Drug and Alcohol Policy​

Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988
Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989

Yakima Valley Community College complies with Public Law 100-690, providing information and following policies for the purpose of preventing and addressing alcohol and drug abuse. It is the goal of YVCC to adhere to federal regulations and provide a drug-free environment.

YVCC is dedicated to maintaining a drug-free campus for students and employees. The following sites are a few of many which detail the significant health risks that can result from drug and alcohol abuse:

YVCC policy WAC 132P-33-170 prohibits students from:

  • Possessing, consuming, or furnishing alcoholic beverages on college‑owned or controlled property or at college‑sponsored or supervised functions where prohibited by law.
  • Disorderly conduct, including disorderly conduct resulting from drunkenness.
  • Using, possessing, furnishing, or selling any narcotic or dangerous drug as those terms are used in Washington statutes, except when the use or possession of a drug is specifically prescribed as medication by an authorized medical doctor or dentist

These behaviors are prohibited on campus and in all off-campus locations where classes, seminars, workshops, meetings, and college-related activities are offered.

Information about federal and state drug laws are available from the applicable authorities.  Some sources available on the internet include Washington state Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 69.50 and Title 21 of the federal United States Code (USC).

Community Resources: YVCC students with questions and concerns relating to alcohol or drug problems are encouraged to contact the YVCC Counseling & Advising Center. Employees are encouraged to seek information and assistance from recognized community professionals.

The following community resources are available to provide help with drug or alcohol problems: Alcohol and Drug Help Line: 1.800.562.1240; Alcoholics Anonymous: 509.453.7680 (Yakima), 509.735-4086 (Grandview). A complete list of community alcohol and drug treatment facilities can be found in the yellow pages of the telephone directory listed under "Alcoholism Information and Treatment" and "Drug Abuse Information and Treatment".

Additional information for students can be found in the YVCC Student Code of Conduct.


Initiative 502

With the passage of Initiative 502, within specified conditions Washington State decriminalizes the possession of small amounts of marijuana. While this indeed changes how the state treats marijuana​ use and possession, it is important for students of YVCC to understand that the Yakima Valley Community College policy remains unchanged, possession and use of marijuana on campus is considered a violation of a student conduct code, and is prohibited. 

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