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Alcohol and Substance Abuse Policy and Regulations

It is the policy of Harper College to provide a drug and alcohol free environment and work place as defined by the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1994.

The College prohibits the possession, use, distribution, dispensing, manufacture and sale of alcohol, cannabis, illegal drugs or controlled substances, as defined under federal law, by students and employees while on College property, in College-owned vehicles, or while participating in any College activity.

Students who violate this policy will be governed by the College’s Student Conduct Code and subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension, expulsion and referral for prosecution. Employees who violate this policy will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with their appropriate employee group regulations up to and including suspension, termination of employment and referral for prosecution.

Students, employees and visitors are subject to local, state and federal laws. Criminal penalties for such violations may include assigned community service, fines and imprisonment.  Property used in connection with illegal drugs may be confiscated, Federal student loans, grants and contracts may be denied, and driving privileges may be revoked.

In addition, all employees directly engaged in performance of work pursuant to the provisions of a federal grant or federal contract in excess of $25,000 and students who are Pell Grant recipients must notify the College within five days of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring on or off College premises while conducting College business or activities. The College shall, within 10 days of receiving such notice, inform the federal agency providing the grant of such conviction.

Within 30 days following such notification of conviction, appropriate disciplinary action shall be taken against such employee or student and/or the employee or student may be required, at his or her own expense, to participate satisfactorily in a substance abuse assistance or rehabilitation program. With the intent to provide a drug and alcohol free educational and work environment, Harper College is committed to providing proactive drug and alcohol abuse prevention programs, confidential counseling, intervention and referral for its students and employees. An Employee Assistance Program is available for employees and their immediate family members.

Harper College shall conduct a biennial review of the drug and alcohol abuse programs to determine their effectiveness and implement appropriate changes.

Marijuana Statement for Illinois

As of January 1, 2020, Illinois state law allows that individuals 21 years of age and older may legally possess up to 30.0 grams of marijuana in the State of Illinois. Possession of marijuana by persons under 21 years of age is unlawful regardless of the amount.  In addition, the lawful possession limit for marijuana of up to 30.0 grams applies to Illinois residents only. The lawful possession limit for nonresidents of Illinois who are 21 years of age or older is 15.0 grams, and possession in excess of 15.0 grams is subject to criminal penalties, including potentially fines and/or imprisonment.

However, pursuant to the federal Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1994, no person shall use, sell, possess, manufacture, or distribute marijuana while on any college property or while participating in any college sponsored programs or events, whether on or off campus. 

The College respects the rights of our students and employees who engage in the use of marijuana in compliance with applicable laws.  However, students and employees may not be impaired while on any college property or while participating in any college sponsored programs or events, or in the course of performing their job duties, whether on or off campus.  The College may consider a person who engages in the use of marijuana to be impaired when that person manifests specific, articulable symptoms that decrease or lessen his or her performance of the duties or tasks including those of his or her position, including but not limited to: noticeable changes and symptoms of the employee’s speech, physical dexterity, agility, coordination, demeanor, irrational or unusual behavior, negligence or carelessness in operating equipment or machinery, disregard for the safety of the employee, student,  or others, or involvement in an accident that results in serious damage to equipment or property, disruption of a production or manufacturing process, or carelessness that results in any injury to the employee, student, or others.

In all cases, an employee who engages in the use of illegal substances may be subject to all of the College’s normal drug testing requirements, personnel policies, and disciplinary penalties for policy violations.

Health Risks of Alcohol and Drug Consumption

The consumption of alcohol and drugs may have serious health risks and changes in behavior including: impaired judgment and coordination required to drive a car safely, increased incidences of a variety of aggressive acts, impairment in higher mental functions, risk of dependence, and in high doses, respiratory depression and death. Long-term use can lead to permanent damage to vital organs. Mothers who drink during pregnancy may give birth to infants with fetal alcohol syndrome.

Description of Health Risks Associated with the Use and/or Abuse of Drugs and Alcohol

Classification: ALCOHOL
Drug Name: Ethanol
Common or Brand: Beer, Wine, Distilled Liquor
Physical Dependence: High
Potential Psychological: High
Acute Effects: Lowered Inhibitions, Impaired judgment, Loss of motor skills, Coordination, Slurred speech
Health Risks and Effects of Long-term Use: Hypertension, Liver damage, Cardiovascular disease, Toxic psychosis, Neurologic damage, Addiction with severe withdrawal
Overdose Effects: Coma, Possible death
Classification: STIMULANTS
Drug Name: Cocaine, Amphetamine
Common or Brand: Cocaine Desoxyn, Bennies, Adderall, Dexedrine
Physical Dependence: Possible
Potential Psychological: High
Acute Effects: Feeling of well-being, Excitation, Euphoria, Increased alertness, Increased blood pressure and pulse, Insomnia, Appetite loss
Health Risks and Effects of Long-term Use: Delusions, Hallucinations (Toxic Psychosis), Possible organ/tissue damage
Overdose Effects: Agitation, Temperature Increase, Hallucinations, Convulsions, Heart Attack, Stroke High blood pressure, Loss of consciousness, Seizures
Classification: STIMULANTS
Drug Name: Methylphenidate
Common or Brand: Ritalin
Physical Dependence: Possible
Potential Psychological: High
Acute Effects: Feeling of well-being, Excitation, Euphoria, Increased alertness, Increased blood pressure and pulse, Insomnia, Appetite loss
Health Risks and Effects of Long-term Use: Delusions, Hallucinations (Toxic Psychosis), Possible organ/tissue damage
Overdose Effects: Agitation, Temperature Increase, Hallucinations, Convulsions, Heart Attack, Stroke High blood pressure, Loss of consciousness, Seizures
Classification: STIMULANTS
Drug Name: Methylenedioxymethamphetamine
Common or Brand: Ecstasy, MDMA
Physical Dependence: Low
Potential Psychological: High
Acute Effects: Feeling of well-being, Excitation, Euphoria, Increased alertness, Increased blood pressure and pulse, Insomnia, Appetite loss
Health Risks and Effects of Long-term Use: Delusions, Hallucinations (Toxic Psychosis), Possible organ/tissue damage
Overdose EffectsAgitation, Temperature Increase, Hallucinations, Convulsions, Heart Attack, Stroke High blood pressure, Loss of consciousness, Seizures
Classification: CANNABIS
Drug Name: Marijuana, Hashish, Hash oil
Common or Brand: Grass, Pot, Weed Dope, Hash
Physical Dependence: Low
Potential Psychological: Moderate
Acute Effects: Tachycardia, Reddened eyes, Euphoria, Profound humor, Altered time/space perception, Short term memory loss, Increased appetite
Health Risks and Effects of Long-term Use: Cardiovascular Damage as with smoking tobacco
Overdose Effects: Insomnia, Hyperactivity, Panic attacks, Paranoia, Possible toxic reaction if treated with other chemicals
Classification: OPIOIDS
Drug Name: Heroin, Fentanyl, oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, pain relievers
Common or Brand: OxyContin, Vicodin, Opana, Kadian, Avinza
Physical Dependence: High
Potential Psychological: High
Acute Effects: Drowsiness, confusion, nausea, constipation, euphoria, slowed breathing, relieve pain, and relaxation.
Health Risks and Effects of Long-term Use: Decision making abilities, ability to regulate behavior and responses to stressful situations, addiction, withdrawal symptoms occur if use is reduced or stopped. These include restlessness, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting, and cold flashes with goose bumps (“cold turkey”).
Overdose Effects: Coma, Permanent brain damage and death.
 
Adapted from www.drugabuse.gov Retrieved on 3/5/2020.

Federal and State Legal Sanctions for the Unlawful Possession or Distribution of Illicit Drugs and Alcohol

Federal Drug Laws

The possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs, including any form of marijuana or cannabis, is prohibited by federal law. As per the Federal Drug Free Workplace Act, the Drug Free Schools and Campuses Act, until otherwise classified or scheduled, all forms of marijuana use, including use of medicinal marijuana, are to be considered illegal on all campus property, and during all official college sponsored events and activities. Strict penalties are enforced for drug convictions, including mandatory prison terms for many offenses. The following information, although not complete, is an overview of federal penalties for first and second convictions.

Federal Drug Trafficking Penalties (21 USC 841)

Penalties for federal drug trafficking convictions vary according to the quantity of the controlled substance involved in the transaction. The following list is a sample of the range and severity of federal penalties imposed for first and second convictions.

Marijuana Statement for Illinois

“Medical Marijuana” means marijuana used by registered patients with debilitating medical conditions who area engaged in the medical use of marijuana in compliance with the Illinois Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program (410 ILCS 130/1, et. seq.)

Use of Medical Marijuana is allowed in Illinois under the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act. However, no person shall use, sell, possess, manufacture, or distribute Medical Marijuana while on any college property or while participating in any college sponsored programs or events, whether on or off campus.  The College respects the rights of our employees who engage in the use of Medical Marijuana in compliance with applicate laws.  However, employees may not be impaired while performing their job duties, whether on or off campus.  The College may consider an employee who engages in the use of Medical Marijuana to be impaired when an employee manifests specific, articulable symptoms while working that decrease or lessen his or her performance of the duties or tasks of his or her position, including but not limited to symptoms of the employee’s speech, physical dexterity, agility, coordination, demeanor, irrational or unusual behavior, negligence or carelessness in operating equipment or machinery, disregard for the safety of the employee or others, or involvement in an accident that results in serious damage to equipment or property, disruption of a production or manufacturing process, or carelessness that results in any injury to the employee or others.

In all cases, an employee who engages in the use of Medical Marijuana is subject to all of the College’s normal drug testing requirements, personnel policies, and disciplinary penalties for policy violations.

Resources

The following is a list of resources available to employees and students for drug and alcohol information and treatment options: 

Harper Wellness: Provides consultations on alcohol and other drug use. No judgment consultations are available with the Harper Wellness Manager for any questions you may have or issues you may be experiencing. Call 847.925.6963 or email eripperg@harpercollege.edu to schedule a consultation.

Addiction Center: Free and confidential assistance (24/7) with drug and alcohol rehab treatment options,           resources and information.  https://www.addictioncenter.com/ 
Al-Anon Family Groups: Al-Anon members and meetings are for people who are worried about someone with     a drinking problem. You can find a meeting near you by visiting the Al-Anon website. https://al-anon.org/ 
College Alcohol Intervention Matrix (AIM): CollegeAIM is a resource to help schools address harmful and       underage student drinking. Developed with leading college alcohol researchers and staff, it is an easy-to-use         and comprehensive tool to identify effective alcohol interventions.                                                                       https://www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov/collegeaim/ 
Collegiate Recovery Communities: Information and resources for college students in recovery.                         https://www.drugrehab.com/college/ 
National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: NIAAA supports and conducts research on the impact     of alcohol use on human health and well-being. It is the largest funder of alcohol research in the   world.     https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/ 
Opioid Help: News, Information and resources about Opioids. https://www.opioidhelp.com/about-us/ 
Palatine Club AA Meetings: Palatine meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous, Alanon, Alateen, and other                 twelve-step groups. https://palatineclub.org/ 
Students in Recovery Guide: A guide to help assist students who are seeking alcohol and/or drug treatment     and recovery during college. https://www.drugrehab.com/wp-content/themes/dr/pdf/students-in-recovery.pdf 
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: SAMHSA is the agency within the U.S.           Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of       the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's           communities. https://www.samhsa.gov/ 
Treatment Navigator: Alcohol treatment options. https://alcoholtreatment.niaaa.nih.gov/ 

Additional local resources:

Name Phone
Kenneth Young Center (Elk Grove Village) 847.524.8800
Alexian Brothers – Northwest Mental Health Clinic (Hoffman Estates) 847.952.7460
Harper College Employee Assistance Program 800.327.5071

 

Last Updated: 7/15/20