The abuse of alcohol or other drugs causes serious risks to a person’s health. California State law prohibits the use, sale, or possession on campus of alcohol, or presence on campus of students who are under the influence of any controlled substance. (Cal. Ed. Code §§76032-76033) Students enrolling in the College assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the College’s function as an educational institution. Santa Monica College will impose disciplinary sanctions for the use, sale, or possession of alcohol or presence of any prohibited controlled substance. Disciplinary sanctions include, but are not limited to, verbal or written reprimands, disciplinary probation, removal from classes, ineligibility to participate in extracurricular activities, suspension, expulsion, and possible referral to local, state, or federal law enforcement agencies.
Alcohol and other Substance Abuse Program
A Substance Abuse Specialist is available through SMC’s Psychological Services Center to provide consultation, presentations and workshops related to alcohol and other drug treatment, recovery support, and coping with family and academic issues resulting from addictive behaviors.
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Santa Monica College - Board Policy - Section 2000, General District
BP 2430 Drug Free Environment and Drug Prevention Program
The unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs, controlled substances and/or alcohol by students and employees of Santa Monica College is prohibited in all property owned or controlled by the District.
Any student or employee who violates this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, which may include referral to an appropriate rehabilitation program, suspension, demotion, expulsion or dismissal.
The Superintendent/President shall assure that the District distributes annually to each student the
information required by the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 and complies
with other requirements of the Act.
Reference: Drug Free Schools and Communities Act
Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988
The guidelines required for federal contracts dealing with the drug and alcohol free workplace will apply
to the entire campus.
1. The District will publish a statement notifying full-time employees that it is unlawful to
manufacture, distribute, or possess a controlled substance in the workplace and that
appropriate action will be taken against an employee violating this regulation.
2. The District will establish a Drug and Alcohol-Free Awareness Program for full-time
employees which will:
A. Outline the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse in the workplace.
B. Describe the District's drug and alcohol counseling and rehabilitation program.
C. Identify the penalties that may be imposed for drug and/or alcohol use and
violations occurring in the workplace.
D. Notify full-time employees that as a condition of employment, he or she will
abide by the terms of the statement in paragraph number 1 above.
3. For those employees whose position is funded by Federal funds, the District will notify
the employee of additional conditions of employment under the Drug Free Workplace
Act of 1988, 34 CFR Part 5, Subpart F and will notify the proper federal agency
regarding any violations of the Act.
1. The Superintendent/President or his/her designee shall post at each college site and provide
each employee with a notice that unlawful manufacturing , distributing, dispensing, possessing,
using or being under the influence of controlled substances is prohibited in the workplace. This
notice shall also:
A. Include a statement of possible disciplinary actions, up to and including discharge, for
violation of the policy. The discipline shall be in accordance with Board policies on
discipline, the Education Code and applicable collective bargaining agreements;
B. Inform employees of the availability of drug counseling, rehabilitation, and employee
C. Inform employees that as a condition of employment, each employee must abide by the
terms of the policy and notify the District within five (5) days of any criminal drug
statute conviction for a violation occurring in the workplace;
D. Notify employees annually, with their paychecks, of the District’s policy of maintaining
a drug free workplace;
E. Inform employees of the dangers of drug abuse in the workplace, including but not
limited to, threats to the health and safety of employees, students, and the public.
2. The Superintendent/President or his/her designee shall notify federal agencies with which
contracts are held or from which grants are received, within 10 days of receiving notice that an
employee has been convicted of a criminal drug statute for a violation occurring in the
3. The Superintendent/President or his/her designee shall, within 30 days of notification of the
conviction of an employee for a criminal drug violation occurring in the workplace, take
appropriate disciplinary action against the employee up to and including discharge.
As used in the policy “drug” and “drugs” refers to controlled substances as defined by State and
Reviewed and/or Updated 9/2003