Alcohol & Drug Policy and Prevention Program

Standards of Conduct

In compliance with the Federal Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 (Public Law 100-690) and the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 (Public Law 101-226), Hutchinson Community College (“HutchCC” or “the College”) prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance or abuse of alcohol (as defined in these Acts) by a student or employee on college property or at any college event or activity.

Student or employee violations of federal, state, and/or local drug and alcohol laws, including underage drinking laws, or HutchCC policies will be handled in accordance with applicable law enforcement and/or HutchCC disciplinary procedures. In Kansas, the legal drinking age is 21; however, no alcohol is allowed on HutchCC property or property controlled by HutchCC without prior written approval of the HutchCC Board of Trustees.

Residence halls, student clubs and organizations, and athletic teams, may impose additional restrictions.

Student Sanctions

Students who violate this policy are subject to the HutchCC Disciplinary Policy (Policy 1047) and the sanctions included in that policy. Violations of this policy by students will be reported to the Vice President of Student Services and, when appropriate, to law enforcement officials.

Employee Sanctions

As a condition of employment, employees of HutchCC who violate this policy will be reported to the Director of Human Resources and, when appropriate, to law enforcement officials. Employees of HutchCC who violate this policy will be subject to one or more of the following disciplinary actions:

Employees who violate this policy will be afforded a hearing in accordance with current policies relating to employee discipline. Nothing in this policy is intended to diminish the right of the college to take any other disciplinary action permitted or authorized by HutchCC policies or the negotiated agreement.

If it is determined that an employee should complete a drug or alcohol education or rehabilitation program as a condition of continued employment, payment of the costs of any such program will be the employee’s responsibility. Employees convicted of a violation of a criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace are required to notify HutchCC of the conviction no later than five calendar days of the conviction. After receiving the notification from the employee, HutchCC must provide notice of the conviction, including position title and affected grants, to the U.S. Department of Education’s Director of Grants and Contracts Service.


This policy will be distributed annually to all employees and all students.

The policy and related procedures will be reviewed and updated biennially by the Regulatory Compliance and Due Process Committee. The Director of Financial Aid may make minor modifications to policy if Federal Regulations warrant such revisions.

Consequences of the Use, Misuse, and Abuse of Drugs and Alcohol

Health Consequences

Students and employees of HutchCC should be aware that the following health risks have been associated with the use, misuse and abuse of drugs and alcohol:

Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications: Risks associated with the nonmedical use, abuse or misuse of prescription and over-the-counter medications are dependent upon the particular medication and may include any of the risks described above.

Students and employees should note that the above listing is not intended as all inclusive.

Workplace Consequences

The negative impact of substance abuse by employees in the workplace can be; increased risk of accidents, lower productivity, increased insurance costs, increased institutional costs, increased absenteeism. Loss of jobs and loss of life may result from substance abuse on the job.

Legal Consequences

Local, state, and federal laws provide for a variety of legal sanctions and penalties for the possession, distribution, misuse and abuse of controlled substances, pharmaceutical products, prescriptions, over-the counter medications, and alcohol.

The Federal Controlled Substances Act provides penalties of up to 15 years imprisonment and fines up to $25,000 for unlawful distribution or possession with intent to distribute narcotics. For unlawful possession of a controlled substance, a person is subject to up to one year of imprisonment and fines up to $5,000. Any person who unlawfully distributes a controlled substance to a person under twenty-one years of age may be punished by up to twice the term of imprisonment and fine otherwise authorized by law.

Kansas law provides that any person who violates the criminal statutes on controlled substances by possessing, offering for sale, distributing, or manufacturing opiates and narcotics, such as cocaine and heroin, shall be guilty of a Class C felony. For a conviction of a Class C felony, the court may sentence a person to a term of imprisonment of a minimum of three to five years, a maximum of 10 to 20 years, and a fine of up to $15,000. Unlawful possession of a depressant, stimulant or hallucinogenic drug is punishable as a Class A misdemeanor, with a penalty of up to a year in jail and a fine of $2,500.

Under Kansas law, persons under 21 years of age may be subject to minimum fines of $200 for possessing, consuming, obtaining, purchasing or attempting to obtain or purchase alcoholic liquor or cereal malt beverages. Persons convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs are subject to severe fines, imprisonment, and other penalties.

The most recent & complete Federal Trafficking Penalties are available online.

Counseling, Treatment, and Rehabilitation

Drug and alcohol counseling and treatment programs are available to students and employees on a national, state, and local basis. The Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website maintains a substance abuse treatment locator.

Alcohol assessments and personal counseling are available to currently enrolled students and employees through the HutchCC Student Success Center (620) 665-3377. Additional counseling information and resources are available online. The Student Success Center maintains a list of local treatment facilities and this is available for students and employees to pick upon request.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse and Prevention Information

The following web sites provide additional drug and alcohol abuse and prevention information:

Above the Influence was originally created as part of the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign, a program of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). Above the Influence has since transitioned away from federal oversight and is now a program of the non-profit Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) has been a valuable resource for millions of people struggling with alcoholism and addiction.

The It Matters website and related educational campaigns are sponsored by the Behavioral Health Services Commission at the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS).

The mission of the National Institute on Drug Abuse is to advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) is one of the 27 institutes and centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIAAA supports and conducts research on the impact of alcohol use on human health and well-being.