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Drug Free Schools and Communities Act

Drug-Free Schools & Campuses Acts

The Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act (EDGAR Part 86) requires institutions of higher education receiving Federal funding to certify to the Secretary of Education they have developed and implemented a drug and alcohol abuse education and prevention program (DAAPP) to prevent the unlawful possession, use, sale, or distribution of illegal drugs and alcohol by all employees and students as part of any of its activities or on school properties.

The campus community, including all employees and all students enrolled in any course(s) for which academic credit may be earned, must receive written notification regarding the DAAPP.  Information to be shared includes:

  1. Standards of conduct that clearly prohibit, at a minimum, the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol.
  2. A description of applicable legal sanctions under federal, state, or local laws for the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol. 
  3. A description of the health risks associated with the abuse of alcohol or use of illicit drugs.
  4. A description of drug and alcohol programs (counseling, treatment, rehabilitation, and re-entry) that are available to employees or students.
  5. A clear statement that the institute of higher education will impose disciplinary sanctions on student and employees for violations of the standards of conduct and a description of those sanctions up to and including expulsion or termination.

Annual Notification

As a requirement of the Federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Regulations (EDGAR Part 86), North Central College will disseminate policy/information to all students and employees within the first week of fall and spring terms/semesters. 

Biennial Review

An additional DFSCA requirement is the completion of a biennial review of alcohol and other drugs (AOD) programs and policies to determine program effectiveness and consistency of policy enforcement and to identify and implement any changes needed to either. Each review covers the previous two academic years.

Additional information can also be found in the Student Handbook, and the North Central College Policy Guide for faculty/staff.


If you or someone you know may be in need of assistance regarding alcohol/drug use or abuse, please consider contacting the Dyson Wellness Center, located on the 2nd floor of the Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium building, calling 630-637-5550 or completing this form. As a reminder, the Dyson Wellness Center offers free medical, counseling, and advocacy appointments for students, as well as health education, programming, and community resource information for all faculty, staff, and students.  

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