Institutional Policy on Drug and Alcohol Abuse


Recent regulations issued by the federal government, combined with the growing number of drug and alcohol related incidents have made us aware of the need for policies which regulate the use or non-use of such substances. Thomas Nelson Community College, in its Student Code of Conduct, has identified as violations the unlawful use, possession, or distribution of narcotics, hallucinatory drugs, or controlled substances of any nature and the unauthorized use or consumption of alcohol on campus or any off-campus school-sponsored event, activity, or course.

Additionally, the College has:

  1. complied with the Higher Education Amendment of 1986, which requires colleges and universities, in order to maintain federal financial aid eligibility for students, to certify that these institutions have drug abuse prevention programs, and
  2. become partners with the Virginia Tidewater Consortium for Higher Education to establish a consortium-wide drug-use and alcohol-abuse prevention program.

This policy statement and the procedures that follow are designed to describe the institution’s position on the use and/or abuse of drugs and alcohol on campus in accordance with Sections 6.5.4 and 6.5.5 of the Virginia Community College Systems Policy Manual. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, and/or abuse of a controlled substance on the campus of Thomas Nelson Community College by any student is prohibited.

  1. Any student alleged to be in violation of this policy will be subject to disciplinary action as described in Section Ten of the Student Code of Conduct.
  2. The Student Activities Coordinator will offer drug and alcohol abuse prevention program for students.
  3. Current guidelines for activities where alcoholic beverages are served are available in the Thomas Nelson Community College Administrative Procedures Manual.