The Hartnell Community College Board Policies 5230 (Drug-free Campus) and 5045 (Drug-free Workplace) set forth the following guidelines for all students and individuals on campus:

1. It is the intent and obligation of the College to provide a drug-free, alcohol-free, healthful, safe, and secure learning environment.

2. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance on the campus or while attending an official College function off-campus is absolutely prohibited and subject to disciplinary action.

3. The on-campus use of alcohol is identified as a controlled substance, as listed in Section 22: The Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989 (Public Law 101-226).

4. The College recognizes drug, alcohol, or chemical dependency to be an illness and a major health problem.

5. The College Standards of Student Conduct stipulates that students found in possession of dangerous drugs, restricted drugs, narcotics, or any controlled substance, either for unprescribed use or for sale, are subject, in addition to arrest, to expulsion, suspension, probation or a lesser sanction as determined by the disciplinary hearing process.

Students may contact the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs, in building B, Room 123, or call (831) 755-6822, for more information.  Employees may contact the Office of the Vice President of Human Resources and EEO, in building D, Office 108, or call (831) 755-6706, for more information.  Also see the posted Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program Disclosure.

The Salinas Police Department enforces all federal and state laws pertaining to violations of drug manufacturing, distribution, dispensation, possession or use.

The use of drugs can result in the following:


  • Disruption of space and distance judgment
  • Slower physical reflexes and poor coordination; dilated pupils
  • Forgetfulness and diminishing mental powers
  • Drowsiness and mood swings


  • Shortened attention span
  • Impairment of judgment and decision-making ability
  • Lack of dependability
  • Mood swings, euphoria, irritability, depression
  • Stealing to cover cost of drug
  • Runny nose and excessive sweating

Opiates (Heroin, pain pills, Codeine, Darvon, Vicodin, Percodan)

  • Impaired judgment and lowered efficiency
  • Drowsiness and mood swings
  • Disinterest in workplace safety
  • Crime (stealing to cover cost of drug)
  • Constricted pupils, impaired reflexes

Hallucinogens (PCP, LSD, MDMA [Ecstasy], Designer Drugs)

  • Loss of memory and concentration
  • Sudden bizarre changes in behavior
  • Moodiness and interpersonal conflict
  • Pupil changes, may be dilated/constricted
  • Visual and auditory hallucinations

Amphetamines (Benzedrine, Dexedrine - cross tops, whites, uppers; Methamphetamines - crank, crystal)

  • Dilated pupils
  • Impaired reflexes
  • Hyperactivity, irritability, anxiety, depression
  • Increased accidents
  • Impaired judgment and decision-making
  • Decreased appetite, weight loss, tremors

Sedatives (Barbiturates; tranquilizers - Valium, Xanax; Seconal, Tuinal - reds, downers)

  • Slowed reflexes and lowered productivity
  • Slowed mental processes and depression
  • Memory loss
  • Slurred speech