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Drug Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA)

John Tyler Community College (JTCC) is dedicated to providing a safe, healthy environment for students, employees, and visitors. This includes ensuring the college is a drug-and alcohol-free zone.

JTCC supports the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 (Public Law 100-690, Sec. 5151 et. seq.) and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act amendments of 1989 (Public Law 101-226).

Students, parents and employees are encouraged to read and understand information about the college's compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act.

Alcohol and other drugs

The possession, use, manufacture, sale, and/or distribution of illegal drugs and other controlled substances by students, faculty, or staff at John Tyler Community College will not be tolerated. All actions consistent with the law and individual privacy will be taken by the College to eliminate drugs on campus and to deal fairly with individuals found in violation of both Virginia's statutes and federal laws pertaining to such substances.

For detailed information, read the JTCC Student Substance Abuse Policy .

College disciplinary penalties

Students who violate JTCC's policy on alcohol and other drugs will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with college policies and Student Conduct Policies. Employees who violate JTCC's policy on alcohol and other drugs will be subject to action in accordance with college polices.

Legal penalties

Use of illicit drugs is illegal under both state and federal statutes. Use of alcohol by persons under 21 years of age is illegal under state law . Students who violate the college's Student Substance Abuse Policy shall have college charges processed against them in the normal manner of due process provided by college rules.

Further, students who violate this policy shall have committed a criminal offense, and the college shall notify the appropriate agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia or city government for investigation and, if warranted, prosecution.

Impact on financial aid

A federal or state drug conviction can disqualify a student for Federal Student Aid (FSA) funds if the offense occurred during a period of enrollment when the student was receiving FSA.

A student can regain eligibility for FSA by successfully completing an approved drug rehabilitation program or by passing two unannounced drug tests administered by an approved drug rehabilitation program.

Learn more about the impact of drug convictions on FSA .

Health risks

Using drugs and alcohol can have substantial and harmful effects on health. These effects often are permanent and can lead to severe physical and psychological impairment, disability and premature death.

Learn more about the risks associated with alcohol and drugs.

Available resources

JTCC has a Care Team on campus to assist students in addressing their drug and alcohol use and finding appropriate treatment resources in the community, if needed. Though JTCC does not provide any ongoing counseling or psychological services, members of the Care Team are available to assist students in connecting to outside resources. Community Services Boards are available in each locality to support students' needs regarding Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment.

Employees should contact Human Resources for information on available treatment resources.

Programs and events

The college provides information to student throughout the year on substance abuse and health and wellness through Student Health 101. Substance abuse prevention information is also included in New Student Orientation packets and available in the Student Lounges. JTCC provides events, activities, student clubs and student organizations that allow students, faculty and staff to engage in and enjoy alcohol and drug free social activities.

Programs and activities are published on JTCC's events calendar.

Program oversight and review

As required by U.S. Department of Education's regulations for institutions of higher education receiving federal funds or financial assistance, JTCC will:

  1. annually, notify each student in writing, of standards of conduct; a description of appropriate sanctions for violation of federal, state, and local law and college policy; a description of health risks associated with alcohol and other drug use; and a description of available treatment programs; and
  2. conduct a biennial review on the effectiveness of its alcohol and other drug programs and the consistency of sanction enforcement.

The Dean of Student's Office will maintain records of reports of violations of this policy by students and any disciplinary action imposed. Such records shall be complied as part of the biennial review.


Read about Drug-related Convictions and Student Ineligibility.

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