Isothermal Community College

Learning College Manual

Student Services

Drug and Alcohol Policy

The possession and/or use of any non-prescribed controlled substance, as defined in Chapter 90 of the General Statues of North Carolina and federal laws, is not permitted on the campuses of Isothermal Community College. The consumption of alcohol or the possession of an open container which contains alcoholic beverages is prohibited on the campuses of Isothermal Community College. Exceptions shall be made for the use of alcohol in instructional situations, e.g. cooking classes, laboratory experiments, or in conjunction with events at The Foundation Performing Arts and Conference Center meeting the requirements of the NC State ABC Codes and of the nonexclusive catering services agreement. Appropriate disciplinary sanctions will be determined by the College on a case by case basis and may include expulsion and referral for prosecution. The specifics of this policy are as follows:

  1. Isothermal Community College does not differentiate between drug users, drug pushers, or sellers. Any student or guest who unlawfully possesses, uses, sells, gives, or manufactures a controlled substance while on College premises, or as part of any activity initiated by the College, will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion and prosecution.

  2. When there is evidence that a student or guest of the College is impaired by alcohol or another substance (including controlled substances), disciplinary measures may be taken up to and including expulsion and prosecution. Alternatively, the College may require the student to obtain a substance abuse evaluation from a certified or licensed substance abuse treatment professional and successfully complete any drug education counseling and aftercare recommended, consent to regular drug testing at his/her expense, and other conditions and restrictions, including community service, as a precondition for enrollment at the College. Evidence of impairment may be determined by behavior and/or appearance and includes but is not limited to: dilated pupils, a lag in response to verbal request(s), staggering or unsteadiness, the smell of alcohol, and/or incoherent communication. In the event that a situation arises, it is the responsibility of the student to provide contact information for transporting purposes. If no other transportation is available, law enforcement may be called. 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.

  3. The term “controlled substance” means any drug 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, it means any drugs, which have a high potential for abuse. Such drugs include, but are not limited to heroin, marijuana, cocaine, PCP, GHB, and crack. They also include legal drugs which are not prescribed by a licensed health care provider. Furthermore, any substance taken that may cause impairment, including but not limited to bath salts, inhalants, or synthetic herbs, are also considered a violation of the drug and alcohol policy.

  4. If any student is convicted of violating any criminal drug or alcohol statute while on College premises, or as part of any activity initiated by the College, he or she will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion. Furthermore, students or guests who are in violation of alcohol and drug laws may suffer legal consequences ranging from fines up to incarceration. Alternatively, the College may require the student to obtain a substance abuse evaluation from a certified or licensed substance abuse treatment professional and successfully complete any drug educational counseling and aftercare recommended, consent to regular drug testing at his/her expense, and other conditions and restrictions, including community service, as a precondition for continued enrollment at the College.

  5. 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 where such violation occurred while on College premises, or as part of any activity initiated by the College. A conviction means the entry in a court of law or military tribunal of (1) a plea of guilty, nolo contendere, no contest or the equivalent; (2) a verdict of guilty; or (3) a prayer for judgment continued or a deferred prosecution

  6. A student employed by the College is considered to be an employee of the College and is subject to the Drug-Free Work Place Policy.

  7. Any student who unlawfully possesses, uses, sells, or transfers alcohol while in the workplace, on College premises, or as part of any activity initiated by the College, will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion and prosecution.

  8. The term alcoholic beverage includes any beverage containing at least .5% alcohol, including malt beverages, wine, spirituous liquor, mixed beverages and any other beverages listed in Chapter 18B of the General Statutes of North Carolina.

  9. Visitors and/or guests are subject to College policies and sanctions and state and federal law. Violators will be dismissed from campus and could be referred for local prosecution.

  10. Students in certain programs including health sciences may be subject to additional requirements related to drugs and alcohol. Students should be advised that alternative instructional sites and future employers may also require drug testing, criminal background checks, etc.

Note: Drug and Alcohol Policy violations are handled by College Administrators, contracted Rutherford County Sheriff’s Deputy and/or local law enforcement when necessary.

DISSEMINATION TO STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES

A copy of the drug and alcohol prevention program will be distributed annually to each student taking one or more classes of any kind for academic credit regardless of the student’s program of study.

POLICY REVIEW

The College will review this drug and alcohol program in even numbered years beginning with the year 1992.

COUNSELING, TREATMENT, REHABILITATION, AND RE-ENTRY PROGRAMS

The Office of Learning Support and Retention maintains a list of public and private treatment agencies, many of which are listed below. This list is subject to change. Students may contact College counselors for more information on these services.

Local Help Agencies:

Blue Ridge Counseling Services (828) 286-0501 
Lifeline Counseling Center (828) 289-0574
*Life Span Psychological Services (828) 894-2300 
*New Hope Counseling Center (828) 894-2238 
Parkway Behavioral Health (828) 245-5008 
*Polk County Community Mental Health & Wellness Center (828) 864-2222 
RHA Health Services, Inc. (828) 287-9913
Western Highlands, LME 1-800-951-3792 
Woodridge Psychological Associates (828) 287-7806 
*Located in Polk County

Hotlines:

Alcoholics Anonymous - Western Piedmont Intergroup (for Rutherford meetings) (704) 865-1561 
Alcoholics Anonymous - N.C. Mountain Central Office (for Polk meetings) 1-800-524-0465
Alcohol/Drug Council of NC 1-800-688-4232 
Crisis Line 1-800-951-3792 
National Drug and Alcohol Treatment Referral Routing Service 1-800-662-4357 

ALCOHOL:  TYPES AND LAWS

TYPES OF ALCOHOL

As currently defined in Chapter 18B of the General Statutes of North Carolina, “alcoholic beverage” 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.  

HEALTH RISKS

Health risks, associated with the use of illegal drugs and the abuse of alcohol, are wide ranging and varied depending on the specific substance involved and individual abuse pattern. These risks include but are not limited to 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; liver disease.

NORTH CAROLINA LAWS: TO PURCHASE, OR ATTEMPT TO PURCHASE; TO SELL OR GIVE

Malt beverages, Unfortified wine, Fortified wine, Spirituous liquor, or Mixed Beverages to anyone under twenty-one (21) years old: Maximum Penalty: Imprisonment for a term not exceeding 120 days or a fine, or both, in the discretion of the court (misdemeanor); however, to possess, consume, attempt to purchase, or purchase by 19 or 20 year old is a Class 3 misdemeanor.

AIDER AND ABETTOR

  1. By any person who is under (21) years of age to purchase and who aids or abets anyone to attempt to purchase, or to possess, sell or give shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than sixty days and/or a fine up to one thousand dollars ($1,000).
  1. By any person over (21) years of age to purchase and who aids or abets another to attempt to purchase, or possess, sell or give shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 120 days and/or a fine determined by the court.

    Additionally, some violations may result in possible Driver’s License revocation.

Policy No: 601-02-01BP

Reference:
Cross Reference:  306-02-04BP
Adopted: November 13, 1990
Amended: March 21, 2000; July 20, 2006; October 31, 2006; June 14, 2007; May 12, 2009; May 11, 2010; September 11, 2012; November 27, 2012
Review/Revision:  Learning Support and Retention; Biennial