Florida College is a drug-free and alcohol-free work and educational environment. The unlawful manufacture, sale, delivery, unauthorized possession, or use of any illicit drug is prohibited by Florida College. The college not only complies with federal, state, and local laws regulating the possession, use, and sale of drugs or alcohol, but has a well-defined and established code of conduct—as written in the student handbook—that specifically states that: “The use of alcohol and drugs by our students is absolutely prohibited.” Violation of this standard at the college is clearly stated as grounds for a student’s automatic suspension for at least the balance of the semester in which the violation occurred.
As required by CFR 86.11, Florida College publishes and distributes to all current students and employees its Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program as part of the annual Campus Security & Fire Safety Report. This program is reviewed annually by the Dean of Students to determine its effectiveness and to implement changes if they are needed. The elements of the program are:
- To stress biblical principles covering physical, mental, and spiritual health.
- To develop a knowledge base & skills training program for alcohol & drug education.
- To provide on-campus counseling & referral.
- To apply appropriate disciplinary measures to offenders in accordance with policies of Florida College.
The Dean of Students office is the referral center for students and employees who voluntarily request assistance with substance abuse. These individuals will be counseled and referred to the appropriate professional assistance program. Penalties may be imposed upon an employee for drug abuse violations up to and including termination of employment or requiring satisfactory participation in a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program approved for such purposes by a federal, state, or local health, law enforcement, or other appropriate agency.
HEALTH RISKS OF DRUGS AND ALCOHOL
Moderate to high doses of alcohol cause marked impairments in higher mental functions and the loss of memory. High doses of alcohol can cause respiratory depression and death.
Long-term consumption, particularly when combined with poor nutrition, can also lead to dependence and permanent damage to vital organs such as the brain and the liver. Physical effects of drugs include increased heart rate, bloodshot eyes, dry mouth and throat, and increased appetite. The use of drugs may impair or reduce short-term memory and comprehension, alter sense of time, and reduce the ability to perform tasks requiring concentration and coordination. Motivation and cognition may also be altered making the acquisition of new information difficult. As you can see from the above, there are major health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol.
Federal guidelines state that any Pell Grant recipient must certify that he or she will not engage in unlawful activities related to controlled substances during the period covered by the grant.
Federal guidelines focus strongly on illicit drug use and distribution. For a first offense of drug possession, a student loses eligibility for federal financial aid for one year from the date of conviction. For a second offense, a student loses eligibility for federal financial aid for two years from the date of conviction. For a third offense and subsequent offenses, a student has indefinite ineligibility for federal financial aid from the date of conviction.
For a first offense for the sale of illegal drugs, a student loses eligibility for federal financial aid for two years from the date of conviction. For a second offense and subsequent offenses, a student has indefinite ineligibility from the date of conviction.
Federal regulations require enrolled students convicted of a drug offense after receiving federal financial aid to notify Florida College immediately. The student will then become ineligible for further federal financial aid and must repay federal financial aid received after the conviction.