Alcohol & Drug Policy
The unlawful manufacture, dispensation, possession, or use of controlled substances while at school or on College property is strictly prohibited. In addition, a student is prohibited from being under the influence of alcohol or having possession or use of alcoholic beverages while at school or on College property.
The College will provide full cooperation with local law enforcement agencies for alcohol and drug-related violations. Sanctions may include referral for prosecution, expulsion of a student and termination of an employee or completion of an appropriate rehabilitation program. A student who is formally charged by a proper prosecuting attorney with drug violations, may, following an administrative hearing, be suspended until his/her case is adjudicated. (HCC Administrative Procedures prohibit alcohol on HCC property or at HCC functions without prior authorization by the college President or appropriate campus President.)
The legal drinking age in Florida is 21. Selling, giving or serving alcohol to persons under 21 is unlawful. In Florida, this law extends to possession of alcohol by anyone under 21. It is unlawful for anyone to misrepresent or misstate his or her age. This includes the manufacture or use of false identification. Use of altered identification for the purpose of procuring alcohol is a felony.
Open Container Law
It is unlawful for any person to consume or to induce, assist or aid another to consume any beverage containing more than 1% alcohol by weight upon any street, sidewalk or in any alley within the City of Tampa. It is unlawful to have an open container of alcohol in a vehicle. (Section 316.1936, F.S.) Florida Law
Under Florida law, driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages or any controlled chemical substance (DUI) is an offense evidenced by the impairment of normal faculties or an unlawful blood or breath alcohol level of .08 or higher. For a first conviction, the following sentencing guidelines apply:
Sale or Possession of Illegal Drugs
It is unlawful to be in the possession f illicit drugs and/or to sell or intend to sell illicit drugs.
Selling and Purchasing Controlled Substances Within 1,000 Feet of School
It is unlawful for any person to sell, purchase, manufacture, deliver or possess with the intent to sell a controlled substance in, on or within 1,000 feet of the real property comprising a public or private elementary, middle, secondary school, community or state college or university.