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Drug-Free Workplace Policy

The Hartnell Community College policy on a drug-free workplace sets forth the following guidelines for all students:
1. It is the intent and obligation of the College to provide a drug-free, healthful, safe, and secure learning environment.

2. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance on the campus or while attending an official College function off-campus is absolutely prohibited and subject to disciplinary action.

3. The on-campus use of alcohol is previously mentioned.

4. The College recognizes drug/alcohol/chemical dependency as an illness and a major health problem.

5. The College Student Conduct Code (located in the schedule of courses and general catalog) stipulates that students found in possession of dangerous drugs, restricted drugs, or narcotics, either for unprescribed use or for sale, are subject, in addition to arrest, to expulsion, suspension, probation or a lesser sanction as determined by the disciplinary hearing process.


Questions regarding this policy can be directed to the Associate Vice President, Student Affairs and Athletics, CAB Building, C151, (831) 755-6822

The Salinas Police Department enforces all federal and state laws pertaining to violations of drug manufacturing, distribution, dispensation, possession or use.

The use of drugs can result in the following:

Marijuana
  • Disruption of space and distance judgment
  • Slower physical reflexes and poor coordination; dilated pupils
  • Forgetfulness and diminishing mental powers
  • Drowsiness and mood swings


  • Cocaine/Crack
  • Shortened attention span
  • Impairment of judgment and decision-making ability
  • Lack of dependability
  • Mood swings, euphoria, irritability, depression
  • Stealing to cover cost of drug
  • Runny nose and excessive sweating


  • Opiates (Heroin, pain pills, Codeine, Darvon, Vicodin, Percodan)
  • Impaired judgment and lowered efficiency
  • Drowsiness and mood swings
  • Disinterest in workplace safety
  • Crime (stealing to cover cost of drug)
  • Constricted pupils, impaired reflexes


  • Hallucinogens (PCP, LSD, MDMA [Ecstasy], Designer Drugs)
  • Loss of memory and concentration
  • Sudden bizarre changes in behavior
  • Moodiness and interpersonal conflict
  • Pupil changes, may be dilated/constricted
  • Visual and auditory hallucinations


  • Amphetamines (Benzedrine, Dexedrine - cross tops, whites, uppers; Methamphetamines - crank, crystal)
  • Dilated pupils
  • Impaired reflexes
  • Hyperactivity, irritability, anxiety, depression
  • Increased accidents
  • Impaired judgment and decision-making
  • Decreased appetite, weight loss, tremors


  • Sedatives (Barbiturates; tranquilizers - Valium, Xanax; Seconal, Tuinal - reds, downers)
  • Slowed reflexes and lowered productivity
  • Slowed mental processes and depression
  • Memory loss
  • Slurred speech