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Drugs and Alcohol

Victor Valley College complies with the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1990 and the Higher
Education Act Section 120a. Campus Police officers enforce laws regulating the use of
alcoholic beverages and underage drinking. VVC is committed to maintaining a safe and
healthy environment for the campus community. Alcohol and other drugs should not interfere
with the college’s educational mission. All students, faculty members, staff members and
administrators are subject to local, state, and federal laws regarding the unlawful possession,
distribution or use of alcohol or illegal drugs. Students are not permitted to use, possess, or
distribute alcoholic beverages on school grounds, nor be intoxicated.

The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of illegal drugs on the
campus or at any college sponsored event off campus is prohibited. No one may use illegal
substances or abuse legal substances, including alcohol, in a manner which impairs
performance of assigned tasks. A complete description of these regulations is contained in
Board Policy 3550, “Drug Free Environment and Drug Prevention Program”, Board Policy 7365,
“Discipline and Dismissal…”, California Business and Professions code 25608(a), California
Education Code 87011, and the VVC Student Conduct Code, item #13. Board Policies are
available on the President's Office website, and in the Human Resources Department. A list
of High Desert support groups is also available through the Guidance and Counseling Center website
.

Excessive use of alcohol and other drugs is a serious health problem in itself, but alcohol and
drug abuse can also contribute to a host of other physical and mental health problems such as
unwanted pregnancy, violent behavior, HIV infection and other sexually transmitted diseases
and psychological depression. To learn more about substance use/abuse, the class, Psych 133 – “Introduction to Drug and Alcohol Studies” is regularly offered at Victor Valley College.

The use of alcoholic beverages must be in compliance with California State Laws and is strictly
limited to persons 21 years of age or older. The possession, transportation, and/or consumption of alcohol by individuals less than 21 years of age is strictly prohibited. Alcoholic beverages may not be consumed on campus.

The College Police Department strictly enforces Federal and State laws, as well as the
College’s zero-tolerance policy, for possession, use or sales of illegal drugs. Violators are
subject to the College’s administrative discipline and/or criminal prosecution. Students
engaging in the sale of illegal drugs will be expelled. Students found in violation of college
alcohol, drug and weapons policies may be subject to academic probation, suspension or
expulsion. Parents or guardians may be notified about any disciplinary violation involving
alcohol or a controlled substance which has been committed by a student who is under the age
of 21.

Employees in violation of the District’s alcohol and drug policies may be subject to corrective
action or dismissal or be required to participate fully in an approved counseling or rehabilitation
program. Applicable legal sanctions under local, State and Federal law for the unlawful
possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol range from probation, diversion,
imprisonment in the county jail for less than one year, to imprisonment in State Prison. A police
officer can take the license from any driver suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.