Alcohol and Drugs
Temple College prohibits the illegal use of drugs and alcohol and fully supports the federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989. Any location at which college activities are conducted is declared to be drug and alcohol-free.
1. Standards of Conduct
The possession, use, manufacturing, distribution, dispensing, or sale of alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, or controlled substances by Temple College students in accordance with 21 USC § 812 - Schedules of Controlled Substances, except on bona fide prescription, on the campus/centers or at any college activity is prohibited.
The following is a partial list of controlled substances:
• Narcotics (heroin, morphine, etc.)
• Cannabis (marijuana, hashish)
• Stimulants (cocaine, diet pills, etc.)
• Depressants (tranquilizers)
• Hallucinogens (PCP, LSD, “designer drugs”, etc.)
A complete listing and explanation of controlled substances in accordance with 21 USC § 812 - Schedules of controlled substances can be found online at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/granule/USCODE-2010-title21/USCODE-2010-title21-chap13-subchapI-partB-sec812/content-detail.html
2. Legal Sanctions
Any student violating this policy is subject to arrest. Conviction for violating the local, state, and/or federal laws governing alcohol and controlled substances can result in fines, imprisonment, seizure of property, or a combination of these penalties.
3. Health Risks
Alcohol consumption causes a number of marked changes in behavior. Even low doses significantly impair the judgment and coordination required to drive a vehicle or operate equipment safely, increasing the likelihood of an accident. Even low to moderate doses of alcohol impairs judgment and increases the incidence of a variety of aggressive acts, including spouse and child abuse, confrontations at work, and legal problems. Moderate to high doses of alcohol cause marked impairments in 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 liver. The regular consumption of alcohol greatly increases the risk of most types of cancer. 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 of becoming alcoholics than other youngsters.
The use of drugs can pose many risks to health. It can cause high blood pressure, heart or respiratory failure, impaired memory or injury, even death through violence or self-destructive behavior. Even infrequent use may lead to tremors, impaired sexual response, cardiovascular damage, and impaired performance, which could lead to poor grades, poor job performance, financial problems, and interpersonal conflicts.
What Works: Schools Without Drugs, U. S. Department of Education (1992).
4. Drug and Alcohol Programs
To assist students with prevention, counseling, treatment, and rehabilitation for drug/alcohol related problems, advisors refer students to outside agencies and/or the Office of Student Accommodations.
Temple College has a Licensed Professional Counselor who is available to students in need of counseling services. Dr. Simon can be reached at 254-298-8318 or email@example.com.
Temple College provides a list of various outside services on the Mental Health Counseling webpage located at http://www.templejc.edu/resources/mental-health-counseling/.
Local services specific to drug and alcohol abuse prevention, counseling, treatment, and rehabilitation include:
416A N 3rd. St.
Temple, TX 76501
Toll-Free Number: 1-888-236-4567
Temple & Killeen: 254-299-2791
Texas Department of State Health Services Region 7, Brazos Valley Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse
Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA): Austin-Round Rock, Killeen-Temple, College Station-Bryan, Waco (Counties: Bastrop, Bell, Blanco, Bosque, Brazos, Burleson, Burnet, Caldwell, Coryell, Falls, Fayette, Freestone, Grimes, Hamilton, Hays, Hill, Lampasas, Lee, Leon, Limestone, Llano, McLennan, Madison, Milam, Mills, Robertson, San Saba, Travis, Washington, Williamson)
4001 E. 29th Street, Suite 90
Bryan, TX 77802
Toll-Free Number: (866) 448-1699
5. Disciplinary Sanctions
Violations will result in disciplinary action in accordance with Disciplinary Proceedings policy, up to and including, suspension.