2017-2018 Student Handbook

Disciplinary Sanctions for Drug and Alcohol Abuse

College of Central Florida Sanctions:

The College will impose sanctions on students and employees for any violation of the College's Drug-Free Institution Policy consistent with state and Federal law. Possible sanctions include suspension, termination, expulsion, participation in a drug rehabilitation program, referral for prosecution, or other such action the College deems appropriate. Primary candidates who test positive for the illegal use of drugs will be ineligible for employment at the College for a minimum of six months following the College’s receipt of the confirmed positive test results. Refusal to submit to a drug/alcohol test will be treated as a confirmed positive test result for purposes of employment and employee discipline. The following minimum penalties shall be imposed for the particular offenses described.

Manufacture, Sale or Delivery of Illicit Drugs: For the illegal sale, delivery or possession with the intent to deliver, of any controlled substance identified in Schedules I and II of Chapter 893.03 of the Florida Statutes (including but not limited to heroin, cannabis, mescaline, lysergic acid diethylamide [LSD], opium, cocaine, amphetamine, and MDA [ecstasy, methaqualone] any student shall be expelled and any faculty member, administrator or other employee shall be discharged.

For the illegal manufacture sale or delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver, of any controlled substance identified in Schedules III through V of Chapter 893.03 of the Florida Statutes (including, but not limited to steroids, diazepam and Phenobarbital) the penalty may include suspension from enrollment or employment. For a second offense, any student shall be expelled and any faculty member, administrator or other employee shall be discharged.

Possession, Sale or Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages: Possession, sale or consumption of alcoholic beverages on campus or at off-campus, College-sponsored activities is prohibited unless specifically authorized. Alcoholic beverages include, but are not limited to, beer, wine, distilled spirits, wine coolers and liqueurs.

Students, faculty and staff in violation of this policy will be subject to disciplinary actions as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, or according to College disciplinary procedures.

Illegal Possession of Drugs: For a first offense involving the illegal possession of any controlled substance identified in Schedules I or II of Chapter 893.03 of the Florida Statutes, the minimum penalty for students and employees shall be suspension.

For a first offense involving the illegal possession of any controlled substance identified in Schedules III through V of Chapter 893.03 of the Florida statutes, the minimum penalty shall be probation for a period to be determined on a case-by-case basis. A person on probation must agree to participate in a drug education and counseling program, consent to follow-up drug testing, and accept other conditions as the College deems appropriate.

For refusal or failure to abide by the terms of probation or for subsequent offenses involving the illegal possession of drugs, progressively more severe penalties shall be imposed, including expulsion of students and discharge of employees. These penalties will be imposed in accordance with College disciplinary procedures.

State of Florida Sanctions:

Drinking Age: The legal drinking age in Florida is 21. Selling, giving or serving alcoholic beverages to persons under 21 is unlawful. The possession of alcoholic beverages by persons under 21 is unlawful. It is unlawful for a person under 21 to misrepresent his or her age in order to obtain alcohol. This includes the manufacture or use of false identification. It is unlawful to use altered identification for the purpose of procuring alcoholic beverages. Possession of alcoholic beverages by a person under the age of 21 may also result in the curtailment of driving privileges.

DUI (Driving while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs): Possible penalties include mandatory driver’s license suspension, fines, community service and imprisonment.

Drug Related Offenses: Under state law, it is a crime for any person to possess or distribute controlled substances/drugs as described in Section Florida Statutes 893.03, except as authorized by law. Punishment for such crime ranges from first-degree misdemeanors (up to one year imprisonment and up to a $1,000 fine) to first-degree felonies (up to 30 years imprisonment and up to a $10,000 fine). The driving privilege may also be affected if any of these crimes are committed. Convictions on drug-related charges may result in forfeiture of federal financial aid.

Trafficking (distributing specified large quantities of various controlled substances) is punishable by a prison term of 3 to 25 years and a fine of $25,000 to $500,000 depending on the particular illicit drug and the quantity involved.

Federal Sanctions:

Possible federal sanctions for illegal possession of a controlled substance or drug trafficking range from 1 to 20 years in prison and between $1,000 and $8 million in fines depending on the particular substance and quantity involved, whether death or serious bodily injury resulted and the number of previous felony drug convictions. Additional sanctions may include forfeiture of personal and real property, denial of federal benefits and loss of eligibility to receive or purchase a firearm. Drug possessors may also be subject to a civil fine of up to $10,000.

(CF Drug-Free Campus and Workplace Policy, CF.edu/campussafety)