Substance Abuse Program

Hamilton Tech has established a program with a goal of reducing and/or eliminating drug and/or alcohol abuses. The staff and faculty are committed to providing support to those who need assistance in becoming aware of the hazards associated with substance abuse. Without violating federal and/or state laws, Hamilton Tech will make a legitimate effort to provide necessary programs and services consistent with a goal of educating students on how to deal with substance abuse. Whenever legally possible, the college will protect the confidentiality of the discussions relating to substance abuse. Please see the Dean of Students for referrals to substance abuse resources.

Substance Abuse Policy

In accordance with The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, Hamilton Tech is committed to creating a drug free environment that promotes the intellectual, social, emotional, ethical, and physical well-being of its campus members. The commitment includes maintaining a campus environment conducive to the intellectual and personal development of students and to the safety and welfare of all members of the campus community. The staff and faculty are committed to providing support and directing students to resources associated with substance abuse. If a student has, or knows of students who have problems in this area he/she is urged to contact the Dean of Students. Whenever legally possible, the college will protect the confidentiality of the discussions relating to substance abuse.

Alcohol and Drug Resources and Services

Hamilton Technical College does not provide on campus substance abuse counseling; however, there are several sources of such treatment and counseling available in the community. If necessary, students, faculty and staff in need of counseling or treatment may contact the following resources in the Quad City and surrounding areas. (Hamilton Tech does not suggest nor endorse any program over another.)

Alcoholics Anonymous 24 hour service: (309)764-1016.
http://aaquadcities.com (Covers Illinois District 90, Iowa District 9 and Illowa Intergroup)
The Illowa Intergroup, 1706 Brady Street, Midtown Plaza Suite 201, Davenport, IA 52803
Office hours: 9:00 to 5:30 Monday- Friday

Quad Cities Area of Narcotics Anonymous
Helpline: (800) 897-6242
P.O. Box 37, Davenport, Iowa 52805
info@qcana.org

Treatment Services

Center for Alcohol & Drug Services, (CADS)
Davenport, IA- (563)326-1150 or (563)326-4116
Rock Island, IL-(309)788-4571
http://cads-ia.com

Riverside Alcohol & Drug Treatment Center

Rock Island, IL-(309)779-2800
http://www.unitypoint.org/quadcities/services-riverside-inpatient-center.aspxa

River Bend Christian Counseling – Moline (309) 757-0300
Tri-County Alcohol and Drug Services, LLC - East Moline (309) 752-9740
Alcohol and Drug Education Clinic, Inc – Rock Island (309) 794-1097
Family Counseling and Psychology Center, P.C., DUI Services - Rock Island (309) 788-6374
Alcohol and Drug Educational Services – Rock Island (309) 786-2992
New Life Outpatient Center-Davenport (563) 355-0055
Margaret Stutsman Lodge-East Moline (309)792-2840
Good Shepherd Foundation – Geneseo (309) 944-6205 or (309) 944-3258
Bridgeway, Inc – Kewanee (309) 852-5541
The Abbey-Bettendorf (563)355-4707

The above is meant as a list of possible resources for alcohol or drug counseling and treatment. It is not an endorsement of any method or provider of drug or alcohol treatment, and Hamilton Technical College does not guarantee the effectiveness or availability of the above providers.
Resource information (booklets, pamphlets, brochures, etc.) regarding health and safety concerns from substance use/abuse, and information regarding community services, are available in the Student Services Office. There are many people and services available for someone who needs support, information, or treatment.

Sanctions for Violation of Local, State, and Federal Laws

Local statutes adhere to State guidelines regarding sanctions for violations.

Alcohol Use

Iowa State law considers the illegal possession and use of alcohol a simple misdemeanor. Please see the following link for full detail: http://www.legis.state.ia.us/IACODE/1997/123/47A.html
Federal laws likewise prohibit the underage use of alcohol. Please see the following link for full detail: http://nationalsubstanceabuseindex.org/alcohollaws.html

Drug (Controlled Substance) Use

Iowa State law considers the manufacture, delivery, or possession of illegal drugs to be a class "B" felony, punishable by confinement of up to fifty years and fines up to $1 million. Please see the following link for a full detail: http://www.legis.state.ia.us/IACODE/1995/124/401.html
Federal law (specifically the Controlled Substances Act passed in 1970) likewise prohibits the manufacture, distribution and possession of controlled substances. Please see the following link for full detail on the limitations and sanctions for violation of this act: http://nationalsubstanceabuseindex.org/act1970.html

Discipline for Violation of Substance Abuse Policy

  1. Direct involvement or participation in the selling of any controlled substance or paraphernalia associated with controlled substances on or about school property or at school sponsored events will result in the following:
    1. Dismissed from school.
    2. A report will be filed with the police.
  2. Anyone involved with or participating in consuming, using, or giving alcoholic beverages or controlled substances or paraphernalia associated with controlled substance, or are under the influence of same or possession of same, on or about school property or school sponsored activities, will be:
    1. Dismissed from school
    2. Advised to enter a substance abuse program
    3. Informed they are not going to be considered for readmission unless evidence of participation in an approved substance abuse program is supplied to the school as part of the appeal process.
Conviction of a drug-related offense may render a student ineligible for federal financial aid for at least one year. Depending on the nature and severity of the conviction, a student may lose federal financial aid eligibility for an indefinite period.

Health Risks Associated with Substance Abuse

Alcohol Use

The use of alcohol serves as a depressant that affects the central nervous system of the body. Effects of alcohol use include, but are not limited to, slowed motor skills, loss of judgment, blurred vision, physical sickness, blackouts, and in extreme cases death. Impact on student success includes poor attendance, poor test performance, failure to complete assignments, and course failure.

Drug Use

The use of drugs, (controlled substances) has a multitude of mind altering, debilitating, and in some cases catastrophic effects for the user. Effects include, but are not limited to, slowed motor skills, loss of appetite, lack of motivation, irritability, inability to concentrate, violent outbursts and in some instances death. Impact on student success includes poor attendance, inability to concentrate or focus, poor academic performance, and course failure.

Parental Notification Guidelines for Alcohol and Controlled Substance Violations

These guidelines were developed in response to the Higher Education Amendments of 1998. These amendments created an exception to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), thus enabling universities to notify parents or legal guardians, under certain circumstances about a student’s (students under the age of 21) use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance. This change supports the practice of Hamilton Technical College of establishing a collaborative partnership with parents and actively involving them, when appropriate, in addressing student behavior as it relates to alcohol and drugs.

Notification of parents is done when Hamilton Technical College believes it will help the student. When practicable, conversations normally are held with the student before contact is made with parents, in an effort to determine whether such contact is the best course of action.
Generally, Hamilton Technical College contacts parents in an effort to provide support for students' physical health and safety, academic success, and personal development. Factors that are considered when deciding to contact parents may include, but are not limited to:

  • A situation in which a student has received medical attention
  • The occurrence of an arrest and consequent criminal charges
  • A major disruption to Hamilton Technical College's educational mission
  • Substantial harm caused to other students, or
  • Significant property damage

Contacts are made, if possible, by a personal appointment with parents or by phone. Written communication is used only when other attempts to contact parents have failed. The goal is to develop a partnership between Hamilton Technical College and the parents for the good of the student.

Parent contacts are not to be viewed as a "disciplinary sanction" but rather as a positive engagement of the broadest possible resources to help a student succeed in his/her educational endeavor. Parents are encouraged to discuss the situation with their son or daughter.

Questions or concerns regarding these guidelines should be directed to Dean of Students.