Drug-Free Policy

KCTCS and HCTC are committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for its students, faculty, and, staff. The College system has defined Conduct in relation to the unlawful possession, use, dispensation, distribution, or manufacture of alcohol or illicit drugs. Conduct which is in violation of this definition poses unacceptable risks and disregard for the health, safety, and welfare of members of the KCTCS community and shall result in disciplinary action up to and including suspension or termination.

As a recipient of federal grants and contracts, KCTCS gives this notice to students, faculty and staff that it is in compliance with, and shall continue to be in compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1999 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989. Students, faculty, and staff are herein notified of the standards of conduct which shall be applicable while on KCTCS property, on KCTCS business, and/or at KCTCS activities.

By KCTCS policy, by federal law, by state law, and in some instances, by local ordinance; students, faculty and staff are prohibited from the unlawful possession, use, dispensation, distribution, or manufacture of illicit drugs on KCTCS property, on KCTCS business and/or at KCTCS sponsored activities.

Under KCTCS policy, students, faculty, and staff are required to abide by state laws concerning alcoholic beverages. Basically, Kentucky laws state that, if a person is under 21, it is unlawful to:

  1. Possess or consume alcoholic beverages; or
  2. Misrepresent one's age for the purpose of purchasing alcoholic beverages; or
  3. Use a fake ID in an attempt to purchase alcoholic beverages.

No matter what one's age, Kentucky law states that is unlawful to:

  1. Procure any alcoholic beverages for anyone under 21 years of age; or
  2. Drink or be drunk in a public place.

KCTCS campuses and buildings are considered as public places for purposes of these laws, except for a facility licensed to serve alcoholic beverages, and except for a facility used as a private residence, unless KCTCS policies state otherwise. Any member of the KCTCS student body, faculty, or staff who violates these defined standards of conduct shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action up to and including suspension and/or termination. The specifically defined standards of conduct, the disciplinary procedures, and the appropriate sanctions are detailed in the codes of student conduct and in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System policies and procedures.

In addition, it is violation of state law to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of any substance (drugs or alcoholic beverages) which may impair one's driving ability.

Under KCTCS policies and procedures, students who violate this standard of conduct are subject to disciplinary action from a minimum of a warning to a maximum of suspension from HCTC. Faculty and staff are subject to disciplinary action from a minimum of warning to a maximum of termination from KCTCS employment.

Under state and federal drug laws, the gravity of the sanction depends of the classification of the controlled substance, the particular activity involved (possession or trafficking which includes manufacture, sale, and possession with intent to sell), and whether or not multiple convictions are involved.

Under Kentucky law, the most severe penalty for a drug law violation involves trafficking. On a first offense, one may receive a fine of up to $10,000 and/or a sentence of up to ten years in the penitentiary; for subsequent offenses, the penalties may be doubled.

Under federal law, one may be fined up to $8,000,000 and/or may be sentenced from not less than 10 years up to life in prison or the death penalty.

Under both state and federal laws, one may suffer the loss of whatever property (house, farm) or possessions (vehicle) which one may have used in the drug trade.

Sanctions for violation of state alcohol laws vary from a fine of $10.00 to $2,000.00; a sentence for forty-eight (48) hours to twelve (12) months in jail, and/or suspension of one's operator's license.

In compliance with the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, any employee shall notify the immediate supervisor if the employee is convicted of a criminal drug offense occurring in the workplace or while on KCTCS business within five (5) days of the conviction. KCTCS shall take appropriate sanction and remedies in accordance within it's policies. The provisions of this section are applicable to students who are employees of KCTCS. If the employee is under federal contract or grant, KCTCS shall notify the contracting or granting agency of the conviction and of its actions. This section of this policy is also applicable to students who receive a federal grant.

The scope and impact of health risks from alcohol and drug abuse are both alarming and well-documented, ranging from mine-altering to life-threatening, with consequences that extend beyond the individual to family, organizations, and society at large. KCTCS, therefore, conducts regular programs to educate its students, faculty, and staff that consumption and use of drugs may alter behavior, distort perception, impair thinking, impede judgment, and lead to physical or psychological dependence.

Alcohol and/or drug abuse may lead to the deterioration of physical health by causing or contributing to various health conditions including but not limited to fatigue, nausea, personal injury, insomnia, pathological organ damage, some forms of cancer pancreatic, heart attack, respiratory depression, birth defects, convulsions, coma, and even death. Alcohol and drug abuse may also result in deterioration of mental health by causing or contributing to various conditions such as increased aggressions, hallucinations, depressions, disorientation and psychosis.

Alcohol consumption causes a number of marked changes in behavior. Even low doses significantly impair the judgment and coordination required to drive a car safely, increasing the likelihood that the driver will be involved in an accident.

Low to moderate doses of alcohol also increase the incidence of a variety of aggressive acts, including spouse and child abuse.

Moderate to high doses of alcohol cause marked impairments in higher mental function, severely altering a person's ability to learn and remember information.

Very high doses cause respiratory depression and death. If combined with other depressants of the central nervous system, much lower doses of alcohol will produce the effects just described.

Repeated use of alcohol can lead to dependence. Sudden cessation of alcohol intake is likely to produce withdrawal symptoms, including severe anxiety, tremors, hallucinations, and convulsions. Alcohol withdrawal can be life-threatening. Long-term consumption of large quantities of alcohol, particularly when combined with poor nutrition, can also lead to permanent damage to vital organs such as the brain and the liver.

Mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy may give birth to infants with fetal alcohol syndrome. These infants have irreversible physical abnormalities and mental retardation. In addition, research indicates that children of alcohol parents are at greater risk than other youngsters of becoming alcoholics.

Continuous efforts are made to make students, faculty, and staff aware of the on-campus and off-campus programs which provide information and professional services on matters related to alcohol and drugs. Other counseling, treatment, and rehabilitation services are available to Hazard Community and Technical College.

For more information contact:

Germaine Shaffer
Interim Provost/Vice President for Academic and Student Services
Phone: 606-487-3049