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Assistance with Substance Abuse

Great Basin College has joined other colleges and universities across the nation in encouraging the elimination of alcohol and other drug abuse on our campuses and in our communities. While the majority of adults who drink do so in an acceptable and responsible adult manner, there is a substantial number who misuse and abuse alcohol with resulting problems in health, academic and vocational performance, social and personal relationships, and financial and legal matters. We at GBC value your right to make your own choice. As with any privilege, there is a responsibility. To those choosing to drink alcoholic beverages comes the duty of doing so in a manner that is consistent with the laws of the state and community norms, and with respect for the rights of others. In order to reduce and prevent alcohol-related problems, we have developed a substance abuse prevention program. During the academic year, GBC will offer information and programs which will include:

  • Identification of the values and attitudes related to drinking.
  • Recognition of one’s own motives for choosing to drink and development of appropriate decision-making skills.
  • Presentation of information regarding alcohol and its potential effects on the individual and society.
  • Intervention and referral services.
  • Pamphlets, films, posters and other information on alcohol and other drugs.

In addition, as part of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, campuses are asked to provide students with information on campus rules and regulations pertaining to alcohol and other drugs, the health and social effects, legal sanctions, and counseling and treatment programs available.

Standards of Conduct

The Board of Regents Handbook, Title 4, Chapter 20, Section 4, states the NSHE’s alcoholic beverage policy. It governs storage, possession, and use of alcoholic beverages by people of legal age. It also mandates disciplinary action against “any student who exhibits offensive behavior on university-owned or supervised property while under the influence of alcoholic beverages.”

Legal Sanctions

Legal sanctions are governed by the Nevada Revised Statutes. Such sanctions result from a police report filed with the District Attorney’s Office. Legal action may take place concurrently with campus disciplinary action.

Campus Disciplinary Sanctions

Alcohol: Counseling and assessment; campus probation; campus disciplinary probation; extended probation with counseling; suspension and/or expulsion: for violations of campus policy which include other offensive or recidivist behavior.

Drugs: Disciplinary probation and referral to assessment/ treatment; suspension and/or expulsion: for violations involving possession or use. For more information or to arrange for program services and assistance, contact the GBC Counselor, Berg Hall, 775.753.2279.


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