Alcoholic Beverages, Drugs and Smoking


Alcoholic Beverages 

No alcoholic beverages may be consumed, served, sold, or stored by students, guests, invitees, educators, administrators, or executives of Bristol Community College at any of the college campuses or satellite locations or in any motor vehicle owned or leased by Bristol Community College without the advance written approval of the college President. Under-age drinking is prohibited at Bristol Community College functions and on any part of the college campuses.

Employees who violate these prohibitions shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including suspension or discharge and shall also be subject to referral for criminal prosecution. Violations of these prohibitions should be brought to the attention of the employee’s immediate supervisor or the Office of Human Resources.

Drugs

Bristol Community College prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possessing, or use of a controlled substance on its campuses, including while using a motor vehicle owned or leased by the college, or as part of any college-related activity.

Employees who violate these prohibitions shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including suspension or discharge and shall also be subject to referral for criminal prosecution. Violations of these prohibitions should be brought to the attention of the employee’s immediate supervisor or the Office of Human Resources.

Marijuana

Although Massachusetts law permits the use of medical marijuana and the possession, use, distribution and cultivation of marijuana in limited amounts, federal law, including the Federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970, the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989, prohibits the possession, use, distribution and/or cultivation of marijuana at educational institutions.  

Further, as marijuana remains classified as an illegal narcotic under federal law, institutions of higher education that receive federal funding are required to maintain policies prohibiting the possession and use of marijuana on their campuses. Accordingly, the possession, use, distribution or cultivation of marijuana, even for medical purposes, is prohibited on all Community College property or at College sponsored events and activities.  

Also prohibited is the operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of marijuana on Community College property or at College sponsored events or activities.  Further, this policy prohibits the possession, use, or distribution of all marijuana accessories and marijuana products. Marijuana accessories shall include, but are not limited to, any devise or equipment used for ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise introducing marijuana into the human body.  Marijuana products shall include, but are not limited to, products that are comprised of marijuana and other ingredients and are intended for use or consumption, such as, but not limited to, edible products.

Violations of this policy by any student or employee shall result in disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion or termination in accordance with applicable College policies or collective bargaining agreements.

Smoking

Bristol Community College shall be a tobacco-free campus. The use of tobacco, including any oral tobacco products, is prohibited within college buildings, walkways, in college or state fleet vehicles, and on college-owned property, not otherwise leased to another organization. This prohibition applies to all faculty, staff, students, contractors, vendors, and visits at all college locations. In support, Bristol Community College provides comprehensive tobacco cessation and prevention services. 

Smoking will only be permitted in private vehicles parked on campus or on Elsbree Street.

Successful implementation of this policy requires a college-wide cooperative effort. All members of the college community are urged to assist in this endeavor.

Complaints concerning employees of the college should be brought to the attention of the employee’s immediate supervisor or in the alternative to the Executive Director of Human Resources or the Associate Director of Human Resources. Complaints concerning students should be brought to the attention of a campus police officer, who may refer the matter to the Vice President for Student Services and Enrollment Management; and any official actions taken will be in accordance with the Student Handbook.

Employees who violate these prohibitions will first be admonished and provided with educational literature. Disciplinary actions will be reserved for repeat infractions and infractions that interfere with the College’s academic or workplace needs or responsibilities. Visitors who fail to comply with these prohibitions may be prohibited from remaining or returning to campus.  In all cases, Campus Police will assist in helping students and employees who identify a violation.

Smoking - Tobacco-Free College Policy

The Bristol Community College tobacco-free campus policy provides a healthy working and learning environment. The purpose of this policy is to reduce harm from secondhand smoke, provide an environment that encourages persons to be tobacco free, establish a campus culture of wellness, reduce health insurance and health-care costs, and promote a tobacco-free future.

The 2006, U.S. Surgeon General's Report states that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Breathing secondhand smoke for even a short time can be harmful and set processes in motion such as cancer, heart disease, or respiratory conditions.

Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of all members of the campus community, including visitors, to observe this policy.

All administrators, deans, directors, department chairs, and supervisors will communicate the policy to everyone within their areas of responsibility.

Campus Police and Public Safety is responsible for determining policy applicability and will answer policy related questions. It is the responsibility of Health Services to provide information regarding tobacco prevention and cessation.

Procedures

The policy will be communicated to all members of the campus community. Education regarding the college's tobacco-free policy will be included in formal orientation for all incoming students and employees. Sufficient signage will be posted to inform members of the campus community and its visitors, including contractors and vendors, of the policy. Compliance with this policy is the shared responsibility and the right of all Bristol Community College staff, students, and faculty members. The success of this policy will depend upon the courtesy, respect, and cooperation of users and non-users of tobacco products.

This policy became effective June 7, 2010. 

Education and treatment are the preferred intervention for violators, but violators may also be subject to fines and disciplinary action. 

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