Rules Regarding Use
NTC adheres to goals and policies geared toward providing an alcohol/drug-free educational environment. The College has adopted rules for both students and staff that promote such an environment:
- The manufacture, possession, use, sale or delivery of alcohol and other drugs upon College premises or while participating in any College-related activities off campus by an employee or student in violation of any applicable federal, state or local alcohol and other drug-free law is prohibited.
- Any employee or student violating this policy, or seeking to promote, encourage, aid, or abet any other employee or student in the violation of this policy shall be subject to discipline and/or discharge. The administration and the District Board may invoke such discipline and/or discharge whether or not the employee or student may also be prosecuted under criminal law.
- Any employee or student who is convicted of violating any criminal alcohol or other drug statute on District premises or while participating in any employee duties while off campus must, in accordance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act, notify the Human Resources Office no later than five days after the conviction. The Human Resource Office will then notify the agency within 10 days after the report of this conviction is received, and within 90 days take appropriate disciplinary action against the employee as outlined in the employee handbook.
As a condition of employment and course enrollment at NTC, employees and students must abide by the terms of this policy. Support services are available for any student or staff that need assistance with a drug or alcohol problem. This policy is not intended to preclude the approved use of alcohol and other drugs for instructional purposes or as part of technical assistance.
In addition to school rules, there are legal sanctions under local, state and federal law for the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol:
- County penalties: All county law enforcement agencies in the NTC District process illicit drug and alcohol charges through the Wisconsin court system. These courts of justice impose State of Wisconsin penalties.
- State of Wisconsin penalties: The laws of Wisconsin prohibit drug possession and delivery through the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, Wis. Stat. 161, and mandate stiff penalties that include up to 15 years of prison and fines up to $500,000. A person with a first-time conviction of possession of a controlled substance can be sentenced up to one year in prison and fined up to $5,000 (Wis. Stat. 161.41[2r]b).
- Federal penalties: The federal government has recently revised the penalties against drug possession and trafficking through its Federal Sentencing Guidelines that reduce the discretion that federal judges may use in sentencing offenders of federal drug statutes. Under these guidelines, courts can sentence a person for up to six years for unlawful possession of a controlled substance, including the distribution of a small amount (less than 250 grams) of marijuana. A sentence of life conviction for possession of a controlled substance that results in death or bodily injury. Possession of more than five grams of cocaine can trigger an intent to distribute penalty of 10 to 16 years in prison, U.S.S.G.s.2D2.1(b)(1).
There are dangerous health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol. Health hazards include profound alterations in sensation, mood and consciousness that may involve the senses of hearing, touch, smell or taste, as well as experiences that depart from reality. Because the effects are highly unpredictable, including bizarre behavior and disorientation, there is a significant risk of accidental injuries. Extreme hazards include suicide and homicide.
Drug and alcohol consumption can affect the brain’s ability to learn, remember, recall, integrate, and evaluate outside data and sensory experiences. For pregnant women, drug and alcohol usage can result in malformation of the fetus. Drugs and alcohol are highly addictive.
- Student Behavior Guidelines