Drug free campus

The Drug Free Schools and Campus Regulations (34 CFR Part 86) of the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA) require an institution of higher education (IHE) such as UH Maui College to certify it has implemented programs to prevent the abuse of alcohol and use or distribution of illicit drugs both by UHMC students and employees, both on its premises and as a part of any of its activities.

At a minimum each institution of higher education must annually distribute the following in writing to all students and employees:

  • Standards of conduct that clearly prohibit the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees;
  • A description of the legal sanctions under local, state, or federal law for the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol;
  • A description of any drug or alcohol counseling, treatment, or rehabilitation or reentry programs that are available to employees or students; and
  • A clear statement that the institution will impose sanctions on students and employees and a description of those sanctions, up to and including expulsion or termination of employment and referral for prosecution, for violations of the standards of conduct.

The law further requires that the institution conduct a biennial review of its program with the following objectives:

Determining the effectiveness of the policy and implementing changes to the alcohol and other drug programs if they are needed; and

To ensure that the sanctions developed are enforced consistently.

UHMC Drug and Alcohol Policy
Appendix A – Health Risks

UH Maui College is committed to providing students, faculty, staff, and visitors a safe campus and workplace. The University recognizes the health risks associated with controlled substance use and alcohol misuse and is committed to supporting students and employees who seek treatment for these conditions.

The University also recognizes that controlled substance use and alcohol misuse diminish workplace and campus safety and undermine the campus’ ability to fulfill its mission of providing quality education for all students in an atmosphere that promotes intellectual pursuit, spiritual growth, and social, personal responsibility. Compliance with this policy is considered a condition of employment and attendance at UHMC and monitored by the Administration. All employees and students have been notified of this policy by print publication and on our website.

UH Maui College strives to remain in compliance with the requirements of the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act. The institute has adopted and implemented programs to prevent the abuse of alcohol and use or distribution of illicit drugs both by students and employees both on its premises and as a part of any of the University activities. UHMC has a written policy on alcohol and illegal drugs distributed to students during orientation, through access to the online Catalog. The Employee Manual also contains the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Policy. The materials are located on our website contain the following:

  • Standards of conduct that prohibit unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol on school property or as a part of its activities;
  • A description of the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and abuse of alcohol;
  • A description of counseling or treatment programs.
  • A clear statement and description of the disciplinary sanctions the institution will impose on students and employees.
  • The federally mandated policy about alcohol and other drugs will be discussed in more detail with students during orientation. In addition, the alcohol and drug policy will be presented to all employees with the distribution of the Employee Handbook.

All UH Maui College students are responsible for complying with Hawaii State laws and policies of UHMC. These guidelines establish that:

  • No person under 21 years of age may use or be in possession of alcoholic beverages.
  • Alcoholic beverages may not be available to minors.
  • Misrepresentation of age for the purpose of purchasing alcoholic beverages is a violation of state law.
  • Personal possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages is not permitted at social events attended by students, on campus grounds.

Students are prohibited from consuming, transporting, and distributing alcohol; possessing or being in the presence of alcohol while on campus; or exhibiting disruptive behavior caused by alcohol consumption.

Alcohol found by staff will be disposed of immediately. Persons found in violation of this policy will be subject to administrative or disciplinary sanctions listed in the Student Code of Conduct:

a. Written Warning—A notice in writing to the student that the student is violating or has violated institutional regulations and a copy of the warning letter is placed in the student’s disciplinary file.

b. Counseling – Meeting with the assigned counselor.

c. Probation—Probation is for a designated period of time (which may include the remainder of their enrollment at UHMC) and includes the probability of more severe disciplinary sanctions if the student is found to violate any institutional regulation(s) during the probationary period. This sanction may require the student to meet with the VCSA (or his or her designee) upon request.

d. Loss of Privileges—Denial of specified privileges for a designated period of time.

e. Restitution—Compensation for loss, damage, or injury. This may take the form of appropriate service and/or monetary or material replacement.

e. Discretionary Sanctions—Work assignments, essays, service to UHMC, Community Service or other related discretionary or educational related assignments.

f. UHMC No Contact Orders—No unnecessary contact between the Respondent and the Complainant, witnesses, or other individuals (when appropriate).

g. Suspension—Separation of the student from UHMC for a definite period of time (usually 1 year or less) after which the student is eligible to return. Conditions for readmission may be specified. Suspensions may be effective immediately or deferred.

h. Dismissal—Separation of the student from UHMC for more than 1 year. The student may be eligible for return. Conditions for readmission may be
specified. Dismissals will be effective immediately unless otherwise stated.

i. Expulsion—Separation of the student from UHMC permanently. Expulsions will be effective immediately, unless otherwise stated.

j. Revocation of Admission and/or Degree—Admission to or a degree awarded from UHMC may be revoked for fraud, misrepresentation, or other violation of UHMC standards in obtaining the degree, or for other serious violations committed by a student prior to graduation.

Intoxication from, or the use, display, or possession of alcoholic beverages or any controlled substance (drug) is prohibited unless the student has a valid prescription for the use of the controlled substance. Furthermore, intoxication from, or the use, display, or possession of alcoholic beverages or any controlled substance (drug) on any area of the UHMC campus is prohibited. This includes the presence of empty or full alcoholic beverage containers.

UH Maui College has several options available for students and staff members who need to address alcohol and other drug abuse issues. The Institute works with local community health organizations to provide counseling for students and staff members.

  1. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession or use of a controlled substance is prohibited by UHMC on any property owned, leased, or controlled by UHMC or during any activity conducted, sponsored, authorized by, or on behalf of UH Maui College. A controlled substance shall include any substance defined as a controlled substance in Section 102 of the Federal Controlled Substance Act (21 U.S. Code 802).
  1. UH Maui College has and shall maintain a drug free awareness program to inform employees concerning the following:
  • The dangers of drug abuse in the workplace
  • Maintenance of a drug ­free workplace
  • Drug counseling and rehabilitation programs
  • Possible penalties for drug abuse and rehabilitation violations.

Alcohol and drug usage causes a number of marked changes in behavior. Even low doses significantly impair the judgment and coordination required to drive a car safely. Low to moderate doses of alcohol also increase the incidence of a variety of aggressive acts, including domestic violence and date rape. Moderate to high doses of alcohol cause mark impairments in higher mental functions, severely altering a person’s ability to learn and remember information. Very high doses cause respiratory depression and death.

Repeated use of alcohol and drugs can lead to dependence. Sudden cessation of alcohol intake is likely to produce withdrawal symptoms, including severe anxiety, tremors, hallucinations, and convulsions. Long term consumption of large quantities of alcohol and drugs, particularly when combined with poor nutrition, can also lead to permanent damage to vital organs such as the brain and the liver.

All students and employees are encouraged to seek early help if they feel they have a problem with alcohol and/or other drugs, and to learn how to assist others with substance abuse problems. With early assistance it is less likely that serious consequences will result from an alcohol or other drug problem. There are resources on campus and in the community for assistance. Questions should be directed to Administration.

Some other resources include:

Aloha House, Inc: Call the 24/7 Emergency Crisis Hotline: 1-800-753-6879

Other resources: 

Hawaii resources available:

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division
State of Hawai‘i Department of Health
601 Kamokila Blvd., Room 360
Kapölei, HI 96707
Phone: (808) 692-7530
Web page: www.state.hi.us/health/resource/drug_abuse.html

Center on the Family
University of Hawai‘i
2515 Campus Road, Miller 103
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808) 956-4132
E-mail: cof@ctahr.hawaii.edu
Web page: www.uhfamily.hawaii.edu

Coalition For A Drug Free Hawai‘i
Hawai‘i State RADAR Network Center
1130 N. Nimitz Hwy., Suite A259
Honolulu, HI 96817
Phone: (808) 545-3228
Toll free 1-800-845-1946
E-mail: cdfh@pixi.com
Web page: www.drugfreehawaii.org

Western Center for the Application of Prevention
Technologies (West CAPT)
841A Kainui Drive
Kailua, HI 96734
Phone: (808) 261-2232
E-mail: hicapt@lava.net
Web page: www.unr.edu/westcapt

National resources:

  • Alcoholics Anonymous ­http://www.aa.org
  • Al­Anon – http://www.nycalanon.org
  • Narcotics Anonymous – http://www.na.org
  • Focus on Recovery Helpline (alcohol/drugs) – 1­800­374­2800 or 1­800­234­1253
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1­800­SUICIDE (784­2433)
  • National Alliance for the Mentally Ill – 1­800­950­6264
  • Department of Health and Human Services Drug and Alcohol Treatment Referral Routing Service – 1­800­ 662­4357

Drug and Alcohol Programs Available at UH Maui College

The University’s Drug-Free Workplace Policy recognizes that rehabilitation of employees and students for drug and alcohol violations is preferred to discipline. In cases where a UHMC student is found responsible for a violation of the UHMC Student Conduct Code, UHMC will impose discipline that is consistent with the impact of the offense on the UHMC community.

Violations of the UHMC Student Conduct Code must be reported to the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs (VCSA).

Debra Nakama, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
(808) 984-3515  •  debran@hawaii.edu

UH Maui College offers faculty, staff, and students a variety of alcohol and drug treatment options. Faculty and staff can contact Human Resources at (808) 984-3380 for information and referrals for treatment.

Individual and group drug and alcohol abuse treatment are available for faculty, staff, and students through the University Counseling Center.   Call the University Counseling Center at (808) 984-3306. There are also numerous treatment options available in the community linked below.

  • For addiction and mental health treatment:
  • For substance abuse treatment for women and children:
    • Malama Family Recovery Center
      • Phone:  808-877-7117
  • 24/7 Emergency Crisis Hotline:  1-800-753-6879


  • National Substance Abuse Prevention Month (October): an observance to highlight the vital role of substance abuse prevention in both individual and community health and to remember those who have lost their lives to substance abuse.
    • Millions of Americans suffer from substance abuse, which includes underage drinking, alcohol dependency, non-medical use of prescription drugs, abuse of over-the-counter medications, and illicit drug use.
      • Young Americans aged 12 to 20 account for 11 percent of the country’s monthly alcohol consumption.1
      • Approximately 23 million people aged 12 or older used illicit drugs in 2010.2

      Prevention strategies targeting the root of the problem are essential to curb drug use and help people lead healthier lives.  Early intervention helps prevent substance abuse and reduce the negative consequences of addiction before they occur.  Through community-based efforts involving youth, parents, educators, and government officers, we can strengthen the support systems that deter our Nation’s young people from drug consumption and improve both academic performance and workforce readiness.

  • Wellness Hui: A wellness committee at UH Maui College regularly conducts events that promote a healthy and active lifestyle for the campus community.
  • Team Malama: Team MALAMA is an interdisciplinary group of UHMC professionals that meet on a regular basis to discuss and implement proactive strategies for supporting individual students identified by their level of need. This forum enables the campus to support individual students in a more comprehensive and holistic manner. The team works to provide a coordinated and streamlined response to students who need access to services such as counseling. mental health support, and behavioral health support. This proactive approach to identify and address safety concerns on campus is based on recommendations for best practice by the American College Counseling Association.

These programs are reviewed to efficiently address incident reports in the campus’ biennial review.