CWI Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program

College of Western Idaho (CWI) is committed to providing its students and employees a drug and alcohol free workplace and learning environment. Toward that end, CWI prohibits the unlawful possession, use, manufacture, or distribution of unauthorized drugs and alcohol in the workplace, on the campuses, or at any CWI activities. There are many people whose job, academic performance, and productivity are adversely affected by their dependence on drugs and alcohol. To address this issue, CWI strives to:

  • Educate students and employees about alcohol and drug abuse in an effort to encourage responsible decisions around their use,
  • Intervene on behalf of students and employees who have experienced negative consequences around alcohol and drugs so as to reduce the harm and manage the risks associated with their use,
  • Support students and employees who are in recovery from substance abuse and addiction,
  • Promote constructive lifestyles and norms that discourage alcohol and drug abuse, and
  • Develop social and physical environments that facilitate alcohol and drug abuse-free lifestyles.

As part of the commitment to the provision of high quality and effective service to our students, employees, and the public, CWI provides a drug and alcohol abuse prevention program. The program is accessible to all members of the college community. CWI is committed to the dissemination of drug and alcohol awareness information to students, faculty, and all employees.

Operation of the Program

CWI has established a drug-free and alcohol abuse awareness program to inform its faculty, staff, and students about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse and the penalties that may be imposed for drug and alcohol abuse violations. The Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program is available to all faculty, staff, and students of CWI. As part of this program, CWI has implemented several measures:

  • Annually, employees and students are made aware of the CWI Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program by means of electronic mail.
    • New staff and faculty members are informed of the program at New Employee Orientation.
    • Students are sent the program information (through electronic mail) each new semester to ensure the content is conveyed to all students attending CWI.
    • Employees are sent the program information (through electronic mail) each academic year.
  • In addition to the annual notification, students and employees are offered literature on drug and alcohol abuse. Such material is available at the Student Life Center.
    • Drug and alcohol abuse prevention materials are distributed to all new students attending SOAR sessions and Welcome Week events.
  • Multiple events are held annually discussing the dangers and impact of drug and alcohol abuse at CWI. Such events include, but are not limited to: resource fairs, training sessions, and workshops. These programs are open to CWI students and employees free of charge. These platforms develop the strengths and skills related to the effective management of drug and alcohol related problem areas.
  • CWI provides students the opportunity to participate in campus clubs and organizations. These CWI events and organizations promote a constructive lifestyle and encourage healthy behavior in an environment absent from drugs and alcohol.

Standards of Conduct

CWI prohibits the unlawful possession, use, distribution, or manufacture of illicit drugs and/or alcohol on the campus and at sponsored events. The unlawful use of drugs or alcohol is inconsistent with the behavior expected of members of the CWI community. Violations may result in criminal action as well as disciplinary action on campus. 


CWI is dedicated to providing a quality comprehensive educational program designed to meet and balance the diverse and changing educational, social, economic, and cultural needs of the community while providing a safe and healthful environment. CWI is committed not only to learning and to the advancement of knowledge, but also to the education of ethically sensitive and responsible persons. CWI seeks to achieve these goals through a sound educational program and through policies and guidelines governing student life that encourage responsibility and respect for the rights and viewpoints of others.

Therefore, the use, sale, distribution, possession of alcohol, or any drug- including prescription medication used in an unauthorized manner- is strictly prohibited and may result in disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion.

CWI believes that students are adults who are responsible for their own actions, and who should be free to pursue their educational objectives in an environment that promotes learning, protects the integrity of the academic process, and protects the learning community.

Each student shall have access to CWI’s policies and guidelines concerning the student code of conduct. These policies and guidelines are in effect when attending or participating in any class or activity sponsored by CWI, either on campus or at an off-campus location.

For further guidance, students are instructed to see the Student Handbook.


While at work, each employee has a responsibility to deliver service in a safe, efficient, and conscientious manner. Therefore, the use, sale, distribution, possession of alcohol, or any drug, including prescription medication used in an unauthorized manner is strictly prohibited and may result in disciplinary action up to, and including, termination.
As a condition of employment, an employee shall notify his or her supervisor of any conviction for an alcohol or drug related offense. Failure to give this notification may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination.

Health Risks

Substance abuse may result in a wide array of serious health and behavioral problems. Alcohol and drugs are toxic to the human body. In addition to the problem of toxicity, contaminant poisonings often occur with illegal drug use. HIV infection with intravenous drug use is a prevalent hazard. Acute health problems may include heart attack, stroke, and sudden death, which can occur for first time cocaine users. Long lasting effects caused by drug and alcohol abuse can cause problems such as disruption of normal heart rhythm, high blood pressure, leaks of blood vessels in the brain, bleeding and destruction of brain cells, possible memory loss, infertility, impotency, immune system impairment, kidney failure, cirrhosis of the liver, and pulmonary damage. Drug use during pregnancy may result in fetal damage and birth defects causing hyperactivity, neurological abnormalities, and developmental difficulties.

Additional health risks can include:

Substance Some Possible Long-Term Effects
Alcohol toxic psychosis, physical dependence, neurological and liver damage, fetal alcohol syndrome, impaired judgment
Amphetamines and Methamphetamines
(Adderall) uppers, speed, crank
loss of appetite, delusions, hallucinations, heart problems, hypertension, irritability, insomnia, toxic psychosis, rebound depression
barbs, bluebirds, blues 
severe withdrawal symptoms, possible convulsions, toxic psychosis, depression, physical dependence, impaired judgment
(Valium, Xanax, Ativan, Dalmane, Rohypnol) benzos, downers, sleepers, tranqs, roofies
impaired judgment, sedation, panic reaction, seizures, psychological dependence, physical dependence
Cocaine & Cocaine freebase
loss of appetite, depression, weight loss, seizure, heart attack, stroke, hypertension, psychosis, chronic cough, nasal passage injury, hallucinations
Codeine physical dependence, constipation, loss of appetite, lethargy, respiratory depression
H, junk, smack
physical dependence, constipation, loss of appetite, lethargy, respiratory depression
ames, gas, laughing gas, poppers, snappers
psychological dependence, psychotic reactions, confusion, frozen airway, sudden death
may intensify existing psychosis, panic reactions, can interfere with psychological adjustment and social functioning, insomnia, flashbacks
ecstasy, xtc
same as LSD, sleeplessness, nausea, confusion, increased blood pressure, sweating, paranoia
Marijuana (THC, cannabis)
pot, grass, dope, weed, joints
bronchitis, conjunctivitis, mood swings, paranoia, lethargy, impaired concentration
Mescaline (peyote cactus)
mesc, peyote
may intensify existing psychosis, hallucinations at high dose
coma, convulsions
M, morf
physical dependence, constipation, loss of appetite, lethargy
crystal, tea, angel dust
psychotic behavior, violent acts, psychosis, hallucinations at high dose
magic mushrooms, shrooms
may intensify existing psychosis
roids, juice
cholesterol imbalance, acne, baldness, anger management problems, masculinization of women, breast enlargement in men, premature fusion of long bones preventing attainment of normal height, atrophy of reproductive organs, impotence, reduced fertility, stroke, hypertension, congestive heart failure, liver damage, depression

Employee and Student Assistance Programs

Students seeking assistance can schedule an appointment with the Crisis Manager who will assist students in setting-up counseling services with our community partners. CWI employees may seek assistance through the CWI EAP program through Blue Cross of Idaho. Specific information is available for employees by contacting Human Resources or visiting the Blue Cross website.

Any member of the College community that is experiencing symptoms associated with their own or someone else’s alcohol or drug use is encouraged to seek help.

Online Self- screening tools:

Local Resources


Disciplinary Sanctions

The CWI policy prohibiting the unlawful possession, use, distribution, or manufacture of illicit drugs and/or alcohol on the campus sponsored events protects and supports the employees and students of CWI.

All CWI students and employees are expected to comply with federal, state, and local drug and alcohol laws as well as CWI policies and procedures. Any student or employee who violates any of these drug or alcohol laws will be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency and will be subject to prosecution in accordance with the law. Legal sanctions for violation of local, state, and/or federal laws may include, but are not limited to fines, jail, or prison sentences up to ninety-nine (99) years or life. Students who violate both the Student Code of Conduct and federal, state, local, or other applicable law may be accountable to both and the CWI civil or criminal authorities.

College Sanctions

The College shall, within the scope of applicable federal and state due process requirements, take such administrative or disciplinary action as is appropriate for violations of the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program, CWI Policy and applicable law. In the event that such violation is also a violation of federal, state, or local law, CWI may decide to proceed or delay its own disciplinary processes.


Sanctions for violation of CWI’s Drug and Alcohol Policy are designed to be educational in nature and assist students with resuming a healthy lifestyle, conducive to the ongoing success of their academic and personal goals.  As a result, students are typically assigned to a combination of the following educational sanctions. 

Please note that these sanctions are considered minimums. 

Alcohol and Drug Education Course

This program is designed to help students make an informed choice about their use of substances. The program provides important information about alcohol or drugs and the way it affects the body. It also helps students understand the various risks related to usage and the strategies to reduce their risk.

Victim Impact Panel

This is an opportunity for students to hear first-hand accounts of the impact drunk driving has on families and community members.  Please provide your certificate of completion along with an essay outlining the stories you heard and your reaction to them.

AOD Awareness

Either watch a documentary related to your drug of choice OR complete outside research on your drug of choice.  Summarize your findings.  What did you learn?  How does this relate to your own experience?  We would like you to educate your colleagues about this drug and what you have learned.  Create a presentation to share your findings.


  1. Create a pro/con list of using.  Outline your reasons or justifications for using.  Now create a list of your current or former hobbies.  How often have you completed your hobbies since you have started to use.  How has this affected your friendships and other relationships?
  2. Complete a financial worksheet.  How much do you spend per year on your drugs?


Meet with CWI’s Crisis Manager to discuss your findings and create a care plan and referrals.

Parental Notification

Parental Notifications may be issued for students under the age of 21 who have been found In Violation of CWI’s drug and alcohol policy.

Idaho State and Civil Alcohol Penalties

Idaho State Criminal and Civil Penalties for Offense of a Controlled Substance


  • 1 U. S. C. 841 makes it a crime (a) to manufacture, distribute, or dispense, or possess with intent to manufacture, distribute, or dispense, a controlled substance; or (b) to create, distribute, or dispense, or possess with intent to distribute or dispense, a counterfeit substance.
  • The Controlled Substances Act places all substances which are in some manner regulated into one of five schedules. The CSA provides penalties for unlawful manufacturing, distribution, and dispensing of controlled substances.
  • The U. S. Code establishes and authorizes the U. S. Attorney General to revise as needed, classifications of controlled substances. Schedule I is comprised essentially of “street drugs” and Schedule V is comprised of drugs with a “low potential for abuse” when compared with drugs in schedules I-IV. Examples of Schedule I drugs are heroin and marijuana. PCP, for example, is a Schedule II drug. Amphetamine is a Schedule III drug, while Barbital is a Schedule IV drug. An example of a Schedule V drug would be a prescription medication with not more than 200 mg. of codeine per 100 grams.
  • The penalties are determined by the schedule of the drug or other substance, and sometimes are specified by drug name, as in the case of marijuana.
  • Penalties for first offenses include a fine up to $10 million and/or a prison term up to life, but no less than 1 year.
  • For the Drug Enforcement Agency’s complete list of Federal Trafficking Penalties for Schedules I-V and Marijuana, please see:

*Penalties for subsequent violations of the above-described provisions are progressively more severe than the initial convictions. Penalties, laws, and statutes may change without notice. This list is not intended to be comprehensive. For a complete list of drug and alcohol related offenses, please contact the appropriate law enforcement agency.

Tips for Preventing Substance Abuse

The use of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs is one of the biggest problems facing people today. There are no guarantees that someone you love will not choose to use drugs, but you can influence that decision by:

  • Not using drugs yourself
  • Providing guidance and clear rules about not using drugs

Spending time with your loved one sharing the good and the bad times.  Use the following tips to help guide thoughts and behaviors about drugs:

  1. Talk honestly. Don't wait to have "the drug talk" with someone. Make discussions about tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs part of your daily conversation. Know the facts about how drugs can harm. Clear up any wrong information, such as "everybody drinks" or "marijuana won't hurt you." Be clear about personal rules for and legal implications of the use of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs.
  2. Really listen. Encourage questions and concerns about tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs. Do not do all the talking or give long lectures.
  3. Help develop self-confidence. Look for all the good things in yourself or someone you care about-- and then tell them (or yourself) how proud you are. If you need to correct, criticize the action, not the person. Praise efforts as well as successes.
  4. Help develop strong values. Talk about your personal values.
  5. Be a good example. Your own habits and thoughts about tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs make an impression. Your actions speak louder than words.
  6. Help deal with peer pressure and acceptance. Discuss the importance of being an individual and the meaning of real friendships. You do not have to do something wrong just to feel accepted. Remind yourself that a real friend won't care if he does not use tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs.
  7. Encourage healthy, creative activities. Look for ways to get involved in athletics, hobbies, school clubs, and other activities that reduce boredom and excess free time. Develop positive friendships and interests. Look for activities that you can do together.
  8. Know what to do if someone you love has a drug problem. Realize that no one is immune to drugs. Learn the signs of drug use. Take seriously any concerns you hear from friends, family, or other students about possible drug use. Trust your instincts. If you truly feel that something is wrong, it probably is. If there's a problem, seek professional help.

* Information adapted from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Warning Signs of Drug and/or Alcohol Abuse

Some common behavior changes you may notice if someone you know is abusing drugs and alcohol are:

  • Sudden or extreme change in friends, eating habits, sleeping patterns, physical appearance, coordination or school performance.
  • Loss of interest in hobbies or family activities.
  • Hostile or uncooperative attitude.
  • Secrecy about actions or possessions.
  • Stealing money or an unexplained need for money.
  • Medicine containers, despite a lack of illness, or drug paraphernalia in the individual's room.
  • An unusual chemical or medicine smell on the individual or in the individual's room.

* Provided by the Mayo Clinic website

Biennial Review

This program is the responsibility of the Departments of Student Financial Aid, Human Resources, and Student Affairs. Notification of the program, including information about health risks and sanctions for violation of the policy, will be provided annually to the students and employees of CWI by these departments.

The CWI Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program will be reviewed biennially. CWI is committed to monitoring and assessing the effectiveness of the policy and program and what changes need to be made. CWI ensures the uniform application of sanctions to employees and students. To perform this review, CWI uses both formal and informal assessments.

  • Formally, CWI maintains a Drug and Alcohol Prevention Review Team. The Review Team determines the effectiveness of this program and ensures the standards of conduct are fair and consistently enforced. The formal program review is conducted every two years by the Review Team.
  • Informal assessment methods used in the review include administrative overview, and informal student surveys.
  • Modifications are made to the programs and the expected learning outcomes in an effort to evolve with changes in the student population.  

A systematic prescriptive disciplinary process ensures each disciplinary referral is resolved appropriately, and the consequences or sanctions adequately address the nature of the issue. Emphasis is placed on student and employee development and a holistic approach to the student learning and staff development.