Controlled Substances, Alcohol, and Tobacco

DRUG, ALCOHOL AND SMOKING POLICIES ON CAMPUS

Drug & Alcohol Policy
Standards of Conduct

Silver Lake College absolutely prohibits the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students on its property or as part of any of its activities.

In addition, students are strictly prohibited from being under the influence of alcohol or drugs while representing Silver Lake College, whether on the premises or not.

Definition

"Illegal Drugs" are defined for the purposes of this policy as any drug that is either not legally obtained or is legally obtainable, but has not been legally obtained. The term includes prescribed drugs not legally obtained, prescribed drugs not being used for prescribed purposes, prescribed drugs being used by a person other than the prescription holder. Legally prescribed medications are not covered under this policy and are permitted to the extent that their use does not adversely affect the employee or enrollee's work ability, job performance, or the safety of others at the College.

This policy does not apply if the illegal drug is prescribed by a medical practitioner or authorized for the employee or student possessing or using it while acting in the course of his/her professional practice. The legal drug must be used by the employee or student at the prescribed or authorized dosage level, and such level is consistent with the safe performance of the employee or student's duties.

Annual Policy Distribution

This policy shall be annually distributed in writing to Silver Lake College students. The written policy for students will be included in the yearly fall distribution of the Student Handbook.

Legal Sanctions

Wisconsin
The laws of Wisconsin prohibit drug possession and delivery through the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, Wis. Stats. 161, and mandate stiff penalties that include up to 15 years in prison and fines up to $500,000. A person with a first-time conviction of possession of a controlled substance can be sentenced up to one year in prison and fined up to $5,000. Wis. Stats. 161.41 (2r) (b). The penalties vary according to the amount of drug confiscated, the type of drug found, the number of previous offenses by the individual and whether the individual intended to manufacture the drug, sell the drug or use the drug. See Wis. Stats. 161.41.  In addition to the stringent penalties for possession or delivery, the sentences can be doubled when exacerbating factors are present, such as when a person distributes a controlled substance to a minor, Wis. Stats. 161.46 (1).

Substantial restrictions against alcohol abuse also exist in Wisconsin. It is against the law to sell alcohol to anyone who has not reached the legal drinking age of 21 and there is a concurrent duty on the part of an adult to prevent the illegal consumption of alcohol on his premises, Wis. Stats. 125.07 (1) (a) (1). Violation of this statute can result in a $500 fine. It is against the law for an underage person to attempt to buy an alcoholic beverage, falsely represent his or her age, or enter a licensed premise. Offenders can be fined $500, ordered to participate in a supervised work program, and have their driver's license suspended, Wis. Stats. 125.07 (4) (3). Harsher penalties exist for the retailers of alcoholic beverages, including up to 90 days in jail and revocation of their retail liquor permit.

Federal
The federal government has recently revised the penalties against drug possession and trafficking through its Federal Sentencing Guidelines that reduce the discretion that federal judges may use in sentencing offenders of federal drug statutes. Under these guidelines, courts can sentence a person for up to 6 years for unlawful possession of a controlled substance, including the distribution of a small amount (less than 250 grams) of marijuana. A sentence of life imprisonment can result from a conviction of possession of a controlled substance that results in death or bodily injury. Possession of more than 5 grams of cocaine can trigger an intent to distribute penalty of 10-16 years in prison, U.S.S.F.s.2D2.1 (b) (1)

Health Risks

The following is a partial list of drugs, and some of the consequences of their use. The abuse of alcohol and use of other illegal drugs is detrimental to the health of the user.

Further, the use of drugs and alcohol is not conducive to an academic atmosphere. Drugs impede the learning process and can cause disruption for other students and disturb their academic interests.

The use of alcohol or drugs in the workplace may also impede the employee's ability to perform in a safe and effective manner, and may result in injuries to others. Early diagnosis and treatment of drug and alcohol abuse is in the best interests of the student, employee, and of the college.

The effects of any drug depend on the amount taken at one time, the past experience of the drug user, the circumstances in which the drug is taken (place, feelings, activities of the user, presence of other people, simultaneous use of other drugs), and the manner in which the drug is taken. This list includes only some of the known health risks, and not all legal or illegal drugs are covered in this brief section.

Alcohol

  • Is chemically classified as a mind-altering drug because it contains ethanol and has the chemical power to depress the action of the central nervous system. Alcohol is the most frequently abused drug on campus and in society. This depression affects motor coordination, speech and vision. In great amounts, it can affect respiration and heart rate control. Death can result when the level of blood alcohol exceeds 0.40%. Prolonged abuse of alcohol can lead to alcoholism, malnutrition, and cirrhosis.

Marijuana and Hashish

  • Are deleterious to the health and impair the short-term memory and comprehension of the user. When used, they alter the sense of time and reduce the ability of the user to perform tasks requiring concentration and coordination. They increase heart rate and appetite. Motivation and cognition can be altered, making acquisition and retention of new information difficult. Long-term users may develop psychological dependence that can produce paranoia and psychosis. Because this drug is inhaled as unfiltered smoke, it is damaging to the lungs and pulmonary system and has more cancer causing agents than tobacco.

Cocaine and Crack

  • Stimulate the central nervous system and are extremely addictive. They can cause psychological and physical dependency, which can lead to dilated pupils, increased pulse rate elevated blood pressure, and insomnia, loss of appetite, paranoia, and seizures. They can also cause death by disrupting the brain's control of the heart and respiration.

Stimulants and Amphetamines

  • Other stimulant and amphetamine use can have the same effect as cocaine and cause increased heart rates and blood pressure that can result in stroke or heart failure. Symptoms include dizziness, sleeplessness, and anxiety. They can also lead to psychosis, hallucinations, paranoia, and even a physical collapse.

Depressants and Barbiturates

  • Can cause physical and psychological dependence that can lead to respiratory depression, coma and death, especially when used with alcohol.  Withdrawal can lead to restlessness, insomnia, convulsions, and even death.

Hallucinogens

  • LSD, PCP, mescaline and peyote are classified as hallucinogens. Hallucinogens interrupt the brain messages that control the intellect and keep instincts in check. Large doses can produce convulsions, coma, heart and lung failure. Chronic users complain of persistent memory problems and speech difficulties for up to a year after their use.     Because the drugs stop the brain's pain sensors, drug experiences may result in severe self-inflicted injuries. Persistent memory problems and speech difficulties may linger.

Narcotics

  • Users of narcotics, such as heroin, codeine, morphine, and opium develop dependence and increase the likelihood of an overdose that can lead to convulsions, coma and death.

Nicotine

  • Is highly addictive, whether ingested by smoking or chewing. This drug hits the brain in six seconds, damages the lungs, decreases heart strength, and is associated with many types of cancers. The withdrawal symptoms include anxiety, progressive restlessness, irritability, and sleep disturbance.

Disciplinary Action

Violations of these provisions by a student may lead to the imposition of a disciplinary sanction, up to and including suspension or expulsion.
Silver Lake College reserves the right to contact parents or guardians of students who violate the Policy on Alcohol and Other Drug use, in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This parental contact provisions applies to students under the age of 21.

Student/Employee Assistance

Silver Lake College will work with students suffering from drug or alcohol abuse or other personal/emotional problems in receiving the assistance necessary to overcome their dependency. Any student seeking such assistance is encouraged to meet with the Dean of Students to discuss the situation before problems begin to surface in the College. Any disclosures made by a student will be treated as strictly confidential by the College administration. The student's decision to seek assistance will not be used as the basis for disciplinary action or used against them in any disciplinary proceedings.

Along with counseling services available through the Silver Lake College Student Life Office, assistance can be obtained through:

  • Tamarack Behavioral Health Services (920)320-8600

Annual Program Review

Silver Lake College will review the Drug and Alcohol Free policy annually, to determine its effectiveness, implement changes if necessary, and ensure that the sanctions are consistently enforced.

Smoking Policy

Smoking of tobacco products is not permitted inside the College building, the Generose Enrichment Center, Clare Hall or in college vehicles. This policy is effective for all employees, students and visitors.

Policies for Students
Living in the Residence

Alcoholic Beverages & Containers

The College absolutely prohibits the possession and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages and/or containers in all areas of the Silver Lake College campus.

Violations of these provisions by a student will lead to the imposition of a disciplinary sanction(s). Sanctions will be imposed as follows:

First Offense

  • All alcoholic beverages and containers will be confiscated and a written warning and fine ($50) will be issued. This warning will be placed in the student's permanent file in the Dean of Students Office. Further sanctions may be issued depending upon the severity of the offense.

Second Offense

  • All alcoholic beverages and containers will be confiscated and fines ($100 per person) will be issued to the person(s) who are hosting the gathering at the residence and to the guests. Students who reside and are present in the apartment at the time of the gathering will share the cost of the fines. Furthermore, hosts are responsible for their non-resident guests and they will be fined for each guest in attendance ($100 per guest, even if the guests are 21 years of age or older). All fines will be billed through Student Accounts in the Business Office and a student with an unpaid account will not be eligible to receive a diploma or an official transcript of credits or be allowed to register for the following term until the account is settled.

Third Offense

  • All alcoholic beverages and containers will be confiscated and the student(s) will be placed on probation until their case comes before the Judiciary Board. The Judiciary Board will determine the student's fate. This process could have results ranging from probation to expulsion. The appeals process is managed by this judiciary board.

Silver Lake College reserves the right to contact parents or guardians of students who violate Alcohol Policies, in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Drugs

The College absolutely prohibits the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs/controlled substances/drug paraphernalia by students and others in all areas of the Silver Lake College residence community.

Violations of these provisions by a student will lead to the imposition of a disciplinary sanction(s). The student will immediately be referred to the Dean of Students. Silver Lake College reserves the right to contact parents or guardians of students who violate the Drug and Alcohol Policy Standards of Conduct, when the Residence Life Staff feels that the health and well being of the student and/or other students is in jeopardy, The City of Manitowoc Metro Drug Unit will be contacted and brought into every incident of unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs/controlled substances.

Smoking and Tobacco Use Policy

The Silver Lake College Clare Hall community is a smoke-free and/tobacco-free building. Students must smoke outside and dispose of cigarette butts in the proper, provided receptacles.

Smoking is the third leading cause of fires in student residential settings. A student who ignores the smoking policy will be fined $100.00 per incident and placed on Disciplinary Probation for the remainder of the academic year. The fines will be billed through Student Accounts in the Business Office.