilitation, up to and including termination of employment or expulsion.  Any infraction which is also a violation of federal, state, or local law will be turned over to local law enforcement authorities.  Legal sanctions for violations of federal, state or local laws can include but are not limited to fines and prison sentences.

Any such person charged with a violation of this policy may be suspended from enrollment or employment before initiation or completion of disciplinary proceedings, if, after an appropriate pre-termination inquiry, the College
determines that the continued presence of such person within the College community would constitute a clear and immediate danger to the health or welfare of other members of the community.

Each employee and student is required to inform the College in writing within five days after he or she is convicted of violating any federal, state, or local drug or alcoholic beverage control statute where such violation occurred while in the
College workplace, on College premises, or as a part of any college sponsored activity.  A conviction means a finding of guilt (including a plea of nolo contendere) or the imposition of a sentence, or both  by any judicial body charged with the responsibility to determine violations of federal or state criminal drug statutes. In the case of a conviction of an employee working on a federal government grant or contract the College must notify
the U. S. Governmental agency from which the grant was made within ten days after receiving notice from the employee or otherwise receiving actual notice of a drug conviction.  Within 30 days after receiving notice of a conviction, disciplinary action against the employee must be undertaken by the College.  The employee if retained may be required to satisfactorily participate in a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program.

The College maintains information on its drug-free awareness program in the office of the Director of Human Resources and the office of the Dean of Student Services.  This information includes the health risks associated with the use of
illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol which can include but are not limited to sleep disorders, gastrointestinal problems, cardiovascular disease, respiratory problems, and death.  The use of illicit drugs and abuse of alcohol can also be a
danger in the workplace or academic environment creating problems of tardiness, absenteeism and poor performance.  The College does not have a program of drug counseling, rehabilitation or an employee assistance program.  However, people experiencing problems with illicit drugs or alcohol abuse are encouraged to voluntarily seek counseling or treatment programs.

Wilson Community College will conduct a biennial review of its drug-free awareness program to determine its effectiveness and implement changes as needed.  The biennial review will also ensure that sanctions for violations of
this policy are consistently enforced.

For more information contact:

Donald Boyette
Dean of Student Development
(252) 246-1275
dboyette@wilsoncc.edu

Legal Sanctions

The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA) requires publication of the description of the applicable legal sanctions under federal, state, or local law for the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs or alcohol.

The North Carolina Controlled Substances Act (G.S. 90-86) may be found in the North Carolina Criminal Law and Procedure book or on the N.C. General Assembly website: NC General Statute Chapter 90. Article 5. (90-86 thru 90-95).

Similar to the Federal Controlled Substance Act (1970), the North Carolina Controlled Substances Act (G.S. 90-86) defines controlled substances and places them into one of six categories called "schedules."  The placement of a controlled substance into a schedule is determined by a set of defined criteria that evaluate the substance's potential for abuse, medical use, and safety or dependence liabilities.  Minimum punishments for violations may also be found in the Act.

  • General Assembly of North Carolina: NC General Statute 90-86 North Carolina Controlled Substances Act.
    • § 90‑86.  Title of Article.
    • § 90‑87.  Definitions.
    • § 90‑88.  Authority to control.
    • § 90‑89.  Schedule I controlled substances.
    • § 90‑90.  Schedule II controlled substances.
    • § 90‑91.  Schedule III controlled substances.
    • § 90‑92.  Schedule IV controlled substances.
    • § 90‑93.  Schedule V controlled substances.
    • § 90‑94.  Schedule VI controlled substances.
    • § 90‑95.  Violations; penalties.

  • U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration: Federal Trafficking Penalties

 

Health Risks

The scope and impact of health risks from drug and alcohol abuse are both well-documented and alarming, ranging from mind-altering to life-threatening with the consequences that extend beyond the individual to family and society at large. 

Drug and alcohol abuse may lead to the deterioration of physical health by causing or contributing to a number of chronic health conditions  including but not limited to fatigue, nausea, personal injury, insomnia, pathological organ damage, some forms of cancer, heart attack, respiratory depression, birth defects, convulsions, and even death.  Such abuse may also result in deterioration of mental health, hallucinations, depressions, disorientation, and psychosis.

Alcohol consumption causes a number of marked changes in behavior.  Even low doses can significantly impair judgment and coordination required to drive a car safely.  Low to moderate use of alcohol can also increase the incidence of a variety of aggressive acts, including spouse and child abuse.  Moderate to high use of alcohol can significantly impair higher mental function, severely altering a person’s ability to learn and remember information.  Very high doses can cause respiratory depression and death. 

You can learn more about the health risks associated with drug and alcohol abuse at the following sites: