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It is the policy of Morton College to create a drug-free environment in keeping with the spirit and intent of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, sale, or use of illicit drugs and alcohol on or off Morton college campus premises is strictly prohibited.
The illegal use of drugs does not include the use of a drug taken under the supervision of a licensed health care professional or other uses authorized by law.
The illegal use of drugs and alcohol is inconsistent with the behavior expected of employees and students, subjects all employees, students and visitors to unacceptable safety risks, and undermines the Morton college campuses ability to operate effectively and efficiently. Compliance with the standards of conduct described above is mandatory.
The legal consequences of drug abuse and dealing are substantial.
With respect to drug dealing, the penalties range from a Class B misdemeanor to a Class 2 felony for any person convicted of dealing cannabis, depending on the amount involved. Fines of up to $100,000 may be imposed. Depending on the amount and type involved, the penalties for dealing controlled substances range from a Class 3 felony to a Class X felony. Fines of
up to $500,000 may be imposed.
With respect to drug possession, possession of
any substance containing cannabis can range from a Class C misdemeanor to a
Class 3 felony.
Depending on the amount or type of substance involved, the
penalties for possessing a controlled or counterfeit substance range from a
Class 4 felony to a Class 1 felony. The offenses carry a maximum prison
sentence of 50 years and a fine of up to $200,000 or the full street value of
the substance, whichever is greater.
Morton College Campus Police and Morton College will impose disciplinary sanctions consistent with local, state and federal laws on students and employees who violate the standards of conduct outlined above.
Students who violate rules prohibiting illicit drug and alcohol possession or distribution are subject to expulsion. Employees who violate any aspect of this policy are subject to dismissal.
At its discretion, Morton College may require employees or students who violate this policy as a condition of remaining employed by or enrolled in any Morton College program to successfully complete a drug-abuse assistance or rehabilitation program. Sanctions under the Act may also include referral to appropriate authorities for prosecution.
The Morton College Police department and Dean of Student Development and Ombuds Services is responsible for enforcement of Morton Colleges Drug and Alcohol abuse policy
There are many health risks associated
with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol.
Alcohol consumption in
even low doses causes a number of marked changes in behavior. Repeated use of
alcohol can lead to dependence. Long-term consumption of large quantities of
alcohol, particularly when combined with poor nutrition, can lead to permanent
damage to vital organs such as the brain and liver.
To educate employees and
students on the dangers of drug abuse, the Morton College campus has established
a drug-awareness program.
As part of the Morton Colleges program, materials are
periodically made available to all employees and students, describing the
dangers of drug and alcohol abuse, the Morton Colleges policy regarding drugs
and alcohol, and the availability of counseling.
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Policy
In compliance with the Department of Education's Drug Free Schools and Campuses Act (1989, Part 86), Morton College has adopted and implemented a program to prevent the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees.
For complete details, download the Morton College Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Policy (DAAPP) (PDF).