Drug Abuse Prevention

Part A: Policy Statement

Normandale Community College recognizes that the misuse of alcohol and other drugs is a serious problem in our society and our community. The College seeks to promote a healthy and responsible campus environment which is conducive to teaching and learning.

In compliance with MnSCU Policy 5.18, the Federal Drug Free Schools and Community Act, and the Federal Drug Free Work Act, the College has adopted the following policies regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs:

  • No employee shall use, possess, manufacture, sell, or otherwise distribute, any alcoholic beverage, illegal drug or any controlled substance while on-campus or while off-campus during scheduled work hours.
  • No student shall use, possess, manufacture, sell, or otherwise distribute any alcoholic beverage, illegal drug or any controlled substance while on-campus or while off-campus and involved in a College-sponsored activity, service, project, program, or work situation.
  • No employee shall report to work and no student shall report to campus while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, which affects alertness, coordination, reaction, response, judgment, decision-making, or safety.
  • No employee shall unlawfully manufacture, distribute, dispense, possess, transfer or use a controlled substance in the workplace or wherever the state’s work is being performed. During work hours or while on state premises, no employee shall use, sell, possess or transfer alcoholic beverages. Also, no employee shall participate in these activities during rest breaks or during overtime work.
  • Engaging in off-duty sale, purchase, transfer, use or possession of illegal drugs or controlled substances may have a negative effect on an employee’s ability to perform work for the state and may subject the employee to discipline.
  • Agencies shall notify the appropriate law enforcement agency when they have reasonable suspicion to believe that an employee may have illegal drugs in his or her possession at work or on state premises. Where appropriate, agencies shall also notify licensing boards.

Part B: Exceptions and Exemptions

  • The medically authorized use of a prescription drug is exempt from this policy.
  • An exception to use alcohol for specific events or for instructional purposes requires prior approval by the College President or designee, in accordance with a checklist outlined in MnSCU Board Procedures 5.18.1 and 5.18.2.

Part C: Sanctions

College Action

Violators of this policy are subject to the following consequences, including timely involvement of law enforcement agencies when appropriate:

  • Employees found to have violated this policy will be subject to disciplinary action including, but not limited to any one or all of the following: oral and written reprimand, suspension, termination, and referral for prosecution.
  • Students found to have violated this policy will be subject to disciplinary action according to the Student Code of Conduct, including, but not limited to any one or all of the following: warning, confiscation, suspension, expulsion, and referral for prosecution.
  • Visitors found to have violated this policy are subject to removal from campus or College-sponsored off-campus events or activities.

Minnesota Law

Minnesota has many statutes which regulate and control the use and abuse of alcohol. For example, driving while under the influence (DUI) may result in a fine, jail time, and/or revocation of driver's license.

Possession of alcohol under age 21 or use of false identification to purchase alcohol may result in a fine.

Furnishing alcohol to persons under 21 is punishable by a fine and/or time in prison. Federal Law Violations of federal laws for possession, use, or distribution of illegal drugs carry mandatory penalties for first time offenders including: imprisonment, fines, loss of property, and loss of professional licensure.

Additional penalties may include the denial of federal student financial aid benefits or other federal licenses and benefits.

Part D. Health Risks Associated with Alcohol and Drugs

Abuse and addiction to alcohol, nicotine, and illegal substances cost Americans upwards of half a trillion dollars a year, considering their combined medical, economic, criminal, and social impact.

Every year, abuse of illicit drugs and alcohol contributes to the death of more than 100,000 Americans, while tobacco is linked to an estimated 440,000 deaths per year.

For a full description of health risks associated with alcohol and drugs, visit National Institute on Drug Abuse

Part E. Resources for Assistance

In its commitment to provide a healthy and responsible campus environment, NHCC offers the following resources:

  • Normandale College Counseling Department (for students) 952-358-8260
  • College Human Resources Office (for employees) 952-358-8269.
  • State Employee Assistance Program 651-259-3840 or 1-800-657-3719 or click here.

In addition to campus resources, contact the Counseling, Advising and Career Planning Office (952- 358-8283) for a current listing of local resources and treatment centers. Comprehensive sources of alcohol and drug treatment programs may also be found at:

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