Drug Free Schools & College Prevention Program

Austin Community College is dedicated to providing a safe, healthy environment for students, employees, and visitors. This includes ensuring the college is a drug- and alcohol-free zone.

Students are encouraged to read and understand information about the college’s drug and alcohol abuse prevention program (DAAPP) and its compliance with Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Regulations (34 CFR Part 86) and the Drug-free Schools and Communities Act.

Standards of Conduct

The unlawful possession, use, distribution, sale or manufacture of controlled substances is prohibited on any premises owned or controlled by ACC. Under no circumstance will the college tolerate unlawful possession, use, distribution, sale, or manufacture of controlled substances, or the unlawful use of alcohol on campus or at college-sponsored activities.

Read ACC’s Student Standards of Conduct.

College Disciplinary Penalties

Students who violate these Standards of Conduct will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion, in accordance with college policy, Student Standards of Conduct and Disciplinary Process (Administrative Rule 1.04.006).

Legal Penalties

Using illicit drugs is illegal under both the state and federal statutes. Use of alcohol by persons under 21 years of age is illegal under state law. Penalties for conviction under state and federal law include incarceration and fines. Property used in connection with illegal drugs may be confiscated. Federal student loans and grants may be denied to those convicted for a violation of a criminal drug statute. Learn more about federal, state, and local penalties for drug and alcohol violations.

Health Risks

Using drugs and alcohol can have substantial and harmful effects on health. These effects often are permanent and can lead to severe physical and psychological impairment, disability, and premature death. Learn more about the risks associated with alcohol, drugs, and college drinking.

If You Need Help

Any student who has a drug- or alcohol-related problem may call upon the college for help. Each ACC campus has counselors who can help you address your drug and alcohol use, explore the reasons behind your use, and assess whether your use is problematic. Counselors also can help you find the appropriate counseling and treatment resources if needed. Mental Health Counseling at ACC is confidential and free to students.

Program Oversight and Review

In accordance with federal law, ACC notifies students annually about its drug and alcohol abuse prevention program and related policies and reviews the program every two years. 

ACC’s vice chancellor of student services oversees ACC’s drug and alcohol prevention program for students and coordinates review activities.