DCCCD wants you to know about important health and safety information that will help make your college experience successful:
Student and Employee Rights and Responsibilities brochure (PDF - 1.47MB) has the details.
The colleges of the Dallas County Community College District, including Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland, and its administrative facilities, are committed to creating an educational and work environment free from use or distribution of illicit drugs and abuse of alcohol. As such, and in accordance with its obligations under the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of Amendments of 1989, the College district prohibits the unlawful use, possession, distribution, manufacture, possession for purposes of distribution, or sale of illicit drugs or alcohol on College District property or premises or at College District-sponsored activities, except as authorized by the Chancellor with respect to a specific event, instructional program or activity.
Violations of the College District drug and alcohol policy shall be subject to all applicable legal sanctions under local, state, or federal law, as well as all applicable College Disciplinary sanctions up to and including academic suspension or expulsion or termination of employment. College District disciplinary proceedings will occur in accordance with the procedures outlined in the College District Board Policy Manual. Violations of the College District drug and alcohol policy that are also violations of federal, state, or local law may be referred to the appropriate agency. In such situations, cases may proceed concurrently through the College District disciplinary process and in the criminal justice system.
Local, state and federal laws prohibit the unlawful use, distribution, manufacture, possession for purposes of distribution, and sale of alcohol and controlled substances. These laws carry penalties for violations, including, but not limited to, fines, imprisonment, forfeiture of property and denial of federal benefits such as student loans, grants, etc. See also Title 21, United States Code (USC), Controlled Substances Act; and Chapter 481, Texas Health and Safety Code, the Texas Controlled Substances Act. Additionally, the different municipalities within Dallas County have ordinances relating to the use of controlled substances, for which penalties may be imposed. All applicable legal sanctions under local, state or federal law for the unlawful possess or distribution of illicit drugs or alcohol will be applied.
College District staff, students, health center professionals, college police and counselors are working together to eliminate drug and alcohol abuse both on and off campus. Activities and opportunities vary by college, but all are united to ensure College District students and staff are aware of the problems and dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. Information and confidential referrals concerning counseling and treatment programs for drug and alcohol abuse may be obtained from any College District Counseling and/or Advisement Center, Health Center and/or location Human Resources Office.
In conjunction with Texas War on Drugs Week and National Red Ribbon Day, some of the colleges of DCCCD have a Red Ribbon Day in the month of October. Students who are committed to living drug-free wear red ribbons on that day. Throughout the academic year, various student activities are offered by the colleges to promote a drug-free lifestyle.
If you have a problem with drugs or alcohol, one of your classmates is available to talk with you and provide the information and counseling you need or to refer you to resources to deal with your specific situation.
Some of the colleges of DCCCD have 12-step or other recovery programs to help individuals overcome chemical or alcohol dependency. You can get information about these programs through your college Health Center or counseling offices.
College offices of Student Life present various alcohol-free activities as alternatives to the kind of social events that are built around alcohol and/or drug use. Drop by your college office of Student Life for information about the many student activities and intramural sports programs for both day and evening students.
IF YOU WANT TO BE A PART OF ANY OF THESE OR OTHER PROGRAMS PROMOTING A DRUG-FREE LIFESTYLE OR IF YOU NEED COUNSELING, VISIT WITH YOUR COLLEGE COUNSELOR, OFFICE OF STUDENT LIFE OR HEALTH CENTER FOR MORE INFORMATION.
Alcohol consumption causes a number of marked changes in behavior. Even low doses significantly impair the judgment and coordination required to drive an automobile safely, increasing the likelihood that the driver will be involved in an accident. Low to moderate doses of alcohol also increase the incidence of a variety of aggressive acts, including spouse and child abuse. Moderate to high doses of alcohol cause marked impairments in higher mental functions, severely altering a person’s ability to learn and remember information. Very high doses may cause respiratory depression and death. If combined with other depressants of the central nervous system, much lower doses of alcohol will produce the effects just described.
Repeated use of alcohol can lead to dependence. Sudden cessation of alcohol intake is likely to produce withdrawal symptoms, including severe anxiety, tremors, hallucinations, and convulsions. Alcohol withdrawal can be life-threatening. Long-term consumption of large quantities of alcohol, particularly when combined with poor nutrition, can also lead to permanent damage to vital organs such as the liver or the brain.
Mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy may give birth to infants with fetal alcohol syndrome. These infants have irreversible physical abnormalities and mental retardation. In addition, research indicates that children of alcoholic parents are at greater risk than other youngsters of becoming alcoholics.
The use of drugs is harmful to one’s physical, mental, and social well-being. Drugs can be categorized into five major categories or schedules. Those categories are listed below and include the risks and federal trafficking penalties associated with each.
Drugs, substances, and certain chemicals used to make drugs are classified into five (5) distinct categories or schedules depending upon the drug’s acceptable medical use and the drug’s abuse or dependency potential. The abuse rate is a determinate factor in the scheduling of the drug; for example, Schedule I drugs have a high potential for abuse and the potential to create severe psychological and/or physical dependence. As the drug schedule changes-- Schedule II, Schedule III, etc., so does the abuse potential-- Schedule V drugs represent the least potential for abuse. A listing of drugs and their corresponding schedules is located at Controlled Substance Act (CSA) Scheduling or CSA Scheduling by Alphabetical Order. These lists describe the basic or parent chemical and do not necessarily describe the salts, isomers and salts of isomers, esters, ethers and derivatives which may also be classified as controlled substances. These lists are intended as general references and are not comprehensive listings of all controlled substances.
Please note that a substance need not be listed as a controlled substance to be treated as a Schedule I substance for criminal prosecution. A controlled substance analogue is a substance which is intended for human consumption and is structurally or pharmacologically substantially similar to or is represented as being similar to a Schedule I or Schedule II substance and is not an approved medication in the United States. (See 21 U.S.C. §802(32)(A) for the definition of a controlled substance analogue and 21 U.S.C. §813 for the applicable schedule.)
Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.
Some examples of Schedule I drugs are: heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), marijuana (cannabis), 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (ecstasy), methaqualone, and peyote
Schedule II drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with a high potential for abuse, with use potentially leading to severe psychological or physical dependence. These drugs are also considered dangerous.
Some examples of Schedule II drugs are: Combination products with less than 15 milligrams of hydrocodone per dosage unit (Vicodin), cocaine, methamphetamine, methadone, hydromorphone (Dilaudid), meperidine (Demerol), oxycodone (OxyContin), fentanyl, Dexedrine, Adderall, and Ritalin
Schedule III drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with a moderate to low potential for physical and psychological dependence. Schedule III drugs abuse potential is less than Schedule I and Schedule II drugs but more than Schedule IV.
Some examples of Schedule III drugs are: Products containing less than 90 milligrams of codeine per dosage unit (Tylenol with codeine), ketamine, anabolic steroids, testosterone
Schedule IV drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with a low potential for abuse and low risk of dependence.
Some examples of Schedule IV drugs are: Xanax, Soma, Darvon, Darvocet, Valium, Ativan, Talwin, Ambien, Tramadol
Schedule V drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with lower potential for abuse than Schedule IV and consist of preparations containing limited quantities of certain narcotics. Schedule V drugs are generally used for antidiarrheal, antitussive, and analgesic purposes.
of Schedule V drugs are: cough preparations with less than 200 milligrams of codeine or per 100 milliliters (Robitussin AC), Lomotil, Motofen, Lyrica, Parepectolin
An updated and complete list of the schedules is published annually in Title 21 Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) §§ 1308.11 through 1308.15.
Cocaine (Schedule II)
500–4999 grams mixture
First Offense: Not less than 5 yrs, and not more than 40 yrs. If death or serious injury, not less than 20 or more than life. Fine of not more than $5 million if an individual, $25 million if not an individual.
Second Offense: Not less than 10 yrs, and not more than life. If death or serious injury, life imprisonment. Fine
of not more than $8 million if an individual,
$50 million if not an individual.
5 kgs or more mixture
First Offense: Not less than 10 yrs, and not more than life. If death or serious injury, not less than
20 or more than life. Fine of not more than $10 million if an individual, $50 million if not an individual.
Second Offense: Not less than 20 yrs, and not more than life. If death or serious injury, life imprisonment. Fine of not more than
$20 million if an individual, $75 million if not an individual.
2 or More Prior Offenses: Life imprisonment. Fine of not more than $20 million if an individual, $75 million if not an individual.
Cocaine Base (Schedule II)
28–279 grams mixture
280 grams or more mixture
Fentanyl (Schedule II)
40–399 grams mixture
400 grams or more mixture
Fentanyl Analogue (Schedule I)
10–99 grams mixture
100 grams or more mixture
Heroin (Schedule I)
100–999 grams mixture
1 kg or more mixture
LSD (Schedule I)
1–9 grams mixture
10 grams or more mixture
Methamphetamine (Schedule II)
5–49 grams pure or 50–499 grams mixture
50 grams or more pure or 500 grams or more mixture
PCP (Schedule II)
10–99 grams pure or 100–999 grams mixture
100 gm or more pure or 1 kg or more mixture
Other Schedule I & II drugs (and any drug product containing Gamma Hydroxybutyric Acid)
First Offense: Not more than 20 yrs. If death or serious injury, not less than 20 yrs, or more than life. Fine $1 million if an individual, $5 million if not an individual.
Second Offense: Not more than 30 yrs. If death or serious bodily injury, life imprisonment. Fine $2 million if an individual, $10 million if not an individual.
Flunitrazepam (Schedule IV)
Other Schedule III drugs
First Offense: Not more than 10 years. If death or serious injury, not more that 15 yrs. Fine not more than $500,000 if an individual, $2.5 million if not an individual.
Second Offense: Not more than 20 yrs. If death or serious injury, not more than 30 yrs. Fine not more than $1 million if an individual, $5 million if not an individual.
All other Schedule IV drugs
First Offense: Not more than 5 yrs. Fine not more than $250,000 if an individual,
$1 million if not an individual.
Second Offense: Not more than 10 yrs. Fine not more than $500,000 if an individual, $2 million if other than an individual.
Other than 1 gram or more
All Schedule V drugs
First Offense: Not more than 1 yr. Fine not more than $100,000 if an individual,
$250,000 if not an individual.
Second Offense: Not more than 4 yrs. Fine not more than $200,000 if an individual,
$500,000 if not an individual.
Marijuana (Schedule I)
1,000 kg or more marijuana mixture;
or 1,000 or more marijuana plants
Not less than 10 yrs. or more than life. If death or serious bodily injury, not less than 20 yrs., or more than life. Fine not more than $10 million if an individual, $50 million if other than an individual.
Not less than 20 yrs. or more than life. If death or serious bodily injury, life imprisonment. Fine not more than $20 million
if an individual, $75 million if other than an
100 kg to 999 kg marijuana mixture;
or 100 to 999 marijuana plants
Not less than 5 yrs. or more than 40 yrs. If death or serious bodily injury, not less than 20 yrs. or more than life. Fine not more than $5 million if an individual, $25 million if other than an individual.
Not less than 10 yrs. or more than life. If death or serious bodily injury, life imprisonment. Fine not more than $20 million if an individual,
$75million if other than
More than 10 kgs hashish;
50 to 99 kg marijuana mixture
More than 1 kg of hashish oil; 50 to 99 marijuana plants
Not more than 20 yrs. If death or serious bodily injury, not less than 20 yrs. or more than life. Fine $1 million if an individual, $5 million if other than an individual.
Not more than 30 yrs. If death or serious bodily injury, life imprisonment.
Fine $2 million if an individual, $10 million if
other than an individual.
Less than 50 kilograms marijuana (but does not include 50 or more marijuana plants regardless
1 to 49 marijuana plants;
Not more than 5 yrs. Fine not more than $250,000, $1 million if other than an individual.
Not more than 10 yrs. Fine
$500,000 if an individual,
$2 million if other than individual.
Hashish (Schedule I)
10 kg or less
Hashish Oil (Schedule I)
1 kg or less
*The minimum sentence for a violation after two or more prior convictions for a felony drug offense have become final is a mandatory term of life imprisonment without release and a fine up to $20 million if an individual and $75 million if other than an individual.
The following information is being provided to all new college students in the state of Texas. Bacterial Meningitis is a serious and potentially deadly disease that can progress extremely fast – so take utmost caution. It is an inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord. The bacteria that cause meningitis can also infect the blood. This disease strikes about 3,000 Americans each year, including 100-125 on college campuses, leading to 5-15 deaths among college students every year. There is a treatment, but those who survive may develop severe health problems or disabilities.
Symptoms include: high fever, severe headache, vomiting, sensitivity to light, stiff neck, confusion and sleepiness, nausea, lethargy and seizures. There may be a rash of tiny, red-purple spots caused by bleeding under the skin. These can occur anywhere on the body. The more symptoms, the higher the risk, so when these symptoms appear, seek immediate medical attention.
Diagnosis is made by a medical provider and is usually based on a combination of clinical symptoms and laboratory results from spinal fluid and blood tests. Early diagnosis and treatment can greatly improve the likelihood of recovery.
The disease is transmitted when people exchange saliva (such as by deep-throat kissing, sharing drinking containers, utensils, cigarettes, toothbrushes, etc.) or come in contact with bacteria-infected respiratory or throat secretions.
Exposure to saliva by sharing cigarettes, water bottles, eating utensils, food, kissing, etc., as well as living in close conditions (such as sharing a room/ suite in a dorm or group home) increases your risks of contracting the disease.
Antibiotic treatment, if received early, can save lives and chances of recovery are increased. However, permanent disability or death can still occur.
What: State of Texas immunization requirement for bacterial meningitis
When: Effective spring 2014 semester and all semesters thereafter
Who: Students (21 years of age or younger) must provide the college with proof of meningitis vaccination if:
Deadline: You must submit proof of vaccination (or booster shot within the last five years) to your college’s Admissions Office before registering for class. The date of the vaccination must be at least 10 days before the first day of class. This allows time for the vaccination to take effect.
Where: Take proof of bacterial meningitis vaccination to the Admissions Office at the college where you are enrolled.
Exceptions to the new law: You do not need to provide proof of meningitis vaccination under several exceptions.
Exemptions: A student at a DCCCD college or the student’s parents/guardians are not required to submit evidence of the bacterial meningitis vaccination if the student, parent or guardian submits one of the following affidavits, based on health and well-being or for reasons of conscience, including religious beliefs. For either of these exemptions, you must submit to the Admissions Office:
Students may obtain bacterial meningitis vaccinations from their own physicians, local health departments, clinics, area pharmacies and similar facilities.
For more information about bacterial meningitis, visit the Centers for Disease Control at cdc.gov/meningitis
For details about DCCCD’s procedures, visit the Admissions office at any of the district’s seven colleges.
Learn more about the State of Texas’ Meningitis Vaccine Requirements at dcccd.edu/Meningitis
Vaccinations are available and should be considered for people living in close quarters and college students 21 years of age or younger. Vaccinations are effective against four of the five most common bacterial types that cause 70 percent of the disease in the U.S. (The vaccination does not protect against all types of meningitis). Vaccinations take seven to 10 days to become effective, with protection lasting three to five years. The cost of vaccine varies,
so check with your health care provider. The bacterial meningitis vaccination is very safe. The most common side effects are redness and minor pain at injection site which may last up to two days.
Contact your Student Health Center at:
All students are charged with knowing the contents and provisions of DCCCD’s policies, procedures, and regulations concerning student conduct.
Complete details can be found at dcccd.edu/CSCH.
Summary of Chapter 37, Subchapter F of the Texas Education Code
The Texas Education Code defines hazing as any intentional, knowing, or reckless act, occurring on or off the campus of an educational institution, by one person alone or acting with others, directed against a student, that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in an organization. For more information on what qualifies as hazing, please see Texas Education Code, Section 37.151(6),
State law prohibits hazing by any person or organization and provides punishment by fines and/or imprisonment, as appropriate. Engaging in an act of hazing is also a violation of the College District Student Code of Conduct [FLB (LOCAL)] and is subject to disciplinary action as outlined therein.
A person’s consent to hazing, express or implied, is not a defense to criminal prosecution or disciplinary action under the Student Code of Conduct.
A person may commit the offense of hazing either directly or indirectly. Indirect acts include recklessly permitting hazing to occur or failure to report first- hand knowledge of planned or past hazing.
In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Section 51.9363 of the Texas Education Code, the College District prohibits sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, in all of its programs and activities, including in its dual credit, early college high school, and charter high school programs. Sexual Misconduct is defined as any act of sex/gender-based discrimination or harassment, sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual exploitation, relationship violence, sex/gender-based stalking, and any other conduct that threatens the health and safety of any person on the basis of actual, expressed or perceived gender identity.
The College District’s sexual misconduct policy applies to any instance in which a student or employee is alleged to have engaged in sexual misconduct against any person or believes he or she has been subjected to sexual misconduct, regardless of sex, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The College District will respond to any complaint of sexual misconduct, including conduct alleged to have occurred during breaks, leaves of absence or periods of dismissal, whether on or off College District property or premises.
A person who is found to have violated the College District sexual misconduct policy shall be subject to all applicable College District disciplinary sanctions as outlined in the College District Board Policy Manual. Violations of the sexual misconduct policy that are also violations of law may also be subject to sanctions by civil and criminal authorities. College District disciplinary action with respect to any act of sexual misconduct on the part of a student or employee shall proceed during the pendency of civil and/or criminal proceedings and shall not be subject to challenge on the ground that civil and/or criminal charges involving the same incident have been filed, dismissed or reduced. For more information on the College District’s sexual misconduct policy, including reporting procedures, please see the College District Board Policy Manual [DIAA (LOCAL), FFDA (LOCAL), and DIA (REGULATION)].
A Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
FERPA affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights include:
Family Policy Compliance Office U .S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20202
Students may request that all or any part of the directory information be withheld from the public by giving written notice to the Registrar’s Office during the first 12 class days of a fall or spring semester or the first four class days of a summer session. Students may protect their directory information at any time during the academic year if they are unable to provide written notice within these time frames.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is the law that protects student records.
Attn: Admissions Office 3939 Valley View Lane
Farmers Branch, TX 75244-4997
Email : firstname.lastname@example.orgOffice hours: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Attn: Admissions Office 3030 N. Dallas Ave.
Lancaster, TX 75134-3799
Email : email@example.comOffice hours: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Attn: Admissions Office 3737 Motley Drive
Mesquite, TX 75150-2099
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Office hours: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Attn: Admissions Office 801 Main St.
Dallas, TX 75202-3604
Email : email@example.com
Office hours: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Attn: Admissions Office 4849 W. Illinois Ave.
Dallas, TX 75211-6599
Email : Registrar-MVC@dcccd.edu Office hours: Monday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Tuesday–Wednesday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Attn: Admissions Office 5001 N. MacArthur Blvd. Irving, TX 75038-3899
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Office hours: Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Attn: Admissions Office 12800 Abrams Road
Dallas, TX 75243-2199
Fax: 972-238-6229 or 972-238-6346
Email : email@example.com
Office hours: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Dallas County Community College District 1601 S. Lamar St. • Dallas, TX 75215-1816 dcccd.edu
The seven independently accredited colleges of the Dallas County Community College District are part of an
equal opportunity system that provides education and employment opportunities without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.