Jun 21, 2024  
2022-2023 Student Handbook 
2022-2023 Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Drug & Alcohol Policies


The use of intoxicating beverages shall be prohibited in classroom buildings, laboratories, residence halls, auditoriums, library buildings, museums, faculty and administrative offices, intercollegiate and intramural athletic facilities and all other public campus areas as well as college-sponsored off-campus events and activities; provided, however, that with the prior consent of the board, the provisions herein may be waived with respect to any specific affair that is sponsored by the institution. State law shall be strictly enforced at all times on all property controlled by the College District in regard to the possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages.

Controlled Substances

No student shall possess, use, transmit, or attempt to possess, use, or transmit or be under the influence of (legal intoxication not required) any of the following substances on school premises during any school term or off school premises at a school-sponsored activity, function or event:

  • Any controlled substance or dangerous drug as defined by law, including but not limited to marijuana, any narcotic drug, hallucinogen, stimulant, depressant, amphetamine or barbiturate.
  • Alcohol or any alcoholic beverage.
  • Any abusable glue, aerosol paint or any other volatile chemical substance for inhalation.
  • Any other intoxicant or mood-changing, mind-altering or behavior-altering drugs.
  • The transmittal, sale or attempted sale of what is represented to be any of the above-listed substances is also prohibited under this policy.


A student who uses a drug authorized by a licensed physician through a prescription specifically for that student’s use shall not be considered to have violated this rule.


Disciplinary action for violations of this policy may include: monetary fine, referral to drug and alcohol counseling, rehabilitation programs or student assistance programs, suspension, expulsion, and referral to appropriate law enforcement officials for prosecution.

Each student taking one or more classes for any type of academic credit except for continuing education units shall be given a copy of the college’s policy prohibiting the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol, a description of the applicable legal sanctions under local, state or federal law, and a description of the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol.

In compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act requirements, Odessa College provides printed information on the legal penalties for possession and use of illicit drugs and associated health risks. The information covers Controlled Substances: Uses and Effects; Federal Trafficking Penalties; Texas Criminal Penalties Relating to Controlled Substances; and Texas Criminal Penalties Relating to the Marijuana Appendix.

Drug Education Policy

In accordance with the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Drug Prevention Program, Odessa College has adopted and implemented a program to prevent the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs/alcohol by its students or staff on school premises or as part of any of its activities. Odessa College recognizes the importance of information about drug/alcohol abuse. Printed information is available in the Pathways Advising Center regarding standards of conduct and legal and disciplinary sanctions for the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs/alcohol.

Listings of area resources for drug/alcohol counseling and rehabilitation are also available in the Pathways Advising Center or from the Executive Director of Student Life.

Tobacco Policy

Odessa College prohibits smoking and the use of tobacco products and e-cigarettes on College property, in College vehicles, and at College-related activities, unless the use is in a designated area approved by the College President. The use of tobacco products is only permitted at designated smoking areas on the Odessa College campus. Designated smoking areas are no closer than 30 feet to building entrances and have been identified and clearly marked as smoking areas. Receptacles for extinguishing smoking materials have been placed in appropriate locations on campus. Tobacco use at the Andrews, Monahans, and Pecos extension centers as well as the American Legion Field and Graham Center is prohibited within 30 feet of the building/facility entrances.  The tobacco policy applies to all employees, students, independent contractors, and visitors.