Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Policy
Spartan College will not tolerate the illegal use of alcohol, drugs, or controlled substances by faculty, staff or students. The following acts are strictly prohibited on school premises and/or while involved in school-related activities on or off the premises:
Illegal use, manufacture, distribution, sale, or possession of alcohol, drugs, or controlled substances.
This includes but is not limited to the following:
- Use of prescription drugs other than by the person to whom the drugs are prescribed or other than in accordance with the prescription; and driving while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or any controlled substance.
- Being under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, or other illegal controlled substance while attending class or working at Spartan College.
- Marijuana/Cannabis: Regardless of state or local laws legalizing some aspects of marijuana/cannabis use, the use, manufacture, distribution, sale or possession, marijuana/cannabis remains a controlled substance and is generally illegal under federal law. The College is required by federal law to prohibit its use, manufacture, distribution, sale or possession on school premises and/or at school-related activities.
The campus must maintain a safe and professional environment at all times conducive to learning, for the benefit of our students and employees, as well as for employers, members of the community and prospective students who may be present on campus during school hours. Therefore, Spartan will send home and discipline any member of the college community (e.g., student, faculty, staff) who, while on school premises or involved in school-related activities held on or off campus, evidences by appearance, demeanor, smell or actions use of alcohol or illegal drugs or other illegal controlled substance, regardless of whether such use occurred on the school premises or during school-related activities.
If a member of the college community is charged with violating any alcohol or drug-related law while on campus or any school-related activity held on or off campus, the College will cooperate fully with federal and state law enforcement agencies.
State and local law
Each state and locality has laws relating to the unlawful manufacture, sale, use or possession of controlled (and/or imitation of) controlled substances and alcohol. In addition, states and localities have laws relating to driving while intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol and/or illicit drugs. Sanctions for violations may range from a citation to arrest, jail terms and/or imprisonment, depending on the nature of the violation and past criminal history of the individual.
Federal law considers the manufacture, distribution, sale, possession or use of drugs or any controlled substance a serious crime. The penalties vary based on many factors, including the type and amount of drug involved, and whether there was intent to distribute. Federal law sets forth substantial penalties for violations of drug laws, including monetary fines, jail terms, and/or imprisonment. Other penalties could include forfeiture of personal and real property used to possess or to facilitate possession of a controlled substance, denial of certain federal benefits, and revocation of certain federal licenses. Certain federal laws may apply to unlawful manufacture, distribution, sale, possession, and trafficking of alcohol, as well. Penalties range from fines to jail terms and/or imprisonment.
Alcohol health and safety risks
Alcohol use affects every organ in the drinker’s body and can damage a developing fetus. Intoxication can impair brain function and motor skills; heavy use can increase the risk of certain cancers, stroke and liver disease. Safety risks include accidents resulting from driving while under the influence, increased incidents of rapes and assaults, and fatalities.
Substance abuse health and safety risks
Substance abuse may result in a wide array of serious health and behavioral problems. Long-term use of drugs can lead to malnutrition, organ damage, and psychological problems. Overdose is a risk for all drugs. It can result in coma, convulsions, psychosis or death. The risk of AIDS and other diseases is heightened if drugs are injected.
Spartan College – Community resources and referral information
Spartan College provides counseling services for students seeking assistance or information concerning alcohol and drug issues. Students wishing to take advantage of this service may contact the campus director of Student Support.
In addition, we encourage anyone dealing with substance abuse issues to contact one or more of the following national agencies for guidance and assistance in identifying a counseling, treatment, or rehabilitation program.
Phone number available in local phone directory
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Spartan College is not a public institution, therefore we are not required to maintain a Vaccination Policy for our students; however, in the interest of public health, we do not want this to be construed as discouraging any student, employee, or staff member from voluntarily participating in routine vaccinations as recommendations by and according to the guidance of their local public health care agency.
Our housing coordinator helps students arrange safe, affordable housing in nearby apartments or rental homes. This often allows students of the same age, gender, and school program to share housing costs, carpool to and from school and develop new friendships.
We realize that our students have unique housing needs. Some would like the cost efficiency and comradery of shared housing, while other would prefer independent housing. Independent housing can be ideal for older students, couples, families, tenants with pets and those who prefer no roommates. Shared housing options are ideal for those looking for the most cost-effective form of living and have some flexibility.
Need more information?
Contact your Spartan admissions representative