AOD: 9-9-2015

Biennial Report / AOD Awareness Committee
September 9, 2015 Minutes

Members Present:

Dr. Rosemary Coffman, Associate Dean (Student Affairs)
Amber Buras, Bay Area Council on Drugs and Alcohol
Howard Bushart, Allied Health Chair/ Instructor
Aaron Crowell, Detective, Baytown Police Department
Laura Lane-Worley, Sociology Instructor
Hunter McHugh, Student Representative

Absent:

Amanda Summers, Human Resources Director
Cheryl McClarity, Domestic Violence Unit / Victim Services, Baytown Police Department

Review of AOD Statement

The statement was finalized with our last meeting and is now on line. The committee discussed the location of the statement on the web and suggested that it be placed under the “about” heading. We also viewed the information on the web under “Security.” Under this site, the information about the drug and alcohol policy was outdated and needs to be replaced with the most current revision.

A question came up about the use of smokeless tobacco and the policy. After reviewing the policy, it does not address this type of tobacco. Rosemary will work on some minor wording revisions and send out the changes to the committee for approval.

Compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Regulations

The committee reviewed the requirements for these regulations. We discussed the continued effort in meeting the requirement for the annual notification of students and employees of our alcohol and drug statement.

  • Rosemary will work with IT to continue working on the possibility of using the student’s myLC campus and student “holds” to ensure that the student acknowledges that he or she has received the statement.
  • She will also send out another notice to the administration on the College’s responsibility to adhere to these regulations and the sanctions that will occur if we are audited.
  • The Biennial Report will be due at the end of 2016.
  • While we do a good job with education and prevention, it was suggested that we look at clarifying guidelines for effective enforcement of the rules. For example, is it clear that security should be contacted in situations in which a student is found with alcohol on campus? There is a need for more education of faculty and staff.
  • It was suggested that a more “student friendly” brochure be created and made available on campus with information on drugs and alcohol.
  • We should continue to put information out to the campus. Suggestions included putting a link on the syllabus and including information during the Freshmen Follow-up sessions.

Alcohol / Drug Awareness Event – October 7

Lee College and BACODA is working together on a Alcohol/Drug Awareness Day event on October 7th from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with booths, free personalized license plates, and a photo booth. There will be free pizza and bottled water and several clubs and organizations will be selling food. Emily Bauer and her family will be doing a presentation with Det. Crowell and Amber on synthetic drugs and the Bridge will have a presentation on Healthy Relationships. A flyer should be out within the next few weeks and there will be a push to get instructors to give incentives for participation.

Other Announcements / Activities

  • The Southeast Coalition is meeting next Tuesday at the LaPorte Police Department. Lee College will attend.
  • The LaPorte Police Department is supporting a group of professionals working with survivors of sexual assault. Carol Scott, the victim advocate for the LaPorte Police department is leading the group. Det. Crowell will be presenting the topic of powdered alcohol to the group on Nov 4th •
  • Howard is working with Cease Addiction Now, presenting to the group this week on synthetic drugs. This will be an ongoing meeting of treatment professionals.

Our next meeting will be Wednesday, November 11 at 1 p.m., with the location to be announced.

Respectfully Submitted,
Dr. Rosemary Coffman, Associate Dean of Student Affairs