2020-2021 Catalog 
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2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Rules and Regulations

Academic Regulations

Students’ Rights and Responsibilities

 Drug-Free Workplace Policy


The purpose of this regulation is to implement the provisions of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 (Public Law 100-690, 41 U.S.C. 5151, et seq.), which requires federal grant recipients to provide a drug-free workplace.

The Chancellor shall:

  1. Distribute the following statement to all employees:

    You are hereby notified that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance, as defined in Schedules I-V of Section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812), is prohibited in the workplace.

    You are further notified that, as a condition of your continued employment in this district which accepts federal grants, you will abide by the terms of this statement, and will notify the district of any criminal drug statute conviction (including a plea of nolo contendere), occurring in the workplace. Said notice shall be delivered no later than five (5) days after such conviction.

    The district will take appropriate personnel action, up to and including dismissal, against any employee found to have violated the provisions of this statement.
  2. Establish a drug-free awareness program to inform employees about:
    1. The dangers of drug abuse in the workplace;
    2. The district’s policy of maintaining a drug-free work place;
    3. Drug counseling, rehabilitation, and assistance programs available to eligible employees through the Employee Assistance Program; and
    4. The penalties that may be imposed by the district on employees for drug abuse violations.

Smoke Free Campus

It is the policy of the South Orange County Community College District to maintain a smoke free/tobacco free environment for all district sites. The use of cigarette and/or all tobacco products is prohibited within any District facility and/or on any property. This administrative regulation pertains to students, faculty, staff, administrators, visitors, and the general public attending events at any site within the district. Additionally, this policy shall apply to all District facilities or properties, owned or leased, regardless of location; and all state and auxiliary vehicles.

The following guidelines shall apply:

  1. Smoking and the use of all tobacco products is prohibited in all District buildings and on all District property.
  2. District owned or rented vehicles transporting students and staff for instructional/extra-curricular activities are considered non-smoking areas.
  3. As new related medical research and information becomes available, this Administrative Regulation and corresponding Board Policy will be reviewed by the Student Health Centers and the Employee Wellness Program and distributed as appropriate.
  4. The Student Health Centers will serve as referral agencies and provide guidance for students and staff as requested.
  5. A district committee composed of representatives from the college and the district will review the regulations periodically.

Tobacco products include, but are not limited to, the burning of any type of cigar, cigarette, or pipe.  In addition, the use of electronic cigarettes (vapor) and smokeless/chewing tobacco are prohibited.  Tobacco products shall not be commercially sold or distributed in any manner on any district site.  This includes free sample distributed by vendors.  Advertising and sponsorship of events by tobacco companies is also prohibited.

Violators of this regulation may be subject to a citation.