Drug and Alcohol Awareness and Prevention Program (DAAPP)

Every other year, WCC produces a report and assessment on our Drug and Alcohol Awareness and Prevention Program (DAAPP).

This report was produced in 2022. The numbers below reflect the drug and alcohol incidents for students and employees that occurred during the time-period of this DAAPP review.

 

     Washtenaw Community College
2022 Biennial Report and Assessment

       Drug and Alcohol Awareness & Prevention Program
                                                   DAAPP 
Description 2019 2020 2021

Student Drug

3

1

0

Student Alcohol

6*

2

0

Total Student Violations

9*

3

0

       

Employee Drug

1

0

0

Employee Alcohol

2

0

0

Total Employee Violations

3

0

0

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*Note: One of the six incidents that occurred in 2019 was not included in the 2020 Biennial Report. Updated in 2022 to correct the count of incidents.

No fatalities resulted from the above incidents.

Section 1: Statement of Results of Drug & Alcohol Awareness & Prevention Program (DAAPP) Review

WCC strives to ensure a safe environment for students, employees, and guests of the College. The numbers above reflect the drug and alcohol incidents for students and employees that occurred during the time-period of this DAAPP review. One year of prior data is also included for comparison purposes.

Student Incidents:

When an incident occurs, WCC’s first priority is the welfare of the student along with the safety of the campus community. A student incident for use, misuse, or abuse of drug, alcohol, or other substances results in a mandatory meeting with the appropriate administrator and the application of WCC’s student disciplinary process under Policy 4095 - Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct Code (SRRCC). Each student incident was properly investigated and addressed. It is the committee’s opinion that sanctions were applied consistently.

College actions after an incident of drug or alcohol use, misuse, or abuse include the following:

  • Medical response if necessary
  • Arranging transportation for individual to get home or arranging transport to medical facility if necessary
  • Follow-up meeting with the appropriate administrator
  • Offering College counseling services for support
  • Providing information on community resources for alcohol/substance abuse treatment
  • Having a discussion on the negative consequences of alcohol/substance misuse
  • Applying appropriate sanctions for the incident
    • First incident – warning
    • Second incident – separation from campus community

As noted, conduct sanctions are typically applied in a two-step process however, consideration is given for the severity of the incident, whether other misconduct occurred during the incident, and any other mitigating or aggravating factors. If separation from the campus community occurs - the student is typically required to successfully complete a recognized substance abuse program before being considered for re-enrollment.

Employee Incidents:

WCC experienced no incidents of employee drug or alcohol violations during this reporting period. While we typically have a low occurrence of employee violations, in the event there is a report of a faculty or staff member suspected of working under the influence of drugs or alcohol, immediate action is taken to remove the employee from the classroom or office. A Public Safety Officer assists with the initial assessment of the employee and then the employee is transported to an offsite occupational health provider for testing. A full investigation is conducted by Human Resources. The employee is offered assistance through the college’s Employee Assistance Program and the college’s health plan if enrolled. Options for a leave of absence for treatment are reviewed and considered. Sanctions are taken accordingly based on the results of
the testing and actions. 

Overview of Incidents:
During the review time-period, sanctions were applied as follows:

  • 3 incidents resulted in a warning
  • 0 incidents resulted in separation from the campus community
  • 0 incidents remain under investigation with sanction pending
  • 0 incident involved a non-current student
  • The above sanctions are for drug and alcohol incidents only, the statistics for violations of the smoke-free campus policy are not included.

Section 2: Ongoing efforts for prevention and awareness

  • The College is a smoke-free campus with a prescribed progressive discipline process.
  • Employees and students annually receive the Required Reading on Drugs and Alcohol email through a system that tracks delivery to ensure all employees and students receive the email.
  • The College’s new web site design assists with searching for information on drug/alcohol prevention and awareness information and related topics.
  • The College’s Consumer Information web page links to the Required Reading on Drugs and Alcohol information page along with drug and alcohol awareness and prevention information.
  • Review of Drug/Alcohol Free Campus policy with all new hired employees during the orientation process.
  • Notification of Employee Assistance Program (EAP) telephone and webinar presentations available to employees.
  • WCC’s Student Resource Center (SRC) has a table display for National Alcohol Awareness month.
  • WCC’s Collegiate Recovery Program is dedicated to recovery services for student’s
    academic success and completion. 
  • Representatives from community substance abuse programs participate in periodic
    community resource fairs. 
  • The Chief of Public Safety provides a series of student safety presentations that include
    information on drug/alcohol abuse awareness and prevention as one of the topics. 
  • WCC Public Safety staff are trained in the use of Naloxone and have acquired additional
    supplies in response to the regional and national increase in overdoses.
  • The College includes information on drug/alcohol awareness, prevention, and resources
    periodically on the monthly newsletter posted in all campus restroom stalls.
  • The College offers an online and toll-free telephone counseling service available 24/7 for
    students similar to an EAP program for employees. 833-WCC-4-YOU (833-922-4968).
    Students can obtain drug/alcohol prevention and remediation assistance and information
    along with connection to local resources. There are also interactive self-help resources
    with a Welltrack app available with a WCC email address. 

Section 3: WCC’s DAAPP Program Goals

  • To increase awareness of drug/alcohol abuse and related problems to the campus community
  • To reduce drug and alcohol abuse among members of the campus community.
  • WCC is an institution committed to providing a safe and nourishing environment. WCC will seek to understand the cause(s) of abuse of drugs and alcohol along with monitoring the number of incidents in order to take action as needed.
  • WCC will continue to work toward the lowest incident rate of drug alcohol abuse that it can.
  • To continue reviewing student drug/alcohol incidents and the related conduct process for effectives and improvement in the process.
  • WCC continues to seek improved relations with community agencies charged with substance abuse prevention and treatment.
  • WCC continues to strive for improved methods of promotion for drug and alcohol abuse prevention strategies and treatment options to students and employees.
  • WCC will conduct a biennial review of all activities for effectiveness. The next review must be conducted by April 1, 2024.

Section 4: 2022 Review and New Initiatives

After the DAAPP committee’s review of the statistics for the most recent review period – the committee concluded that the current ongoing efforts have been effective. The Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) has been extremely successful and has had an increase in student participation since the creation of a permanent WCC position to lead the program. CRP held virtual meetings during the COVID19 pandemic, met over holiday breaks, and continues to offer weekly virtual meetings. The College will continue its ongoing efforts for drug/alcohol use, misuse, and abuse prevention and awareness due to the effectiveness of the current programs and initiatives. New and continuing initiatives include:  

  • The WCC Collegiate Recovery Program and Public Safety Department is partnering with
    Families Against Narcotics to offer free Naloxone training sessions to WCC faculty, staff
    and students. A free nasal spray kit will be given to each attendee. The first training
    session held on April 20, 2022 was very well attended.
  • The College has re-implemented an employee wellness initiative focused primarily on
    healthy lifestyle and disease management, of which drug and alcohol misuse and abuse is
    included.
  • The College continues to include periodic information on drug/alcohol awareness,
    prevention, and resources to stop on the monthly newsletter posted in all campus
    restroom stalls.
  • The College continues to provide information to new student orientation on the topic of
    drug/alcohol awareness and prevention and the Collegiate Recovery Program.