Student Drug & Alcohol Policy

The use of alcohol and the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance (as defined in 720 ILCS 570/100, et seq. [1992 State Bar Edition], now in effect and as from time to time amended) is prohibited on the Parkland College campus and off campus at any officially sanctioned class or activity. Behaviors that are inappropriate, disruptive, and/or endangering as a result of the consumption of alcohol or other drugs will not be tolerated.


Reports of behaviors, as described in the policy, will be made to the vice president for student services and/or the Department of Public Safety for appropriate action. 

The Vice President for Student Services will review each incident and, if deemed appropriate, a disciplinary or an administrative hearing committee will convene, in a timely manner, to review the case and recommend disciplinary action, which would include one or more of the following: 


  • a written warning 
  • conduct probation while attending an approved outpatient drug rehabilitation program
  • suspension or expulsion from school
  • an incident report filed with local, state, or federal law enforcement agencies
  • notification of parent/guardian as appropriate.



If the student finds the above disciplinary action unjustified, she or he may elect to file an appeal according to the existing appeal procedures, as described in the student code of conduct. 


Education and training programs are in place to ensure that all college individuals are aware of issues regarding alcohol and other drug use and abuse, including the following: 


  • health effects and consequences of drug and alcohol abuse
  • policies of the college regarding drug use
  • community resources for alcohol/drug treatment and counseling




If a student feels that he or she has a problem with substance abuse, the college will assist in identifying a specialized help program. Counseling and Advising, Student Services, and the Wellness Center are available on campus to provide assistance and possible referral for persons with substance abuse problems.