Drugs, Alcohol & Tobacco Use

According to Public Law 101-226, St. Cloud Technical & Community College must inform students of its policy concerning drugs and alcohol.

College policy concerning drugs and alcohol

Students are prohibited from manufacturing, possessing, distributing, and/or using illegal drugs and alcohol in the college buildings, on the grounds of the college, in college vehicles or during college sponsored activities except as expressly permitted by college policy. If a student violates this policy, the student could be arrested and prosecuted. In addition, the student could be expelled from the college and may lose their financial aid. Because the St. Cloud Technical and Community College is concerned about the health of its students and their ability to learn, we intend to strictly enforce this policy. However, we also understand that some students may need help with a problem involving drugs or alcohol. If the student, or a friend of the student, has such a problem, the student may speak with a campus counselor. The counselor can assist the student in dealing with the problem and make a referral to sources for additional help.

SCTCC Alcohol and Drug Conduct Violations

The following are disciplinary offenses under the St. Cloud Technical and Community College Student Code of Conduct.

  • Controlled substances on campus: Use, possession or distribution of a controlled substance, drugs and/or drug paraphernalia on college premises is
  • Alcohol on campus: Use, possession or distribution of alcohol on college premises except as expressly permitted by law and college policy is prohibited.

The college reserves the right to review student behavior that occurs off-campus if the behavior violates college policy, including the use, possession or distribution of alcohol and/or other controlled substances.

SCTCC Alcohol and Drug Violation Sanctions

The following sanctions shall comprise the range of official action which may be imposed for college disciplinary offenses, including alcohol and controlled substance violations. One or more sanctions may be imposed:

  • Conduct Warning: Conduct warning is a notice to students that their conduct has been questionable and that future breaches of conduct will be treated more severely.
  • Conduct Probation: Conduct probation is a trial period during which students must behave in a manner acceptable to the college. The status of conduct probation is assigned for a specific period of time and may or may not include additional restrictions (contracts).
  • Conduct Suspension: Conduct suspension is an action which excludes students for a specific period of time from registration or class attendance.
  • Summary Suspension: In certain circumstances, a summary suspension may be imposed prior to informal or formal disciplinary proceedings. A summary suspension may be imposed only when the accused student’s presence on the college campus would constitute a threat to the safety and well-being of members of the campus community.
  • Conduct Dismissal: Conduct dismissal is the withdrawal of the privilege of registration or class attendance with no promise (implied or otherwise) that the student may return at any future time.
  • Conduct Expulsion: Conduct expulsion is the permanent withdrawal of the privilege of registration or class attendance.
  • Loss of Privilege: Loss of privilege is the withdrawal of a privilege or use of a service for a specific period of time consistent with the offense committed and the rehabilitation of the student.
  • Restitution: Restitution requires students to pay for damages for misappropriation of college funds, property, or the property of members of or visitors to the college community.

Is it worth it?

Many students consider drinking to be normal and respectable, but many people forget that the abuse of alcohol can cause serious problems–emotional, physical and mental.

Health Risks

  • Alcohol: Damage to heart and/or liver, pancreas, addiction, coma, death from overdose, injury or accident
  • Depressants: (Alcohol, valium, Quaalude, downers, etc.) Irreversible brain or nervous system damage, damage to heart, liver, and/or pancreas, coma, death from overdose
  • Hallucinogens: (*LSD, PCP, angel dust, mushrooms, etc.) Agitation, hypo activity, convulsions, death
  • Inhalants (Solvents, aerosol sprays, paint thinner, glue, etc.) Damage to nervous system liver and brain, heart failure, seizures
  • Marijuana: Damage to heart, lungs, and/or brain nerve cells, lung cancer, bronchitis, infections
  • Narcotics: (Codeine, heroin, opium, etc.) Respiratory arrest, coma, death due to overdose
  • Steroids: (Roids, juice, d-ball, etc.) Acne, liver and kidney damage, heart disease, gallstones, kidney stones, liver cancer, impotence and sterility in men
  • Stimulants: (Cocaine, crack, uppers, Ritalin, Quaaludes, meth,etc.) Headaches, depression, psychosis, cardiac arrest, convulsions, coma, death

More Information and State/Federal Laws

  • Click here for a copy of the SCTCC Drug Free Schools Biannual Review.
  • For more information, including state/federal drug laws and phone numbers for help, see our complete Drug and Alcohol Policy.