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Alcohol/Drug Information policies and laws

LCSC Standards of Conduct Related to Alcohol & Drugs

Lewis-Clark State College is dedicated not only to learning and the advancement of knowledge, but also the development of ethically sensitive and responsible persons. The college is committed to maintaining a working and educational environment free of illicit drugs and alcohol. The unlawful possession, use or distribution or illicit drugs and/or alcohol by students or employees while on LCSC property or as part of a Lewis-Clark State College activity is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, the possession or consumption of alcohol by an individual under the age of 21 and possession or consumption in areas open to and commonly used by the public or leased buildings or grounds. It is illegal to sell, or serve of furnish alcoholic beverages to a person under the age of 21.

LCSC Policy:

In addition to local, state and federal sanctions, LCSC will impose sanctions for violation of the drug/alcohol policy. Students found in violation of these standards of conduct shall be subject to disciplinary action including, but not limited to, warnings, probation, suspension, expulsion, community service, fines, restitution, administrative fees, special sanctions as appropriate (e.g. required counseling, letters of apology, etc.), and referral for prosecution. An employee (exempt, faculty, classified, temporary, or irregular help) found in violation of these standards of conduct shall be subject to disciplinary action which may include, but is not limited to, warnings, reprimands, suspension, demotion, dismissal and referral for prosecution.

Alcohol/Drug Policy Violation Process

Under Idaho Law, It is Illegal:

  • For a person under age 21 to purchase or attempt to purchase, possess or consume any alcoholic or intoxicating liquor. Penalties for violations include:
  • First conviction - fine up to $100
  • Second conviction - fine up to $200
  • Third conviction - fine up to $300, up to 30 days in jail, or both
  • For any person to give, sell or furnish alcoholic beverages to a minor. The first offense is a misdemeanor, but the second is a felony.
  • For a person to provide alcohol, by gift or sale, to a person who is obviously intoxicated regardless of age.
  • To possess a controlled substance unless obtained by a prescription. Penalties for felony conviction are a fine of up to $5,000, imprisonment for up to 3 years, or both. Penalties for misdemeanor convictions are fines of up to $1,000, imprisonment for up to one year, or both.
  • To manufacture, deliver or possess illicit drugs. Penalties for felony conviction include a fine of up to $25,000, prison terms ranging from one year to life, or both. Penalties for misdemeanor convictions are fines of up to $5,000, prison terms of up to one year, or both.
  • To possess more than three ounces of marijuana. This is a felony - subject to imprisonment for up to five years and a fine of up to $10,000, or both.

Federal Law:

Federal Penalties for possession of controlled substances include up to one year imprisonment and fines ranging from $1,000 to $100,000 for the first conviction; increasing to imprisonment from 15 days to two years and fines from $2,500 to $250,000 for the second conviction; and imprisonment from 90 days to 3 years and fines from $5,000 to $250,000 for subsequent convictions. Additionally, for possession of crack cocaine, federal penalties for possession of controlled substances also include forfeiture of personal and real property, boats, aircraft, vehicles, or other conveyance used to transport or conceal a controlled substance, civil fines of up to $10,000, revocation of firearms licenses, and denial of federal benefits including student loans, Pell Grants, Title IV assistance, other federal grants and contracts, and professional and commercial licenses, for up to one year for the first offense, andup to five years for subsequent offenses.

Sanctions

Possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs not only violated LCSC policy...it is against the law! There are significant legal sanctions under local, state, and federal law for unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol.