3.25 Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention

(Reaffirmed 12-2-1992; Revised 11-5-2001, 12-6-2021)

East Central College prohibits the manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance or an imitation controlled substance and the possession, use, or distribution of alcoholic beverages (except as specified in Board Policy 4.42) on any East Central College-owned or controlled property or at College-sponsored functions.

Procedures: (Revised 5-12-2008, 12-6-2021)

3.25.1 Definition: An imitation controlled substance is a substance that is not a controlled substance, which by appearance (including color, shape, size, and markings) or by representations made, would lead a reasonable person to believe that a substance is a controlled substance.

3.25.2 Violations of this Policy will result in disciplinary actions, up to student expulsion, and may have legal consequences. Certain violations could result in the involvement of civil law enforcement authorities.

3.25.3 The College complies with the requirements of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (20 U.S.C. § 1011i) and the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 (41 U.S.C. § 8101 et seq.). Although marijuana is legal in Missouri, it is still considered illegal under federal law as a “Schedule I” drug.  As such, the distribution, possession, and consumption of marijuana are prohibited on property owned or operated by the College or its affiliates.

3.25.4 The College recognizes drug and alcohol abuse as a potential health, safety, and security problem and recognizes dependency as an illness for which there is effective treatment.

Students needing help in dealing with such problems are encouraged to use the College’s counseling services for referral assistance for treatment centers.