Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention

The Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, Public Law 101-226, and Higher Education Act require that Rio Salado College implement a drug and alcohol abuse prevention program as a condition of receiving federal funds and financial assistance.  This program must outline the college’s prevention, education and intervention efforts, and consequences that may be applied by both our administration and external authorities for any violations.  The law also requires that we disclose possible health risks associated with the use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs, and sources of assistance for problems that may arise as a result of use. This document serves as the annual disclosure.  Rio Salado College has established a program which reinforces our commitment toward promoting a drug-free learning environment. 

Rio Salado College will conduct a biennial review of its Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program to determine effectiveness, implement changes, and to ensure that the college's disciplinary sanctions are consistently enforced.   

In accordance with the Federal Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988, it is the policy of Rio Salado College that each year the following information will be made available to all students and employees.

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.

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 Policies 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. 

Arizona Drug Criminal Penalties

Federal Trafficking Penalties

Health Risks:
Health risks associated with drug and alcohol abuse include physical and psychological effects.  It is recommended that anyone having specific questions relating to their health and drugs/ alcohol should consult their physician. 

Drug Abuse and Effects Chart

Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention Programs:
Rio Salado College utilizes evidenced-based strategic 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:

  • Offering a substance-free environment
  • Developing and enforcing campus policies to address illegal alcohol and other drug use, including our smoke-free/ tobacco-free environment campus policy
  • Providing education and awareness activities
  • Promoting health and wellness

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.  Rio Salado College does not offer these services or referrals to these services.  Our academic counseling department can support those in need by providing a list of outside agencies that provide substance abuse assistance.  Academic counselors can be reached at 480-517-8785.

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


  • Treatment Locators:
  • SAMHSA Treatment Locator
  • SAMHSA Treatment for substance abuse




  • Substance Abuse Information Resources:
  • National Council on Alcohol & Drug Dependency
    4201 N 16th st., Suite 140
    Phoenix, AZ 85016
    602-264-6214
  • Alcoholics Anonymous at
    1-800-356-9996
  • American Council on Alcoholism at
    1-800-527-5344
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse Hotline at
    1-800-662-4357
  • DRUGHELP at
    1-800-378-4435

To learn more about our Abuse-Free Environment please review the Maricopa Community College District Administrative Regulation.

Consumer Information