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Policy 4-6-2: Drug and Alcohol Prevention for Employees

WNC Policy 4-6-2
Procedure: Drug and Alcohol Prevention for Employees
Policy No.: 4-6-2
Department: Human Resources
Contact: Vice President of Human Resources and General Counsel

As part of the federal Drug-free Schools and Communities Act, colleges are required to provide students and employees with information on campus rules and regulations pertaining to alcohol and other drugs, the health and social effects, legal sanctions, and counseling and treatment programs available.

  • Section 1: Standards of Conduct
    • A. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of alcohol and drugs at WNC is prohibited. Violation of this prohibition will result in disciplinary action up to and including termination of employees or expulsion of students.
    • B. The WNC president has the authority to designate the time and place for special events where alcoholic beverages may be served on campus to persons 21 years of age or over.
    • C. Any student of employee who exhibits offensive behavior on WNC-owned or supervised property while under the influence of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs shall be subject to disciplinary action.
  • Section 2: Legal Sanctions
    • A. Any act prohibited by local state or federal law which occurs on WNC premises or at a WNC-sponsored function shall constitute cause for discipline which for students can include a warning, reprimands, restitutions, probation, suspension or expulsion. Sanctions against employees can include any of the above in addition to termination of employment.
    • B. Nevada law states that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of a controlled substance in the workplace by employees of state agencies is prohibited. Any violator is subject to disciplinary action which may include termination of employment. The specifics of the policy are addressed in Chapter 78 of the 1989 Revised Statutes of Nevada, NRS 453.146 and Nevada Administrative Code 284.650 and 284.653.
    • C. Federal penalties for trafficking in controlled substances such as methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, PCP, LSD, fentanyl, marijuana, and hashish include imprisonment for five years to live and fines of up to $8 million. Federal penalties for illegal possession of a controlled substance include imprisonment from one to 20 years and fines of up to $250,000.
  • Section 3: Health Risks
    • A. Drug performance affects health risks
      • 1. Alcohol
        • a. poor concentration, coordination and judgment;
        • b. absenteeism or lateness;
        • c. mood swings;
        • d. fatigue;
        • e. liver diseases;
        • f. ulcers;
        • g. birth defects;
        • h. depression;
        • i. malnutrition;
        • j. heart disease and stroke;
        • k. certain cancers;
        • l. brain damage.
      • 2. Anti-anxiety drugs (Valium, Xanax, Librium, etc.)
        • a. drowsiness;
        • b. poor attention span, memory and coordination;
        • c. confusion;
        • d. birth defects;
        • e. possible liver disease.
      • 3. Cocaine (crack) and amphetamines
        • a. nervousness, short attention span, poor judgment, mood swings, paranoia or hallucinations;
        • b. depression caused by withdrawal;
        • c. death from heart or respiratory failure; stroke or seizures;
        • d. lung and voice damage;
        • e. hepatitis or AIDS.
      • 4. Heroin (and other opiates)
        • a. drowsiness, confusion and disorientation.
        • b. slows breathing rate, sometimes to the point of death;
        • c. coma;
        • d. hepatitis or AIDS.
      • 5. Marijuana
        • a. poor short-term memory;
        • b. slowed reflexes;
        • c. problems judging time, depth, and distance;
        • d. lung damage;
        • e. may harm immune system or fertility.
      • 6. PCP (angel dust)
        • a. disorganization;
        • b. hostile feelings toward others;
        • c. short attention span;
        • d. poor motor skills;
        • e. self-inflicted injury;
        • f. brain hemorrhage;
        • g. convulsions, coma and death.
      • 7. Steroids
        • a. aggressive behavior;
        • b. mood swings;
        • c. withdrawal can cause depression;
        • d. liver disease;
        • e. high cholesterol levels;
        • f. in men, breast development, small testicles and sterility;
        • g. in women, deep voice, acne, hair growth and decrease in breast size.
  • Section 4: Services and Programs That Can Help
    • A. Confidential information and counseling services for alcohol and other drugs are available at WNC and in the Carson City, Fallon and rural centers areas.
    • B. Counseling services include prevention, crisis intervention, assessments and evaluations, and treatment via on-campus services and/or community referrals.
    • C. For WNC employees, an Employee Assistance Program is also available.
    • D. For students, counseling is provided through WNC Counseling Services.
    • E. Toll-free information
      • 1. National Institute on Drug Abuse Hotline
        1-800-662-HELP (4357)
        Refers callers to local drug treatment centers and support groups.
      • 2. American Council on Alcoholism Helpline
        Refers callers to local alcohol and drug treatment centers.
      • 3. Al-Anon
        Will refer families of substance abusers to group meeting in their local area.
      • 4. Cocaine Hotline
        Will send a brochure on cocaine use.
    • F. Local Groups/Groups for Families
      • 1. Alcoholics Anonymous: 775-329-7593
        Al-Anon: 775-348-7103
      • 2. Narcotics Anonymous
        Carson City: 775-883-5110
        Reno: 775-322-4811
      • 3. Family Counseling Service of Northern Nevada: 775-329-0623
      • 4. United Way Information/Referral Line: 775-322-8668
Date Adopted and Dates Revised
Date Adopted October 1, 1990 Dates Revised September 2, 2008; May 11, 2004
NSHE and NRS Codes
NSHE Code Reference NSHE Board of Regents Handbook
NAC Code NAC 284.650, NAC 284.653
NRS Code NRS 453.146
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Date Printed: March 22, 2018