LBCC's Alcohol and Drug Free Program

As one part of its Alcohol- and Drug- free (Workplace/School) Program, Linn-Benton Community College has developed resources to provide students and staff with information about the health risks associated with the use of illegal drugs and abuse of alcohol. It also includes standards of conduct required of students and staff, LBCC sanctions, legal sanctions, and counseling and treatment resources available in the area. This document has been printed here in abbreviated form. To obtain the full-text document, call 541-917-4848 or view online at

I. Introduction

Linn-Benton Community College is legally required and ethically committed to the prevention of illegal drug use and the abuse of alcohol by both students and employees. Drug and alcohol abuse is a significant public health problem, affecting our level of general health, performance, and productivity. In addition, the abuse of drugs can adversely affect an organization’s level of safety as well as its public confidence and trust.  And lastly, with reference to “The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989 (Public Law 101-226), “...No institution of higher education shall be eligible to receive funds or any other form of financial assistance under any Federal program, including participation in any federally funded or guaranteed student loan program, unless it certifies to the Secretary that it has adopted and has implemented a program to prevent the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol by students and employees...” 

In brief, this document has been developed by LBCC to comply with the current federal law and to educate and inform its students and employees of the health risks, counseling and treatment resources, and sanctions for noncompliance.  Linn-Benton will biennially review this program to determine its effectiveness and implement changes if needed and to ensure the sanctions required are consistently enforced.

II. Standards of Conduct


Alcohol Unlawful use, possession or distribution of alcoholic beverages. Public intoxication, possession or use while on College property or at events except as expressly permitted by College policies. Disruptive behavior or other Code violations due to alcohol intoxication.

Drugs Unlawful possession or distribution of unlawful drugs, or narcotics to those for whom they are not prescribed, except as expressly permitted by College policy. The unlawful underage use of any substance and/or the non-prescription use of a prescription substance is not permitted. Being impaired by the use of any non-prescribed substance is not permitted. Impairment shall be evidenced by inappropriate behavior.

Marijuana Marijuana possession and/or use on campus is prohibited in all locations.

Smoking and Tobacco Use Smoking, vaping, chewing tobacco, or the use of other inhalants or tobacco products in any unauthorized location or by any person under the age of 21. Authorized locations are the smoking/vaping shelters only. Any attempts to purchase or distribute smoking or inhalant products that are unlawful (example, distribution to persons under 21). See Administrative Rule 5045-02.

In addition, no student regardless of age may use, possess or distribute alcoholic beverages or controlled substances when traveling with LBCC to any college-sponsored trip, activity, or other event, during the entire course of travel.

Participating in some programs may require a criminal background check or drug/alcohol testing. LBCC and its partners reserve the right to perform criminal background checks and/or drug/alcohol tests for programs that involve placement contact with vulnerable populations or when mandated by external agencies in accordance with employers and in accordance with state and federal law. Examples may include, but are not limited, to cooperative education, service learning and child care.
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The Board of Education seeks to ensure compliance with the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (Public Law 101-226). It is also the goal of the Board that the College intentionally promotes the highest quality educational experience for students by utilizing a workforce whose performance is not impeded by the use of drugs or alcohol.

LBCC specifically prohibits the use, distribution or possession of alcohol, illegal drugs or other unauthorized controlled substances while engaged in work duties on campus (including parking areas and grounds). This prohibition includes the use of such substances during non-work time (such as personal meal/break time) or while otherwise performing their work duties away from College premises, if such use may result in job impairment.

This prohibition also applies to employees traveling overnight for College-related functions who may be called upon or responsible for student-related services, as impairment may inhibit service quality and may cause potential liability under the College’s liability and workers’ compensation insurance policies. Included within this prohibition are lawful controlled substances which have been illegally or improperly obtained.

Drugs and alcohol are not allowed on campus or at College-related functions except as they relate to the teaching/learning process, or as specifically allowed and sanctioned by Administrative Rule 5045-01- Use of College Facilities and Food/Conference Services.

All employees and/or sponsors of any on-campus or College-sponsored activity or social event at which alcoholic beverages are served must abide by all applicable laws. Sponsors must obtain and follow applicable procedures. 

III. A Description of the Health Risks Associated with the Use of Illicit Drugs and the Abuse of Alcohol

Illicit Drugs

Marijuana is addictive and can cause impaired short-term memory, visual tracking, heart rate, slowed reaction time/poor coordination, lung disease and damage to reproductive functions. LBCC enforces state and federal laws. Marijuana remains an illicit drug under federal law; its use is not permitted on any LBCC campus. Students must not be under the influence of marijuana while on LBCC properties or while engaging in classes or other LBCC activities.

Cocaine and Crack-Cocaine are highly addictive and may cause impaired judgment, short attention span, irritability, depression, mood swings, malnutrition, severe weight loss and liver damage, coma, seizure and heart attack.

PCP, LSD, Heroin, Mescaline, Morphine, other Opiates have a wide variety of negative health effects which may include hallucinations, mental confusion and/or permanent loss of mental function, addiction, convulsions, coma or death.

Prescription Drugs are too often used to reduce stress and are not safe unless they are taken as prescribed. If abused, they can lead to malnutrition, sluggishness or hyperactivity, impaired reflexes, addiction and brain damage, coma, or death.

Alcohol is the most commonly abused drug and can cause loss of concentration, poor judgment and coordination, impaired memory, drowsiness and mood swings, liver damage/cirrhosis of the liver, high blood pressure and heart attack, pancreatitis, various cancers and heart disease.

IV. A Description of the Applicable Legal Sanctions under Local, State, and Federal Law for Unlawful Possession, Use, or Distribution of Illicit Drugs and Alcohol

The following chart describes the penalties in general for possession of key drugs according to the Federal Drug Schedules.

Maximum Prison Time Maximum Fine
Schedule I – Class A Felony
Heroin, LSD, other hallucinogens, other, 20 Years $100,000
Schedule II – Class B Felony
Methadone, morphine, cocaine, PCP, 10 Years $100,000
Schedule III – Class C Felony
Non-amphetamine stimulants, hydrocodone, 5 years $100,000
Schedule IV – Class B Misdemeanor  6 months $1,000
Schedule V – Class B Misdemeanor 30 days $500

Delivery of less than 5 grams or possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana is a violation. HB2479 establishes that with mandatory evaluation, education and treatment services for those under 18 years of age. If services are successfully completed, the charge will be dropped. Oregon has strong laws allowing cars, boats, etc. that transport illegal drugs to be seized and forfeited. Alcohol is an illegal drug for those under 21 years of age. For drivers under 18, ANY detectable amount of alcohol is grounds for losing their license until they are 18. Misrepresenting one’s age for the purpose of obtaining alcoholic beverages is a Class C Misdemeanor. There are many more laws pertaining to alcohol and other drugs. A criminal conviction may bar a student from their chosen career path or an employee from successful employment with the college. 

V. LBCC Sanctions


The Students’ Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct Code outlines the procedures the college will follow for students who violate either the drug or alcohol policies. These procedures provide for due process for students. Those found responsible for misconduct may be subject to the following disciplinary actions:

  • disciplinary warning (notice that a student’s conduct in a specific instance does not meet college standards and that continued misconduct may result in more serious disciplinary action);
  • disciplinary probation (written notice that the student found in violation of the college standards may continue to be enrolled under stated conditions);
  • other educational activities sanctions to provide opportunities for students to learn about alcohol and other drugs and reflect on their own behavior;
  • temporary exclusion (exclusion from classes or activities for up to two class meetings or longer);
  • suspension (suspension for a fixed period of time which may include forfeiture of the right to enter the campus, exclusion from one or more classes, or exclusion from classes and/or activities; and
  • expulsion (termination of student status).

Further supplemental sanctions may be imposed which clearly address the issues involved in the misconduct.


The College will impose sanctions or require satisfactory completion of a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program. Sanctions imposed may include disciplinary probation (the suspension of a more severe penalty for a specific time period, based upon good behavior), suspension (the temporary barring from employment for a specific time period, without pay), and/or termination (the severance of employment with the college).

VI. Assistance Programs Available to Students and Employees

Benton County Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program 541-766-6767
Linn County Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program 541-967-3819
C.H.A.N.C.E. Recovery
Alcoholics Anonymous, Linn & Benton counties 541-265-1953
Ala-Non, Linn & Benton counties 541-244-6651
Community Outreach/ASSETS 541-758-3000
SAMHSA National Helpline
Milestones Family Recovery Program 541-738-6832

Narcotics Anonymous Helpline

Serenity Lane, Albany 541-928-9681
Adult and Teen Challenge, Inc. Willamette Valley 971-255-0658 or 1-877-302-7149


College Resources for Students:

Counseling Center, Takena Hall


College Resources for Employees:

LBCC provides an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), available to all contracted employees. Through this program, each employee and his or her dependents are allowed five visits per year at no cost for appraisal, limited counseling and/or referral. All employee contact with EAP is strictly confidential. Phone numbers for EAP include: (800-922-7009), Corvallis (541-754-8004) or Eugene (541-344-6929).