Alcohol, Tobacco, Drug Free Campus
ARCOM complies with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989. It is the policy of ARCOM to maintain a safe and healthful environment for its students and employees. Therefore, College policy prohibits the use, manufacture, possession, distribution, or dispensing of drugs (illicit and non-prescribed prescription medications), alcohol, tobacco products and vapor products on College property or during College activities. With the approval of the President in advance, alcohol may be permitted for special events. Violation of this policy constitutes grounds for disciplinary action up to dismissal from the COM.
Federal and state laws provide additional penalties for such unlawful activities, including fines and imprisonment. Local ordinances also provide various penalties for drug and alcohol related offenses. The College is bound to take all appropriate actions against violations, which may include referral for legal prosecution or requiring the individual to participate satisfactorily in an approved alcohol, tobacco, or drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program.
Gambling is not permitted on ARCOM property, ARCOM affiliate education site, or at any ARCOM sponsored event.
Firearms and Weapons
ARCOM is committed to providing a safe, healthy learning and working environment and to making adequate provisions for the safety and health of its students, staff, faculty and the public and will not permit its students or employees, as well as visitors, to act in ways that may endanger themselves or others. All visitors, students, and employees are prohibited from possessing, carrying, trading or showing weapons of any kind, including firearms, fireworks, guns, explosives, bows and arrows, knives, etc., while on ARCOM premises, while on duty, while operating ARCOM vehicles or equipment, or while operating personal vehicles for ARCOM purposes. Visitors, students and employees are also prohibited from keeping weapons in their personal vehicles parked on ARCOM’s premises. ARCOM premises include any property owned, operated, controlled or managed by it. Individuals are permitted to carry mace, pepper spray and pocket knives with blades no longer than four (4) inches as long as they are stored in a pocket, purse, briefcase or other personal belongings. This policy does not apply to those who are expressly authorized by ARCOM to use explosives and other authorized tools that could be viewed as weapons in the performance of their jobs.
ARCOM reserves the right, based upon reasonable suspicion of a violation of this policy, to search a locker, office and other property under the control of the visitor, student, or employee, as well as the packages, purses, lunch boxes, briefcases, and students’ or employees’ vehicles parked on its premises. Individuals may also be required to remove a jacket or sweater and to turn out their pockets. Reasonable suspicion sufficient to justify a search may be based on a clear and reasonable belief, through observation or information provided by a reliable and credible source, that an employee is in violation of this policy. Searches of ARCOM property under the control of the visitor, student, or employee are subject to being conducted without notice, once the reasonable suspicion standard has been met. Violation of this policy may result in disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from the COM.
ARCOM expects and requires all students and employees to display common courtesy and respect for others and to engage in safe and appropriate behavior at all times. Visitors are also held to this standard. Any involvement in incidents of physical violence is considered unacceptable behavior which violates this policy. “Physical violence” means any unwanted or hostile contact such as hitting, fighting, pushing, shoving, slapping or throwing objects. Racial or ethnic slurs, sexually harassing remarks, threats of violence, and any other provocative comments, language, or actions also violate this policy and will not be tolerated. A “threat of violence” means an expression (verbal or otherwise) of a present or future intention to cause physical harm. Individuals who threaten violence or otherwise engage in provocative conduct towards co-workers, students, visitors, or other individuals ordinarily are held at least equally at fault for an ensuing physical altercation, even if they do not strike the first blow or otherwise initiate a physical confrontation.
Prohibited conduct includes, but is not limited to:
- Striking/injuring another person physically
- Engaging in behavior that creates a reasonable fear of injury in another person
- Possession, brandishing, or using a weapon while on the College’s premises or engaged in its business
- Intentionally damaging office property, property of students, employees, visitors or the general public
- Threatening to injure an individual or to damage property
- Verbally threatening behavior, such as direct or veiled threats of violence
- Harassment or sexual harassment that blurs into conduct threatening an individual’s safety, including unwanted and offensive physical touching and stalking.
- Threats or intimidation that creates fear or extreme emotional distress
- Obscene telephone calls, e-mails, or other electronic communications
- Bullying of any kind
This policy applies to:
- Visitors, students, and employees while on ARCOM premises
- Students and employees traveling on business or representing the College
- Students and employees off the premises but working or representing the College
- Employees while off duty and students away from College where the violence, threats of violence, or other violations of this policy are directed toward a fellow employee, student, or other individual and the behavior has an actual or potential negative impact upon the College community or its interests
ARCOM Security will promptly investigate any physical or verbal altercation, threats of violence, or other conduct by visitors, students, and employees that threatens the health or safety of other visitors, employees, students, or the public or otherwise might involve a violation of this policy. All complaints will be investigated in a timely manner. Information will be released only to those persons directly involved in the investigation and to law enforcement as necessary. Confidentiality will be maintained to the extent practicable. ARCOM will make every effort to guard the reputations of the complainant and the accused. All employees have a duty to report to a member of administration or Campus Security any workplace activities, situations or incidents that they observe or are aware of involving other students, employees, and visitors and which appear to violate this policy. This includes, for example, threats or acts of violence, aggressive behavior, offensive acts, threatening or offensive comments or remarks, and the like. Reports pursuant to this policy will be held in confidence to the maximum extent possible under the circumstances. The College will not condone any form of retaliation against any employee for making a report under this policy, and individuals have an immediate duty to report any retaliation they experience or observe to the Office of Human Resources.
Students likewise have a duty to warn Campus Security or the Associate Dean of Student Affairs of any activity, situation, or incident they observe or are aware of involving other students, employees, and visitors and which appear to violate this policy. Reports will be held in confidence to the maximum extent possible under the circumstances, and the College will not condone any retaliation against a student for making a report under this policy. Students should immediately report any retaliation they experience or observe to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs.
All individuals who commit violent acts or who otherwise violate this policy are subject to appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion or termination. The College may seek prosecution of those who engage in violence on its premises or against its students or employees.