Drug & Alcohol Policy Statement
Pueblo Community College is committed to the health and well-being of its students and employees. As part of this commitment, Pueblo Community College complies with and upholds all Federal, State, and local laws that regulate or prohibit the possession, use or distribution of alcohol or illicit drugs. Violations of such laws that come to the attention of College officials will be addressed within the College or through prosecution in the courts, or both.
As a recipient of federal grants and contracts, Pueblo Community College adheres to the provisions of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989. Also, as a member of the Community Colleges of Colorado, Pueblo Community College adheres to the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education BP 3-24, Drug-Free Workplace Policy.
Accordingly, all Pueblo Community College full-time and part-time students and employees are hereby notified of the following standards of conduct that Pueblo Community College will apply to all activities conducted on College-owned or College-controlled property and to all other College-sponsored activities.
Standards of Conduct
The Student Code of Conduct is printed in the PCC Student Handbook which applies to all students at Pueblo Community College, regardless of designation, program, or residence. You can print a copy of the PCC Student Handbook at: PCC Student Handbook on our website.
The standards of conduct for students apply primarily to acts of misconduct occurring on College premises. However, violations of standards, occurring off campus and that have, or may threaten to have, a significant impact on the College’s mission or activities, or on the health, safety, or security of the College and members of the College community, fall within the jurisdiction of the Student Judicial Affairs Office and may lead to disciplinary action. For this reason, the College adjudicates off-campus cases that are felt to impact the College’s educational mission and/or the health and safety of members of the community.
All employees are required to read and sign a Drug-free Workplace Policy Statement provided by the Human Resources Office. All employees must abide by all state system policies including Board Policy 3-24 which states: “The unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession, or use of a controlled substance is prohibited in the workplace.”
Sanctions for Drug & Alcohol Use
- Local, state, and federal laws make illegal use of drugs and alcohol serious crimes. Convictions can lead to imprisonment, fines and assigned community service.
In order to assure fair and consistent treatment of all students or employees who are accused of illegal use of drugs and alcohol, the College will handle all cases which come to its attention within the guidelines of the applicable policies and procedures of the College as well as local, state, and federal regulations.
- Sanctions will be imposed on students or employees who violated State Board or College drug and/or alcohol policies. Sanctions may include up to suspension or expulsion for students and, for employees, disciplinary action up to and including termination.
Laws Related to Drug & Alcohol Use and Sale
Pueblo Community College will take immediate action if any student or employee is violating a law related to the use and sale of alcohol and/or drugs.
The possession, sale, and use of any illegal drug is strictly prohibited on the PCC Campus. Any violations will be immediately referred to the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office. Alcohol sale, use, and possession is dictated by Colorado law and PCC Policies and Procedures. PCC will strictly enforce these laws and policies. The following applies to all students, employees, and guests of the College:
The sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited except in designated areas, at times and dates approved by PCC Administrators and licensed by the Colorado State Department of Revenue.
Persons under 21 years of age cannot legally possess or consume malt (6 percent beer), fermented malt liquor (3.2 percent beer), or vinous or spirituous liquor. The furnishing of alcoholic beverages to under-age persons is prohibited.
No person under legal drinking age nor any obviously intoxicated person shall be furnished, served, or given an alcoholic beverage.
- Alcohol cannot be consumed or carried in open containers on any street, sidewalk, alley, automobile, or public area.
There are definite health risks associated with the use of alcohol and illegal substances. Alcohol or any other drug used in excess over time can produce illness, disability, and death. The health consequences of substance abuse may be immediate and unpredictable, such as cardiac arrest with cocaine use, or more subtle and long term, such as liver deterioration, associated with the prolonged use of alcohol.
Among the risks are the following:
ALCOHOL USE AND ABUSE
Alcohol consumption causes a number of marked changes in behavior. Even low doses significantly impair the judgment and coordination required to drive a car safely, increasing the likelihood of a traffic accident. Moderate to high doses of alcohol cause marked impairments in higher mental functions, severely altering a person's ability to learn and remember information.
Alcohol use also affects the body. Repeated used can lead to dependence. Long-term consumption can lead to permanent damage to vital organs such as the brain and liver.
Mothers who drink 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 than others of becoming alcoholics themselves.
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE ABUSE
Controlled substance abuse causes varied physical and psychological reactions that can be permanent or temporary. Excessive drug use (depending on the drug) can cause respiratory depression, nausea, slurred speech, disorientation, drunken behavior, increased alertness, excitation, euphoria, increased pulse rate and blood pressure, insomnia, loss of appetite, illusions and hallucinations, and poor perception of time and distance.
Effects of drug overdose (depending on the drug) can result in slow and shallow breathing, clammy skin, convulsions or seizures, weak and rapid pulse, agitation, increased body temperature, hallucinations, psychosis, fatigue, paranoia, coma, and possible death.
Other concerns relating to substance abuse include the following:
- Regular users of alcohol and other drugs often have erratic life styles which interfere with sleep, nutrition, and exercise.
- Alcohol and substance use and abuse may lead to financial difficulties, domestic violence, deterioration of the family structure, motor vehicle accident injuries, and reduced job performance.
- Repeated use of alcohol can lead to dependence.
Resources Available to Students and Employees
The communities that serve the Campuses of Pueblo Community College provide several resources for educational programs related to alcohol and drug use. These programs are provided by law enforcement agencies, mental health services, and local hospitals.
Pueblo Community College does not endorse any one treatment program or facility; however, a comprehensive listing of resources for the treatment of alcohol and drug abuse can be found in your local phone book yellow pages under “Alcoholism” and under “Drug Abuse Information & Treatment.” Or you may contact the following organizations in the Pueblo area:
- Addict2Athlete - 2041 Pepper Lane, Pueblo, CO 81005 - 719.250.7805
- Alano Club (support & referral) - 320 Clark Street, Pueblo, CO 81003 - 719.542.6347
- Alcoholic Anonymous - 4035 Club Manor Drive, Suite A, Pueblo, CO 81008 -
- Awareness Institute - 1245 Palmer Avenue, Pueblo, CO 81004 - 719.546.0904
- Crossroads Turning Point - 509 E. 13th Street, Pueblo, CO 81001 - 719.546.6666; Special Women's Services - 3500 Baltimore, Pueblo, CO 81008 - 719.545.1181
- Parkview-Chemical Dependency Program - 58 Club Manor Drive, Pueblo, CO 81008 - 719.584.4876; Adolescent Substance Abuse Program - 56 Club Manor Drive, Pueblo, CO 81008 - 719.584.4876; Adolescent Substance Abuse Program - 56 Club Manor Drive, Suite 104, Pueblo, CO 81008 - 719.584.4876
- Pueblo Alliance for Healthy Teens (support & referral) - 2414 N. Grand, Pueblo, CO 81003 - 719.924.9511
- Pueblo Suicide Prevention Center Help Line - 719.544.1133
- Suicide Prevention - Teen Hot Line - 719.564.5566
Resources for the Fremont Campus:
- Alcoholics Anonymous - 719.275.7089
- Family Crisis Services, Inc. - 3228 Independence Road, Canon City, CO 81212 - 719.275.2429
- Rocky Mountain Behavioral Health - 3239 Independence Road, Canon City, CO 81212 - 719.275.7650
- West Central Mental Health - Canon City call 719.275.2351; Westcliff call 719.783.9064
Mancos and Durango Sites:
- Al-Anon and Al-Ateen Family Groups SW groups - 970.259.2982
- Alcohol & Drug Treatment Referral - 800.454.8966
- Balance Counseling Service/Mike Johnston, Durango, CO - 970.799.4238
- Cortez Addictions Recovery Services (CARS), Cortez, CO - 970.565.4109
- Detox of La Plata County, Durango, CO - 970.259.8732
- New Day Counseling, Durango, CO - 970.259.5820
- NORA Clinic, Durango, CO - 970.247.7753
- Peaceful Spirit Alcohol Treatment, Ignacio, CO - 970.563.4517
- Preferred Counseling Services, Durango, CO - 970.739.8970 or 970.259.3952
- Rio Blanco Counseling, (Same as NORA Clinic) - 970.247.7753
- Axis Health Systems (formerly Southwest Colorado Mental Health Center, Inc.) - For Emergencies and first time appointments please call Crossroads First:
- Crossroads - Emergencies, Durango, CO - 970.403.0180
- Cortez, CO - 970.565.7946
- Durango, CO - 970.259.2162
- Pagosa Springs, CO - 970.264.2104
- Emergency Suicide Prevention - 970.247.5245
- The Treatment Center - 877.392.3342