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Alcohol and Drug Use Policy

As stated in the Bergen Community College catalog, “in accordance with public law 101-226, Bergen Community College declares that it will endeavor to provide its employees and students with an environment that is free of the problems associated with the unauthorized use and abuse of alcohol and illicit drugs.

Bergen Community College prohibits the 100 unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol on college property or as part of any of its students and employees activities.

Bergen Community College further prohibits the possession or consumption of alcohol on the College campus, with the exception of special, approved receptions in the meeting and training center. Violators may be subject to suspension or dismissal.

Intoxication and/or disorderly conduct resulting from consumption of alcoholic beverages will be considered a serious violation of campus regulations and may result in disciplinary action. Local, state, and federal laws that apply to unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol will be enforced.

Individuals and organizations in violation of college policy and regulations are subject to disciplinary sanctions. As appropriate, sanctions may range from verbal warning up to dismissal. Sanctions may also include completion of an appropriate rehabilitation program or referral to appropriate legal authorities for prosecution. These policies apply to all Bergen Community College employees and students as well as visitors to the College.

The possession or sale of illicit drugs is a violation of the law. Bergen Community College will uphold the law and render assistance and support to law enforcement agencies, while at the same time rendering assistance to employees and students when needed or necessary.

Bergen Community College’s drug policy is as follows:

1. Employees and students are asked to report or submit to the Vice President of Student Services or the Associate Dean of Student Services any knowledge or evidence directly or indirectly relating to the possession or sale of drugs anywhere on the College campus or at any time during a college-related activity.

2. The Vice President of Student Services shall submit to the College president all information that she or he has knowledge of regarding the possession, or sale, or use of drugs on the College campus or during any college-related activity and will recommend a course of action.

3. Bergen Community College students convicted of a criminal drug statute or who admit, in writing, to the possession or sale of drugs anywhere on the College campus or during any college-related activity will be subject to dismissal from the College.

4. Information given to a counselor during the privacy of a counseling session will not be divulged by the counselor unless, in the judgment of the counselor, the student presents a danger to himself or others.

5. Students should refer to the document “Bergen Community College student program to prevent illicit use of drugs and abuse of alcohol” available through the offices of the Vice President of Student Services, Health Services, Counseling, and the Department of Public Safety.