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.
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.
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.
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.