Chapter Six: Statutory Compliance
Procedure Title: Substance Abuse/Drug Free Workplace
Based On: Board Policies 1 and 3
Procedure Number: 6.03
Date Adopted/Revised: June 25, 2001; November 21, 2006; May 15, 2007; July 27, 2016

South Arkansas Community College is committed to full compliance with federal, state and local laws regarding the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol. Offenses that violate this policy are violations of the Arkansas and federal criminal statutes, for which the violator may be prosecuted. In addition, the Administration is authorized to impose disciplinary action up to and including dismissal or expulsion.
  1. Administrative Responsibility

    The Administration is responsible for preparing and publicizing policy statements and procedures to comply with the letter and the intent of these laws, and is authorized to take action when these laws are violated. Specifically, the Administration will:

    1. Ensure that policies that support a drug-free work and study environment are published and publicized; and

    2. Provide for continuous self-evaluation of the institution’s awareness and prevention activities.

  2. Dissemination of Information

    In order to assure broad dissemination of the College’s commitment to a drug-free work and study environment, the following statement will be included in the College Catalog and Student Handbook, and may be disseminated in other ways:

    “South Arkansas Community College prohibits the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by employees and students of the College on College property or as a part of its activities, and further prohibits the abuse of prescription drugs or alcohol by employees and students if such use impairs effective performance of their responsibilities. The Governor’s Policy Directive Number Five states that “use of alcoholic beverages or any unlawful use of controlled substances is strictly prohibited during working hours and will be grounds for immediate dismissal.”

    In an effort to inform employees and students about the effects of drugs and alcohol, the College will provide educational programs, counseling, and activities designed to increase awareness of the dangers and consequences of substance and alcohol abuse. The College maintains a current directory of referral agencies that deal with problems related to substance and alcohol abuse, including:

    1. South Arkansas Regional Health Center 862-7921

    2. Prevention Resource Center 864-2497

    3. Alcohol Abuse Help Line (24 hour access) 1-800-930-9329

  3. Definitions

    1. Drug – any chemical substance that affects living systems

    2. Drug Paraphernalia -The term “drug paraphernalia” means all equipment, products and materials of any kind that are used, intended for use, or otherwise produced for introducing into the human body a controlled substance.

    3. Counterfeit Controlled Substances - A “counterfeit controlled substance” is any legal or illegal substance, whether in a container or not, which is represented to be or bears a label falsely identifying it as a scheduled drug or marijuana.

  4. Procedure for Reporting Violations

    Anyone who encounters violations of federal, state or local laws which prohibit the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol on College property or as part of its activities is encouraged to report such violations or suspected violations immediately. All reports should be referred to the Vice President for Learning who is the designated Grievance Officer.

  5. Disciplinary Action

    Disciplinary action will be taken against employees and students found guilty of violating the public laws and College policies that prohibit the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol on College property or as part of any of its activities. The Administration is authorized to impose disciplinary action to include, but not be limited to the following:

    1. In cases involving employees: Employees found guilty of policy violation may be disciplined as follows:

      1. Dismissal - termination of employment with the College

      2. Probation - An official warning that the employee’s conduct is in violation of College policy. Probation may be imposed for varying periods of time with restrictions and behavior guidelines as a condition of continued employment; such conditions may include drug and alcohol abuse counseling.

      3. Letter of Reprimand - A letter, of which a copy will be placed in the employee’s personnel file, stating that the conduct noted is not acceptable to the College.

    2. In cases involving students: Students found guilty of policy violation will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with procedures outlined in the Student Handbook.