Alcoholism and Drug Dependency

Section: III.  STSV - 101
Approved By: Dr. Pamela J. Transue, 1/28/04
Last Review: June 2011
Last Revision: 1/28/04
Prior Revisions: none
Initial Adoption: unknown


The college will provide substance abuse education, resources, information and referral focusing on the prevention and treatment of substance abuse.  The college’s substance abuse program will be available to all faculty, staff and students.  Information on the program will be distributed annually.  Further, the college adopts the State of Washington Policy on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency dated November 1, 1982.

Use, possession or distribution of alcoholic beverages, narcotic drugs or controlled substances, or being under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs on campus or at any college-sponsored event, is prohibited.  (Exceptions for use of alcoholic beverages at college-sponsored events on campus may be made with appropriate permits and approval by the college president.)  Violations of this policy by any student may result in disciplinary warning, probation, suspension or expulsion.  In addition, Washington State statutes and federal laws make the possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol a crime subject to imprisonment, fine or both.

The college will conduct a biennial review to determine the effectiveness of the drug and alcohol abuse prevention program, implement changes as needed, and ensure that appropriate sanctions are consistently enforced.


In accordance with the provisions of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1986 (PL 99-570, Title IV, Sub-title B) and its amendment of 1989 (PL 101-226), the college has a policy to help educate and inform students, faculty and staff about prevention and treatment of substance abuse.  The policy also upholds Washington statutes and federal laws regarding the illegal possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol.

To Whom Does This Policy Apply

All individuals registered for classes at Tacoma Community College.


Previous Board Policy Manual Section 4.8000 Alcoholism and Drug Dependency

Drug-free Schools and Campuses Act