The illegal or abusive use of alcohol and/or other drugs by students, faculty, or staff adversely affects Cabrillo College's commitment to provide an environment of excellence and safety for teaching and learning. As members of the Cabrillo College community, we all share in the responsibility for creating and maintaining a healthy and productive environment for work and study alike. With this responsibility comes the obligation to be involved in preventing problems caused by the abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
Cabrillo College is committed to providing students and employees alike with a drug-free environment for both work and study. All members of the college community are encouraged to be actively involved in the prevention of alcohol and other drug abuse. Prevention, education, and early intervention programs are available, along with counseling and referrals to appropriate mental health and medical services.
There are many well-documented risks associated with the abuse of alcohol and other drugs, affecting not only the individual user but also his or her family, friends, and roommates. Alcohol abuse is frequently implicated in cases of rape on campus, for example, and the misuse of drugs is sometimes a factor in workplace violence. Other problems associated with alcohol and other drug abuse include poor academic or job performance; relationship difficulties, including sexual dysfunction; a tendency toward verbal and physical violence; financial stress; injuries or accidents; and violations of the law such as driving under the influence and willfully destroying property.
Excessive alcohol consumption causes behavioral changes and can have consequences for physical and mental health. Even small quantities of alcohol can cause impaired judgment and poor coordination for some people. Alcohol abuse is involved in the majority of violent acts on college campuses, including acquaintance rape, vandalism, fights, and drinking and driving episodes. Continued abuse of alcohol can lead to dependency and/or permanent damage to organs such as the liver. A deterioration in lifestyle is also tragically common.
Marijuana use can impair or distort short-term memory and concentration, alter the user’s sense of time, and reduce coordination. A lowered immune system and an increased risk of lung cancer may also ensue. THC, the active chemical in marijuana, is stored in the fat cells of the body. Depending on the amount and duration of time it's used, cannabis can stay in the body for two days to up to about two months. Addiction to cannabis is generally more psychological than physical in nature.
The immediate effects of cocaine use include dilated pupils, and increased blood pressure, heart rate, and respiration rate, followed by a "crash" when the drug wears off. Over the longer term, cocaine users often have nasal passage and septum problems. Stimulant use is generally physically addictive.
Hallucinogens can cause illusions, and distortions of time and perception. The user may experience episodes of panic, confusion, suspicion, anxiety, and loss of control. Flashbacks can occur even after use has stopped. PCP, or phencyclidine, has been shown to produce violent behaviors that can lead to injuries to the user or bystanders. There is generally little potential for addiction.
Heroin, synthesized from morphine and other opiates, can cause the body to experience diminished pain. If injected, it can result in blood vessel damage (and possibly the transmission of infections such as hepatitis or HIV, if needles are shared). There is a high rate of addiction among users.
Tobacco use has been proven not only to be addictive, but to also have serious, well-documented health consequences. While many people, particularly students, look to smoking as a means for reducing stress, it should be understood that the stress of preparing for mid-term exams, for example, is in no way comparable to the stress of facing emphysema or lung cancer.
Any student concerned about problems resulting from his/her use of alcohol or other drugs is encouraged to seek help from Student Health Services, which makes personal counseling available to all students.
Cabrillo College recognizes that the illegal or abusive use of alcohol and other drugs by members of the college community has a detrimental effect on the college’s commitment to provide continual excellence in teaching and learning. Misuse of drugs by students poses hazards both to the individual involved and to the community. Students, faculty, and staff alike share the responsibility for creating attitudes conducive to eliminating the abuse of alcohol and other drugs within the college community.
The college recognizes the legality of alcohol use for those of appropriate age. Simultaneously we maintain concern about the potential for abuse of alcohol and the destructive effects of such abuse within the college community. As a result, the college has established the following expectations concerning alcohol and students:
The college’s policy is to conform to all applicable laws and to follow the current stance of the medical and mental health professions regarding the use of psychoactive substances, including stimulants, depressants, narcotics, inhalants, and hallucinogens (including marijuana).
The college expects all students and student groups to comply with all the current laws of the state of California and the county of Santa Cruz. It is the responsibility of each individual to be aware of, and abide by, all state and local ordinances and college regulations. Current laws provide for severe penalties for violations, which may result in a criminal record. Violations may be prosecuted under applicable local, state, and federal laws as well as through college disciplinary action.
Student involvement in the manufacture, use, possession, distribution, or sale of such drugs is a matter of concern to the college and will subject a student so involved to disciplinary action by the college, up to and including suspension or expulsion from the college. College action may be taken whether or not independent action is taken by civil authorities.
When alcohol is to be served at a college function, the department or group hosting the event is responsible for ensuring that it is offered in a safe and legal manner.
In order to provide a safe and healthy environment for all faculty, staff, and students, it is the policy of the college that smoking is prohibited in all enclosed buildings, facilities, and college-owned vehicles. This policy applies to all academic and administrative buildings, including individual offices. Smoking is prohibited at all college-sponsored athletic events. “Smoking prohibited” signs are displayed in appropriate locations throughout the campus. The thoughtfulness and cooperation of the entire campus community are paramount to successful implementation of this policy. Given the established harmful effects of smoking to both smokers and non-smokers, it is the intent of Cabrillo College to reduce the existence of this health hazard in our campus environment. Therefore, designated smoking areas will be located far enough away from doorways, windows, and ventilation systems to prevent smoke from entering enclosed buildings and facilities. Smoking cessation information and support are available to faculty, staff, and students through Student Health Services.
|Violation of college policies concerning alcohol shall result in appropriate disciplinary action up to and including suspension or expulsion from the college, and in the case of organizations, loss of recognition. Additionally, the college expects all students and students groups to comply with all the current laws of the state of California and the county of Santa Cruz. It is the responsibility of each individual to be aware of, and abide by, all state and local ordinances and college regulations. Current laws provide for severe penalties for violation which may result in a criminal record. Violations may be prosecuted under applicable local, state, and federal laws, as well as through college disciplinary action.|
As an academic community, Cabrillo exercises certain disciplinary and discretionary powers, such as protecting the educational environment by establishing and enforcing standards of conduct that students and student groups are expected to follow. These standards contain sanctions related to the use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs. Students are expected to respect these standards, the authority of the college, faculty, and staff, and each other. If a student violates any of the standards of conduct, the college or any individual within the college may file a complaint against the student.
Student organizations are expected to follow the standards of conduct, as is any individual student. If a determination that a violation of the alcohol and other drug policy has occurred, by either an individual or a student group, sanctions will be assessed. Such sanctions may include revocation of recognition as a student organization, denial of use of college facilities, or suspension/expulsion from the college.
When problems arise due to alcohol and other drug use and abuse, it is the college’s goal to provide faculty and staff members, whenever possible, with options for assessment, recommendations, counseling, referrals, and/or treatment. In the event that the faculty or staff member is found to be in violation of the college policy, in addition to federal, state, and municipal legal action and penalties, the individual may be subject to college disciplinary sanctions up to and including dismissal. Thus, self-referral and early detection is critical to the rehabilitation of employees. For details, please refer to Cabrillo’s personnel policies.
The following provisions of state and municipal law serve as the foundation of Cabrillo’s policy on alcohol. (Note: this is not a complete summary of relevant laws and ordinances.)
The following is a brief summary of the state and federal criminal sanctions that may be imposed on someone who violates the alcohol and other drug policy at Cabrillo or elsewhere in the state of California.
In addition to the sanctions imposed by the college, individuals who have violated Cabrillo policies and procedures regarding possession, use, and/or distribution of alcohol and other drugs may be referred by the college to the appropriate authorities for arrest and prosecution.
|Cabrillo College, an institution of higher education, complies with the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Regulations of 1989 and the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 which state that “as a condition of receiving funds or any other form of financial assistance under any federal program, an institution of higher education must certify that it has adopted and implemented a program to prevent the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees.” This summary of services, policies and procedures is mailed to each member of the Cabrillo community in accordance with this regulation.|
The Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 (Public Law 100 690, Title V, Subtitle D) and the State Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1990 require that college employees directly engaged in the performance of work on a federal or state contract or grant shall abide by this policy as a condition of employment.
Cabrillo College must be notified within five calendar days if an employee working on a contract or grant supported by federal funds is convicted of any criminal drug statute violation occurring in the workplace or while on college business. The college is required to notify the federal contracting or granting agency within ten calendar days of receiving notice of such conviction and to take appropriate corrective action or to require the employee to participate satisfactorily in available counseling, treatment, and/or approved substance abuse assistance or rehabilitation programs within 30 calendar days of having received notice of such conviction.