Catawba Valley Community College complies with The Federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Regulations [EDGAR Part 86]. These regulations include the following:
The required information will be distributed to all students and employees by the following methods:
Catawba Valley Community College conducts a biannual review of this program in accordance with the regulations.
The following CVCC policies refer to standards of conduct that prohibit the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of drugs and alcohol by students on CVCC campuses/sites or as part of CVCC activities. CVCC is committed to providing a drug-free learning and working environment. From a safety perspective, the use of drugs or alcohol may impair the well-being of students, employees, and visitors, interfere with the college’s educational environment, and result in damage to college property.
Please read the CVCC Policy 4.11 Alcoholic Beverages.
Please read the CVCC Policy 4.12 Illegal Drugs/Controlled Substances.
Local, state, and federal laws provide a variety of legal sanctions and penalties for the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of alcohol and/or illicit drugs. These sanctions include, but are not limited to, incarceration and monetary fines. The illegal or abusive use of drugs and/or alcohol by students or employees may result in criminal prosecution by governmental agencies in addition to disciplinary action by the college. Status as a student or employee of the college in no way insulates a law breaker from criminal prosecution and punishment. The constitutional concept of “double jeopardy” does not prevent state and/or federal prosecution and college disciplinary action for conduct that violates state, or federal law and college policy.
Student Behavior Sanctions are designed to educate students, guide future decision-making and deter further inappropriate behavior. Students found in violation of Policy 3.18: Student Code of Conduct will be challenged to evaluate their behavior and reflect on their actions and the effects on the campus community. Sanctions may include warning, probation, suspension, expulsion, and/or referral for prosecution.
North Carolina General Statues, section 188-102, states the general rule relating to the possession, distribution and use of alcoholic beverages in North Carolina: “Unless a different punishment is otherwise expressly stated, any person who violates any provision of this Chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be punished by a fine, by imprisonment for not more than two years, or both....” Local laws and ordinances and college regulations are preempted by state laws regarding regulation of alcoholic beverages.
According to NC Statute 20-138.3, a minor (under 21 years of age) cannot legally consume, purchase, or possess alcohol in North Carolina. This law also extends to minors operating a vehicle in the state, should they consume alcohol or have any traces remaining in their bloodstream. There are various penalties associated with a violation to the law, whether it is the minor or an adult who assists a minor in alcohol consumption. Here’s what you need to know about the consequences, sentences, and unique exceptions for underage drinking convictions.
Underage DWI Laws can be found on the North Carolina Minor in Possession of Alcohol: Laws and Penalties page.
In addition to charged fines and community punishment, offenders (minors and adults) will also have conviction reports sent to the Division of Motor Vehicles. This can result in revoked driver’s licenses or limited driving privileges depending on the situation.
North Carolina DWI policies can be found on the Driving While Impaired: Information Concerning Alcohol and Driving While Impaired page.
The Federal Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C.A. 841, et seq.) provides "first-offense" penalties of up to 15 years’ imprisonment and fines of up to $25,000 for unlawful distribution or possession with intent to distribute narcotics. For unlawful possession of a controlled substance, a person is subject to up to five years of imprisonment and fines of up to $15,000. Any person who unlawfully distributes a controlled substance after a prior conviction or to a person under 21 years of age or within 1,000 feet of the university campus may be punished by up to twice the term of imprisonment and fine otherwise authorized by law.
North Carolina law provides that any person who violates the criminal statues by selling, distributing or manufacturing opiates and narcotics such a cocaine and heroin, shall be guilty of a Schedule I or II drug offense.
For a Schedule I or II substance, the crime is a Class H felony punishable by maximum imprisonment of 10 years and/or a fine. Any person who sells, distributes, or manufactures substances such as barbiturates, depressants, stimulants, or marijuana shall be guilty of a Schedule III, IV, V or VI drug offense. This crime constitutes a Class I felony punishable by maximum imprisonment of five years and/or a fine. Possession of a Schedule I substance constitutes a Class I felony. Possession of a substance classified in Schedules II, III or IV constitutes a misdemeanor punishable by maximum imprisonment of two years and/or a $2,000 fine (or a Class I felony if quantity is sufficiently large). Possession of a substance classified in Schedule V constitutes a misdemeanor punishable by maximum imprisonment of six months and/or a $500 fine. Possession of a Schedule VI substance is a misdemeanor punishable by maximum imprisonment of 30 days and/or a $100 fine.
According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), the following are risks associated with drugs and alcohol abuse.
Information regarding health risks associated with drug and alcohol abuse was obtained from the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) website (last visited on 08/31/18).
The following is a list of the most frequently used drugs and the risks associated with their use.
Commonly abused classes of prescription drugs include opioids (for pain), central nervous system (CNS) depressants (for anxiety and sleep disorders), and stimulants (for ADHD and narcolepsy).
Nicotine is readily absorbed into the bloodstream when a tobacco product is chewed, inhaled, or smoked. A typical smoker will take 10 puffs on a cigarette over a period of 5 minutes that the cigarette is lit. Thus, a person who smokes about 1½ packs (30 cigarettes) daily gets 300 “hits” of nicotine each day. Upon entering the bloodstream, nicotine immediately stimulates the adrenal glands to release the hormone epinephrine (adrenaline). Epinephrine stimulates the central nervous system and increases blood pressure, respiration, and heart rate. Like cocaine, heroin, and marijuana, nicotine increases levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which affects the brain pathways that control reward and pleasure. For many tobacco users, long-term brain changes induced by continued nicotine exposure result in addiction—a condition of compulsive drug seeking and use, even in the face of negative consequences. Studies suggest that additional compounds in tobacco smoke, such as acetaldehyde, may enhance nicotine’s effects on the brain. When an addicted user tries to quit, he or she experiences withdrawal symptoms including irritability, attention difficulties, sleep disturbances, increased appetite, and powerful cravings for tobacco.
Ethyl alcohol, or ethanol, is an intoxicating ingredient found in beer, wine, and liquor. Alcohol is produced by the fermentation of yeast, sugars, and starches. It is a central nervous system depressant that is rapidly absorbed from the stomach and small intestine into the bloodstream. A standard drink equals 0.6 ounces of pure ethanol, or 12 ounces of beer; 8 ounces of malt liquor; 5 ounces of wine; or 1.5 ounces (a "shot") of 80-proof distilled spirits or liquor (e.g., gin, rum, vodka, or whiskey). Alcohol affects every organ in the drinker's body and can damage a developing fetus. Intoxication can impair brain function and motor skills; heavy use can increase risk of certain cancers, stroke, and liver disease. Alcoholism or alcohol dependence is a diagnosable disease characterized by a strong craving for alcohol, and/or continued use despite harm or personal injury. Alcohol abuse, which can lead to alcoholism, is a pattern of drinking that can result in harm to one's health, interpersonal relationships, or ability to work.
CVCC provides programming during the academic year on a variety of issues. Alcohol and drug abuse are two topics that are frequently included.
CVCC does not provide personal counseling services. Students are referred to community resources. These resources are listed below:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1 (800) 273-TALK (8255)
Catawba Valley Behavioral Healthcare, (828) 695-5900
Cognitive Connection Counseling Group (828) 327-6026
Exodus Homes (828) 324-4870
Family Guidance Center, 17 NC Hwy 70 SE Hickory, NC 28602 Phone (828) 322-1400
Flynn Home, (828) 324-8767
Hickory Psychiatric Center, 24 2nd Avenue NE Hickory, NC 28601, (828) 324-9900
Integrated Care of Greater Hickory, Inc. (828) 322-5915
McLeod Addictive Disease Center (828) 464-1172 or toll-free 1 (855) 824-9458
Mental Health Services of Catawba County, 1985 Tate Blvd. SE, Suite 529, Hickory, NC 28602, (828) 327-2595
New Directions Counseling Services, 201 Government Ave, SW, Ste. 305, Hickory, NC 28602, (828) 267-1740
Partners Behavioral Health Management, (828) 327-2595
Psychiatry Catawba Valley Psychiatric Services, 1120 Fairgrove Church Rd SE, Hickory, NC 28602 (828) 326-2828
Rudy Santoso, MD, 1019 Lenoir Rhyne Blvd., Hickory, NC 28601, (828) 324-4143
Safe Harbor (828) 326-7233
The Counseling Group 106 3rd Ave NE Hickory NC, 28601 (828) 322-9130
Consistent with federal, state, and local laws, CVCC will impose sanctions on students and employees for violation of college policies and standards of conduct, up to and including expulsion, termination, and referral for prosecution.
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