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This institution will abide by all applicable federal, state, and local laws pertaining to the illegal use and abuse of alcohol and controlled substances. The College has a comprehensive plan to provide educational programs and services to its students and staff to address substance abuse concerns.

A. Alcoholic Beverages at Social Functions

The State Board for Community Colleges has delegated to the VHCC College Board the responsibility for taking action on requests to serve alcohol at College social functions in view of local mores and in accordance with State regulations (Code of Virginia Sections 4.1-100 and 4.1-200, and Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control – Special Event Licensure).

Within the framework established by the State Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, VHCC, under special conditions, may be permitted to obtain a one day banquet license to serve alcohol at college sponsored functions provided that no person under 21 years of age is possessing, dispensing or drinking alcoholic beverages.

The VHCC administration and the College Board must approve this type of activity before the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board is contacted.

Students who are 21 years of age or older may be permitted to consume alcoholic beverages at college-sponsored events that have previously been approved to serve alcohol.

B. Illegal Substance Policy

Students of VHCC shall not possess, sell, use, manufacture, give away or otherwise distribute illegal substances while on campus, attending a college sponsored off-campus event, or while serving as a representative of the college at off-campus meetings. Students who violate this policy shall have College charges processed against them in the normal manner of due process provided by VHCC rules. Further, students who violate this policy shall have committed a criminal offense, and VHCC shall notify the appropriate agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia, county or city government for investigation and, if warranted, prosecution.

C. Substance Abuse Program

VHCC has developed the following substance abuse program including drug and alcohol education and substance abuse counseling and referral services for students and employees.

A.     Drug and Alcohol Education

1. Student Orientation: In orientation, VHCC representatives or other selected groups inform students of the issues related to substance abuse. Students are provided with prevention and treatment information.

2. Substance Abuse Materials:  Print and/or electronic materials are available to inform students and employees of substance abuse issues.

3. Substance Abuse Programs:  VHCC offers seminars and workshops dealing with substance abuse. These activities are open to the general public.


B.     Substance Abuse Counseling and Referral

VHCC’s Student Success Center maintains referral information on substance abuse treatment and rehabilitation services available in the community. Substance abuse inquiries and referrals are handled in a confidential manner.



Last updated: 2/25/2013 4:20:29 PM