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Drug & Alcohol Policy
Purpose of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program
In an effort to maintain a campus environment that supports and encourages the dissemination of knowledge, the College will provide a drug and alcohol abuse prevention program in compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989. All students and employees share in the responsibility for protecting our environment and are expected to exemplify high standards of professional and personal conduct. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of alcohol; illegal drugs; or controlled substances by members of Casa Loma College adversely affects the educational environment. Therefore, the College is committed to having a drug-free campus.
The following material will provide you with information concerning:
- The annual distribution of the policy to each student and employee.
- Standards of conduct that clearly prohibit the unlawful use of alcohol, illegal drugs or controlled substances by students and employees on its property,clinical sites or any college activity.
- A description of applicable legal sanctions under law for the unlawful possession or distribution of illegal drugs or alcohol.
- A description of health risks associated with the use and/or abuse of illegal drugs or the abuse of alcohol.
- And a clear statement that Casa Loma College will impose disciplinary sanctions on students and employees for violations of this policy.
All employees and students are expected to adhere to this policy during the course of employment and/or enrollment at Casa Loma College.
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Policy
In accordance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989 and Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, Casa Loma College supports and maintains a drug-free living and learning environment and workplace for its students, faculty and staff. As a result, the College strictly prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of alcohol; illegal drugs; and controlled substances, and possession of drug paraphernalia by students and employees, including volunteers and guests, on College property or at any college-sponsored event on or off campus. Alcohol may be served at college events with prior authorization. The consumption of alcohol at events when the College has authorized such use is permitted only by individuals of legal drinking age.
Any student failing to comply with the policy constitutes a violation of the Casa Loma College Student Code of Conduct and offenders will be subject to sanctions, consistent with local, State, andFederal law, up to and including suspension or dismissal.
Any employee in violation of the policy will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment. Employees are required to report any drug- or alcohol-related convictions occurring in the workplace to the College no later than five (5) days after such conviction. Such conviction may also result in termination of employment.
The College reserves the right to pass on information regarding possession, use and/or distribution of illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia by any member of its to local, state, and federal authorities as required. Federal legislation mandates that individuals cannot receive federal aid if they have been convicted of the possession or sale of illegal drugs for an offense that occurred while they were receiving federal student aid.
Upon enrollment to Casa Loma College, students pledge to uphold and abide by the Student Code of Conduct. All students are bound under this code and any violation of the Student Code of Conduct will be dealt with accordingly. The Student Code of Conduct has been established in an effort to promote a balance between the interests of the individual and those of the Casa Loma College . The regulations contained within the Code regarding alcohol, drugs, paraphernalia and controlled substances apply to all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and visitors orguests of the College.
All new incoming students are informed of the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Policy and Procedures during new student enrollment and annually thereafter.
Student Alcohol Violations
Casa Loma College, through education and supervision, affirms, supports, encourages and recommends abstinence. Recognizing, however, that some responsible individuals consume alcohol and realizing that there are members of the Casa Loma College of legal drinking age, the following policy has been established. Any failure to comply with the following policy constitutes a violation of the Casa Loma College Drug and Alcohol Abuse Policy.
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Student Conduct Code
- Age limitations. The laws of the state of California pertaining to the possession and use of alcoholic beverages shall be followed specifically. It is illegal for persons under the age of 21 to consume or possess alcohol or for persons of legal drinking age to supply alcoholic beverages to those who have not reached the age of 21.
- Closed containers. Students may not loiter in public areas while in possession of alcoholic beverages. (A closed container is one on which the seal has not been broken).
- Public display of alcoholic beverages on campus or clinical sites. Alcoholic beverages may not be
- Purchase of alcohol with College funds. Neither the College nor any group, which owes its existence to Casa Loma College, whether officially or unofficially, formally or informally,will be permitted to use any organizational funds derived from or held by the institution for the purchase of any kind of alcoholic beverage.
- Social functions. Casa Loma College does not permit alcoholic beverage at student sponsored events on or off campus. All members of the Casa Loma College are responsible for abiding by this policy and the enforcement thereof.
- Alcohol abuse. Unbecoming behavior or any conduct violation committed by a student under the influence of alcohol is not acceptable by Casa Loma College . Alcohol abuse is considered any use of alcohol by a student which leads to medical consequences or inappropriate behavior.
- Off-campus violations. Although Casa Loma College cannot and does not accept responsibility for the conduct of students while they are off College property and cannot regulate the sale of alcoholic beverages to members of Casa Loma College students or employees by the management of off-campus businesses, the College reserves the right to make off-campus conduct by its students a matter of policy under the Student Code of Conduct.
A Special Note on Alcohol
Alcohol consumption causes a number of marked changes in behavior. Even low doses significantly impair the judgment and coordination required to drive a car safely, increasing the likelihood that the driver will be involved in an accident. Low to moderate doses of alcohol also increase the incidence of a variety of aggressive acts, including partner and child abuse, and sexual assaults. Moderate to high doses of alcohol cause marked impairments in higher mental functions, severely altering a person’s ability to learn and remember information. Very high doses cause respiratory depression and death. If combined with other depressants of the central nervous system, much lower doses of alcohol will produce the effects just described.
Repeated use of alcohol can lead to dependence. Sudden cessation of alcohol intake is likely to produce withdrawal symptoms, including severe anxiety, tremors, hallucinations, and convulsions. Alcohol withdrawal can be life threatening. Long-term consumption of large quantities of alcohol, particularly when combined with poor nutrition, can also lead to permanent damage to vital organs such as the brain and the liver.
Mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy may give birth to infants with fetal alcohol syndrome. These infants have irreversible physical abnormalities and mental retardation. In addition, research indicates that children of alcoholic parents are at greater risk than others of developing alcoholism.
Student Illegal Drugs, Drug Paraphernalia and Substance Abuse Violationse
- Substance abuse. Casa Loma College has a zero tolerance policy for the use of illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, and substance abuse of any type. Therefore, any substance, legal or otherwise, that is used for the intention of intoxication/impairment, or misused regardless of intent, and is deemed harmful or potentially harmful to self or others, will be considered substance abuse.
- Illegal drugs. The possession, use and/or distribution of illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia.
- Drug paraphernalia. Prohibited and illegal items include, but are not limited to: any amount of an illicit drug (including seeds), bongs, pot pipes (bowls), rolling papers, scales (electronic or hand-held), blow tubes, etc.
Sanctions Imposed on Students for Violations
- Disciplinary reprimand/probation
- Suspension or dismissal
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program for Employees
All newly hired employees of Casa Loma College will be provided a copy of the Drug and AlcoholAbuse Prevention Policy during orientation. Human Resources willexplain the policies in detail and answer any questions. All employees of Casa Loma College will be provided an electronic copy of the Drug and AlcoholAbuse Prevention Policy and Procedures annually.
Violations by Employees
All employees of Casa Loma College are responsible for compliance with the Drug-Free WorkplacePolicy as a condition of continued employment. Violations will be subject to discipline, up to andincluding immediate termination of employment.
Drug and Alcohol Testing for Employees
Employees who are reasonably suspected of using alcohol or illegal drugs or of abusing controlled substances in the workplace or of performing official duties while under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, or abused controlled substances will be required to undergo an alcohol and/or drug test. “Reasonable cause” exists when an employee exhibits behavior that suggest impairment from drug or alcohol use or when job performance or safety is affected. An employee may be requested to take a drug or alcohol test if management or supervisors have a reasonable belief that the employee’s faculties are impaired while at work due to drug or alcohol use.
Employees may be subject to drug and/or alcohol testing when he/she cause or contribute to accidents that seriously damage Casa Loma College equipment or property or result in an injury to himself/herself or another employee or student requiring offsite medical attention. A circumstance that constitutes probable belief will be presumed to arise in any instance involving a work-related accident or injury in which an employee who was operating a motorized vehicle is found to be responsible for causing the accident. In any of these instances, the investigation and subsequent testing must take place within two hours following the accident, if not sooner.
Employees who have tested positive for drug and/or alcohol, or otherwise violated this policy, are subject to discipline, up to and including termination. Depending on the circumstances and the employee’s work history/record, Casa Loma College may offer an employee who violates the policy or tests positive the opportunity to return to work on a last-change basis pursuant to mutually agreeable terms, which could include follow-up drug testing at times and frequencies determined by Casa Loma College for a minimum of one year but not more than two years as well as a waiver of the right to contest any termination resulting from a subsequent positive test. If the employee does not comply with the agreed upon terms and conditions, the employee will be subject to immediate termination from employment.
Employees who refuse to cooperate in required tests, who use, possess, buy, sell, manufacture or dispense any illegal drug in violation of this policy, or who tests positive for alcohol or illegal drug use under this policy, will be disciplined, up to and including termination. After the results of the test are received, a date and time will be scheduled to discuss the results of the test; this meeting will include the supervisor, and Human Resources.
Information and records relating to positive test results, drug and alcohol dependencies, and legitimate medical explanations provided to Human Resources will be kept confidential to the extent required by law and maintained in secure files separate from normal personnel files. Such records and information may be disclosed among managers and supervisors on a need-toknow basis and may also be disclosed when relevant to a grievance, charge, claim or other legal proceeding initiated by or on behalf of an employee
Casa Loma College reserves the right to inspect all portions of its premises for drugs, alcohol or other contraband. All employees, contract employees and visitors may be asked to cooperate in inspections of their persons, work areas and property that might conceal a drug, alcohol or other contraband. Employees who possess such contraband or refuse to cooperate in such inspections are subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination.
Human Resources will present the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Policy to all new incoming students and provide all Casa Loma College students an electronic copy annually at the beginning of each academic year. A link to the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Policy is available on the Casa Loma College website and through Moodle (LMS).
Human Resources will provide a written copy of the Drug and Alcohol AbusePrevention Policy to newly hired employees at the beginning of their employment and distribute an electronic copy annually to all Casa Loma College employees.
In an effort to comply with Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Regulations a biennial review will be conducted by Casa Loma College. The purpose of the review is to:
- Determine the effectiveness and implement changes to the program if needed
- Ensure that the disciplinary sanctions described in the program are consistently enforced
- The Director of Campus Security and Safety, Dean of Educationa and Director of Human Resources will meet biennially to discuss documented instances where the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Policy has been violated. They will submit their findings to the CEO/President and present improvements and/or changes to the program. A report of the biennial review will be available in Human Resources.
Legal Sanctions for Violation of the Standards of Conduct
The penalties for drug offenses can be quite severe. The charges are based upon quantity, intent to sell or distribute, and various other factors, such as evidence of sales activity (i.e., large amounts of money, packaging, etc.), and whether or not weapons are in the individual’s possession. The seriousness and ultimate punishment for drug offenses generally is dependent on the classification of the drug, the quantity of the drug, and what is deemed as the intended purpose of the possession (i.e., for personal use or for sale). The unauthorized or unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs or alcohol may subject the individual to discipline, termination, dismissal, arrest, or citation under applicable criminal laws of the United States, the State of California, or local municipalities. Any student or employee who is convicted of the unlawful possession, use of, distribution of illicit drugs or alcohol is subject to criminal penalties under local, state and federal law.
Local, state, and federal laws provide for a variety of legal sanctions and penalties for the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol. These sanctions include, but are not limited to, incarceration and monetary fines.
Federal law provides rather severe penalties for distributing or dispensing, or possessing with the intent to distribute or dispense a controlled substance, and penalties of a less severe nature for simple possession of a controlled substance. The type and quantity of the drug, whether the convicted person has any prior convictions, and whether death or previous injury resulted from the use of the drug in question (this, however, is not a factor in a case of simple possession) all affect the sentence.
Federal Offenses: Title 21 U.S.C. Sections 841 and 844 to 845 state that it is unlawful to possess a controlled dangerous substance, including marijuana, cocaine, LSD, PCP, heroin, designer drugs, etc. If the substance is cocaine, or contains a cocaine base, the penalty for simple possession is a fine and/or imprisonment from 5 to 20 years. For other illegal drugs, the penalty for simple possession is a fine of at least $1000.00 and/or imprisonment up to 3 years. The penalties increase if the possession includes intent to manufacture, distribute, or dispense a controlled substance, especially if done near a public or private elementary, vocational, or secondary school or a public or private college or university. Additionally, any person who violates this law shall be liable for an amount up to $10,000.00 in civil penalties.
In addition to Federal laws, the State of California has its own laws dealing with distribution, manufacturing, and possession of controlled substances.
The U.S. Code establishes, and authorizes the U.S. Attorney General to revise as needed, classifications of controlled substances. The drugs are each classified in one or more of five “schedules.” Schedule I, being comprised essentially of “street drugs” and Schedule V being comprised of drugs with a “low potential for abuse” when compared with drugs in Schedules I-IV. Examples of Schedule I drugs are heroin and marijuana. PCP, for example, is a Schedule II drug. Amphetamine is a Schedule III drug, while Barbital is a Schedule IV drug. An example of a Schedule V drug would be a prescription medication with not more than 200 mg of codeine per 100 grams.
The penalties for a first offense conviction of violating the laws described in items (a) and (b) above are:
- In the case of a Schedule I or II drug which is a narcotic drug, not more than fifteen (15) years in prison, a fine of not more than $25,000, or both.
- In the case of a Schedule I or II drug which is not a narcotic drug or in the case of a Schedule III drug, not more than five (5) years in prison, a fine of not more than $15,000, or both.
- In the case of a schedule IV drug, not more than three (3) years in prison, a fine of not more than $10,000, or both.
- In the case of a Schedule V drug, not more than one (1) year in prison, a fine of not more than $5,000 or both.
- Notwithstanding sub-paragraphs (1) through (4) above, the distribution of a small amount of marijuana for no remuneration is punishable by imprisonment of not more than one (1) year and/or a fine of not more than $5,000.
- Notwithstanding subparagraph (1) through (4) above, the manufacture, possession, or distribution, or intent to manufacture, possess, or distribute phencyclidine (PCP, “angel dust”) is punishable by up to ten (10) years in prison and/or a fine of not more than $25,000.
Penalties for subsequent violations of these provisions are progressively more severe than for initial convictions.
Drug Classification Schedules
1) Schedule I
a) The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse.
b) The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.
c) There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.
d) Consist primarily of “street drugs” such as heroin, morphine, marijuana, LSD, mescaline, etc.
2) Schedule II
a) The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse.
b) The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions.
c) Abuse of the drug or other substances may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
d) Includes opium, cocaine and methadone, among other illicit drugs.
3) Schedule III
a) The drug or other substance has a potential for abuse less than the drugs or other substances in schedules I and II.
b) The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.
c) Abuse of the drug or other substance may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
d) Include those which have less potential for abuse than schedule I or II
4) Schedule IV
a) The drug or other substance has a low potential for abuse relative to the drugs or other substances in schedule III.
b) The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.
c) Abuse of the drug or other substance may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to the drugs or other substances in schedule III.
5) Schedule V
a) The drug or other substance has a low potential for abuse relative to the drugs or other substances in schedule IV.
b) The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.
c) Abuse of the drug or other substance may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to the drugs or other substances in schedule IV.
Health Risks of Alcohol and Other Drugs
Alcohol causes loss of concentration and judgment, slowed reflexes; disorientation leading to higher risk of accidents and problem behavior; risk of liver and heart damage, malnutrition, cancer and other illnesses; can be highly addictive to some persons.
Amphetamines can cause rushed, careless behavior pushing beyond your physical capacity, leading to exhaustion; tolerance increases rapidly; causes physical and psychological dependence; withdrawal can result in depression and suicide; continued high doses can cause heart problems, infections, malnutrition, and death.
Cannabis Causes permanent damage to lungs, reproductive organs and brain function; slows reflexes; increases forgetfulness; alters judgment of space and distance.
Cocaine Causes damage to respiratory and immune systems; induces malnutrition, seizures and loss of brain function. Some forms (such as “crack”) are highly addictive.
Hallucinogens (PCP, LSD, Ecstasy) Causes extreme distortions of what’s seen and heard; induces sudden changes in behavior, loss of concentration and memory; increases risk of birth defects in user’s children; overdose can cause psychosis, convulsions, coma, and death. Frequent use can cause permanent loss of mental function.
Opiates (heroin, morphine, opium, codeine) Tolerance increases rapidly; causes physical and psychological dependence; overdose can cause coma, convulsions, respiratory arrest, and death; leads to malnutrition, infection and hepatitis; sharing needles is a leading cause of the spread of HIV and Hepatitis; highly addictive.
Sedatives Tolerance increases rapidly; produces physical and psychological dependence; causes reduced reaction time, and confusion; overdoses can cause coma, respiratory arrest, convulsions, and death; withdrawal can be dangerous; in combination with other controlled substances can quickly cause coma and death.
Substance Abuse Education
The College does not provide in-house alcohol and drug prevention programs, however does refer employees and students in need to local counseling and treatment facilities within the campus’s jurisdiction. Students are also encouraged to contact the local Alcoholics Anonymous Organization http://www.aa.org/.
Students may gain access to counseling and treatment facilities through the Campus Directors at: ANA 714-484-6995 ext. 308 / VAN 818-785-2726 ext. 223 or via the College Catalog.
Available Counseling, Treatment, Rehabilitation or Reentry Program
Help is available for persons in need of counseling or other treatment for substance abuse. Listed below are several agencies within the jurisdiction of each of our campuses.
Van Nuys Campus
American Health Services/Van Nuys
Behavioral Health Services Pacifica House
California Hispanic Commission on Alcohol/Drug Abuse
High Road Program
National Toll-Free Hotlines
The National Institute on Drug Abuse Hotline
Information and referral line that directs callers to treatment centers in the local ,
(800) 662-HELP (M-F, 8:30a.m. - 4:30p.m.)
Parent’s Resource Institute for Drug Education (PRIDE)
1-800-241-9746 (M-F, 8:30a.m. - 5:00p.m.)
1-800-COCAINE (M-F, 9:00a.m. – 3:00a.m.; S-S, 12 noon – 3:00a.m.)
National Council on Alcoholism
Tobacco Free and E-Cigarette Policy
It is the policy of Casa Loma College to provide a safe learning and working environment for both students and employees. It is recognized that smoke from cigarettes, pipes and other cigars is hazardous to health. As well, it has been concluded by the FDA that E-cigarettes pose acute health risks and detectable levels of carcinogens and toxic chemicals.
Smoking and the use of tobacco and e-cigarette products shall not be permitted on any Casa Loma College property, including all buildings and facilities, walkways, and building entrances. This policy applies to all students, faculty, staff, and other persons on campus, regardless of the purpose of their visit. Students and faculty must also abide by all clinical facility rules and regulations pertaining to smoking.
Designated smoking areas have been established in the student parking lots. When using designated smoking areas students and employees should not leave cigarette butts on the ground – cigarettes must be disposed of in trash receptacles.
“E-cigarette” means any electronic oral device, such as one composed of a heating element, battery, and/or electronic circuit, which provides a vapor of nicotine or any other substances, and the use or inhalation of which simulates smoking. The term shall include any such device, whether manufactured, distributed, marketed, or sold as an e-cigarette, e-cigar, e-pipe, or under any other product name or descriptor.
“Smoking” means inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted or heated cigar, cigarette, or pipe, including a hookah pipe, or any other lighted or heated tobacco or plant product, including marijuana, intended for inhalation, in any manner or any form. “Smoking” also includes the use of an e-cigarette which creates a vapor, in any manner or in any form, or the use of any oral smoking device for the purpose of circumventing the prohibition of smoking in this Policy.
“Tobacco Product” means any substance containing tobacco leaf, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, hookah tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco, dipping tobacco, bidis, blunts, clove cigarettes, or any other preparation of tobacco; and any product or formulation of matter containing biologically active amount of nicotine that is manufactured, offered for sale, sold, or otherwise distributed with the expectation that the product or matter will be introduced into the human body by inhalation; but does not include any cessation product specifically approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in treating nicotine or tobacco dependence.
This does not include FDA approved nicotine replacement therapy products for the purpose of cessation.
Smoking materials including all tobacco products must be extinguished prior to entering upon any Casa Loma College property without exception.
It is the responsibility of the students and employees to observe the policy and guidelines on smoking. Failure to comply with the policy on smoking will be treated as a violation of the College’s policies and may result in disciplinary action.