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Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention

The following information is provided annually to each employee and student of Rio Salado College in compliance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act.

Standards of Conduct

Rio Salado College is committed to the maintenance of a drug and alcohol free work place and to a standard of conduct for employees and students that discourages the unlawful and unauthorized use, possession, manufacture or distribution of alcohol and any illegal or other controlled substances except as expressly permitted by law.

Rio Salado College is required by the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, Public Law 101-226 and the Higher Education Act to adopt and implement a program to prevent the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol by students and employees. This program, described herein, is distributed annually to every student and employee of the University.

Alcohol & Drug Abuse Policy

The Maricopa Community College District supports the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, Public Law 101-226, and complies with all federal, state, and local laws pertaining to controlled substances, including alcohol. The possession, sale or consumption of an alcoholic beverage in any premises owned and/or leased/rented by the District for approved educational purposes is prohibited.

Campus police do not monitor the activities of off-campus student organizations.

Disciplinary Sanctions

In addition to the sanctions imposed by federal and state courts concerning controlled substance violation(s), the college will respond administratively when the offense involves a student or employee as the offender. Students and employees are subject to applicable Maricopa Community College District Administrative Regulations and Rio Salado College Polices and disciplinary procedures. Sanctions may include, but are not limited to suspension or expulsion for student offenders or termination of employment for employees.

Legal Sanctions

Local, state, and federal law prohibit the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol. Conviction for violating these laws can lead to imprisonment, fines, probation, and/or assigned community service. Persons convicted of a drug-and/or alcohol related offense may be ineligible to receive federally funded or subsidized grants, loans, scholarships, or employment.

Any employee is subject to disciplinary action, up to and including employment termination, for any of the following: reporting to work under the influence of alcohol and/or illegal drugs or narcotics; the use, sale, dispensing, or possession of alcohol and/or illegal drugs or narcotics on Maricopa Community College District (MCCCD) premises, while conducting MCCCD business, or at any time which would interfere with the effective conduct of the employee’s work for the MCCCD; and use of illegal drugs, or testing positive for illegal drugs.

State and Federal laws impose significant criminal penalties for the unlawful possession, use, manufacture or distribution of alcohol and illicit drugs. These penalties may include fines and/or imprisonment.

Health Risks

Specific serious health risks are associated with drug and alcohol abuse.

It is recommended to consult a physician with any questions concerning individual health and drugs/alcohol abuse.


Rio Salado College utilizes evidence-based strategies interventions, collaboration, innovation and the incorporation of the wellness dimensions to reduce harmful consequences of alcohol and other drug use. Our alcohol and drug prevention program includes, but is not limited to:

The abuse of alcohol or drugs can lead to dependency and addiction, with serious health consequences. There are drug and alcohol counseling, treatment, and rehabilitation facilities available for students and employees that seek advice and treatment. A full list of outside agencies that provide substance abuse assistance can be provided by our Counseling Services, 480.517.8575

Additionally, Rio Salado college community members who may have an alcohol or drug abuse problem are encouraged to seek assistance from any of the following agencies:


Treatment Locations

For additional information about Abuse-Free Environment, please review the Maricopa Community College District Administrative Regulation.

Program Review

Rio Salado College conducts a biennial review of this program to determine its effectiveness, make changes where necessary, and ensure that it is consistently enforced.

Consumer Information