7.01 Drug-Free College Policy

I. Definitions

A. Drugs referred to under this policy include alcoholic beverages, all illegal drugs as defined in the NC Controlled Substance Examination Regulation Act, and misused legal drugs (both prescription and over-the-counter).

B. College premises: any property in use by the College including property that is leased, owned, used for College functions, or used by the College in the conduct of any of its courses.

II. Rule

The purpose of the Drug-Free College policy is to maintain a safe and productive teaching and learning environment and to be in compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988; the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act/Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Regulations (Edgar Part 86) (PDF); NC Administrative Code Title 13, Chapter 20; and the NC Controlled Substance Examination Regulation Act.

III. Policy

  1. All students are expected to attend classes, labs, and College activities unhindered by drugs.
  2. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, use, or being under the influence of drugs presents a hazard to students, employees, and property and is not permitted on College premises.
  3. The College will maintain a drug-free awareness program for employees and students, and employees and students are expected to work together to maintain a drug-free teaching and learning environment.
  4. Any student who violates this policy is subject to disciplinary action in accordance with Policy 7.00: Conduct of Students.

IV. Illegal Drugs and Alcohol

Students shall not manufacture, distribute, dispense, possess, use, or be under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol.

V. Legal Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drugs

  1. Student use of prescription and over-the-counter drugs is not prohibited when taken in standard dosage or according to a physician's prescription.
  2. Students who take legal prescription and over-the-counter drugs must determine whether the drug may interfere with the safety of themselves or others on campus. It is the student's responsibility to communicate with appropriate College personnel if his or her use of legal drugs presents a safety risk.
  3. The illegal or unauthorized use, intentional misuse, abuse, or distribution of prescription or over-the-counter drugs by students is prohibited.

VI. Drug-Free Awareness Program

  1. Central Piedmont Community College maintains a Drug-Free Awareness program in compliance with the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act/Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Regulations (Edgar Part 86) (PDF).
  2. Educational materials, programs, and other resources are available through Student Life, Counseling Services, and Human Resources. Confidentiality is maintained.


Approved by Board of Trustees: November 14, 1990; July 20, 2011

Approved by Cabinet: April 18, 2011