Drug Free Schools and Communities Act

Moraine Park Technical College is committed to the success and safety of our students and employees. The possession or use of illicit drugs, or the abuse of those which may otherwise be legally possessed, seriously affects the College environment, as well as the individual potential of our students and employees. For our students and employees who may suffer from the illicit use or misuse of alcohol and drugs, we want to provide opportunities to receive education and services to assist in overcoming or preventing addiction and/or misuse. 

The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (Title 34 CFR § 86.3) requires institutions of higher education to adopt and implement programs to prevent the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by all students and employees on school premises or as part of any of its activities. 

Pursuant to Title 34 CFR § 86.3, Moraine Part completes the following requirements: 

1. Adopt and implement a Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program (DAPP) to prevent the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by all students and employees on school premises or as part of any of its activities. The DAPP is reviewed annually and must include: 

  • standards of conduct that clearly prohibit, at a minimum, the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees on its property or as part of any of its activities; 

  • a description of the applicable legal sanctions under local, state, and federal law for the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol; 

  • a description of the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol;  

  • a description of any drug or alcohol counseling, treatment, or rehabilitation or re-entry programs that are available to employees or students; and 

  • a clear statement that the campus will impose disciplinary sanctions on students and employees (consistent with local, state, and federal law), and a description of those sanctions, up to and including expulsion or termination of employment and referral for prosecution. 

2. Provide a written certification that MPTC has adopted and implemented the DAPP. The certification is included in the “Representations and Certifications” section of applications for federal funding. 

3. Annually distribute the DAPP to each employee, and to each student who is taking one or more classes for any type of academic credit except for continuing education units, regardless of the length of the student's program of study. 

4. Conduct a biennial review during even number years of its DAPP to: 

  • ascertain its effectiveness and implement changes to the program if they are 

  • ensure that disciplinary sanctions described are consistently enforced. 

5. Provide a copy of the biennial report to the U.S. Department of Education or its   representative, upon request