Drug and Alcohol Abuse
The El Camino Community College District has standards of conduct that clearly prohibit, at a minimum, the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees on its property or as part of any of its activities (Board Policy 3550 and Board Policy/Administrative Procedure 3560).
The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of a controlled substance is prohibited in all facilities under the control and use of the District.
Any student or employee who violates these policies will be subject to disciplinary action (consistent with District policies; local, state, or federal law; and/or collective bargaining agreements), which may include but are not limited to referral to an appropriate rehabilitation program, expulsion or termination of employment, and referral for prosecution.
The health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol include: death, risk of addiction and withdrawal symptoms, impaired judgment, impaired performance, sexual dysfunctions, harm to a fetus, psychological problems, seizures, strokes, cardiac arrest or cardiovascular problems, lung damage or illnesses, bronchitis, respiratory arrest, needle-related illnesses and complications, muscle and nervous tissue-death, and infections.
The District will distribute to all students and employees the information required by the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989. The Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program publication contains standards of conduct, legal sanctions/consequences for violations, information about local services and programs, as well as community resources and contact information for those affected by alcohol or substance abuse. It also outlines the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol.