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Drug Free Workplace

Approved by the Board of Trustees of Rockland Community College on August 15, 2002.

Drug Free Workplace

Philosophy

Rockland Community College is committed to providing a safe work and learning environment and to fostering the well-being and health of the college community. The college recognizes that the misuse and abuse of alcohol and the use of illegal drugs negatively affect an academic community. This can be exemplified by decreased productivity of members of the community, increased physical and mental health problems, strained social interactions and various forms of violence and vandalism. Problems associated with the illicit use and abuse of alcohol and the use of illegal substances have a pervasive impact on our academic community and are not limited to a singular age level or socioeconomic group. The harmful effects of alcohol and illegal drugs can impair the process essential for learning and effective participation in the richness of the academic experience.

 

Policy

Rockland Community College recognizes its duty and responsibility to provide a safe education environment free of the illegal use of drugs and the abuse of alcohol. In accordance with federal guidelines, CFR 34, Part 86, notification to all students and employees will occur annually

  1. Employees
    In compliance with the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988, it is the policy of Rockland Community College that its employees are prohibited from the use, abuse, unlawful possession and distribution of alcohol in the workplace. Additionally, any full or part-time employee of the college, including faculty, staff, administrators and volunteers, found to be illegally manufacturing, selling, distributing, dispensing, possessing or using controlled substances, as defined by federal legislation, in the workplace or at any school sponsored event or school sponsored professional meeting, shall be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment and referral for prosecution, in accordance with applicable collective bargaining agreements, and subject to criminal prosecution to the fullest extent of applicable, federal, state and local law. The Office of Human Resources can provide assistance and referral to social agencies within the county for employees dealing with issues related to the abuse of alcohol and other drugs.
  2. Students
    It is the policy of Rockland Community College that alcoholic beverages may not be sold or served to students, or used by students, on any college property or at any college sponsored function including off-campus activities such as school sponsored field trips, school sponsored social activities, and study abroad programs. Further, unauthorized possession, use, sale or exchange of alcoholic beverages as well as possession, use or sale or exchange of narcotics or other prescription drugs used other than as prescribed by a physician, will result in appropriate legal and disciplinary action and will be considered as infractions of the Student Code of Conduct. The Student Code of Conduct and the disciplinary process are outlined in the Student Handbook. A person is identified as a student when registered for credit and/or credit free study at the college.
  3. Vendors
    The sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited at all college -sponsored events. Beverage alcohol (beer and wine only) may be sold at field house or other commercial events not sponsored by the College per guidelines set forth by the Office of Arena Management.

 

Legal Sanctions

Students and employees are reminded that federal, state and local law provides for a variety of legal sanctions and penalties for the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol. These sanctions include, but are not limited to, incarceration and monetary fines. (See attached chart - Federal Penalties and Sanctions for Illegal Trafficking and Possession of a Controlled Substance.)

The Federal Controlled Substances Act provides penalties of up to 15 years imprisonment and fines of up to $25,000 for unlawful distribution or possession with intent to distribute narcotics. For unlawful possession of controlled substances, a person is subject to up to one year of imprisonment and fines of up to $5,000. Any person who unlawfully distributes a controlled substance to a person under 21 years of age may be punished by up to twice the term of imprisonment and fine otherwise, authorized by law.

Further information about local, state and federal ordinances and statutes, is maintained by the Director of Security and is available to students and employees.

 

ADDENDUM 1

  • Health Risks: The following information describes various health risks and consequences associated with use, misuse and abuse of alcohol and other drugs.
  • Alcohol - Addiction, liver disease, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Effects, higher than normal rates of peptic ulcers, pneumonia, cancer of the respiratory and digestive tracts, heart and artery disease, deaths and injuries due to accidents.
  • Marijuana – Addiction short term memory loss, paranoia, increased heart rate, lung cancer, affects respiratory and reproductive systems and suppresses immune system.
  • Stimulants - Addiction, paranoia, depression, confusion, possible hallucinations, weight loss, dehydration, low resistance to disease, psychiatric problems and higher rate of liver and heart disease.
  • Cocaine - Addiction, heart seizures, lung damage, severe depression, paranoia and anxiety.
  • Narcotics - (heroin, oxycontin) - Addiction, lethargy, weight loss, depressed central nervous system, heart and lung abnormalities, hepatitis infection, HIV infection, reduction of visual acuity and constriction of the pupils, overdose and death.
  • Inhalants - Lack of coordination, unconsciousness, suffocation, nausea and vomiting, damage to brain and central nervous system, respiratory depression and brain damage.
  • Steroids - Liver toxicity and cancer, increased blood pressure, baldness, skin problems, insomnia, loss of elasticity in tendons and ligaments, testicular atrophy, decreased sperm count, fluid retention, pore enlargement, general masculinization in women and impotence with gynecomastia in men.
  • Analog/Designer Drugs (LSD, GHB, Ecstasy/MDMA) - Dependence, unpredictable behavior, flashbacks, psychosis, affects heart rate and respiratory systems, dehydration and marked increase in body temperature, hypertension and heart or kidney failure, depression, anxiety and paranoia, memory impairment.
  • Depressants (barbiturates) - Addiction, muscle rigidity, sleep disturbances, overdose and death (especially if combined with alcohol).

 

These examples are not intended to be all-inclusive. For more extensive information, contact the Prevention Resource Center, Technology Center (Room 8157) at (845) 574-4300.

 

ADDENDUM 2

Legal Sanctions Federal Penalties and Sanctions for Illegal Possession of a Controlled Substance

  • 21 U.S.C. 844 (a)
    1st conviction: Up to 1 year imprisonment and fined at least $1,000 but not more than $100,000, or both. After 1 prior drug conviction: At least 15 days in prison, not to exceed 2 years and fined at least $2,500 but not more than $250,000, or both. After 2 or more prior drug convictions: At least 90 days in prison, not to exceed 3 years and fined at least $5,000 but not more than $250,000 or both. Special sentencing provision for possession of crack cocaine: Mandatory at least 5 years in prison, not to exceed 20 years and fined up to $250,000 or both if:
    • (a) 1st conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceed 5 grams.
    • (b) 2nd crack conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceed 3 grams.
    • (c) 3rd or subsequent crack conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds 1 gram.
  • 21 U.S.C. 853 (a) (2) and 881 (a) (7)
    Forfeiture of personal and real property used to possess or to facilitate possession of a controlled substance if that offense is punishable by more than 1 year imprisonment. (See special sentencing provisions re: crack).
  • 21 U.S.C. 881 (a) (4)
    Forfeiture of vehicles, boats, aircraft or any other conveyance used to transport or conceal a controlled substance.
  • 21 U.S.C. 844 a
    Civil fine of up to $10,000 (pending adoption of final regulations).
  • 21 U.S.C. 853a
    Denial of Federal benefits, such as student loans, grants, contracts, and professional and commercial licenses, up to 1 year for first offense, up to 5 years for second and subsequent offenses.
  • 18 U.S.C. 922(g)
    Ineligible to receive or purchase a firearm.
  • Miscellaneous
    Revocation of certain Federal licenses and benefits, e.g., pilot licenses, public housing tenancy, etc., are vested within the authorities of individual Federal agencies.

 

Note: These are only Federal penalties and sanctions. Additional State penalties and sanction may apply.

 

Federal Trafficking Penalties (As of January 1, 1996)

Controlled Substances Act Schedule DRUG QUANTITY 1ST OFFENSE 2nd OFFENSE
I & II Others (law does not include marijuana, hashish or hash oil) Any

Not more than 20 years

If death or serious injury, not less than 20 years, not more than life

Fine $1million individual, $5 million not individual

Not more than 30 year

If death or serious injury, life

Fine $2 million individual, $10 million not individual

III All (included in Schedule III are anabolic steroids, codeine and hydrocodone with aspirin or Tylenol, and some barbiturates Any

Not more than 5 years

Fine not more that $250,000 individual, $1 million not individual

Not more that 10 year

Fine not more than $500,000 individual, $2million not individual

IV All (included in Schedule IV are Darvon, Talwin, Equanil, Valium and Xanax) Any

Not more than 3 years

Fine not more than $250,000 individual, $1 million not individual

Not more than 6 years

Fine not more than $500,000 individual, $2 million not individual

V All (over the counter cough medicines with codeine are classified in Schedule V) Any

Not more than 1 year

Fine not more than $100,000 individual. $250,000 not individual

Not more than 2 years

Fine not more than $200,000 individual, $500,000 not individual

 

Federal Trafficking Penalties - Marijuana (includes hashish & hashish oil) as of 1/1/96

DESCRIPTION QUANTITY 1ST OFFENSE 2ND OFFENSE
Marijuana 1,000 kg or more mixture; or 1,000 or more plants

Not less than 10 years, not more than life.

If death or serious injury, not less than 20 years, not more than life.

Fine not more than $4 million individual, $10 million other than individual

Not less than 20 years, not more than life

If death or serious injury, not more than life

Fine not more than $8 million individual, $20 million other than individual

Marijuana 100 Kg to 999 kg mixture; or 100-999 plants

Not less than 5 years, not more than 40 years

If death or serious injury, not less than 20 years, not more than life

Fine not more than $2 million individual, $5 million other than individual

Not less than 10 years, not more than life.

If death or serious injury, not more than life.

Fine not more than $4 million individual, $10 million other than individual

Marijuana

50 to 99 kg mixture

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50 to 99 plants

Not more than 20 years

If death or serious injury, not less than 20 years, not more than life

Fine $1 million individual, $5 million other than individual

Not more than 30 years

If death or serious injury, not more than life

Fine $2 million individual, $10 million other than individual

Marijuana
Hashish
Hashish Oil

Less than 50 kg mixture
10 kg or more
1 kg or more

Not more than 5 years

Fine not more than $250,000 individual, $1 million other than individual

Not more than 10 years

Fine $500,000 individual, $2 million other than individual

 

ADDENDUM 3

Prevention and Assistance Resources

Drug and Alcohol Programs

Rockland Community College Prevention Services utilizes research-based strategies designed to help keep members of the college community healthy and free from the problems related to alcohol and/or other drug use, abuse and dependence.

The Prevention Resource Center provides information, activities and events designed to raise awareness and inform the college community of the problems associated with such use, abuse and dependence. Prevention Services staff members are available to provide information, assistance and referral to other service agencies. Contact 845-574-4300