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WSC Alcohol & Other Drug Policy

WSC has a concern for its students, faculty, staff as well as for the community in which it operates.  For this reason, WSC is committed to maintaining an academic and social environment that is conducive to the intellectual and personal development and to the safety and welfare of all members of the College community.

The misuse and abuse of alcohol and other drugs represents a major health problem in the United States today and poses a serious threat to the health and welfare of the WSC Community.

This document applies to all WSC students and employees, as well as visitors to campus.

Policy Distribution and Notification
In accordance with the 1989 amendments to the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, as articulated in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) Part 86 (Drug Free Schools and Campuses Regulations) this policy will be distributed to all students and employees at Williston State College each year. For more information on policy notification procedures, please contact the Vice President for Student Affairs at 701 774-4585.

State Board of Higher Education and WSC Policy
The State Board of Higher Education prohibits the possession, sale, dispensation, use or consumption of alcoholic beverages upon land or in buildings owned by the board or its institutions. Exceptions may include the lawful possession of alcohol in family student residences, on-campus professional staff residences, fraternities and sororities (in certain circumstances), the president's residence, and other special exceptions as granted by the president or the president's designee. For the complete State Board of Higher Education policy, see procedures policy number 918 "Alcoholic Beverages."

WSC prohibits the unlawful or unauthorized use, possession, storage, manufacture, distribution, or sale of alcoholic beverages and any illicit drugs or drug paraphernalia in campus buildings, any public campus area, in campus housing units, in college vehicles, or at any college affiliated events held on or off-campus, which are sponsored by students, employees and their respective campus organizations. For WSC employees, compliance with this policy is a term and condition of employment. For WSC students and student organizations, compliance with this policy is a term and condition of continued enrollment/organizational registration.

Health Risks of Alcohol and Other Substances
In this section you will find a list of commonly misused drugs and their effects, this is meant to be an overview and is not an exhaustive list.

Alcohol consumption causes a number of impairments including changes in behavior and normal body function. Even low doses significantly impair judgment, coordination, and mental function thus increasing the risks of accidents and injuries. Moderate to high doses of alcohol cause marked impairments in higher mental functions, severely altering a person's ability to learn and remember information. Very high doses taken acutely can cause respiratory depression and even death. Statistics show that alcohol use is involved in a majority of violent behaviors on college campuses, including acquaintance rape, vandalism and fights. Additional consequences include DUI arrests and serious or fatal car crashes. Continued abuse may lead to dependency, which can cause permanent damage to vital organs and deterioration of a healthy lifestyle.

Amphetamines can cause a rapid or irregular heartbeat, tremors, convulsions, loss of coordination, collapse, and death. Heavy users are prone to irrational acts.

Cannabis (marijuana, hashish)
The use of marijuana may impair or reduce short-term memory and comprehension, alter sense of time, and reduce coordination and energy level. Users often have a lowered immune system and an increased risk of lung cancer. The active ingredient in marijuana, THC, is stored in the fatty tissues of the brain and reproductive system for a minimum of 28 to 30 days.

Club Drugs
Club drugs are drugs such as MDMA (Ecstasy), Rohypnol, GHB, LSD, and methamphetamine and others, which are used at all-night parties such as trances or raves, dance clubs and bars. These party drugs, particularly when mixed with alcohol, can cause serious health problems, injuries, or even death. 

Cocaine users often have a stuffy, runny nose and may have a perforated nasal septum. The immediate effects of cocaine use include dilated pupils and elevated blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, and body temperature, followed by depression. Crack, or freebase rock cocaine, is extremely addictive and can cause delirium, hallucinations, blurred vision, severe chest pain, muscle spasms, convulsions, and even death.

Lysergic acid (LSD), mescaline, and psilocybin cause illusions and hallucinations. The user may experience panic, confusion, suspicion, anxiety, and loss of control. Delayed effects, or flashbacks, can occur even when use has ceased. Phencyclidine (PCP) affects the section of the brain that controls the intellect and keeps instincts in check. Because the drug blocks pain receptors, PCP episodes may result in self-inflicted injuries, violence and aggressive behavior toward others.

Heroin is an opiate drug that causes the body to have diminished pain reactions. Overdoses of this highly addictive drug can result in coma or death due to respiratory failure or cardiovascular collapse.

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Referrals for Counseling and/or Treatment Services
Alcohol and/or other drug counseling treatment may be arranged through the Williston State College Student Services Office by calling (701 774-4554) or by calling Northwest Human Services Center (701)774-4600 or

Alcohol Purchasing and Sale
Unless otherwise authorized by the president of the campus, the use of alcoholic beverages during all events held on the WSC campus is strictly forbidden (including concerts, theatrical performances, athletics events, workshops, etc.).

 Students and employees and their respective campus organizations may not use organizational or public funds (including general and special funds) for the purchase of alcoholic beverages.

 Sale of alcoholic beverages by students, employees and their respective campus organizations is strictly forbidden. This is to include any action that can be remotely construed as alcohol sale such as charging admission to parties, passing the hat, selling empty cups, selling drink tickets, etc.

Off-campus activities conducted by students, employees and their respective campus organizations shall not encourage excessive and/or rapid consumption of alcoholic beverages. The use of alcohol at any such events is expected to be lawful and low-risk.

 Registered student organizations planning off campus events at which alcohol will be present must complete and file with the Vice President for Student Services, the WSC Event Risk Management Planning Notification Form.

 When planning an off-campus, work-related event where alcohol will be present, employees with questions about low-risk guidelines should contact the Human Resources Manager at 774-4204.

 Alcoholic beverages shall not be used as awards or prizes in connection with events or activities sponsored by students, employees and their respective campus organizations, on or off campus.

Alcohol and/or Other Drug Advertising
The public display of advertising or promotion of alcoholic beverages in campus buildings or any other public campus area including all college owned housing areas is prohibited. This includes banners, lighted beer/liquor signs, and large inflatable advertising, etc. (Entities that lease commercial or research property from the college may be excluded. However, the college may in these leases include provisions that will assist in its effort to promote legal and safe use of alcohol and to change the culture that perpetuates alcohol and other drug misuse and abuse.)

 Alcohol promotional activities including advertising shall not be associated with otherwise existing campus events, programs, or campus organizations functions on or off-campus. This includes, but is not limited to, such items as: cups, t-shirts, beverage can coolers, and any other items carrying alcohol/beer advertising.

 Advertising of alcoholic beverages shall not appear in campus controlled or affiliated publications (including campus affiliated Web sites). Advertising of establishments that sell alcohol may appear and must adhere to the following guidelines.

1.      Advertising of establishments that sell alcohol shall not include brand names, logos, prices, visual images or verbal phrases that refer to consumption of alcoholic beverages.
2.      Advertising of establishments that sell alcohol shall not encourage any form of alcohol abuse nor shall it promote alcohol specials such as two for ones, happy hour drink specials, or any ads that encourage rapid and excessive consumption of alcohol.

 Advertising of establishments that sell alcohol shall not portray drinking as a solution to personal or academic problems or as necessary to social, sexual or academic success.

 Advertising of establishments that sell alcohol shall not associate consumption of alcoholic beverages with the performance of tasks that require skilled reactions such as the operation of motor vehicles or athletic performance.

Campus and Legal Sanctions

When students, student organizations, or employees violate college alcohol policy, they will be subject to campus sanctions. The campus sanctions process may proceed before, during, or after any pending civil or criminal proceedings are concluded. Since the campus sanctions are educational and/or managerial in nature, and not criminal proceedings, such simultaneous actions do not constitute double jeopardy and differing judgments may result.

 Students may be subject to on campus sanctions for off campus alcohol/drug related behavior.  The campus may receive reports regarding students from law enforcement and other agencies in the form of summons to court, reports of loud parties, minor in possession/minor consuming/under the influence, driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs or other similar alcohol and other drug violations.

Student Sanctions

Students found in violation of the WSC Alcohol & Other Drug Policy (on or off campus) may be subject to one or more of the following sanctions:
1.      Monetary fine
2.      Community service hours
3.      Required completion of an online educational program (e-Checkup) through the WSC Student Services Office
4.      Required participation in a community education program (CHOICES) conducted by WSC staff
5.      Substance abuse evaluation and compliance with subsequent treatment/intervention as may be indicated
6.      Parental notification
7.      Eviction from college housing for students living on campus
8.      Suspension or dismissal from WSC

Failure to complete sanctions within a reasonable amount of time may result in assessment of additional sanctions, a registration and/or graduation hold being placed on the student's account, or suspension.

Sanctions for Alcohol and Other Drug Violations in Classrooms, Shops or Labs
When students come to class chemically impaired will be held to the same standards as those defined above.  The following additional sanctions may also be imposed.
1.      Exclusion from the class for a designated period of time to be determined by the faculty member in consultation with the division dean and/or vice president for student services;
2.      Expulsion (permanent removal) from the class.

Parental Notification
Parents or guardians of students under 21 may be contacted by a WSC Student Services administrator following alcohol and/or other drug related policy violations.

Student Organizations
Student organizations found in violation of city or state laws and college regulations involving the use or possession of alcohol/drugs are also subject to disciplinary action. In general, disciplinary penalties for student organizations are the same as those listed for individual students. However, it is possible that an offending student organization may be denied recognition or affiliation with the college as part of the disciplinary action.  Advisors are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with college employee alcohol/other drug policy and policies when involved in any capacity (on and off campus) with student organizations, field trips and other related academic activities.

Employee Sanctions
As stated in SBHE policy 918, Williston State College employees shall not come to work or be at work, during normal work hours or other times when required to be at work, while under the influence of alcoholic beverages or as a result of the unlawful use of a controlled substance.

 Any employee found in violations of the alcohol and other drug policy by their supervisors will be reported to the Human Resources Manager for consultation prior to action.

 If an employee is convicted of violating any alcohol or other drug related statue while in the workplace, college sanctions may include:
1. Requiring the employee to participate in a drug assistance or rehabilitation program approved by the campus;
2. Disciplinary action for a violation of campus alcohol or drug policy up to and including termination of employment. Disciplinary action may include one or more of the following.
(a) Warning, reprimand, or probationary status;
(b) Ineligibility to receive the next available annual salary increase;
(c) Suspension without pay for up to five days;
(d) Termination of employment; or
(e) Any combination of the above sanctions.
NOTE: These sanctions need not necessarily be applied in numerical sequence. Any sanction may be chosen from this list for any offense, dependent upon its severity. Referral for prosecution also may be a result of any criminal violations.

The Law
Financial Aid Eligibility
A federal or state drug conviction can disqualify a student from receiving federal financial aid funds. The conviction must have occurred during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving Title IV aid (i.e., Federal Pell Grant, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Stafford Loan, etc.). Depending on whether the conviction was for sale or possession and if the student has previous offenses, the period of ineligibility can range from one year to an indefinite period. The student regains eligibility the day after the period of ineligibility ends or the student successfully completes a qualified drug rehabilitation program as defined in the Higher Education Amendments.

Local and State
Individuals in the state of North Dakota must be 21 years of age to buy, possess and/or consume alcohol. Person(s) providing alcohol to individuals under the age of 21 violate state law and may be cited for contributing to the delinquency of a minor among other possible citations depending on the circumstances. There are other important state laws and local rules relating to alcohol including driving under the influence (DUI) and open container. For a first DUI offense, violators are fined at least $500 and are ordered to have an addiction evaluation. State Law and Williston City Ordinances prohibit driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or controlled substances. State Law and Williston City Ordinances also prohibit open containers of alcohol in vehicles. It is important to note Williston City Ordinances also prohibit disorderly houses (loud gatherings). For more information on Williston City Ordinances, please see the City Auditor's page at:

North Dakota has adopted the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, which restricts the manufacture, transfer, and possession of narcotic drugs and other drugs that have a potential for abuse or that may lead to physical or psychological dependence. It is a Class A felony to manufacture, deliver, or possess with intent to manufacture or deliver controlled substances such as methamphetamines or narcotic drugs such as opium or cocaine in North Dakota. Penalties for a Class A felony can be up to 20 years imprisonment and/or $20,000 fine.

Possession of drug paraphernalia for marijuana and advertising drug paraphernalia are Class A misdemeanors. Possession of one ounce or less of marijuana is a Class B misdemeanor. Possession of more than one ounce of marijuana is a Class B felony. Inhaling vapors of a volatile chemical in a manner designed to create intoxication, hallucination, or elation is a Class B misdemeanor. Possession of drug paraphernalia for controlled substances other than marijuana is a Class A misdemeanor. Possession of drug paraphernalia for marijuana is either a Class A or Class B misdemeanor. It is a Class A misdemeanor to advertise drug paraphernalia. Class A misdemeanors are punishable up to one year's imprisonment and/or $3,000 fine. Class B misdemeanors are punishable up to 30 days' imprisonment and/or $1,500 fine. Class B felonies are punishable up to 10 years' imprisonment and/or a $20,000 fine.

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Federal law provides criminal and civil penalties for unlawful possession or distribution of drugs and alcohol. See for details on federal trafficking penalties for controlled substance violations. Among incarceration and/or fines, there are federal laws allowing the forfeiture of property used in possession or to facilitate possession of a controlled substance. This could include homes, vehicles, boats, aircrafts and any other personal or real property. Fines could range up in the millions of dollars. One becomes ineligible to have firearms. One also becomes ineligible to receive federal benefits such as student loans and grants.