At-risk drinking can cause poor performance in school or at work, accidents, injuries, arguments, legal problems (including DUI), strained relationships, undesirable or even dangerous sex, and verbal or physical violence, including the perpetration of sexual assault. At-risk and other risky alcohol consumption patterns also contribute to sleep problems, prolonged intoxication, aka hangovers, cancer, liver disease, stroke, depression, anxiety, Alcohol Use Disorder, and Alcohol Dependence.
Alcohol consumption is involved in most violent acts on campuses, including sexual assault, vandalism, fights, and accidents involving cars, pedestrians, and bicycles.
PC RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS
For most new students, college also brings a newfound sense of freedom. For the first time, you are the sole person responsible for the decisions that will affect your day-to-day life. With this freedom, you will likely find yourself experiencing new things, new people, and new ideas. What may start off as casual drinking or experimentation can easily turn into an addiction.
Drug or alcohol assistance is available for students from a variety of sources. Anyone who recognizes a personal drug or alcohol problem is concerned about another student, or who may wish to know more about drug and alcohol abuse may contact:
- VP of Student Services 559-791-2218
- Dean of Student Services 559-791-2332
- Student Services Wellness Counselor 559-791-2329
- PC Timely Care
PC POLICY ON ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS FOR STUDENTS
Unauthorized use, possession, or dissemination of alcohol, tobacco products, unauthorized or illegal drugs, or drug-related paraphernalia in the college community or at college-sponsored activities, is prohibited.
PC POLICY ON ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS FOR GENERAL PERSONNEL/ADMINISTRATION
STATE AND FEDERAL CRIMINAL SANCTIONS
The following is a summary of the state and federal criminal sanctions that may be imposed upon someone who violates the alcohol and other drug policy at PC or elsewhere in California.
- A violation of California law for the unlawful sale of alcohol may include imprisonment in the county jail for six months, plus fines and penalties.
- A violation of California law for alcohol use by obviously intoxicated individuals will vary with the particular circumstances. Still, it may include imprisonment in the county jail and substantial fines and penalties. Additionally, minors arrested for violations concerning the use of alcohol run the risk of having their driving privileges suspended or revoked until they are 18.
- A violation of California law for the possession, use, and/or sale of narcotics, marijuana, and/or other illicit drugs includes imprisonment in the county jail or state prison for one to nine years, plus fines up to $100,000 for each count.
- A violation of federal law for the possession, use, and/or sale of narcotics, marijuana, and/or other illicit drugs may include imprisonment in the federal penitentiary for one to fifteen years plus substantial financial penalties.
- A violation of the law involving an individual being under the influence of a combination of alcohol and other drugs (itself potentially deadly) may increase criminal sanctions and penalties.