Alcohol and Substance Abuse Policy and Regulations

It is the policy of Harper College to provide a drug and alcohol free environment and work place as defined by the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1994.

Harper College prohibits the unlawful possession, use, distribution, dispensing and manufacture of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees on its property or as part of any College activity.

Students who violate this policy will be governed by the College’s Student Conduct Code and subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension, expulsion and referral for prosecution. Employees who violate this policy will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with their appropriate employee group regulations up to and including suspension, termination of employment and referral for prosecution.

Students, employees and visitors are subject to local, state and federal laws. Criminal penalties for such violations may include assigned community service, fines and imprisonment.

In addition, property used in connection with illegal drugs may be confiscated, Federal student loans, grants and contracts may be denied, and driving privileges may be revoked.

In addition, property used in connection with illegal drugs may be confiscated, Federal student loans, grants and contracts may be denied, and driving privileges may be revoked. In addition, all employees directly engaged in performance of work pursuant to the provisions of a federal grant or federal contract in excess of $25,000 and students who are Pell Grant recipients must notify the College within five days of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring on or off College premises while conducting College business or activities. The College shall, within 10 days of receiving such notice, inform the federal agency providing the grant of such conviction.

Within 30 days following such notification of conviction, appropriate disciplinary action shall be taken against such employee or student and/or the employee or student may be required, at his or her own expense, to participate satisfactorily in a substance abuse assistance or rehabilitation program. With the intent to provide a drug and alcohol free educational and work environment, Harper College is committed to providing proactive drug and alcohol abuse prevention programs, confidential counseling, intervention and referral for its students and employees. An Employee Assistance Program is available for employees and their immediate family members.

Harper College shall conduct a biennial review of the drug and alcohol abuse programs to determine their effectiveness and implement appropriate changes.

Health Risks of Alcohol and Drug Consumption

The consumption of alcohol and drugs may have serious health risks and changes in behavior including: impaired judgment and coordination required to drive a car safely, increased incidences of a variety of aggressive acts, impairment in higher mental functions, risk of dependence, and in high doses, respiratory depression and death. Long-term use can lead to permanent damage to vital organs. Mothers who drink during pregnancy may give birth to infants with fetal alcohol syndrome.

Alcohol and Substance Abuse Policy and Regulations page 1 (Updated 10-6-14)

Description of Health Risks Associated with the Use of Some Illicit Drugs and Abuse of Alcohol

Classification: ALCOHOL
Drug Name: Ethanol
Common or Brand: Beer, Wine, Distilled Liquor
Physical Dependence: High
Potential Psychological: High
Acute Effects: Lowered Inhibitions, Impaired judgment, Loss of motor skills, Coordination, Slurred speech
Health Risks and Effects of Long-term Use: Hypertension, Liver damage, Cardio-vascular disease, Toxic psychosis, Neurologic damage, Addiction with severe withdrawal
Overdose Effects: Coma, Possible death
Classification: STIMULANTS
Drug Name: Cocaine, Amphetamine
Common or Brand: Cocaine Desoxyn, Bennies, Adderall, Dexedrine
Physical Dependence: Possible
Potential Psychological: High
Acute Effects: Feeling of well-being, Excitation, Euphoria, Increased alertness, Increased blood pressure and pulse, Insomnia, Appetite loss
Health Risks and Effects of Long-term Use: Delusions, Hallucinations (Toxic Psychosis), Possible organ/tissue damage
Overdose Effects: Agitation, Temperature Increase, Hallucinations, Convulsions, Heart Attack, Stroke High blood pressure, Loss of consciousness, Seizures
Classification: STIMULANTS
Drug Name: Methylphenidate
Common or Brand: Ritalin
Physical Dependence: Possible
Potential Psychological: High
Acute Effects: Feeling of well-being, Excitation, Euphoria, Increased alertness, Increased blood pressure and pulse, Insomnia, Appetite loss
Health Risks and Effects of Long-term Use: Delusions, Hallucinations (Toxic Psychosis), Possible organ/tissue damage
Overdose Effects: Agitation, Temperature Increase, Hallucinations, Convulsions, Heart Attack, Stroke High blood pressure, Loss of consciousness, Seizures
Classification: STIMULANTS
Drug Name:Methylenedioxymethamphetamine
Common or Brand: Ecstasy, MDMA
Physical Dependence: Low
Potential Psychological: High
Acute Effects: Feeling of well-being, Excitation, Euphoria, Increased alertness, Increased blood pressure and pulse, Insomnia, Appetite loss
Health Risks and Effects of Long-term Use: Delusions, Hallucinations (Toxic Psychosis), Possible organ/tissue damage
Overdose Effects:Agitation, Temperature Increase, Hallucinations, Convulsions, Heart Attack, Stroke High blood pressure, Loss of consciousness, Seizures
Classification: CANNABIS
Drug Name: Marijuana, Hashish, Hash oil
Common or Brand: Grass, Pot, Weed Dope, Hash
Physical Dependence: Low
Potential Psychological: Moderate
Acute Effects: Tachycardia, Reddened eyes, Euphoria, Profound humor, Altered time/space perception, Short term memory loss, Increased appetite
Health Risks and Effects of Long-term Use: Cardiovascular Damage as with smoking tobacco
Overdose Effects: Insomnia, Hyperactivity, Panic attacks, Paranoia, Possible toxic reaction if treated with other chemicals
Adapted from Controlled Substances - Uses & Effects. N.d. pct.eduWeb. 18 Dec 2012.
www.pct.edu/studentPolicy/docs/drugchart.pdf

Federal and State Legal Sanctions for the Unlawful Possession or Distribution of IllicitDrugs and Alcohol

Federal Drug Laws

The possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs is prohibited by federal law. Strict penalties are enforced for drug convictions, including mandatory prison terms for many offenses. The following information, although not complete, is an overview of federal penalties for first and second convictions.

Federal Drug Trafficking Penalties (21 USC 841)

Penalties for federal drug trafficking convictions vary according to the quantity of the controlled substance involved in the transaction. The following list is a sample of the range and severity of federal penalties imposed for first and second convictions.

Federal Trafficking Penalties - Marijuana

Drug/Substance Quantity 1st Offense 2nd Offense
Marijuana 1000 kg or more mixture; or 1,000 or more plants.

Not less than 10 years, not more than life.

If death or serious injury, not less than 20 year, not more than life

Fine not more than $4 million if an individual, $10 million if other than an individual.

Not less than 20 years, not more than life.

If death or serious injury,mandatory life.

Fine not more than $8 million if an individual, $20 million is other than an individual.

Marijuana 100-999 kg mixture; or 100 to 999 plants.

Not less than 5 years, not more than 40 years.

If death or serious injury, not less than 20 years, not more than life.

Fine not more than $2 million if an individual, $5 million in if other than an individual.

Not less than 10 years, not more than life.

If death or serious injury, mandatory life.

Fine not more than $4 million if an individual, $10million is other than an individual.

Marijuana more than 10 kgs hashish; 50 to 99 kg. mixture. More than 1 kg of hashish oil; 50 to 99 plants.

Not more than 20 years.

If death or serious unjust, not less than 20 years, no more than life.

Fine $1million if an individual, $5 million if other than an individual.

Not less than 30 years.

If death or serious injury, mandatory life.

Fine $2 million if an individual, $10 million is other than an individual.

Marijuana 1-49 plants; less than 50 kg mixture

Not more than 5 years.

Fine not more than $250,000, $1million other than individual.

Not more than 10 years.

Fine $500,000 if an individual, $2 million is other than an individual.

Hashish 10 kg or less Not more than 5 years.

Fine not more than $250,000, $1million other than individual.

Not more than 10 years.

Fine $500,000 if an individual, $2 million is other than an individual.

Hash Oil 1 kg or less Not more than 5 years.

Fine not more than $250,000, $1million other than individual.

Not more than 10 years.

Fine $500,000 if an individual, $2 million is other than an individual.

Federal Drug Possession Penalties (21 USC 844)

Persons convicted on Federal charges of possessing any controlled substance face penalties of up to 1 year in prison and a mandatory fine of no less than $1,000 up to a maximum of $100,000. Second convictions are punishable by not less than 15 days but not more than 2 years in prison and a minimum fine of $2,500. Subsequent convictions are punishable by not less than 90 days but not more than 3 years in prison and a minimum fine of $5,000. Possession of drug paraphernalia is punishable by a minimum fine of $750.

Forfeiture of Personal Property and Real Estate (21 USC 853)

Any person convicted of a federal drug offense punishable by more than one year in prison shall forfeit to the United States any personal or real property related to the violation, including houses, cars, and other personal belongings. A warrant of seizure is issued and property is seized at the time an individual is arrested on charges that may result in forfeiture.

Denial of Federal Aid (20 USC 1091)

Under the Higher Education Act of 1998, students convicted under federal or state law for the sale or possession of drugs will have their federal financial aid eligibility suspended. This includes all federal grants, loans, federal work study programs, and more. Students convicted of drug possession will be ineligible for one year from the date of the conviction of the first offense, two years for the second offense, and indefinitely for the third offense. Students convicted of selling drugs will be ineligible for two years from the date of the first conviction, and indefinitely for the second offense. Those who lose eligibility can regain eligibility by successfully completing an approved drug rehabilitation program.

State Drug laws

Illinois Sanctions for Driving Under the Influence (625 Illinois Compiled Statutes 5/11-501)

Sanctions for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs may include suspension or revocation of driving privileges, community service, fines, and imprisonment.

Illinois Statutory Provisions for Violation of Alcohol Control Statutes (235 Illinois Complied Statutes 5/6-16)

Sanctions for violating the Illinois Alcohol Control Statutes may include suspension of driving privileges, fines, community service, and imprisonment for up to one year.

Illinois Statutory Provisions for Illegal Drug Possession (720 ILCS 570/402)

Any substance containing COCAINE

Amount Felony Status Prison Term Fine
15-<100 gm Class 1 4-15 years Up to $200,000
100-<400 gm Class 1 6-30 years

Up to greater of $200,000 or full street value

400-<900 gm Class 1 8-40 years

Up to greater of $200,000 or full street value

900+ gm Class 1 10-50 years

Up to greater of $200,000 or full street value

Any substance containing AMPHETAMINE

Amount Felony Status Prison Term Fine
200+ gm Class 1 4-15 years Up to $200,000

MARIJUANA (includes HASHISH)

Amount Classification Prison Term Fine
Up to 2.5 gm Class C Misdemeanor Up to 30 days Up to $1,500
>2.5 - 10.0 gm Class B Misdemeanor Up to 6 months

Up to $1,500

>10.0 - 30.0 gm

 

Class A Misdemeanor Less than 1 year

Up to $2,500

Class 4 Felony for 2nd and subsequent offenses 1-3 years

Up to $25,000

>30.0 - 500.0 gm Class 4 Felony 1-3 years

Up to $25,000

Class 3 Felony for 2nd and subsequent offenses 2-5 years

Up to $25,000

>500.0 - 2,000.0 gm Class 3 Felony 2-5 years Up to $25,000
>2,000.0 - 5,000.0 gm Class 2 Felony 3-7 years

Up to $25,000

>5,000.0 gm Class 1 Felony 4-15 years

Up to $25,000

Illinois Statutory Provisions for Manufacture or Delivery (720 ILCS 570/401)

Any substance containing COCAINE or analog thereof

Amount Felony Status Prison Term Fine
1-<15 gm Class 1 4-15 years Up to $200,000
15-<100 gm Class X 6-30 years

Up to $500,000

100-<400 gm Class X 9-40 years Up to greater of $500,000 or full street value
400-<900 gm Class X 12-50 years Up to greater of $500,000 or full street value
900+ gm Class X 15-60 years Up to greater of $500,000 or full street value

Any substance containing AMPHETAMINE or analog thereof

Amount Felony Status Prison Term Fine
50-<200 gm Class 1 4-15 years Up to $250,000
200+ gm Class X 6-30 years Up to $500,000

MARIJUANA (includes HASHISH)

Amount Classification Prison Term Fine
Up to 2.5 gm Class B Misdemeanor Up to 6 months

$1,500

>2.5-10.0 gm Class A Misdemeanor Less than 1 year

$2,500

>10-30.0 gm Class 4 Felony 1-3 years $25,000
>30-500.0 gm Class 3 Felony 2-5 years

Up to $50,000

>500-2,000.0 gm Class 2 Felony 3-7 years

Up to $100,000

>2,000-5,000.0 gm Class 1 Felony 4-15 years

Up to $150,000

>5,000.0 gm Class X Felony 6-30 years Up to $200,000

Resources

Following is a list of resources available to employees and students for drug and alcohol treatment:

Name Phone
Kenneth Young Center (Elk Grove Village) (847) 524-8800
Alexian Brothers – Northwest Mental Health Clinic (Hoffman Estates) (847) 952-7460
Alcoholics Anonymous - Dist. 21 Answering Service (Palatine) (847) 359-3311
Harper College Employee Assistance Program (800) 327-5071