The information below is from the Northeast Mississippi Community College Student Catalog. Any updated information in latest published version of the Northeast Mississippi Community College Student Catalog will supersede that listed below.
Alcohol & Drug Abuse Policy
Students are prohibited from the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, use or being under the influence of a controlled substance, as defined in state or federal law, on the campus of Northeast. Students in violation of this policy will be subject to disciplinary action. Discipline may include mandatory drug rehabilitation, penalties stated in the Student Code of Conduct, or arrest in accordance with state and federal laws. The college reserves the right to perform drug/drug dog search of college facilities and private vehicles parked on college property.
Northeast Mississippi Community College supports the following:
- Aid in prevention of alcohol and other drug abuse through educational efforts.
- Use of counseling services and rehabilitation programs
- Appropriate discipline for those who engage in substance abuse and related behaviors.
Prevention of Abuse
Northeast Mississippi Community College provides educational programs aimed at preventing the abuse of alcohol and other drugs. Educational efforts are directed toward all members of the college community and include information about the incompatibility of the abuse or sale of alcohol and other drugs with goals of Northeast Mississippi Community College; the hazards associated with the abuse of alcohol and other drugs; the incompatibility of alcohol and other drug abuse with the maximum achievement of educational, career, and other goals; and the potential legal consequences of involvement with alcohol and other drugs.
Those students who seek assistance through the college for an alcohol or drug-related problem shall be provided with information about counseling and rehabilitation services available through college and/or community resources. For those working in good faith and in treatment or rehabilitation agencies, every attempt will be made to return the individual to student status.
Possession, Sale, or Consumption of Illegal Drugs
Students are responsible, as citizens, for knowing about and complying with the provisions of Mississippi law that make it a crime to possess, sell, deliver, or manufacture those drugs designated collectively as “controlled substances” in Section 41-29-113 et seq of the Mississippi Statutes. The following minimum penalties shall be imposed for the particular offenses described:
For the illegal manufacture, sale, or delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver, of any controlled substance identified in Schedules I and II of Section 41-29-113 and Section 41-29-115 of the Mississippi Statues, any student shall be expelled. For a first offense involving the illegal manufacture, sale or delivery, or possession with the intent to manufacture, sell or delivery, of any controlled substance identified in Schedule III through V of Section 41-29-117, Section 41-29-119, Section 41-29-121 of the Mississippi Statutes the minimum penalty shall be suspension from enrollment. For a second offense, any student shall be expelled.
For a first offense involving the illegal possession of any controlled substance identified in Schedules I or II of Section 41-29-113 Section 41-29-115 of the Mississippi Statutes, the minimum penalty shall be suspension from enrollment.
For a first offense involving the illegal possession of any controlled substance identified in Schedules III through V of Section 41-29-117, Section 41-29-119, and Section 41-29-121 of the Mississippi Statutes, the minimum penalty shall be probation for a period to be determined on case-by-case basis. A person on probation may be required to participate in a drug education and counseling program, consent to regular drug testing, and accept such other conditions and restrictions, as the appropriate college official deems necessary.
Upon refusal or failure to abide by the terms of probation of second or other subsequent offenses involving the illegal possession of controlled substances, progressively more severe penalties shall be imposed including expulsion of students
Possession, Sale, or Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages
Northeast Mississippi Community College is located in northeast corner of Prentiss County. Prentiss County prohibits the sale and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages. Possession, sale, or consumption of alcoholic beverages on campus, or at off-campus college sponsored activities is prohibited.
Students shall be subject to state laws outlined as follows:
Drinking Age - Selling, giving, or serving alcoholic beverages to persons under 21 is unlawful. In Mississippi, this law extends to possession of alcoholic beverages by anyone under 21. It is unlawful for any person to misrepresent or misstate his/her age in order to obtain alcoholic beverages. This includes the manufacture or use of false identification.
In addition to the legal requirements and penalties above, a student found to be in violation of this college policy would be subject to penalties under the student Code of Conduct.
Any person who does either of these things for the purpose of obtaining alcohol shall be fined a maximum of $200, and on failure to pay such fine and all costs shall be imprisoned for up to 30 days in jail. Section 67-1-91.
D.U.I. (Driving while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs) Section 63-11-30 provides: A mandatory suspension of licenses for a period not to exceed one year for the first conviction. Fines of up to $1,000 and/or 14 hours in jail for the first offense. Attend and complete an alcohol safety education program as provided in Section 63-11-32. State and Federal statutes will regulate mandatory participation in rehabilitation and education programs.