Alcohol and Substance Abuse Awareness
The legal drinking age in Texas is 21 years or older.
The substance abuse policy at San Jacinto College prohibits possession, use, sale or distribution of any quantity, whether usable or not, of any drug, alcoholic beverage, narcotic or controlled substance as defined in the Texas Controlled Substance Act. For more information, consult the student discipline policy located in this handbook.
Substance Abuse Policy
The policy of the San Jacinto Community College District is to provide all students and employees with an environment that is free of substance abuse. The illegal use of controlled substances on college campuses subjects the College, its students and employees to unacceptable risks of accidents, interferes with the learning and working environments, and is inconsistent with the behavior expected of persons associated with the College.
The College firmly supports remedial assistance and, when necessary, disciplinary action for those individuals who violate conduct expectations, including those related to the use, possession, distribution, or possession for purposes of distribution, any controlled substances or illegal drugs on College property or at College-sponsored activities at off-campus locations.
Law enforcement officers are supported by the College to ensure compliance with all laws including those relating to alcohol and to the use, abuse, possession, or distribution of controlled substances or illegal drugs.
Health Risks Associated with Substance Abuse
Alcohol abuse can lead to alcoholism, premature death, and complications of the brain, heart, liver, and other body organs. It is a prime contributor to suicide, homicide, motor vehicle deaths, and other so-called “accidental causes” of death. Alcohol interferes with psychological functions, disrupts occupational and educational effectiveness, and is involved in most cases of child abuse and interpersonal difficulties.
Illicit drug use can result in a wide range of health problems including drug addiction, death by overdose or withdrawal, seizures, heart problems, infections, liver disease, and chronic brain dysfunction (i.e. memory loss, hallucinations, paranoia and psychosis).
Student Assistance Program
In recognition of these increasing problems within contemporary society dealing with alcohol and substance abuse, education has been, and will continue to be, the primary focus of the College’s efforts. Providing honest, factual information through organized educational programs will assist individuals in making reasonable decisions regarding the use of chemical substances. This includes information about illegal substances and their effects, and about the establishment of responsible drinking behavior for those who choose to use alcoholic beverages.
Students who desire confidential assistance from the College in dealing with a perceived alcohol or chemical substance abuse problem may self-refer for that assistance by making an appointment with a counselor in the Educational Planning & Counseling Center. Although the College does not conduct treatment or rehabilitation programs, College counselors are equipped to facilitate referrals to appropriately qualified providers of treatment programs.
Disciplinary and Legal Sanctions
Students, regardless of age, determined to be in violation of College regulations pertaining to controlled substances, including alcohol, are subject to severe disciplinary penalties, including permanent suspension from the College. When such violations also constitute violations of public law, charges will be filed by the College for prosecution by the appropriate law enforcement agency. Convictions under public law are punishable by fines, imprisonment, or both.
Anabolic Steroids and Growth Hormones
Anabolic steroids and growth hormones are for medical use only. State law prohibits the possession, dispensing, delivery, or administering of an anabolic steroid or growth hormone in any manner not allowed by state law. State law provides that bodybuilding, muscle enhancement, or increasing muscle bulk or strength through the use of an anabolic steroid by a person who is in good health is not a valid medical purpose. Only a medical doctor may prescribe an anabolic steroid or human growth hormone for a person. A violation of state law concerning anabolic steroids or human growth hormones is a criminal offense punishable by confinement in jail or imprisonment in the Texas Department of Corrections.
This notice is provided in accordance with the provisions of H.B. 1507, 71st Legislature, State of Texas.