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Drug Abuse and Alcohol Prevention Program

Drug Abuse and Alcohol Prevention Program


Peralta Community College District Drug Abuse and Alcohol Prevention Program (DAAPP)

The Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Regulations (Education Department General Administrative Regulations [EDGAR]) specifies that no institution of higher education shall be eligible to receive funds or any other form of financial assistance under any Federal program, including participation in any federally funded or guaranteed student loan program, unless the institution certifies to the Secretary that the institution has adopted and has implemented a program to prevent the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol by students and employees.  In response, the Peralta Community College District has adopted and implemented program and policies to prevent the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees.

The Peralta Community College District is committed to providing a drug free environment.  The institutions also prohibit the use of tobacco products and electronic delivery devices on most parts of the campus and at college/district sponsored events (Board Policy 3550, and Administrative proceedures 3550, 3551, 3560).  Any type of drug use, including alcohol, is dangerous and potentially life threatening.  Drugs and alcohol adversely affect the body, mind and behavior.  The effects vary from person to person and from usage to usage.  Even low doses of drugs and alcohol can impair judgment and coordination.  If you use drugs or alcohol, you risk overdose, accidents, dependence, ill health, as well as legal, financial and personal problems.  The federal laws against drugs are divided into two categories: possession and distribution.  The penalties are severe depending upon the type of drug, quantity of the drug, and any prior offense.   Simple possession of controlled substances will earn: civil fines up to $10,000 per violation, jail sentence and denial of Federal benefits.  Manufacture, sale or distribution of all scheduled drugs:  prison sentence or a FELONY. (See PCCD Catalog of Classes and campus Safety Log). State laws vary and may be more severe.


Annual Notification:

An annual notification will be sent to all students and employees.  The notification will include:

  1. Standards of conduct that clearly prohibit, at minimum, the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees;
  2. A description of appropriate legal sanctions for violation of local, state, or federal laws for the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol;
  3. A description of the health risks associated with the abuse of illicit drugs or alcohol use.
  4. A list of drug and alcohol programs (counseling, treatment, rehabilitation, and re-entry) that are available to employees or students;
  5. A clear statement that the Peralta Community College District will impose disciplinary sanctions on students and employees for violations of the standards of conduct and a description of those sanctions, up to and including expulsion or termination of employment and referral for prosecution.

In addition to the required notifications, College of Alameda will provide and display information on the district’s Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program for ALL students, faculty and staff to view as follows:

    • Posters
    • Health Services Website
    • Class schedule
    • College Catalogs
    • Educational Workshops
    • Digital Screens around college  

I. Standards of Conduct


The unlawful possession, purchase, manufacture, use, sale or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by employees on college/district property or at any of its activities is prohibited. The Peralta Community College District (PCCD) will impose sanctions, consistent with local, State, and Federal law, for violations of PCCD alcohol and drug policies as stated in college policies or employee handbooks/manuals. Disciplinary action may include corrective discipline, counseling, (faculty) reassignment, verbal warnings, documented warnings, probation, suspension with or without pay, and discharge for employees and/or referral to local law enforcement for prosecution.

If an employee is convicted of violating criminal laws concerning alcohol or drugs, in addition to civil action, the employee may be subject to termination. Legal sanctions may include classes, community service, fines, prison terms, loss of driving privileges, and mandated rehabilitation programs. In addition, failure to disclose previous convictions on a job application is grounds for termination.

PCCD supports the laws and regulations of the United States of America, the State of California, Alameda County, and the City of Alameda as well as the counties and cities in which our outreach sites are located. Each student and employee is expected to do the same. Applicable legal sanctions under state, local, and federal law can include: forfeiture of personal property and real estate, fines, revocation of driver’s license, probation, parole, imprisonment, mandatory minimum sentences, and deportation for non-US citizens.

For further information, refer to Administrative Procedure 3550Preserving a Drug Free Environment for Emplyees, at:

Standards of Student Conduct:

Students are responsible for complying with all college regulations and for maintaining appropriate course requirements as established by the instructors.

Disciplinary action may be imposed on a student for violation of college rules and regulations, the California Education Code, California Penal Code, and the California Administrative Code. Student misconduct may result in disciplinary action by the college and prosecution by civil authorities. Misconduct that may result in disciplinary action includes, but is not limited to, the following violations:

8. The use, sale, or possession on campus of, or presence on campus under the influence of, any controlled substance, or any poison classified as such by Schedule D in Section 4160 of the Business and Professions Code or any controlled substance listed in California Health and Safety Code Section 11053 et seq., an alcoholic beverage, or an intoxicant of any kind; or unlawful possession of, or offering, arranging or negotiating the sale of any drug paraphernalia, as defined in California Health and Safety Code Section 11014.5.


II. Legal Sanctions

The Peralta Community College Police Department enforces all federal and state laws and local ordinances.


  1.  Federal Trafficking Penalties table, obtained from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (http://222/, is provided below:


In addition to the information listed above, a complete listing of California substances, how they are placed on the schedule and additional drug information, can be found at:

III. Health Risks

Alcohol and drugs are toxic to the human body. Substance abuse may result in a wide array of serious health and behavioral problems and has both long and short-term effects on the body and the mind. In addition to the problem of toxicity, contaminant poisonings often occur with illegal drug use. HIV infection with intravenous drug use is a prevalent hazard.

Acute health problems may include heart attack, stroke, and sudden death, which can occur for first-time cocaine users. Long lasting effects caused by drug and alcohol abuse can cause problems such as disruption of normal heart rhythm, high blood pressure, leaks of blood vessels in the brain, bleeding and destruction of brain cells, possible memory loss, infertility, impotency, immune system impairment, kidney failure, cirrhosis of the liver and pulmonary damage. Drug use during pregnancy may result in fetal damage and birth defects causing hyperactivity, neurological abnormalities, and developmental difficulties.

Listed below are additional Health Risks due to Alcohol Abuse

  1. Alcohol Abuse
  • Known health risks include increased risk of injuries, violence, fetal damage (in pregnant women), depression, neurologic deficits, hypertension, liver and heart disease, addiction and fatal overdose.
  • Alcohol affects every organ in the drinker’s body and can damage a developing fetus. Intoxication can impair brain function and motor skills; heavy use can increase risk of certain cancers, stroke, and liver disease. Alcoholism or alcohol dependence is a diagnosable disease characterized by a strong craving for alcohol, and/or continued use despite harm or personal injury. Alcohol abuse, which can lead to alcoholism, is a pattern of drinking that result in harm to one’s health, interpersonal relationships, or ability to work.



Substance and Possible Long-Term Effects


Toxic psychosis, physical dependence, neurological and liver damage, fetal alcohol syndrome, impaired judgment


Uppers, speed, crank          loss of appetite, delusions, hallucinations, heart problems, hypertension, irritability, insomnia, toxic psychosis, rebound depression


Barbs, bluebirds, blues       severe withdrawal symptoms, possible convulsions, toxic psychosis, depression, physical dependence, impaired judgment



(Valium, Xanax, Ativan, Dalmane, Rohypnol) benzos, downers, sleepers, tranqs, roofies

Impaired judgment, sedation, panic reaction, seizures, psychological dependence, physical dependence


Freebase coke, crack

Loss of appetite, depression, weight loss, seizure, heart attack, stroke, hypertension, psychosis, chronic cough, nasal passage injury, hallucinations


Physical dependence, constipation, loss of appetite, lethargy, respiratory depression



H, junk, smack

Physical dependence, constipation, loss of appetite, lethargy, respiratory depression



Ames, gas, laughing gas, poppers, snappers

Psychological dependence, psychotic reactions, confusion, frozen airway, sudden death



May intensify existing psychosis, panic reactions, can interfere with psychological adjustment and social functioning, insomnia, flashbacks


Ecstasy, xtc

Same as LSD, sleeplessness, nausea, confusion, increased blood pressure, sweating, paranoia


Marijuana (cannabis)

Pot, grass, dope, weed, joints

Bronchitis, conjunctivitis, mood swings, paranoia, lethargy, impaired concentration

Mescaline (peyote cactus)

mesc, peyote

May intensify existing psychosis, hallucinations at high dose



Meth, crystal, chalk, ice

Increased wakefulness, increased physical activity, decreased appetite, increased respiration, rapid heart rate, irregular heartbeat, increased blood pressure, and increased body temperature




Coma, convulsions


M, morf          

Physical dependence, constipation, loss of appetite, lethargy



Crystal, tea, angel dust    

Psychotic behavior, violent acts, psychosis, hallucinations at high dose



Magic mushrooms, shrooms     

May intensify existing psychosis



Roids, juice

Cholesterol imbalance, acne, baldness, anger management problems, masculinization of women, breast enlargement in men, premature fusion of long bones preventing attainment of normal height, atrophy of reproductive organs, impotence, reduced fertility, stroke, hypertension, congestive heart failure, liver damage, depression


IV. Drug and Alcohol Prevention Programs and Resources


The college provides information on drug and alcohol treatment and prevention through a variety of means including seminars, courses, and Student Health Services (Health Center).  Contact Student Health Services at (510) 748-2320, Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm or the Vice President, Student Services Office for additional information at (510) 748-2205.

Campus Based Programs and Resources: (Note: Not all programs and resources are available at all institutions)

  • Mental Health Counseling
    • Student Health Services Referrals
    • Crisis Counseling
    • Drug & Alcohol Abuse curriculum offered through Peralta Community College District
    • Health Fairs
    • Referrals to Community-Based Substance Abuse and Treatment Services 

Community Based Programs and Resources:

Outpatient and Community Based Substance Abuse Services

Resources for Drug and Alcohol Abuse and Recovery


Government Programs



SAMHSA—Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration

Department of Health and Human Services


California Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs


National Institute of Health Training Guide


Sober Recovery Online Resources



Community Crisis Lines

• Students who are experiencing a Behavioral Health emergency should call 9-1-1.

• Students who need information about handling a mental health crisis should speak to a trained counselor who can help with their specific situation.  On campus, contact the health center at 510-748-2320


Crisis Line Resources:

Crisis Support Services of Alameda County



877-7-CRISIS or 877-727-4747

The Soldiers Project



The Trevor Project




Employees may access drug and alcohol treatment programs through the following resources:

1. Employee Assistance Plan (EAP)

Contact:  MHN 1800-535-4985


Community Drug and Alcohol Treatment

Substance Abuse Referral Resources

V. Consequences for Violations


  • Administrative Procedure 5520 – Standards of Student Conduct -Student Disciplinary Procedures
  • Possible Disciplinary Sanctions:
  • Reprimand – A written notice to the student that he or she has violated the Standards of Student Conduct.  The reprimand serves as documentation of the student’s misconduct, and as a warning to the student that further violations may result in formal disciplinary sanctions.
  • Loss of Privileges:  Exclusion from extracurricular activities, removal from campus organizations, or denial of specific privileges for a designated period of time.  An organization may also lose campus privileges including, but not limited to, the forfeiture of official recognition by PCCD.
  • Restitution:  Compensation for loss, damage, or injury.  Restitution may take the form of appropriate service, monetary reimbursement, or materials replacement.
  • Removal from Class:  Dismissal of a student from class for disruptive behavior.  An instructor is authorized to remove a student from class for the day of the removal and the next class meeting. The instructor shall immediately report the removal to the Dean of Student Affairs.
  • Restitution – Formal action by the Disciplinary Officer to require reimbursement for

damage to or misappropriation of property. This may take the form of appropriate

service or other compensation;

  • Suspension: Separation of a student from PCCD for a specified period of, after which the student may be eligible for readmission to the college under specified conditions. There are two types of suspensions:
    • Summary Suspension: An interim suspension for good cause designed to prevent a student from endangering the health and safety of the campus community, destroying or damaging PCCD premises or property, or disrupting or interfering with the orderly operation of the college. A summary suspension may be imposed pending a Campus Judicial Board hearing, for the purpose of investigation, or as a means of relieving the tension of the campus community or an individual class due to a serious infraction of the Standards of Student Conduct. A student who has been summarily suspended shall be denied access to an individual class or all PCCD premises, and lose specified privileges for which he or may otherwise be eligible.
  • Disciplinary Suspension: A formal dismissal of a student for good cause. While under disciplinary suspension a student shall be denied access to an individual class or all PCCD premises, and lose specified privileges for which he or she may otherwise be eligible.
  • Expulsion:  A permanent dismissal or separation of the student from PCCD for good cause when other means of correction fail to result in acceptable conduct, or when the presence of the student causes continuing danger to the health and safety of the campus community.





Alcohol Warnings

Don’t resort to drinking for problematic reasons. While going to a bar with some friends for the Superbowl isn’t necessarily a problem, the same can’t be said if you’re turning to the bottle of Whiskey after breaking up with your significant other.

If you drink, don’t even think about driving. Walk home, call a taxi cab, or ask someone for a ride. A DUI usually costs around $10,000—and that’s if you are lucky enough to have been caught before killing someone on the road.

Be aware that any amount of alcohol can risk affecting your coordination and state of mind. The extent to which it does this will depend on what you drink, your age, your body mass, and how fast you are drinking. Responsible drinking entails knowing your own limits, drinking in moderation, and being mature about it.

If you observe someone that is passed out, will NOT come to consciousness and has not vomited after extreme amounts of alcohol, take the person to the hospital. This person may be subject to alcohol poisoning. Unconsciousness -period- is a life-threatening condition.



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 Additional Resources

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  • Since 1964, the Peralta Community College District - comprised of Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College - has served the cities of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Piedmont by providing 25,000 students each semester with a range of educational programs and life-long learning opportunities.