Alcohol and Drug Policies

Substance Abuse Involving Alcohol

A. Statement of Compliance
Northeastern recognizes the social and personal consequences of drinking Alcohol and the pressure to drink as part of the college rite of passage as a young adult.  We also recognize the college's responsibility to enforce the state law, which limits legal consumption of Alcohol to person over twenty-one years of age, and the Drug and Alcohol Free Campus Federal Law, which restricts any Alcohol or drugs on campus or associated with a college activity.  As a local, state and federally funded college, we must abide by all legal regulations and then realistically deal with the student behaviors related to Alcohol use/abuse.

Note:  The College may notify parents/guardians when their son/daughter violates the substance abuse policy after the first violation.  This notification is allowed to all parents/guardians of students under the age of 21 years.  The college reserves the right to withhold notification on the first violation but will notify parents for any violation after level one.

Police:  The College will notify police when students are in possession of Alcohol and/or drugs in a residence hall room or any other location on campus.  This procedure applies to all discipline levels including level one.

B. Philosophy of Enforcement
Northeastern will respond to all known incidents of alcohol possession on campus property or
any college activity and any other violations of the Student Code of Conduct. Strictly punitive measures as
required by law do not serve the needs of our students. Violations of the alcohol policy will be dealt with at
the education and behavior change level first. The goal of the Alcohol/Drug Education Procedure is to
inform, educate and seek behavior change. The college assumes each student is developmentally normal and
will respond to reasonable educational sanctions regarding alcohol use. The four-level education/intervention
strategy provides appropriate assistance from the experimental user through the difficult chemical dependent
level of addiction. Northeastern will abide by all laws while providing alcohol/drug education
and will enforce appropriate disciplinary consequences of all alcohol use.

Note: Situations where excessive quantities of alcohol are found may result in the disciplinary level /sanction
being enforced at a higher level.

Level One - Educational Sanctions

A student who has been reported for a first violation of the alcohol policy will be required to complete the
following educational sanctions:

A. Explanation of Procedure
A Residence Hall Director, Director Residence Life of Residence Life, Counselor, or Vice President of
Student Services will review the procedure and potential consequences of alcohol use as a student and will
explain the required sanctions and will conduct assessment of need. The student has five days to complete an
appeal through appropriate due process if deemed necessary.

B. Assessment of Need
The student will be required to participate in an assessment process (conducted by a Resident Hall
director/Director of Residence Life and/or NJC Counseling Services) to determining appropriate educational
sanctions. Completion of all sanctions is required before any future enrollment at the college. The Vice President of Student Services will monitor the completion of all educational sanctions. First level violations
will be assigned one or more of the following sanctions:

C. Required Educational Sanctions
A Residence Hall Director/Director of Residence Life or the Vice President of Student Services will assign
the student Educational Sanctions. Completion is required before any future enrollment at the college. (The
student may be required to complete a Substance Abuse Class; cost paid by the student. Completion is
required before any future enrollment at the college.)

D. Disciplinary Warning
A student who has been reported for a first violation of the alcohol/drug procedure will be placed on
Disciplinary Warning for thirty (30) days; additional violations will result in Disciplinary Probation.
Violations during the warning period will cause the probation to increase two levels.

Level Two - Alcohol/Drug Education Class

1. Assessment of Need
The student will be required to attend a Counseling Assessment appointment with NJC Counseling Services
to determine counseling assistance and complete a counseling assessment. This assessment will take into
consideration information regarding prior violation. Based on the counseling assessment, the student may be
required to complete additional counseling and assigned appropriate educational sanctions.

2. Alcohol/Drug Education Class
A student who has been reported for a second violation of the alcohol/drug procedure within four (4) enrolled
semesters will be required to enroll in an Alcohol/Drug Education Class. This class addresses participant's
knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors concerning alcohol and other drugs; encourages low risk decision
making, positive life style changes and provides appropriate referral for those in need of further services. The
student will be required to show proof of completion of this class prior to the next enrollment period. The
student will pay the cost of the class.

3. Disciplinary Probation
A student who has been reported for a second violation of the alcohol policy within four (4) enrolled
semesters will be placed on Disciplinary Probation for thirty (30) days. Violations during the warning period
will cause the probation to increase two levels.
Note: Disciplinary Probation causes loss of NJC Scholarship support, loss of participation in any activity
representing the college, for the duration of the probation status.

4. Parental Notification of Enrolled Students Under 21 years of age.
The parents of a student, under 21 years of age that is reported for a Second Level Alcohol Violation will be
notified within seven (7) days of the violation. This notification will include the report for the Level One or
the first alcohol violation. The parents of a student, under 21 years of age that is reported for a Third or
Fourth Level Alcohol Violation will be notified within seven (7) days of the violation. This notification will
include the report for all prior alcohol and drug violations.

Level Three - Professional Assessment and Alcohol/ Drug Education Class

1. Chemical Assessment
A student who has been reported for a third alcohol violation within four (4) enrolled semesters will be
required to participate in an individual alcohol/drug assessment by a certified chemical dependency counselor.
The assessment would include a series of chemical dependency tests that would direct personal strategies to
avoid chronic alcohol/drug use. The chemical dependency counselor would recommend continued treatment
and personal/social changes that would become a requirement to continue as a student. Should the counselor
deem an Alcohol/Drug Education class as appropriate, this would be considered part of the treatment. The
student will assume costs of assessment and continued treatment.

2. Extended Disciplinary Probation
A student who has been reported for a third violation of the alcohol procedure within four (4) enrolled
semesters will be placed on Disciplinary Probation for sixty (60) days. Violations during the warning period
will cause the probation to increase two levels, which would cause suspension. See Level Four.

Level Four - Chemical Dependency Treatment

1. Suspension for Treatment
A student who has been reported for a fourth violation of the alcohol procedure within four (4) enrolled
semesters will be considered "Chemically Dependent". This student will be suspended from the report date
until all required conditions are met for re-admittance. This suspension will be for the balance of the current
enrolled semester and the following semester.

2. Treatment Certification
The chemically dependent student will be required to receive professional treatment and submit a certified
statement of treatment completion along with an admission appeal to be reviewed by the Vice President of
Student Services.

Northeastern will enforce the Alcohol and Drug Educational Sanctions for all enrolled students as written and we presume each student is developmentally normal and capable of responding to all reasonable sanctions.  Northeastern is not a treatment facility for Alcohol/drug abuse; we are an educational institution promoting responsible personal behaviors and understanding of Alcohol/drug use through an effective and reasonable Alcohol/Drug Education Procedure.

Substance Abuse Involving any Illegal Controlled Substance

Northeastern strives to educate students as well as preserve a positive educational environment
for all learners and active participants in the learning process. In order to provide a consistent and fair judicial
process for all students, the following policy is based upon four main criteria. 1. Repeat violations by the
student; 2. By type of controlled substance (i.e.: marihuana-cocaine-heroine); 3. The legal amount of
controlled substance present; 4. The possible intent of the violator to use or distribute.

Controlled Substance Violation Judicial Levels

Level One - Private Possession

Level One is Possession only with no intent to sell or distribute. Possession does not involve any other person
(student or non-student) and is confined to a contracted room. Amount and type of illegal substance in
possession does not exceed a misdemeanor legal summons. An amount of controlled-illegal substance that is
excessive beyond a misdemeanor level will cause Level Two or Level Three sanctions.

Sanctions for Level One
An illegal possession will result in a police call for summons - always. The college judicial action will
follow the current Level Two ? educational Level for Alcohol. This requires educational sanctions to be
assigned and referral to NJC Counseling Services for assessment. Disciplinary Probation is for thirty to sixty
days. A repeat offense involving substance abuse within a four (4) semester time frame will result in a Level
Three College Sanction of Interim Suspension.

Level Two - Group Possessions and Use

Possession as well as use in a group is clearly indicated. There are other people present (either student or
non-students_ and there is an obvious intent to use controlled substances by people present. Being physically
present in a room where an illegal-controlled substance is visibly/physically being used and distributed
implicates the ?observer? as a violator. All people present will be subject to Level Two Sanctions. Amount
and/or type of controlled substance exceed the misdemeanor legal definition.

Sanctions for Level Two
An illegal possession/use of a controlled substance will result in a police call for a summons- always. The
college judicial action is immediate eviction (within 2 to 24 hours) and complete restriction from any
residence hall and cafeteria. Disciplinary Probation is assigned for one (1) semester or eighty (80) days. A
repeat offense involving a violation of substance abuse within a four (4) semester time frame will result in a
Level Three College Sanction of Interim Suspension.

Level Three - Possession with Intent to Sell or Distribute
Possession in an excessive amount is interpreted as intent to sell or distribute. There has been observed
behavior of selling, distributing of an illegal-controlled substance. This activity may be confined to one room
or expanded to more than one area on campus. Amount and type of controlled substance exceeds the
misdemeanor level.

Sanctions for Level Three
An illegal possession/use and distribution of a controlled substance will result in a police call for summons -
always. The college judicial action is immediate eviction (within 2 hours) and an Interim Suspension from
college. Complete removal from campus property will take place within two (2 hours) with police escort and
total restriction from returning to campus until further notice.

Psychological Risks:
Some of the leading psychological risks of Alcohol/drug use are:
Lateness to work or class Temper tantrums
Attendance Problems Domestic violence
Inattentive-short attention False confidence
Sluggish physically Safety hazard
Criminal Activity to support abuse Distortion of reality
Hallucinations Memory blackouts
Hyperactive to depression Addition
Medical Risks:
Some of the leading medical risks are:
Damage to lungs Addiction
Damage to reproductive system Malnutrition
Damage to immune system Brain seizure
Permanent loss of brain function Overdose-death
Serious kidney/liver damage

Drug/Alcohol Treatment:
Northeastern encourages all students who have identified drug or alcohol problems to seek
rehabilitation treatment before disciplinary sanctions have to be implemented as outlined in the student
procedures. Most treatment programs which are supervised by professional doctors, psychologists are
covered under most student health insurance programs. Student may receive on-campus assistance from the
NJC Health Center, phone 521-6647 and the NJC Counseling Office, phone 521-6656.

Local Resources:
Northeastern Counseling Center 521-6656
NJC has a professional counselor trained in alcohol/drug intervention and counseling. This center is a first
step in determining the needed support and resources for an individual's problem with alcohol or drug
education. Consultation and referrals to other agencies and treatment programs are made.

Centennial Mental Health
General treatment and alcohol/drug treatment programs.
211 West Main Street
Sterling, CO 80751
522-4392 (24 hours)

CMH provides comprehensive community based mental health services consisting of outpatient clinic, partial
care, residential, inpatient, consultation and education. Centennial also provides crisis and emergency
intervention services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Provides Level II and III Alcohol Education Therapy groups to DUI drivers and court referrals. Also
provides volunteer outpatient services and referrals for persons seeking treatment for alcohol and drug related
problems.

Alcoholic Anonymous Groups
1325 North 7th Street - 522-4338
201 South 4th Street - 522-4492

AA and Al Anon meetings are held several times a week. These serve as support groups for people desiring
to stop drinking as well as for family and friends.

State of Colorado Resources:
A list of statewide drug and alcohol treatment resources is available upon request from the NJC Counseling
Center or the NJC Health Center.

The college conducts biennial reviews to determine program effectiveness, to show if procedures
implemented need changes and to ensure disciplinary sanctions are enforced fairly and consistently.