Student Handbook - Alcohol and Drug Abuse Policy and Prevention - Lake Land College, Mattoon Illinois

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Policy and Prevention

Substance Abuse

The Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 (Pub. L. 100-690, Title V, Subtitle D) was signed into law by President Reagan on November 18, 1988, and became effective on March 18, 1989.  Under the guidelines of this act, Lake Land College is required to give each employee and student a written statement of our policy concerning drug and alcohol use in the workplace, on campus and extension centers, and specify the actions that will be taken against employees and students for violation of such prohibition.  Under this law, you must abide by the terms of our policies listed in this manual and notify the College of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation which occurs in our workplace, on-campus and extension centers, no later than five days after the conviction.

Lake Land College has a firm commitment to provide its students and employees a healthy and safe learning and working environment.  It is our hope that this booklet lists and explains standards of conduct, legal sanctions, health risks, and treatment or counseling programs available in a manner that is both clear and helpful.

There are many drugs—legal and illegal—that affect the mind or behavior.  Legal drugs are those that have been approved for sale either by prescription or over-the counter.  Alcohol, which is legally available in beverages to those over the legal consumption age, is a drug.  Illegal drugs are those whose manufacture, sale, purchase for sale, or possession is prohibited by law.  These drugs include marijuana, cocaine, PCP, and heroin—or those drugs that are approved but obtained illegally.

Prescription drugs are drugs that have been determined to be safe, effective, and legal only when given under the direction of a licensed physician.  Both the manufacture and dispensing of prescription drugs are regulated by laws enforced by the Food and Drug Administration, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the individual states.  If used improperly, people can become physically dependent upon some prescription drugs.  Many illegal drugs are manufactured clandestinely in the U.S.  They may harm those who use them not only in terms of the physical and emotional damage they do, but also in terms of the criminal and financial consequences they bring.

Drug abuse often starts with illicit use of legal drugs and with the use of alcohol (illegal for youth) and tobacco.  Some users, including over half of the teenagers who use these substances, may eventually turn to other illegal drugs or combinations of drugs.  For this reason, alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana are frequently called Gateway Drugs.If you feel you may have a drug problem, three things need to be done immediately.  First, acknowledge that there is a problem and that something needs to be done.  Second, contact a group that can recommend or provide treatment and moral support (see the enclosed list of such organizations).  Third, admit the problem to your family.  Mobilize the strength of the family unit to help provide the support you need to address the reasons for use and the difficulties of overcoming habitual abuse of drugs.

The “Use it and lose it” zero tolerance legislation went into effect January 1, 1995.  Drivers under age 21 with any trace of alcohol in their systems will lose their driving privileges.  Persons under age 21 can also be charged with a DUI if they have a BAC of .08 or any illegal drugs in their system.  If you would like more information regarding the law, you may contact Lake Land’s Health Service, your local police, or driver’s license bureau. Serious legal and health concerns make these problems an important issue.  As a student or employee, please bring your needs to our attention.  Counseling Services, the College Nurse, and Human Resources are always willing to direct you to the appropriate agency that can help.

As a Federal Grant recipient, Lake Land College is required by law to establish, publish, and comply with the following rules regarding illegal drugs, controlled substances, and alcohol:           

  1. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance (drugs and/or   alcohol) is prohibited on the Lake Land College campus or any of its extension centers, and will constitute immediate grounds for discipline, up to and including, dismissal.
  2. The unlawful involvement with the sale of illegal drugs or controlled substances on or off the Lake Land College campus or extension centers constitutes grounds for discipline, up to and including, dismissal.
  3. Any employee who is convicted of violations of criminal drug statutes must notify the Lake Land College Personnel Office within five days after receiving notice of the conviction.  Failure to give the required notice will be grounds for immediate dismissal.
  4. The obligations set forth in these rules constitute a condition of employment.   

Anti-Drug Abuse Certification for Federal Financial Aid Recipients
Beginning with the 1989-90 award year, students must certify compliance with the Omnibus Drug Initiative Act of 1988.  As a grant recipient from a federal program, a student who wishes to receive a Pell Grant is required to certify that he or she will not engage in the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of a controlled substance in conducting any activity in connection with the grant.  (Not that the act gives courts the authority to suspend eligibility for federal student aid when sentencing an individual convicted of possession or distribution of a controlled substance.)
Also under the Omnibus Drug Initiative Act, schools which receive campus-based funds will be required to certify that they will provide a drug-free workplace. As part of the omnibus drug legislation, this statute requires contractors and grantees of federal agencies to certify that they will provide drug-free workplaces.  Making the required certification is a pre-condition for receiving a contract or grant from a federal agency.  Federal grant recipients who fail to comply with the 1988 Drug-Free Workplace Act could be suspended or barred from receiving federal funds for up to five years.

There are two provisions of this law that affect you directly:

  1. We are required to give each employee a written statement of our policy concerning drug and alcohol use in the    workplace and specify the actions that will be taken against employees for violation of such prohibition.  A copy of our policy is included in this booklet.
  2. Under this law, you must abide by the terms of this policy and notify us of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation which occurs in our workplace no later than five days after the conviction.

The problems caused by substance abuse have now reached epidemic proportions, creating overwhelming pain, suffering, and expense for individuals, their families, and employers.  Anyone suffering with the problem of substance abuse is strongly encouraged to seek assistance from the services provided at work or from local community agencies.

Prevention & Assistance
Lake Land College provides information and referral services about alcohol and drug abuse for students and employees.  Information about the effects of alcohol and drugs is available in Health Services.  The college nurse and counselors are available to help you in obtaining assistance from on and off campus agencies.  BACCHUS, a campus organization to promote responsible attitudes toward good health choices, is available for interested students to join.  If you would like to join this organization, please contact Sharon Uphoff, club advisor, in Health Services, located in the Student Center; or call her at 234-5276.  Every year the College observes Alcohol Awareness Week by presenting programs on alcohol abuse.  Additional information about alcohol and drug abuse prevention programs and activities can be obtained from the college nurse.  Students should also refer to the Student Conduct Code policies in this booklet to determine their responsibilities and College regulations regarding the use and abuse of illegal drugs and alcoholic beverages.

Student Assistance Program
The Student Assistance Program is available to assist you with a networking system to help with drug and alcohol related problems.  The goals of this program are:

  • To educate.  Lake Land College offers courses to help promote wellness.  They are:  Human Health HED120; and Community Health, HED270.
  • To offer appropriate information so people can start on a road to recovery from alcohol or drug dependency.
  • To give an alternate way to deal with life’s problems.

For more information, contact Health Services in the Student Center, or call:  234-5276.  For confidential information or assistance on the Lake Land campus contact the school nurse or a counselor.  Their offices are located in the Student Center.

Boosting Awareness Consciousness Concerning the Health of University Students is a nationally sanctioned Organization to promote responsible attitudes toward good health.  Activities include sharing club functions with high schools, meetings and seminars with affiliated college chapters.  Contact Sharon Uphoff in Health Services at 234-5276 for more Information.


Alcohol Abuse

Alcoholics Anonymous                         
2412 Broadway
Mattoon, IL  61938
(217) 235-6151 

Life Links Adult & Child Counseling Services
750 Broadway East
Mattoon, IL  61938
New Vision
Shelby Memorial Hospital

200 S. Cedar
Shelbyville, IL  62565
New Vision is an emergency medical/surgical stabilization service for adults with drug, alcohol & health related issues.
(800)939-CARE or
(217) 774-6436


Carle Clinic Association
602 West University
Urbana, IL  61801
(217) 337-3191

Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Charleston, IL  61920
(217) 348-5931
(217) 345-4300

Central East Alcoholism & Drug Council (CEAD Council)
416 North 19th St.
Mattoon, IL  61938
(217) 258-2968

Hour House
Box 532
632 Division St.
Charleston, IL  61920
(217) 348-8108
Hour House is associated with CEAD and is a residential treatment facility offering two programs:  emergency treatment (detoxification unit) and intensive residential treatment.  Aftercare is also a responsibility of the program

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