A student who is intoxicated or is under the influence of any drug or controlled substance (including alcoholic beverages), or who misuses legally prescribed or "over the counter" drugs while on South College property or while participating in any college-sponsored event, is in violation of the college's Drug-Free Campus policy and is subject to disciplinary action. Additionally, the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of drugs or alcohol is prohibited on South College campuses, in any of the college's buildings, or as a part of any college-related activities (such as field trips, internships, or social activities). Such illegal use of drugs is a violation of local, state, and federal laws. If any of these violations occur, further disciplinary action may occur in the form of immediate dismissal from South College, and /or mandatory counseling or rehabilitation by an appropriate agency. College officials may also refer violators to local, state, or federal law enforcement agencies.
Whenever the college has reasonable suspicion that a student's performance, either on campus or when participating in college-sponsored activities (academic or non-academic) while off campus, may have been affected in any way by abuse or misuse of drugs (legal or illegal) or alcohol, or that a student has otherwise violated the Drug-Free Campus policy, it may require the student to submit to an alcohol and/or drug test. Reasonable suspicion sufficient to test will be based on a reasonable and clear belief that the student is abusing or misusing drugs (either legal or illegal) or alcohol, or is otherwise in violation of the policy based on specific, current, or continuing physical, behavioral, or performance indicators of probable drug or alcohol abuse or misuse.
Suspicion sufficient to justify testing may be based on, but not limited to, direct observation by an administrator or faculty or staff member of drug and/or alcohol abuse or misuse such as slurred speech, unsteady walk, impaired coordination, or displays of violent or argumentative behavior, improperly talkative speech, loud or uncontrolled laughter, information provided by reliable and credible sources, or performance behaviors over a period of time which are identifiable with possible drug or alcohol abuse or misuse.
A student that is required to submit to drug/alcohol testing for reasonable suspicion and refuses to submit to testing in a reasonable period of time is subject to dismissal from the institution. A student that tests positive for drugs or alcohol as a result of such a test will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the institution. In determining what discipline is appropriate, South College will consider the circumstances surrounding the violation and any serious consequences as a result of the violation. Drug testing procedures are listed in the Student Handbook.
Nothing in this policy precludes the college from taking immediate steps to terminate any student found to be in violation of any part of this policy. This policy does not limit specific programs from implementing more strident requirements for accreditation, clinical, or other purposes.
By my agreeing below, I acknowledge that I have read and understand the above statement and that I willingly agree to comply with the above-stated conditions for a drug-free campus.