Drug and Alcohol Policy Statement
Texas Southmost College (TSC) is a drug-free and alcohol-free college and workplace. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, purchase, dispensation, possession or use of an illegal drug or alcohol by students and employees on college property, or as a part of any college-sponsored activity, is prohibited. Students violating any provision of the drug and alcohol policies are subject to disciplinary sanctions ranging from suspension to referral for prosecution. Employees who violate any provision of the drug and alcohol policies may be subject to disciplinary action up to termination. Information regarding drug and alcohol problems, as well as referral services, is available at the Office of Counseling and Student Accessibility Resources and for employees please see Human Resources page
For a copy of TSC’s Drug Free Schools, Campuses and Workplace Operating Procedure please scroll to the TSC Resources at the bottom of the page.
Alcohol and Drug Use
Drug and alcohol use, misuse and abuse are complex behaviors with many outcomes at both the cultural and the individual levels. Awareness of the dangerous effects of drug/alcohol use is imperative for an individual’s well-being or survival. Negative consequences of drug/alcohol may be exhibited through: physical dependence (the body’s learned requirement of a drug for functioning) or psychological dependence (the experiencing of persistent craving for the drug and/or a feeling the drug/alcohol is a requirement for functioning).
Abuse of any drug/alcohol whether licit or illicit may result in marginal to marked, temporary to permanent physical and/ or psychological damage, even death. Since many of the illicit drugs are manufactured and sold illegally, their content varies and may contain especially harmful ingredients or amounts. Regardless of the types of drug/alcohol utilized, a perceived need for the continued use is likely to ensue, resulting in dependence. Dependence on drugs and/or alcohol alters the user’s psychological functioning. The acquisition of drugs and alcohol becomes the primary focus of the drug dependent individual and often results in reduced job performance and jeopardized family and other interpersonal relationships. Criminal behavior is frequently the means for financing a drug habit. Behavior patterns often include violence and assault as the individual becomes increasingly drug/alcohol dependent. Social and psychological alienation and medical problems increase as the abuser becomes entrapped in drug/alcohol dependence.
Drug/alcohol counseling and referrals are available in the Office of Counseling and Student Accessibility Resources and for employees please see the Human Resources page.
- Student Consequences/Sanctions
- Office of Counseling and Student Accessibility Resources
- Mental Health Resources
- 2018 Biennial Report
- Free Drug and Alcohol Awareness E-Courses
- TSC’s Drug Free Schools, Campuses and Workplace Operating Procedures
- Code of Conduct
- Clery Report
- Office of Civility
- Drug-Free School and Communities 2020 Report
Drug and Alcohol Resources
State of Texas Drug and Alcohol Laws
- Alcoholic Beverage Code Title 4. Regulatory and Penal Provisions Chapter 101. General Criminal Provision
- Alcoholic Beverage Code Chapter 106. Provisions Relating to Age
- Health & Safety Code Subtitle H. Public Health Provisions Chapter 161. Public Health Provisions Subchapter E: reports of gunshot wounds and Controlled Substance overdoses, section 161.042 – 161.403
- Health & Safety Code Subtitle C. Substance Abuse Regulation and Crimes Chapter 481. Texas Controlled Substances Act
- Government Code Chapter 2113. Use of Appropriated Money; Subchapter A. General Provisions