Calhoun Community College
In compliance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment
Calhoun Community College is committed to creating a healthy, safe and positive community for its students and staff. Through the use of multiple strategies, the College provides the framework for addressing alcohol and other drug-related issues for the campus community. This is accomplished by:
- Developing alcohol and drug-related policies to increase the consistency of enforcement
- Conducting early intervention
- Providing treatment options and recovery
The following campus units provide information that contributes to the comprehensive Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program:
- Student Activities
- Campus Police
- Quest Counseling Services
- College Discipline Committee
- Human Resources
All Calhoun Community College students are responsible for complying with Alabama state laws, Board Policies and policies of Calhoun Community College. These guidelines establish that:
- No person under 21 years of age may use or be in possession of alcoholic beverages.
- Alcoholic beverages may not be available to minors.
- Misrepresentation of age for the purpose of purchasing alcoholic beverages is a violation of state law.
- Personal possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages is not permitted at athletic events, at social events attended by students, or on the campus grounds.
The primary sources on campus that enforce the alcohol and drug policies are the Campus Police Department and the Vice President of Student Services Department. For instances involving employees, the Office of Human Resources handle interventions and/or sanctions. It is the primary responsibility of the Vice President of Student Services to assess instances of infractions by students and to determine sanctions or involve the College Discipline Committee, which will recommend any necessary sanctions.
The Calhoun Police Department compiles statistics related to campus incidents and reports those to appropriate offices, Vice President of Student Services and President. They also assist in carrying out lawful behavior on campus.
Students and employees should be aware of the various federal penalties for drug related convictions as well as State or System Office sanctions. These can include termination of employment, disciplinary expulsion, suspension or probation, and arrest.
Quest Counseling Services
Calhoun Community College has options available for students and staff members who need to address alcohol and other drug abuse issues. The college has an agreement with a local community health organization, to provide counseling for students and staff members through Quest Counseling services and referrals through instructors. The program serves as a counseling referral service, but it also has a primary goal to address underage drinking and binge drinking among Calhoun’s community located in the ADA Office, Wednesday’s from 9 am until 12 pm.
For information regarding drug and alcohol policies for student athletes, see Calhoun Athletic Handbook.
Calhoun Community College strives to remain in compliance with the requirements of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act. The college hosts informative on-campus events during National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week each year to prevent the abuse of alcohol and use or distribution of illicit drugs. Calhoun Community College orientation instructors will make students aware of drug and alcohol policies by directing them to the online College Catalog/Student Handbook.
College Discipline Committee
The College Discipline Committee carries out disciplinary referrals for campus violations of the Student Code of Conduct. This committee, appointed annually, is made up of Faculty from the staff members and two enrolled student representatives (Business & CIS, Health, Humanities & Social Science, Math & Natural Sciences, ADA, and Threat Assessment Team).
All Calhoun Community College employees are required to follow the Drug-Free Workplace Policy listed in the Calhoun Community College Personnel Handbook.
Examples of resources/referrals regarding drug/alcohol prevention can be found on the Off Campus Resources page of Calhoun’s website.