Controlled Substances Policy

Pierce College intends to provide a drug-free, healthful, safe and secure environment. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of a controlled substance in or on Pierce College-owned or controlled property, or while conducting Pierce College business, is illegal under both state and federal law and is prohibited. In addition, state law prohibits selling, furnishing or providing alcohol to a person under the age of 21. The possession of alcohol by anyone less than 21 years of age in a public place, or a place open to the public, is illegal.

The Pierce College District has implemented a program to prevent unlawful possession, use, or distribution of alcohol and controlled substances by students and employees. Details of this program are contained in the Student Code of Conduct and in the Drug and Alcohol Workplace Prevention policy and Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation policy in the Pierce College policy manual.

Violation of this policy will be reason for disciplinary action, which may include expulsion or termination of employment, and may be referred for prosecution and result in the imposition of penalties, which may include community service hours, fines, forfeiture of personal and/or real property, and/or incarceration.

Substance Abuse Education

The use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol may result in numerous physiological, psychological and sociological disorders. College and community resources are available to assist students and employees with problems related to alcohol and other substance abuse, which include dissemination of informational materials, educational programs, counseling services and referrals.

Employees are encouraged to voluntarily seek expert assistance for alcoholism, drug dependency or any other job-impairing personal problem. Free, professional help is available to all employees on a confidential basis through the state's Employee Advisory Service.

Licensed mental health counselors are available to provide free services to enrolled students at the Fort Steilacoom and Puyallup campuses.

County alcohol centers and mental health clinics are available for both students and employees. Private practitioners and agencies are listed in the local telephone directory (See Alcoholism Treatment and/or Drug Abuse Information & Treatment in the Yellow Pages).