Substance Abuse Prevention

Substance Abuse Prevention


  • 4 out of 5 college students drink alcohol, and nearly 50% report binge drinking
  • Half of full-time college students (3.8 million) binge drink, abuse medication, or abuse illegal drugs
  • 1 in 4 college students (22.9%) meet the medical criteria for substance abuse
  • Students facing extreme stress, residents of campus housing, athletes, and students with mental health concerns are at the greatest risk for substance abuse
  • Over 23 million people suffer from addiction and it is more prevalent among college students than the general public


There are several health risks associated with alcohol and drug use and abuse:


  • Changes to personality or behavior
  • Mood swings, irritability, or depression
  • Loss of interest in classes and extracurricular activities
  • Poor academic performance and grades
  • Changes in social circle and increased partying
  • Shifts in sleeping habits
  • Weight fluctuations


As a learning institution, Central Lakes College values and promotes an alcohol and drug free environment for its students, faculty, and staff. In addition, it is the Minnesota State Policy 5.18.1 to maintain a drug and alcohol-free environment. The College prohibits the illegal use of alcohol and drugs and complies fully with federal, state and local regulations regarding the sale, possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages and controlled substances. All members of the college community are held responsible for their behavior and for respecting the rights of others. The college is committed to providing the community with education regarding high-risk alcohol and drug use and to making health-enhancing experiences a priority.

Policy Violations:
If a policy violation occurs, students are subject to appropriate discipline by the Dean of Students, Equity and Inclusion.

School sanctions, may include, but are not limited to, community service hours, loss of privileges or services within the college community, referral to counseling, suspension, dismissal or expulsion or may be referred to law enforcement.

Alcohol Policy:
The unlawful possession, use, production, distribution or sale of alcohol by any student or employee is prohibited on the college property (including buildings, grounds and vehicles) or as any part of a college activity in accordance with Minnesota State Colleges and University guidelines (regardless of age), city, state and federal laws. To consistently ensure compliance with these regulations, alcohol beverage containers (both empty and full) are not allowed on campus. Examples include, but are not limited to: cans, bottles, kegs, party balls, crates, cases and wine or liquor bottles. Exemptions would include alcohol beverage containers that may be used within a course curriculum or theatrical production or a college function that has, on file, a Minnesota State Board permit on file. Any student, faculty or staff member found to be in violation of federal, state and/or local law, or who violates the college’s alcohol and other drug policies, are subject to Central Lakes College disciplinary procedures and or referral to the appropriate authorities for legal prosecution. Campus disciplinary sanctions include, but are not limited to, written warnings, probation, suspension and/or dismissal. Sanctions may also apply to registered student organizations and to off-campus conduct involving activities sponsored or authorized the Central Lakes.

Legal Requirements:

The following general provisions apply to individual possession or use of alcoholic beverages on College property, on property owned or controlled by the College, and at College sponsored events:

  • No person who is less than 21 years of age may purchase, sell, furnish, possess, or consume any type of alcoholic beverage
  • No person may be in a public area in an intoxicated condition
  • No person may possess an open container of alcohol in a public area, including, but not limited to, hallways, stairways, and other common areas of the facilities
  • No person may provide alcohol to any person who is less than 21 years of age
  • No person may misrepresent their age through false documents or to lend their identification to someone for the purpose of purchasing or using alcoholic beverages
  • No person, under the age of 21, may drive with any amount of alcohol in their system

Legal Sanctions:
The State of Minnesota may impose a wide range of sanctions for alcohol-related violations.

Drug Policy:
Central Lakes College will not tolerate the use or sale of drugs and/or drug paraphernalia by students, faculty or staff. The possession, use, distribution or sale of marijuana, hallucinogens, narcotics, un-prescribed amphetamines or barbiturates is prohibited. Any sale or sharing of prescription drugs is prohibited.

Legal Requirements:
The following general provisions apply to individual possession or use of drugs on College property, on property owned or controlled by the College, and at College sponsored events: The Controlled Substances Act prohibits the manufacture, possession, use, distribution or sale of cocaine, crack, narcotics, hallucinogens, marijuana and the various individual drugs in these categories and states that are illegal under Minnesota and Federal Law. Prosecution of drug possession and sale may include the following:

  • Students may have drugs and/or paraphernalia confiscated by local law enforcement
  • Students will be referred to the Dean of Students, Equity & Inclusion, for disciplinary action
  • Students may have possible legal action taken against them by the State or Federal


  • Students may have a possible loss of Federal Financial Aid

Legal Sanctions:
Federal and state sanctions for illegal possession of controlled substances range from up to one year imprisonment and up to $100,000 in fines for a first offense, to three years imprisonment and $250,000 in fines for repeat offenders. Additional penalties include forfeiture of personal property and the denial of federal student aid benefits. Under federal laws, trafficking in drugs such as heroin or cocaine may result in sanctions up to and including life imprisonment for a first offense involving 100 gm or more. Fines for such an offense can reach $8 million. First offenses involving lesser amounts, 10-99 gm, may result in sanctions up to and including 20 years imprisonment and fines of up to $4 million. A first offense for trafficking in marijuana may result in up to five years imprisonment and fines up to

$500,000 for an offense involving less than 50 kg, and up to life imprisonment and fines up to $8 million for an offense involving 1,000 kg or more.

Special Addition to Policy:
Students and faculty who are enrolled in or teaching in the programs of Heavy Equipment Operations and Maintenance and the Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician Programs must comply to a specific program drug and alcohol policy as well as the general College policy.


2022 Annual Security and Fire Report (pdf)

There are several local and national resources for alcohol and drug information, treatment, and support.


Treatment Programs:

Support Services:

CLC is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in employment and education opportunity. No person shall be discriminated against in the terms and conditions of employment, personnel practices, or access to and participation in, programs, services, and activities with regard to race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, or membership or activity in a local commission as defined by law. This information is available in alternative format upon a 48-hour advance request by contacting Accessibility Services,, office E138 at 218-855-8175. Consumers with hearing or speech disabilities may contact us via their preferred Telecommunications Relay Service.

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