Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program

Office of Responsibility

City College

Marciano Perez, Jr., Dean of Student Affairs
Location: M-200

Mesa College

Claudia Perkins, Acting Disciplinary Officer
Room: I4-408

Miramar College

Adela Jacobson, Dean of Student Affairs
Room: K1-210

Continuing Education

Leslie Quinones, Acting Dean, DSPS and Student Affairs
Room: ECC

District Office and Service Center

Lynn Ceresino Neault, Vice Chancellor, Student Services

I. Standards of Conduct

Policy 3100 - Student Rights, Responsibilities, Campus Safety and Administrative Due Process

Student Code of Conduct

Students are subject to adhering to the policies and procedures of the San Diego Community College District, as well as all federal, state, and local laws. Students are subject to charges of misconduct concerning, but not limited to, the following acts when committed on District-owned or controlled property or at District-sponsored activities.

The following sections of the Student Code of Conduct pertain to Drug & Alcohol use, sale and possession:

The college will impose disciplinary sanctions on students who violate the Student Code of Conduct. See procedure 3100.2

A full version of Board Policy 3100 – Students Rights, Responsibilities, Campus Safety and Administrative Due Process can be found at: http://www.sdccd.edu/public/district/policies and click on the Student Services link.


II. Legal Sanctions

The San Diego Community College Police Department enforces all federal and state laws and local ordinances.

A. Federal

Federal law provides criminal and civil penalties for unlawful possession or distribution of a controlled substance. Under the Controlled Substance Act, as well as other related federal laws, the penalties for controlled substance violations include but are not limited to: incarceration, fines, potential for the forfeiture of property used in possession or to facilitate possession of a controlled substance (which may include homes, vehicles, boats, aircrafts and any other personal or real property), ineligibility to possess a firearm, and potential ineligibility to receive federal educational benefits (such as student loans and grants). 21 U.S.C. Section 812 U.S Code

For a detailed list of Federal Trafficking penalties, click here:

B. State

The State of California has numerous laws regulating the possession and use of controlled substances and alcohol. As an example, under current California state law, “a person shall not knowingly or intentionally possess or distribute a controlled substance.” If an individual is found guilty of a violation of the state law, they may be subject to large fines and imprisonment. California Health and Safety Code Section 11350-11356.5

A minor (defined as a person under the age of 21) may not “purchase or attempt to purchase alcoholic liquor, consume or attempt to consume alcoholic liquor, possess or attempt to possess alcoholic liquor, or have any bodily alcohol content.” Violations of the law may subject the individual to fines, participation in a substance abuse program, imprisonment, community service hours, and/or out of pocket expenses related to required substance abuse screenings. Business and Professions Code 25662 BP / Vehicle Code 13202.5 VC. The State of California laws can be found at: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes.xhtml

C. Local

The City of San Diego ordinances include but are not limited to: consumption in public places, possession and use of alcohol by minors, uncapped liquor in passenger compartments of vehicles, and all substance abuse ordinances. Sanctions could range from a civil infraction with attached fines to probation, rehabilitation, or even imprisonment. A full version of the city ordinances can be found at: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes.xhtml. Business and Professions Code 25662 BP / Vehicle Code 13202.5 VC, or directly at: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/21cfr/21usc/812.htm


III. Health Risks

Alcohol and drugs are toxic to the human body. Substance abuse may result in a wide array of serious health and behavioral problems and has both long and short-term effects on the body and the mind. In addition to the problem of toxicity, contaminant poisonings often occur with illegal drug use. HIV infection with intravenous drug use is a prevalent hazard.

Acute health problems may include heart attack, stroke, and sudden death, which can occur for first time cocaine users. Long lasting effects caused by drug and alcohol abuse can cause problems such as disruption of normal heart rhythm, high blood pressure, leaks of blood vessels in the brain, bleeding and destruction of brain cells, possible memory loss, infertility, impotency, immune system impairment, kidney failure, cirrhosis of the liver and pulmonary damage. Drug and alcohol use during pregnancy may result in fetal damage and birth defects causing hyperactivity, neurological abnormalities, and developmental difficulties. For a detailed list of possible long-term effects resulting from Drug Abuse, click here.

Alcohol Abuse


IV. Drug and Alcohol Prevention Programs & Resources

Campus Based:

For a list of Campus Based Resources by College, click here.

Community Based:

For a list of Community Based Resources, click here. Link to DAAPP document page 9

For a list of Crisis Line and Community Based Resources, click here.


V. Consequences for Violations

Administrative Procedure 3100.2 - Student Disciplinary Procedures

Possible Disciplinary Sanctions: