Alcohol and Other Drug Policy
Uniform Controlled Substance Act
Chapter 21 U.S.C., and Chapter 161, Wis.
Stats. The unlawful possession, manufacture, distribution or use of a controlled
substance (including, but not limited to alcohol, prescription drugs and illegal
drugs) on Moraine Park Technical College premises is absolutely prohibited.
Violations of this policy will result in disciplinary action up to, and
including, expulsion in accordance with civil, state and federal laws and
Moraine Park policy and procedure as described here.
Alcohol is not allowed at any Moraine Park-sponsored activity unless written permission is obtained from the president of Moraine Park Technical College.
Without exception, alcohol consumption is governed by Wisconsin statutory age restrictions. It is against the law to sell or distribute alcohol to anyone under the legal drinking age of 21 years.
The College has a legal obligation under Wis. Stats. 125.07(1)(a)(1) to prevent the illegal consumption of alcohol on the College premises or at College-sponsored activities. It is against the law for an underage person to attempt to buy an alcoholic beverage, falsely represent his/her age or enter a licensed premises/establishment.
Wisconsin law also prohibits the use or possession of drug paraphernalia.
- Students whose behavior indicates that they are under the influence of alcohol
or other drugs upon their arrival at a Moraine Park activity or class will be
denied admission and may be referred to local law enforcement agencies.
- Students who violate Moraine Park's alcohol/drug policies will face disciplinary
actions that may include restrictions, sanctions or expulsion from Moraine Park
activities. Disciplinary actions may also include notification of the local law
- Visitors and guests who violate Moraine Park Technical College policies
regarding the possession, use or distribution of controlled substances and/or
alcoholic beverages will be ordered to leave the facility/activity. Local law
enforcement authorities may be contacted to investigate any visitor or guest to
Moraine Park facilities/ activities when there is suspicion that such visitor or
guest is unlawfully possessing, using or distributing drugs and/or alcohol.
- Employees are required to adhere to the same alcohol and drug policies as
students and the general public (visitors to Moraine Park campuses). Failure to
abide by these policies by staff may result in a referral to the Employee
Assistance Program (EAP), local law enforcement agency, the employee's
supervisor or Moraine Park's Human Resources Office.
Summary of the Health Effects of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
The following is a
partial list of drugs and some of the consequences of their use. The abuse of
alcohol and use of other illegal drugs is detrimental to the health of the user.
Further, the use of drugs and alcohol is not conducive to an academic
atmosphere. Drugs impede the learning process and can cause disruption for other
students and disturb their academic interests.
The use of alcohol or drugs in the workplace may also impede the employee's ability to perform in a safe and effective manner and may result in injuries to others. Early diagnosis and treatment of drug and alcohol abuse is in the best interests of the student, employee and the College.
The effects of any drug depend on the amount taken at one time, the past experience of the drug user, the circumstances in which the drug is taken (place, feelings, activities of the user, presence of other people, simultaneous use of other drugs) and the manner in which the drug is taken. This list includes only some of the known health risks, and not all legal or illegal drugs are covered in this brief section.
- Alcohol: Alcohol, the most frequently abused
drug in society, is chemically classified as a mind-altering drug, because
it contains ethanol and has the chemical power to depress the action of the
central nervous system. This depression affects motor coordination, speech
and vision. In great amounts, it can affect respiration and heart rate
control. Death can result when the level of blood alcohol exceeds 0.40
- Marijuana and Hashish: Marijuana and hashish are harmful to health and impair
the short-term memory and comprehension of the user. When used, they alter the
sense of time and reduce the ability of the user to perform tasks requiring
concentration and coordination. They increase the heart rate and appetite.
Motivation and cognition can be altered, making acquisition and retaining of new
information difficult. Long- term users may develop psychological dependence
that can produce paranoia and psychosis. Because this drug is inhaled as
unfiltered smoke, it is damaging to the lungs and pulmonary system and has more
cancer-causing agents than tobacco.
- Cocaine and Crack: Cocaine and crack stimulate the
central nervous system and are extremely addictive. They can cause psychological
and physical dependency, which can lead to dilated pupils, increased pulse rate,
elevated blood pressure, insomnia, loss of appetite, paranoia and seizures. They
can also cause death by disrupting the brain's control of the heart and
- Stimulants and Amphetamines: Other stimulant and amphetamine use can have the
same effect as cocaine and cause increased heart rates and blood pressure that
can result in stroke or heart failure. Symptoms include dizziness, sleeplessness
and anxiety. They can also lead to psychosis, hallucinations, paranoia and even
a physical collapse.
- Depressants and Barbiturates: Depressants and barbiturates can cause physical
and psychological dependence that can lead to respiratory depression, coma and
death, especially when used in concert with alcohol. Withdrawal can lead to
restlessness, insomnia, convulsions and even death.
- Hallucinogens: LSD, PCP, mescaline and peyote are
classified as hallucinogens. Hallucinogens interrupt the brain messages that
control the intellect and keep instincts in check. Large doses can produce
convulsions, coma, and heart and lung failure. Chronic users complain of
persistent memory problems and speech difficulties for up to a year after their
use. Because the drugs stop the brain's pain sensors, drug experiences may
result in severe self-inflicted injuries. Persistent memory problems and speech
difficulties may linger.
- Narcotics: Users of narcotics, such as heroin,
codeine, morphine and opium develop dependence and increase the likelihood of an
overdose that can lead to convulsions, coma and death.
Resources for Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment
Students are advised to contact
any Counselor for more information about community resources available for drug
and alcohol addiction and treatment.
Employees who have problems with alcohol or controlled substances are encouraged to voluntarily contact the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Coordinator for referral to counseling or treatment programs. Voluntary contacts with the EAP Coordinator will remain confidential.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
The EAP provides an avenue for staff
experiencing a wide range of physical addiction, mental and/or emotional
problems to seek assistance before those problems jeopardize health, family life
or job performance. Short-term support and counseling (one to three visits) are
available through St. Agnes Hospital, Fond du Lac, as a free company benefit.
Further referral, if necessary, is made to agencies or individuals whose
services may be covered by insurance, whose fees are based on ability to pay or
whose assistance is free.
Notice to Applicants, Parents or Guardians Services, financial aid and other benefits available through the Wisconsin Technical College System are provided on a non- discriminatory basis as required by Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended.
Individuals applying for or receiving assistance through this agency who believe that discrimination is being practiced by Moraine Park Technical College or the Wisconsin Technical College System may file a written complaint with the appropriate state or federal agency or both.
Any written complaint is to be signed by the complainant; shall give in detail the time, place, pertinent facts and circumstances of the alleged discrimination; and shall be submitted to the State Director, Wisconsin Technical College System, PO Box 7874, Madison, WI 53707-7874.
Further, according to Title IX of Educational Amendments of 1972, Governor's Executive Order No. 9, Executive Order No. 11246, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Wisconsin Statutes 38.12 and 38.23, it is the policy of the Moraine Park Technical College Board not to discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, handicap, arrest/conviction record, veteran or military status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, political affiliation or parental status. Student consumerism information is available in compliance with Section 493A of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. Questions relative to these pieces of legislation can be directed to the Registrar, Fond du Lac campus.