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Drug and Alcohol Prevention


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

Santa Monica College has partnerships with local community agencies that provide alcohol and drug treatment.  The Center for Wellness & Wellbeing can provide consultation and referrals to community resources for alcohol and other drug treatment, recovery support, and coping with family and academic issues resulting from addictive behaviors.  For more information, please contact or (310) 434-4503 or


Santa Monica College is committed to preventing crisis situations on campus and to ensuring a safe and healthy environment for all members of the college community. The SMC “Crisis Prevention Team” is composed of various members of the SMC campus community whose role(s) and areas of expertise are key to effectively responding to a range of crisis situations and/or incidents of concern. 

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 Revised: 11/15/2004

Santa Monica College - Board Policy - Section 3000, Human Resources

BP 3111 Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace

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:
    • Outline the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse in the workplace.
    • Describe the District's drug and alcohol counseling and rehabilitation program.
    • Identify the penalties that may be imposed for drug and/or alcohol use and violations occurring in the workplace.
    • 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.

Reviewed and Adopted: 7/9/2001

Santa Monica College - Administrative Regulation - Section 3000, Human Resources

A R 3111 Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace

  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:
    • 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.
    • Inform employees of the availability of drug counseling, rehabilitation, and employee assistance programs;
    • 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;
    • Notify employees annually, with their paychecks, of the District’s policy of maintaining a drug free workplace;
    • 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 workplace.
  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 Federal law.

Reviewed and/or Updated 9/2003