Concorde Career College (“Concorde”) supports and endorses the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act amendments of 1989.
The unlawful manufacturing, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of alcohol, marijuana, or any controlled substance by an employee or student on Concorde’s property or as part of any Concorde activity is prohibited. Any student or employee of Concorde found to be using, possessing, manufacturing, or distributing alcohol, marijuana, or any controlled substances in violation of the law on Concorde property or at Concorde events shall be subject to disciplinary action. For employees, the school will take appropriate personnel action for such infractions, up to and including dismissal. Students who violate this policy will be dismissed and are not eligible for readmission.
For purposes of this policy, “conviction” means a finding of guilt (including a plea of nolo contendere) or imposition of sentence or both by any judicial body charged with the responsibility of the federal or state criminal drug statutes.
Abuse of alcohol and use of drugs is harmful to one’s physical, mental, and social well-being. With excessive drug use, life becomes centered on drugs to the exclusion of health, work, school, family, and general well-being. Accidents and injuries are more likely to occur if alcohol and drugs are used. Alcohol and drug users can lose resistance to disease and destroy one’s health. Increasing tolerance developed by the user complicates the effects of drug use. This tolerance may be psychological, physiological, or both and may lead to greater danger of overdose.
Alcoholism takes a toll on personal finances, health, social relationships, and families. Abuse of alcohol or use of drugs may cause an individual driving a motor vehicle to injure himself or herself or others and may subject the person to criminal prosecution.
The following summarizes the effects and dangers of the major categories of drugs:
Amphetamines: Physical dependency, heart problems, infections, malnutrition, and death may result from continued high doses of amphetamines.
Narcotics: Chronic use of narcotics can cause lung damage, convulsions, respiratory paralysis, and death.
Depressants: These drugs, such as tranquilizers and alcohol, can produce slowed reactions, slowed heart rate, damage to liver and heart, respiratory arrest, convulsions, and accidental overdoses.
Hallucinogens: These drugs may cause psychosis, convulsions, coma, and psychological dependency.
Counseling, Treatment, or Rehabilitation Programs
The administration of Concorde maintains a list of hospital and community agencies available to assist employees and students seeking alcohol and drug counseling and treatment.
Employees and students who have a substance-dependency problem are strongly encouraged to obtain counseling and treatment. Anyone seeking additional information about health problems and treatment related to alcohol and drug problems can contact the Campus President or Human Resources. Requests for assistance will be held in complete confidentiality and will be provided on a need-to-know basis only.
A student suspected of the possession, sale, manufacture, use, or distribution of a controlled substance, may be suspended from the student’s program of study during the investigation and may become ineligible for continued participation in the Higher Education Act (HEA), Title IV Student Assistance Programs. If convicted, the student’s relationship with Concorde will be terminated, and the student may lose the ability to participate in the HEA, Title IV Student Assistance Programs.
A student who violates any provision of this policy shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action to include dismissal from Concorde. A student who is dismissed is not eligible for readmission.
In addition, any student or employee who violates the standards of conduct as set forth in this policy may be subject to referral for prosecution.
Students and employees are reminded that unlawful possession, distribution or use of illicit drugs or alcohol may subject individuals to criminal prosecution. Concorde will refer violations of prescribed conduct to appropriate authorities for prosecution.
Federal and state sanctions for illegal possession of controlled substances range from up to four years’ imprisonment and up to $20,000 in fines for each offense. Under federal laws, possession of drugs such as heroin or cocaine may result in sanctions of not less than five years and up to life imprisonment for a first offense involving 100 grams or more. Offenses involving lesser amounts, 10-99 grams, may result in sanctions up to and including 20 years’ imprisonment and a fine of up to $4 million.
Under Missouri law, possession of any controlled substance except five grams or less of marijuana shall be punished by not less than 10 years nor more than 20 years’ imprisonment. Possession of five grams or less of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by not less than 30 days nor more than six months imprisonment. Delivery of more than five grams of a controlled substance is punishable by 10 years’ imprisonment. Trafficking in drugs is punishable by not less than 20 years’ imprisonment and may be punished by up to life imprisonment or death. The State of Missouri may revoke the driver’s license of anyone convicted of a violation of any state, county or municipal law involving the possession or use of a controlled substance. In the city of Kansas City, Mo., possession of drugs may result in up to a $500 fine, 180 days in jail, or both, plus civil forfeiture of personal property.
The State of Missouri may impose a wide range of sanctions for alcohol-related offenses. Any person from ages 17 to 20 who represents that he or she is over the age of 21 for purposes of purchasing alcohol is guilty of a misdemeanor. Any person who drives while under the influence of alcohol may have his or her driver’s license suspended or revoked. The term “controlled substance” as used in this policy means any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana or any other controlled substance, as defined in Schedules I through V of Section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. 812, and as further defined by regulation 21 CFR 1208.01 et seq. The term does not include the use of a controlled substance pursuant to a valid prescription or other use authorized by law.