Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program

The Drug Free Schools and Campuses Regulations (34 CFR Part 86) of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA) require an institution of higher education (IHE) such as Columbia Gorge Community College to certify it has implemented programs to prevent the abuse of alcohol and use or distribution of illicit drugs both by CGCC students and employees both on its premises and as a part of any of its activities. CGCC is committed to maintaining a drug-free institution to create a safe and healthful campus and work environment and to assist its students and employees who may have problems with drugs or alcohol.  In compliance with the DFSCA, the College provides for the campus community information covering the following areas:

  • Standards of conduct related to drugs and alcohol for students and employees
  • Disciplinary and legal sanctions for students and employees in violation of policy
  • Description of the health risks associated with illicit drug use and alcohol abuse
  • Description of drug and alcohol programs that are available to students and employees

College Policy/Standards of Conduct

The College prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, despensing, possession, or use of controlled substances and alcohol by employees, students, and visitors on College premises or as part of any College activity. Areas where the use is prohibited include: student campus activities, classrooms, school parking lots, roadways, leisure activity areas, and all offices or work areas considered college property. 

Reference Documents:

Administrative Rule:  AR 070.011.000
Board Policy 30.A: Student Conduct, Violations,  #13 & #14
Board Policy 70.B: Employee Code of Conduct

Workplace Policy:

In compliance with federal regulations Columbia Gorge Community College has taken steps to ensure a drug-free workplace. Should an employee be convicted of a violation occurring in the workplace, under any criminal drug statue violation, will be subject to disciplinary action. Employees convicted of any criminal drug statute violation occurring in the workplace must notify the employer no later than five days after the conviction. Those employees that wish to seek help for drug or alcohol related problems are encouraged to coordinate benefits through the Human Resources office or may seek referral assistance through their supervisor. Please reference the Drug-Free Workplace document for more information.

Disciplinary Sanctions

College Sanctions

The College response to alcohol abuse and illegal drug activity by employees or students on a case-by-case basis. Details of each case are taken into consideration along with the outcome of any legal action against the individual.  in addition to any penalties under federal and state law, employees and students found to be in violation of this policy may be subject to disciplinary sanctions consistent the CGCC Student Handbook/Code of Conduct, and provisions of federal, state, and local laws.  Sanctions imposed by the College can range from a warning or disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment or expulsion from school.  Other potential sanctions may include referral for prosecution and may require participation in approved drug and/or alcohol abuse assistance or rehabilitation program. Additionally, the law requires the College to report to a federal agency any employee convicted of violating a criminal drug statue if the employee is involved in work supported by that federal agency.

State of Oregon Sanctions


Minor in Possession: Any attempt to purchase or be in possession of alcohol by a person under 21 years is a class B violation. Penalties set forth in ORS 471.430 (link)

For the purposes of the Oregon Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants statutes, for a person under 21 years of age, any amount of alcohol in the blood constitutes being under the influence of intoxicating liquor (class A misdemeanor).


Note: Due to changes in state laws regarding Marijuana, this information is currently under review and will be updated upon confirmation of updated information.

Delivery for consideration(selling, dealing, or bartering): Class B felony
Delivery not for consideration (less than one ounce): Class A misdemeanor
Delivery not for consideration (less than 5 grams): Violation
Unlawful possession (less than one ounce): Violation
Unlawful possession (more than one ounce): Class B felony

Controlled Substances

In Oregon, penalties for possession and distribution are determined by the Controlled Substance Schedule on which the drug appears. Examples from the drug schedules appear below. (note: Most drugs appear on the same federal and state schedule).

Schedule I: Heroin, LSD, Ecstasy, Peyote, Mescaline, Psilocybin
Manufacture or distribution: Class B felony
Unlawful possession: Class A felony

Schedule II: Opium, Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Amphetamine, PCP
Manufacture or Distribution: Class B felony
Unlawful possession: Class C felony

Schedule III: Depressants, Vicodin, Anabolic Steroids, Codeine, Testosterone
Manufacture or distribution: Class C felony
Unlawful possession: Class A misdemeanor

Schedule IV:Valium, Xanax, Phenobarbital
Manufacture or distribution: Class B felony
Unlawful possession: Class C misdemeanor

Schedule V: Other less dangerous prescription drugs/small amounts of some drugs
Manufacture or distribution: Class C misdemeanor
Unlawful possession: Violation

For more information on State Laws and Sanctions, please refer directly to Oregon ORS475.752 – 475.935: https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/bills_laws/ors/ors475.html

Federal Sanctions

The federal system establishes sanctions for possession and distribution of a controlled substance, based on the schedule of the drug and the amount involved.  In addition, the statutory sanctions for possession and distribution are subject to the “Sentencing Guidelines for U.S. Courts.” Imposition of the guidelines may lead to higher offense levels and, thus, stricter penalties than otherwise indicated.  Courts must make adjustments in the offense level for victim-related considerations, the defendant’s role in the offense, multiple counts, obstruction, and acceptance of responsibility, Finally, the guidelines establish sentences for each offense based on the defendant’s criminal history.  Federal penal sanctions range from manufacture, distribution, or trafficking of large amounts of heroin, cocaine, PCP, methamphetamine, Schedule I and II hallucinogens, marijuana, hashish, or any of their derivatives (30 years to life, regardless of the defendant’s criminal history) to possession of any Schedule III-V drug if the defendant has the lowest level of criminal history (0-4 months).

Further, if serious injury or death results from the crime, minimums of up to 10 years (serious injury) and 20 years (death) plus a fine of up to $4 million may be added. These penalties may be doubled for defendants with past felony drug convictions.  Finally, penal sanctions in the federal system are “real time” with reductions in sentences only for good behavior.

For a more detailed list of offenses and sanctions please visit,  https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/21cfr/21usc/index.html, Part D: Offenses and Penalties

Health Risks 

Substance abuse may result in a wide array of serious health and behavioral problems. Alcohol and drugs are toxic to the human body. In addition to the problem of toxicity, contaminant poisonings often occur with illegal drug use. HIV infection with intravenous drug use is a prevalent hazard. Acute health problems may include heart attack, stroke, and sudden death, which can occur for first time cocaine users. Long lasting effects caused by drug and alcohol abuse can cause problems such as disruption of normal heart rhythm, high blood pressure, leaks of blood vessels in the brain, bleeding and destruction of brain cells, possible memory loss, infertility, impotency, immune system impairment, kidney failure, cirrhosis of the liver, and pulmonary damage. Drug use during pregnancy may result in fetal damage and birth defects causing hyperactivity, neurological abnormalities, and developmental difficulties.

Additional health risks can include:


toxic psychosis, physical dependence, neurological and liver damage, fetal alcohol syndrome, impaired judgment

Amphetamines and Methamphetamines
(Adderall) uppers, speed, crank

loss of appetite, delusions, hallucinations, heart problems, hypertension, irritability, insomnia, toxic psychosis, rebound depression

barbs, bluebirds, blues 

severe withdrawal symptoms, possible convulsions, toxic psychosis, depression, physical dependence, impaired judgment

(Valium, Xanax, Ativan, Dalmane, Rohypnol) benzos, downers, sleepers, tranqs, roofies

impaired judgment, sedation, panic reaction, seizures, psychological dependence, physical dependence

Cocaine & Cocaine freebase

loss of appetite, depression, weight loss, seizure, heart attack, stroke, hypertension, psychosis, chronic cough, nasal passage injury, hallucinations


physical dependence, constipation, loss of appetite, lethargy, respiratory depression

H, junk, smack

physical dependence, constipation, loss of appetite, lethargy, respiratory depression

ames, gas, laughing gas, poppers, snappers

psychological dependence, psychotic reactions, confusion, frozen airway, sudden death


may intensify existing psychosis, panic reactions, can interfere with psychological adjustment and social functioning, insomnia, flashbacks

ecstasy, xtc

same as LSD, sleeplessness, nausea, confusion, increased blood pressure, sweating, paranoia

Marijuana (THC, cannabis)
pot, grass, dope, weed, joints

bronchitis, conjunctivitis, mood swings, paranoia, lethargy, impaired concentration

Mescaline (peyote cactus)
mesc, peyote

may intensify existing psychosis, hallucinations at high dose


coma, convulsions

M, morf

physical dependence, constipation, loss of appetite, lethargy

crystal, tea, angel dust

psychotic behavior, violent acts, psychosis, hallucinations at high dose

magic mushrooms, shrooms

may intensify existing psychosis

roids, juice

cholesterol imbalance, acne, baldness, anger management problems, masculinization of women, breast enlargement in men, premature fusion of long bones preventing attainment of normal height, atrophy of reproductive organs, impotence, reduced fertility, stroke, hypertension, congestive heart failure, liver damage, depression

For more information on the effects of specific substances visit, https://www.dea.gov/druginfo/factsheets.shtml and/or https://www.samhsa.gov/atod

Drug and Alcohol Assistance and Resources


In order to prevent drug and alcohol abuse, it is important to stay informed.  Click on the links below to learn more about preventing substance abuse and warning signs that you or someone you know may have a problem.  If you think you may have a problem, take one of the screenings below and talk to a professional about your concerns. Local and national resources are listed below.

Screening Resources:

Students needing assistance for drug and alcohol related concerns are encouraged to consult with the Student Support Services Coordinator or other trusted professional about their needs and possible referrals to agencies, counselors or programs in the community.  Individuals may also directly contact one of the local or national resources listed below.

Employees may seek assistance directly through the College’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), consulting with a trusted supervisor, department chief, union representative and/or through their medical insurance plans, whichever is applicable according the employee’s status. Requests for assistance are encouraged and will not be considered alone as grounds for dismissal.  Such requests will not, however, excuse violation of this policy or other conduct related to drug or alcohol abuse.

Local Resources




Employee only:

Reliant Behavioral Health (CGCC EAP)



Mid-Columbia Center for Living



Central WA Comprehensive Mental Health



Skamania County Community Health



National Resources/Helplines/Websites

Alcoholics Anonymous


Update link

Cocaine Anonymous



Crystal Meth Anonymous



Marijuana Anonymous



Narcotics Anonymous



National Alcohol and Drug Abuse Help Line



Alcohol Abuse 24 Hour Hotline:



Drug Abuse Hotline:



24 Hour Addiction Treatment Hotline:



Al Anon and Alateen:




800.662.HELP (4357)


Notification and Biennial Review

Annually, employees and students are made aware of the CGCC Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program via email. This email includes links to the CGCC webpage outlining the policy with additional links to reference documents, resources, prevention information, etc. In addition, new staff and faculty are informed of the program at New Employee Orientation. Students are sent program information via email at the beginning of each term, and additional information may be provided/announcements made at New Student Orientations. 

Columbia Gorge Community College acknowledges its legal obligation to conduct a biennial review of compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act to determine the effectiveness of the policy and implement any needed updates/changes. The Chief Student Services Officer (CSSO) along with Institutional Research, Human Resources, and the Student Success Team, are responsible for conducting the review and reporting on findings.  This team will review:

  • Alcohol and drug policies and information provided at similar institutions
  • Student Handbook and Staff Handbook policies related to drug and alcohol use and the sactions imposed for failure to comply
  • Various resources available to students and employees regarding drug and alcohol abuse
  • Incident reports in Student Services (student) and Human Resources (employee) related to any possible infractoins of the drug and alcohol policy
  • Local, State and Federal Mandates 

Biennial Reviews

15-17 Biennial Review

13-15 Biennial Review