Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program

Students and Employees


Standards of Conduct

Hillsborough Community College (HCC) strives to maintain an environment that promotes the health and safety of the community and the responsible choices and behaviors of the College community concerning the use of alcohol and drugs. The College recognizes the serious nature and potential harmful effects of using alcohol and controlled substances in the workplace and educational setting. HCC will provide employees and students with a drug-free work place and learning environment. Nothing less will be acceptable if the College is to be successful with its mission and goals. Consistent with this commitment, College members working together can achieve a "Drug-Free HCC".

To assist meeting HCC's drug-free goal, the College will take such steps as necessary to adopt and implement programs to prevent the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of alcohol and controlled substances on College premises or as part of a College activity. Additionally, it will be a violation of College policy for an employee or student to use or be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs on College property, or at an event or activity including at HCC's student housing complex. The President may authorize the sale and/or service of alcoholic beverages with the necessary permits and insurance at HCC or at HCC sponsored events and activities.

Legal Sanctions
The College will provide full cooperation with local law enforcement agencies for alcohol and drug-related violations. Click here for more details on the legal sanctions imposed on drug and alcohol related incidents.

Health Risks Associated with Drug & Alcohol Abuse
Abuse of drugs and alcohol lead to a variety of health problems both short and long-term in nature.  Click here to learn more about these effects.

Where to Get Help (College and Community Resources)
Recognizing that there may be employees and students who have an alcohol or drug problem, the College stands willing to assist in the resolution of the problem and encourages employees and students to seek help through their medical provider, or if desired, by referrals provided by the Human Resources Department or by College counselors.  Click here for a list of resources.