Drug-Free Environment

To further the educational aims of the institution, and in accordance with state and federal laws, College of DuPage seeks to improve the educational and work environment in the college and its activities by eliminating drugs in the college.

The use of alcoholic beverages and illegal controlled substances is a major concern on college campuses. We would like you to know about the health risks, available resources and current policies at COD regarding the use of drugs and alcohol. The following information is provided in accordance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (Public Law 101-226) and the Drug-Free Workplace Act (Public Law 100-690) and Board Policy 4065.

Health Risks
The consumption of alcohol and drugs at any level may have serious risks. For example: altered mood (anxiety, apathy, paranoia, psychosis); altered behavior (impaired coordination); sleep disorders, addiction; altered breathing and heart rate; communication of infectious disease; distorted senses; unconsciousness leading to coma; and permanent damage to the liver, heart and central nervous system leading to death. For more information, consult your physician or your local or college library.

Help on Campus
Health and Center for Access and Accommodations is located in the Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2001, (630) 942-2154.

Counseling and Advising Services is located in the Student Services Center (SSC), Suite 3200, (630) 942-2259.

In addition, Central DuPage Hospital, (630) 653-4218, offers referrals to drug and/or alcohol counseling rehabilitation services 24 hours per day.

Criminal Penalties
Illegal use of alcohol and/or drugs can carry severe criminal penalties upon conviction. Details on the penalties are available from the Public Safety office, Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 2040, (630) 942-2000.

Education and prevention programs at College of DuPage:

  • Wellness Fair, with a focus on abuse and prevention
  • National Association of Alcohol Awareness week
  • Alcohol and drug awareness brochures and displays
  • College of DuPage classes such as Human Services courses on Addiction and Addiction Counseling, Physical Education 2251, and Education 1110.

Student Conduct
No student will inappropriately possess, use, dispense, distribute or manufacture any controlled substance, alcohol or drugs on campus or any of the campus premises or buildings.

Any student who is convicted of unlawfully possessing, using, dispensing, distributing or manufacturing any controlled substances, alcohol or drugs on campus or in any college-sponsored activity or function must notify the associate vice president of Student Affairs in writing within 10 calendar days of the conviction.

At the college's discretion and upon agreement of the student, satisfactory participation in a rehabilitation program that has been approved for such purposes may be required at the student's expense before readmittance to classes.

Upon agreement, the student must begin participation within 30 days of receiving notice from the associate vice president of Student Affairs.

Student discipline up to and including dismissal from the college will be handled in accordance with Board Policy 5715, "Student Rights and Responsibilities."