September, 2018 Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Biennial Review of AOD Programs at NJC
Summary of NJC’s AOD Program’s Strengths and Weaknesses:
Strengths: The high level of involvement in student activities on an alcohol free campus. Enforcement of AOD policies as well as educational follow up efforts as part of the disciplinary process. Educational programs are delivered to the campus throughout the year. The NJC Athletic program supports the alcohol-free environment with enforcement of rules for athletes including random drug testing. We have a personal campus community where faculty and staff interact often with students. Second time disciplinary infractions are low. We offer many social events for residential and commuter students. These activities serve as a viable alternative to drinking events held elsewhere in the community.
In Fall 2018, NJC will start a committee specifically to address health issues relating to students. We have also recently hired a Coordinator of Campus Safety and Security, who is charged with the responsibility of drug and alcohol programming. We have also completed the installation of outdoor security cameras all across campus, which serves as a deterrent to drug and alcohol illegal activity. Additionally, our campus lighting has been significantly improved. NJC has a strong and active Safety & Security Committee.
Weaknesses: There continues to be alcohol purchases made for minors by others in the community; there is a need to continue to offer more alternative social events for students on campus. We have no formal campus security, and we need to enhance security efforts in parking areas to assist with prohibition of alcohol/drug use. Some drinking and driving occurs with parties off campus.