Drug and Alcohol Prevention

The following are the College's regulations on drug and alcohol presence on campus and the consequences for non-compliance.

Code of Conduct

The following actions and/or behaviors violate College rules and regulations and will be subject to appropriate disciplinary proceedings: Possessing, selling, furnishing, distributing or consuming alcoholic beverages on College property, including on-campus or off-campus events, sponsored by the institution; or appearing on campus while intoxicated as defined by state and local laws.

Legal Sanctions

There are legal sanctions for violations of the Code of Conduct. Any student convicted of the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, use or abuse of illicit drugs or alcohol is subject to criminal penalties under local, state or federal law. Penalties range in severity from a fine of $100 to $8,000,000 and/or life imprisonment. The exact penalty assessed depends upon the nature and severity of the individual offense.


The College will impose penalties against students who violate our Code of Conduct. Violators are subject to disciplinary action. Sanctions include, but are not limited to, probation, suspension or expulsion from the College or probation, suspension or termination of employment and referral to authorities for prosecution, as appropriate.

Health Risks

Many health risks are associated with drug and alcohol abuse. Risks include, but are not limited to, malnutrition, brain damage, heart disease, pancreatitis, cirrhosis of the liver, mental illness, death, low birth-weight babies and babies with drug addictions. Personal relationships, family dynamics, ability to work and study are also at risk.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention information is available through Human Resources. Counseling resources are available through the Student Life Office.

The Law

ACC is a state community College governed by the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education. Board Policy requires the College to comply with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Amendments of 1989 (PL 101 226 in Federal law). A copy of this law is available in the Human Resources office. The College has adopted the following Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program:

Illegal Substances

A controlled substances schedule is on file for your reference in the Student Life Office.

Referral Resources

Referrals for counseling, treatment, rehabilitation and re-entry programs are available through the community:

Mental Health Center, Arapahoe, 5500 S. Sycamore St., Littleton

303.797.8858; emergency line 303.730.3303

Mental Health Center, Jefferson, 5265 Vance, Arvada

303.425.0300 (Jefferson County residents only)

Professional Psychology Center at University of Denver - 303.871.3626

Alcoholics Anonymous - 303.975.8677 or 303.322.4440 (24-hour hotline)

Narcotics Anonymous – 303.832.DRUG (3784)

Focus on Recovery, Helpline – 1.800.234.0420

You may also consult the yellow pages for a listing of private and community based programs. Check listings under “Alcoholism Treatment” and “Drug Abuse Information and Treatment.”

This information is provided in compliance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Amendments of 1989 (PL 101-226).