Drugs and Alcohol Information

Drugs and Alcohol Information

Mayland Community College is very concerned with the health and safety of its students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Because of this, we have created a Tobacco Free Campus Policy and a Drug Free Campus Policy. The use, possession, distribution, or transport of drugs or alcohol by students, employees, or visitors on MCC property or as part of a MCC activity is prohibited.

I.Drug and Alcohol Free Campus

The use of alcoholic beverages or controlled substances (except under prescription by a licensed physician) on the property of Mayland Community College is prohibited.

A. Purpose

This policy is created to comply with the Drug-Free School and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (Public Law 101-226), and the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 (Public Law 100-690), to prevent the illicit use of drugs and the abuse of alcohol by students, faculty and staff, and to set forth standards to provide a community setting that is safe, healthy and productive for students, faculty and staff of Mayland Community College.

B. Regulation

1. Unlawful possession, use, production, distribution, or sale of alcohol or controlled substances by any student, faculty or staff member is prohibited on College property.  Alcohol use for special events and or instructional purposes on property leased or owned by Mayland Community College must be preapproved by the Board of Trustees. 

Note: It is unlawful to sell, furnish, or provide alcohol to a person under the age of 21 and the possession of alcohol by anyone under 21 years of age is illegal.

2. The College reserves the right to require an individual to undergo a medical examination by a physician or health professional chosen by the College whenever there is a question of the individual’s fitness to attend classes and/or work, or where there is a reasonable basis for concern that an individual’s condition could pose health or safety hazards for other persons.

3. It is a condition of employment that each employee of the College abides by the terms of this policy.

4. Any student, faculty or staff member violating this policy will be subject to appropriate College disciplinary procedures, up to and including expulsion or termination of employment.

5. Violation of this policy may also lead to referral for prosecution to the appropriate local, state and/or federal authorities. Faculty or staff who are convicted of any criminal alcohol or drug statute violation occurring in the workplace must notify the Personnel Services Office within five (5) calendar days of the conviction if they are employed by the College at the time of the conviction.

C. Awareness Program

The College maintains a drug-free awareness program, utilizing available media and human resources to inform students and employees of:

1. Standards of conduct that clearly prohibit, at a minimum, the unlawful possession, use or distribution of controlled substances and alcohol by students or employees on its property or as part of its activities;

2. A description of the applicable legal sanctions under local, state or federal law for the unlawful possession, use or distribution of controlled substances or alcohol;

3. A description of the health risks associated with the use of controlled substances and the abuse of alcohol;

4. A description of any drug or alcohol counseling, treatment, rehabilitation or re-entry programs that are available; and

5. A clear statement that the institution will impose sanctions on students or employees consistent with applicable laws, and a description of those sanctions, up to and including expulsion or termination of employment and referral for prosecution for violations of the standards of conduct contained in this policy.

D. Distribution

1. The College shall provide a copy of this policy to all existing and future full and part-time employees.

2. Full and part-time employees at all locations shall sign a statement of policy receipt acknowledging that they have received, read and understood the policy. The statement of receipt shall specify that, as a condition of employment, the employee will:

• Abide by the terms and provisions of the policy; and

• Notify the Personnel Services Office within five (5) calendar days after any conviction for such a violation occurring in the workplace.

3. The signed statement of policy receipt shall become a part of the employee’s personnel file and shall be kept in perpetuity in the Personnel Services Office.

4. The College shall publish a copy of this policy in the College Catalog and Student

Handbook annually.

E. Agency Notification

Upon notification of any criminal drug or alcohol statute conviction for a violation of this policy occurring in the workplace, the Personnel Services Office shall notify the U.S. Department of Education or other appropriate agency within ten (10) calendar days.

F. Disciplinary Action

Upon notification of an employee’s conviction, the President of the College shall notify the Board of Trustees at their next regular meeting. In its discretion, the Board may:

1. Take appropriate personnel action against the offending employee, up to and including termination of employment, in accordance with the provisions set forth in the Cessation of Employment Policy; or

2. Require the employee to satisfactorily complete a drug or alcohol abuse rehabilitation or assistance program, approved for such purposes by a federal, state or local health, law enforcement, or other appropriate agency. If the employee fails to satisfactorily participate in such a program, the employee shall be non-renewed, or his/her employment may be suspended or terminated at the discretion of the Board in accordance with the Cessation of Employment Policy.

II. Definitions

The following definitions shall apply throughout this policy:

A.“Alcohol” means any alcoholic beverage, malt beverage, fortified wine, or other intoxicating liquor, and as further defined by the State Alcoholic Beverage Code.

B. “Controlled substance” means a drug, substance, or immediate precursor included in Schedules I through VI of Section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. Section 812), as defined by regulation at 21 CFR 1300.11 through 1300.16, and as further defined by the North Carolina General Statutes in NCGS 90-89 through 90-94, as amended from time to time.

C. “Conviction” means a finding of guilt (including a plea of nolo contendere) or imposition of sentence, or both, by any judicial body charged with the responsibility to determine violations of state or federal criminal alcohol or drug statutes.

D. “Criminal drug or alcohol statute” means a criminal statute involving the manufacture, distribution, dispensation, use or possession of alcohol or any controlled substance.

E. “Drug” means a substance intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease in man or other animals, or substances (other than food) intended to affect the structure or any function of the body of man or other animals.

Tobacco Free Campus

It is the intent of the Board of Trustees of Mayland Community College to promote the health, well-being and safety of students, faculty, staff and campus visitors of Mayland Community College. To address this commitment, smoking and the use of tobacco and smokeless tobacco products is prohibited on all college properties, including but not limited to academic and auxiliary buildings, sidewalks, green spaces, parking lots, roadways and all vehicles.

Tobacco is defined as any type of tobacco product, including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, pipes, bidis, hookahs, electronic cigarettes, smokeless or spit tobacco, snuff, or any other items containing or reasonably resembling a tobacco product that can be fashioned in a smoking manner.

Violation of the Tobacco Free Campus Policy will result in the following sanctions for students:

1. The MCC Security Force will issue citations to individuals who are in violation of the MCC Tobacco Policy. Those citations will be forwarded to the Dean of Students who will maintain a database of offenders.

2. Upon issuance of the second citation, the offender will have a block placed on his/her registration, LRC and transcript privileges, until he/she meets with the Dean of Students to discuss and ensure compliance.

3. Upon a third citation, the student will be blocked as above (#2) until 10 hours of college service are recorded through the Office of the Vice President of Administration.

4. Upon a fourth citation, the student will be suspended from MCC for five class days (one week).

5. Upon the fifth citation, the student will be expelled from MCC for the remainder of the present semester. 

The student will be administratively withdrawn according to the Withdrawal Procedure 1.097.

Violation of the Tobacco Free Campus Policy will result in the following sanctions for employees:

1. An employee is anyone defined as full-time, part-time, adjunct or in any wage earning status representing MCC.

2. Employee violations are to be reported to Security Services or to the Director of Personnel Services.

An email will be generated reporting the violation to the employee’s immediate supervisor. A meeting with the employee and supervisor will follow. The supervisor will use the following procedure to document the violation using the Performance Correction Notice document.

• First violation- The Performance Correction Notice will be used to document the verbal notice of violation of the Tobacco-free Campus Policy.

• Second violation- A written notice of the violation of the Tobacco-free Campus Policy will be made using the Performance Correction Notice.

• Third violation - A documented third violation of the Tobacco-free Campus Policy will be considered insubordination and may result in unpaid suspension or termination of employment as determined by the President.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the responsibility to patients and their families regarding the prevention of substance abuse and the diagnosis and management of problems related to substance abuse has increased. The use of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs is one of the biggest problems facing people today. There are no guarantees that someone you love will not choose to use drugs, but you can influence that decision by:

• Not using drugs yourself

• Providing guidance and clear rules about not using drugs

• Spending time with your loved one sharing the good and the bad times.

Use the following tips to help guide thoughts and behaviors about drugs:

1. Talk honestly. Don’t wait to have “the drug talk” with someone. Make discussions about tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs part of your daily conversation. Know the facts about how drugs can harm. Clear up any wrong information, such as “everybody drinks” or “marijuana won’t hurt you.” Be clear about personal rules for and legal implications of the use of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs.

2. Really listen. Encourage questions and concerns about tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs. Do not do all the talking or give long lectures.

3. Help develop self-confidence. Look for all the good things in yourself or someone you care about and then tell them (or yourself) how proud you are. If you need to correct, criticize the action, not the person. Praise efforts as well as successes.

4. Help develop strong values. Talk about your personal values.

5. Be a good example. Your own habits and thoughts about tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs make an impression. Your actions speak louder than words.

6. Help deal with peer pressure and acceptance. Discuss the importance of being an individual and the meaning of real friendships. You do not have to do something wrong just to feel accepted. Remind yourself that a real friend won’t care if he does not use tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs.

7. Encourage healthy, creative activities. Look for ways to get involved in athletics, hobbies, school clubs, and other activities that reduce boredom and excess free time. Develop positive friendships and interests. Look for activities that you can do together.

8. Know what to do if someone you love has a drug problem. Realize that no one is immune to drugs. Learn the signs of drug use. Take seriously any concerns you hear from friends, family, or other students about possible drug use. Trust your instincts. If you truly feel that something is wrong, it probably is. If there’s a problem, seek professional help.


Health Risks of Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Other Resources

Addiction Recovery Resources

  • RHA Mobile Crisis Unit, 888.573.1006