WCC Required Reading on Drugs and Alcohol
Washtenaw Community College wants students and employees to be successful. Drug and alcohol abuse undermine this goal, so much so that the federal government has required us to make sure that you receive important information on these issues:
- Preventing drug and alcohol abuse
- The health risks of abuse or addiction
- What we expect from you concerning drugs and alcohol
- The laws and sanctions for violations
- Treatment or rehabilitation resources
Please contact Campus Safety and Security at (734) 973 -3411 or Report a Concern. Call Campus Safety first if time and circumstances permit. For ease of use from a campus phone, you only have to use the last four digits of the phone number.
Preventing drug and alcohol abuse
Abuse of drugs or alcohol causes problems for the user and for others. This includes commonly misused substances such as tobacco, alcohol, and prescription drugs, in addition to illegal drugs. For more information consult how to prevent drug addiction to read
- How Alcohol and Drug Addiction Develops
- If You Have a Drug or Alcohol Abuse Problem, Get Help Now
- Avoid Temptations and Peer Pressure
- Find the Support You Need
- Practice Healthier Living Habits
Peer opinion and parental influence against abuse of drugs or alcohol helps support responsible behavior. Do this for yourself and others
- Stay informed about the latest trends
- Learn how to support a healthy lifestyle for yourself or others
- Act when you think alcohol or drugs are being abused
In preventing abuse, the Surgeon General tells us that our “quality of life, academic performance, workplace productivity” are best when drug and alcohol abuse are prevented.
Health risks of abuse or addiction
This government site says the following about drugs:
“Drug addiction is a brain disease. Although initial drug use might be voluntary, drugs of abuse have been shown to alter gene expression and brain circuitry, which in turn affect human behavior. Once addiction develops, these brain changes interfere with an individual’s ability to make voluntary decisions, leading to compulsive drug craving, seeking and use.”
|Addiction||Injury risk increased|
|Adverse pregnancy outcomes||Impaired memory|
|Cardiovascular disease||Liver disease|
|Cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, cervix, kidney, bladder, and acute myeloid leukemia||Mental health decline possible|
|Chronic lung disease||Neurologic deficits|
|Dental problems that are severe||Numbness|
|Depression||Respiratory infections occur frequently|
|Fatal overdose||Sleep disturbances|
|Fetal damage (in pregnant women)||Stroke|
The health risks above are associated with the use of the following substances, according to http://www.drugabuse.gov and that’s where you can see the specific effects and health consequences related to each substance, as well as a more extensive list of drugs and their effects.
- Cannibinoids (marijuana and hashish)
- Opioids (heroin and opium)
- Stimulants (Cocaine, amphetamine, methamphetamine)
- Club Drugs (MDMA (methylene-dioxy-methamph-etamine), Flunitrazepam, GHB)
- Disassociative Drugs (Ketamine, PCP & analogs, Salvia divinorum, Dextrometh-orphan (DXM))
Don’t leave drinks unattended in a public or casual setting as these are easy targets for adding drugs.
What we expect from you
Don’t possess, use, make, share, sell or be under the influence of drugs or alcohol on College property, which includes rented spaces, or anywhere while on College business. This applies to students, employees and visitors.
Alcohol restrictions may be waived on a permission-only basis as explained in Trustee Policy 8010
Employees involved in a federal grant or contract are required to inform their supervisor within five days of a conviction for a violation of any federal or state criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace. In addition, employees taking legal medications must follow the instructions in Trustee Policy 5091.
Laws and Sanctions for Violations
There are many legal and WCC sanctions for offenses involving alcohol and other controlled substances.
Federal statues require that you lose your financial aid eligibility for a period of time, possibly indefinitely, if you are convicted of an offense involving controlled substances.
According to Drug Enforcement Agency you may have to pay local, state or federal fines; be imprisoned; have to surrender your personal and real property; such as land or your belongings; have your driver’s license revoked; be required to attend substance abuse education or treatment; as well as other legal sanctions.
However, if you are under the age of 21 and seek medical help for a legitimate health concern for yourself or someone else (such as a condition or examination necessary due to a sexual assault) after consuming alcohol, you may have some protection against prosecution for alcohol-related charges. Read about the medical amnesty law, Michigan House Bill 4393, enacted in 2012.
WCC may impose sanctions such as disciplinary reprimand, restitution, failing grade, removal from a course or program, internal probation, suspension, expulsion or others that are deemed necessary as described in Trustee Policy 4095.
As a condition of employment, WCC employees are also subject to all these sanctions, including possible dismissal, for possessing, using, making, sharing, selling or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol in the workplace as listed in Trustee Policy 5091.
Treatment and rehabilitation resources
You can access many resources to help with treatment and recovery of alcohol or substance abuse. Some are physically located in your community, some are globally-based; some are free or low-cost options. Review this resources page to find a treatment facility.
Anyone is welcome to browse the WCC Employee Assistance Plan extensive resources, which include alcohol and drug information.
Full-time WCC employees can also contact the Cigna Employee Assistance Plan at 877-622-4327 (open 24 hours each day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year) and they will provide you, your dependents, and your household family members up to six sessions of personal counseling per issue each year as well as ideas or referrals for information you seek or call 734-973-3497 or 734-677-5160 to get the login.
This benefit for full-time WCC employees is confidential and protected by HIPAA laws, so WCC will not get information about your discussion, recommendations or treatment, even if the College refers you for mandatory treatment.
This government site has links to research, information, organizations related to drug and alcohol use.
Other sites for parents: