Palmer College of Chiropractic recognizes the inherent risks to the total College community associated with alcohol and other drug abuse. The College is committed to maintaining an environment conducive to the intellectual and personal development of students and to the safety and welfare of all members of the College community. As such, the College has published educational information and established a policy and associated rules to:

• Foster awareness about and prevent the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by all students and employees on College premises or at College related activities or service functions on or off College premises or at non-College activities on College premises that adversely affect the College community and/or the pursuit of its objectives;

  • Develop, disseminate, interpret and support the enforcement of College policies and rules that are consistent with local, state and federal law;
  • Promote healthy choices concerning the use of alcohol and other drugs, emphasizing the elimination of illegal use, high-risk behavior, harmful use and related violence;
  • Promote a safe, healthy and learning-conducive environment and productive workplace; and
  • Provide information about available intervention, evaluation, referral and treatment services.

Scope

This policy applies to the entire College community and 3rd parties.

Definitions
N/A

Administrative Rules

Use of Drugs or Alcohol

The College strictly prohibits the unlawful manufacture, sale, distribution, dispensing, possession, solicitation or use of alcohol or controlled substances. Additionally, the College limits the presence, use, consumption, possession, sale, manufacturing, solicitation or distribution of alcohol by students, employees or visitors to approved activities. At no time is any individual under legal drinking age or who is operating institution vehicles, machinery or equipment allowed to possess, use or consume alcohol. At no time is abuse of alcohol permissible.

Fit for Duty

All employees and students are to report to work/school in a mentally and physically fit and safe condition. Employees must report to their supervisor any health situation or use of prescription and/or non-prescription medications which may inhibit the ability to perform his/her required job duties. Any employee regarded as unfit for duty for any reason may not be permitted to work or may be temporarily reassigned until it is determined that said employee is free from impairment and fit and able for duty.

Any student reporting to class under the influence or discovered to be under the influence of alcohol or non-prescribed drugs, during the work/school day may be asked to leave the premises.

Requirement for Notification

Any employee who has been convicted of; pled guilty to; did not contest; forfeited bail; or was granted a deferred judgment to any drug or alcohol-related conduct under law or ordinance is to notify the institution in writing through Human Resources within five days of the applicable event. Failure to promptly report such violations may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.

Any student who has been convicted of; pled guilty to; did not contest; forfeited bail; or was granted a deferred judgment to any drug or alcohol-related conduct under law or ordinance is to notify the institution in writing through the Dean of Student Academic Affairs on the Davenport and West campuses and through the Director of Student Services on the Florida campus within five days of the applicable event. Failure to promptly report such violations may result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.

Education

The College provides drug and alcohol awareness information to students and employees. This will include the College’s policy and associated rules on drug and alcohol abuse, information on the magnitude and dangers of drug and alcohol abuse and the availability of counseling and treatment through student and employee assistance programs. (Refer to the “Related Information” below).

Essential Elements Applicable to all Institutional Policies

Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of all employees and students to know and comply with this policy and all applicable laws and public ordinances. Further, employees and students are expected to review the proscribed conduct set forth in this policy, as well as, any associated division or department-specific procedures that describe policy implementation practices to ensure a clear understanding of the College’s expectations.

Disciplinary Action

Employees or students found to have conducted themselves in a manner prohibited by this policy may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment and/or dismissal as a student.

Reporting Noncompliance

Filing a Report

Employees And Students 

Employees, students or any other member of the College community should report allegations of noncompliance with this policy to the Office of Institutional Compliance and Quality Assurance through one of the designated individuals named below.

College Officials 

Supervisors, administrators or any other College officials who witness; are directly advised of; or become aware of allegations of noncompliance with this policy are to immediately advise one of the designated individuals named below.

Palmer College of Chiropractic
Earlye Adams Julien, PHR, M.S. Ed., CQIA
Senior Director for Institutional Compliance & Organizational Development
1000 Brady Street
Davenport, IA 52803-5214
phone: (563) 884-5476 or
earlye.julien@palmer.edu 

Palmer College of Chiropractic
Lori Larsen, B.A., Lead Coordinator
Also Serving as Compliance Coordinator
Office of Adjudication
1000 Brady Street
Davenport, IA 52803-5214
(563) 884-5246 or (800) 722-2586
lori.larsen@palmer.edu 

Palmer College of Chiropractic
William DuMonthier, D.C., Dean of Student Academic Affairs
Also Serving as Compliance Coordinator
Office of Student Academic Affairs
90 E. Tasman Drive
San Jose, CA 95134-1617
(408) 944-6062
william.dumonthier@palmer.edu 

Palmer College of Chiropractic
Cheryl Shaw, B.S., Human Resources Manager
Also Serving as Compliance Coordinator
4777 City Center Parkway
Port Orange, FL 32129-4153
(386) 763-2665
cheryl.shaw@palmer.edu 

Confidentiality 

The College shall maintain the confidentiality of the information they receive, except where disclosure is required by law, policy or is necessary to facilitate legitimate College processes, including the investigation and resolution of allegations.
The identity of participants in an investigation shall be maintained in confidence subject to the same limitations above.
Individuals who have reported questionable behavior or who have initiated or participated in the complaint procedures available are advised their identity may be known for reasons beyond the control of college officials or investigators.

Anonymity 

Because of the inherent difficulty in investigating and resolving allegations from unidentified persons, the College discourages individuals from making anonymous reports of improper conduct. However, should the College receive an anonymous report, such report will be reviewed to determine the appropriateness and/or feasibility of a response.

Retaliation 

The College strictly prohibits retaliation or reprisal of any kind against an individual who has reported questionable behavior or who has initiated or participated in the complaint procedures available. Allegations of retaliation shall constitute separate grounds upon which a complaint may be raised under this policy.

Reporting False Claims 

Any individual who makes a claim under this policy in bad faith, or knows or has reason to know that such claim is false or materially inaccurate, shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination.

Investigations

The College may determine an allegation of noncompliance with this policy requires an investigation. No one other than the appointed investigator will be allowed to conduct an investigation on behalf of the College. The College may impose any appropriate measures on an interim basis where there is a reasonable cause to believe that such action is needed for the health, safety or welfare of members of the College community or to avoid disruption to the work/educational environment including student suspension or employee administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

Violation of Law and College Policies

Noncompliance with the College’s policies includes any behaviors covered under applicable laws. Individuals engaging in illegal activities may subject themselves to criminal penalties under the law.

Disciplinary proceedings may be instituted against an individual that potentially violates both the criminal law and the College’s policies (that is, if both possible violations result from the same factual situation) without regard to the pendency of civil or criminal litigation. Proceedings under this policy may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following a civil or criminal proceeding at the discretion of the Chief of Compliance or designee. Determinations made or disciplinary actions imposed under this policy shall not be subject to change because criminal charges arising out of the same facts giving rise to violation of the College’s policies were dismissed, reduced or resolved in favor of or against the criminal law defendant.

When a student or employee is charged by federal, state or local authorities with a violation of law, the College will not request or agree to special consideration for that individual because of his or her status as a student or employee with the College. If the alleged offense is also being processed under College policy, the College may advise legal authorities of the existence of the College’s policies and how such matters are typically handled within the College community.

Important Contacts Davenport Campus:

Counseling Services,  Call (563) 884-5655
Security, Davenport Campus: Call (563) 884-5555 or Ext. 5555

Important Contacts West Campus:

Security, West Campus: Call (408) 944-6147 or Ext. 6147 
Student Academic Affairs, West Campus: Call (408) 944-6062

Important Contacts Florida Campus:

Student Services, Florida Campus: Call (386) 763-2783
Security, Florida Campus: Call (386) 763-2777 or Ext. 2777

Contact Us

Davenport, Iowa, Campus
Student Services
(563) 884-5857

San Jose, Calif., Campus
Student Services
(408) 944-6020

Port Orange, Fla., Campus
Student Services
(386) 763-2724

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