Drug and Alcohol Policy

A-B Tech is committed to providing each of its students a drug-free environment in which to attend classes and study. From a safety perspective, the users of drugs or alcohol may impair the well- being of students, interfere with the College’s educational environment, and result in damage to College
property. Therefore, it is the College’s policy that the  unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of narcotics, drugs, other controlled substances or alcohol is prohibited on College premises or as part of any College-sponsored activity. The specifics of this policy are as follows:

1. No student shall distribute, dispense, possess, use or be under the influence of any alcoholic beverage, malt beverage or fortified wine or other intoxicating liquor or unlawfully manufacture, distribute, dispense, possess, use or be under the influence of any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug,                         amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, anabolic steroid or any other “controlled substance” before, during, or after school hours on College premises, at any other College locations, or at College sponsored events activities or events. Students in Continuing Education or Brewing programs over the age of     21, in which alcohol is part of the curriculum, may consume beverages as applicable to the course. A student’s legal use of prescribed or over-the-counter drugs is not a violation of policy only if such use does not endanger the student or others and it does not interfere with student learning or                       participation in student-related activities. Students shall be held strictly accountable for their behavior while under the influence of prescribed drugs or over-the-counter drugs.

2. Any student who possesses, uses, sells, gives, or in any way transfers a controlled substance or manufactures a controlled substance while on College premises or as part of any College sponsored activity will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion and referral for prosecution, and     possible legal sanctions.

3. A-B Tech hosts a Drug and Alcohol Abuse Awareness program for students each semester. These programs are open to all students, but may be required for students in violation of this policy as a first level disciplinary sanction. Additional educational materials, programs, and other resources are                 available through both our Student Life and Counseling Services departments.

4. Instructors have the discretion to determine whether a student may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If the instructor suspects a student is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, he or she has the authority to contact campus police to remove the student from the classroom.  Instructors must         notify the Vice President for Student Services or his/her designee of this alleged violation of Code of Student Conduct as soon as possible.

A-B Tech complies with applicable Department of Education requirements by taking the following steps, as they apply to students:

1.    Prepares the College’s Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program (DAAPP) for annual distribution to all currently enrolled students.
2.    Publishes the Drug and Alcohol Policy and Procedures on the website and establishes an annual email notification to students with a link to the online documents.
3.    Incorporates information about drug and alcohol Policy and Procedures in New Student Orientation.
4.    Reserves the right to search the student, vehicle, and/or personal property of student when on College property or other location where instruction occurs, consistent with applicable law.


Consequences for Violating Policy/Procedures 

A student who violates the terms of this policy will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the Code of Student Conduct policy and procedures. At his or her discretion, the Vice President for Student Services or his or her designee may require any student who violates the terms of this policy  to satisfactorily participate in a drug abuse awareness program or seminar conducted by member of the A-B Tech Counseling staff. For more severe infractions the student may be required to complete an off-campus drug abuse rehabilitation program or an alcoholic rehabilitation program sponsored by an approved private or governmental institution as a precondition of continued enrollment at the College.


A-B Tech complies with the Drug Free Schools and Campuses Act (DFSCA) and applicable Department of Education requirements by instituting the following practices:

  1. The College will conduct an annual review of the effectiveness of the DAAPP. This activity will be the responsibility of the Vice President for Student Services or their designees. The review will be completed by June 30 of each year so that this information may be used to revise the DAAPP for optimum effectiveness.
  2. Annual review information will be compiled to produce a biennial review as required by the Department of Education and the DFSCA. 

Requirements for A-B Tech and Third Party Events when Alcohol is Sold or Served 

At A-B Tech events, and events held on A-B Tech property by 3rd parties, the following guidelines shall apply when alcohol is served:

  1. Alcoholic beverages may be served no more than one (1) hour before food for the main event is served.
  2. Once food has been served for the main event, only beer and wine may be served during the main event.
  3. Events at which alcoholic beverages are served may last no longer than three (3) hours.
  4. For events that do not precede a meal function, serving heavy hors d’oeuvres, with at least two (2) hot hors d’oeuvres, is required.
  5. Service of alcohol must be discontinued fifteen (15) minutes prior to the anticipated end of the event.
  6. For all events where alcoholic beverages are served, only a licensed bartender may serve the alcoholic beverages and renting agencies must provide evidence of adequate commercial general liability insurance (covered under Facilities Use Agreement).
  7. When serving alcohol, a “Request to Serve Alcohol” application, provided by A-B Tech, must be completed and returned ten (10) full business days prior to the event.
  8. All entities, including A-B Tech internal events, must apply for, and be approved for, a “Limited Special Occasion Permit”, submitted to, and received from, the NC ABC Commission. This permit must be received by A-B Tech no later than five (5) full business days prior to the event date. Failure to obtain, or deliver, this permit will result in alcohol being banned from the event.
  9. Alcoholic beverages must be served/consumed only in the area designated for the event. It is not permissible for individuals to take alcoholic beverages from that area.
  10. The service of alcohol is limited to invitation-only, private events. Alcohol may not be served at events open to the general public.
  11. Violation of this policy may lead to the termination of the event by an A-B Tech staff person and/or A-B Tech Police. 

Bartenders and/or Catering Services must be licensed to serve alcohol. They shall provide proof that their staff has been adequately trained to recognize the early signs of intoxication in patrons. Staff must also be trained to exercise adequate intervention techniques to reduce or stop patrons’ alcohol intake. Bartenders and/or Catering Services shall provide, in writing, intervention techniques, along with a copy of the liquor/serving license, appropriate insurance coverage, and a list of names, addresses, and ages of those who will distribute the alcohol. This documentation must be provided to A-B Tech Event Coordinator at least ten (10) business days prior to the event. Food and Non-alcoholic Beverages MUST be made available at all events where alcohol is distributed.

Serving Minors

  1. No one under the age of twenty-one (21) will be allowed to consume alcohol at an A-B Tech event or event held on A-B Tech campuses. Sponsoring group will need to provide A-B Tech Event Coordinator with detailed procedures to be followed to prevent service to minors (this is submitted with the “Request to Serve Alcohol” application).
  2. A-B Tech Police must be notified at least ten (10) days in advance of the date and time of all events at which alcohol service is to be served. A-B Tech Police will provide security coverage. The sponsoring organization will be responsible for any additional costs associated with that coverage.
  3. If requested, guests must provide photo identification for proof of age before being served.
  4. No one under the age of twenty-one (21) may sign a Facilities Usage Agreement for an event where alcohol will be served.
  5. At an event, if anyone is found to have provided an alcoholic beverage to an underage person, A-B Tech Police will respond and local police may also be called.

All parties involved in coordinating food service or catering an event at A-B Tech must sign a “Notice of Sale or Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages on A-B Tech Property” indicating their agreement and understanding of the above policy guidelines and agree to adhere to them at all times. Any member of the College community found to be in violation of the College alcohol policy shall be subject to disciplinary actions by the appropriate College office. A-B Tech departments require the approval and signature of the College President if students are to be present at the event.

Employees – please see policy 501.05