Drug & Alcohol Prevention

Standards of Conduct:

Alcoholic Beverages

No students may possess or use alcoholic beverages on the College campus or while representing the College on an off-campus trip or activity. Violation may also occur when a student’s conduct is adversely affected by the consumption of alcohol.

Illegal Substances

The use, possession or transfer of any illegal substance on campus or at any college related function on or off campus is strictly prohibited. SPC maintains a zero tolerance policy with respect to illegal substances and violations of this policy may result in up to a one-year suspension from the College.


Additional information regarding standards of conduct can be found in the Student Guide by clicking here

Health Risks of Alcohol and Drugs:

Learn the facts about the most commonly abused drugs. Each drug page includes a brief overview, street and clinical names, the effects of the drug on the brain and body, statistics and trends, and relevant publications and articles written by NIDA researchers and scientists.

National Institute on Drug Abuse

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Find out about illegal and legal drugs and their effects on your body and brain.  

Legal Sanctions Applicable to Drug and Alcohol Use:

Federal, state and local laws prohibit the possession, use, manufacturing, distribution and sales of controlled substances. Sanctions for violations of these laws can range from fine and penalties to imprisonment. There are also laws against the abuse of alcohol. Drinking and driving is the most frequent violation and can result in probation, imprisonment, and loss of driving privileges. Contribution to another’s abuse of alcohol can also lead to legal sanctions. Employees and students found in violation of any federal, state or local law regarding the use, possession or distribution of alcohol or other drugs will receive the full legal penalty in addition to any appropriate College disciplinary action.

Federal The responsibility of enforcing the Title 21 United States Code (USC) Controlled Substances Act was given by congress to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). This act prohibits the unauthorized possession, manufacturing, distributing, or dispensing of controlled substances. For more information on the Controlled Substances Act, go to: DEA Office of Diversion Control.


Texas Penal Code Sec. 49.02 A person commits the offense of public intoxication if the person appears in a public place while intoxicated to the degree that the person may endanger the person or another.  A first offense of public intoxication is a Class C misdemeanor is a fine up to $500.
Texas Penal Code Sec. 49.04                   Driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a Class B misdemeanor for which first time offenders may serve between three days to six months in jail and a fine up to $2000.  There could be increased penalties and a Class A misdemeanor charge if your blood alcohol concentration level is 0.15 or more; continuing to drive while intoxicated after two DWI convictions; driving while intoxicated with a child in the car; causing an accident that caused a person serious bodily injury; and/or causing an accident that resulted in someone's death.

Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code Sec. 1.05, 101.31:

Being intoxicated in public such that one is a danger to oneself or others is a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $500.

Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code Sec.

106.02, 106.04-106.05, 106.071

The purchase, possession, or consumption of alcoholic beverages by a person under 21 years of age subjects that person to a fine of up to $500 for the first offense ($250 up to $2,000 for the second offense), 30 to 180 days confinement, 8 to 40 hours of community service, and mandatory alcohol awareness classes.

Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code Sec.


Furnishing alcoholic beverages to a minor is a Class A misdemeanor and punishable by a fine of up to $4,000,  up to one year in jail, and driver's license is automatically suspended for 180 days.
Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code Sec. 106.07 A person under 21 years of age who misrepresents his or her age for the purpose of purchasing alcohol beverages commits a Class C misdemeanor and may be punished by a fine of up to $500.

Texas Health and Safety Code Sec.


The delivery or possession of controlled substances with the intent to manufacture controlled substances is punishable by a jail term of 180 days to life and up to a $250,000 fine.

Texas Health and Safety Code Sec.


The distribution of marijuana to a minor is punishable up to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

Texas Education Code Sec. 37:122

 The possession of an intoxicating beverage on the grounds of any public school is a Class C misdemeanor and carries a penalty of up to $500.


 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.

Additional Resources and Assistance

If there is a concern for you or for someone you care about, the SPC Health and Wellness Center (716-2529) will assist you in seeking help. Counselors are available at the Levelland Campus, Reese Center and the ATC. You can access a counselor for any location by contacting the main Health & Wellness Center phone number above.

One or more of these resources may provide you the help you are needing.

Aspire Addiction Recovery Center (806) 589-5911

The Ranch at Dove Tree (800) 218-6727

Star Care Lubbock (Lubbock Regional-MHMR) (806) 766-0310

Central Plains Center (in Plainview) (806)293-2636

Family Counseling Services (806)747-3488

Texas Tech Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities (806) 742-2891

Texas Tech Family Therapy Clinic (806) 742-3074

Alcoholics Anonymous Hotline (806)741-8780 



Alcohol Abuse Early Warning Signs

You may have a problem with alcohol if: 

  • You are difficult to get along with when drinking
  • You drink because you're depressed
  • You drink to relax or to cope with life problems
  • You drink until “dead drunk” at times
  • You don't recall some drinking episodes, have blackouts
  • You hide liquor
  • You lie about your drinking
  • You neglect to eat when drinking
  • You want a drink “the morning after,” an eye-opener
  • Others have complained about your drinking
  • You have wanted to “cut down” on drinking and have not been able to
  • You have felt guilty about your drinking 

Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol or Other Drug Dependence:

  • Tolerance: using more of the same substance to achieve the desired effect
  • Withdrawal: when stopping use of a substance unwanted physiological symptoms present (i.e. shakiness, anxiety, vomiting, excessive sweating, etc.)
  • Loss of control: using more of a substance than intended, despite planning to use less
  • Desire to stop and can't
  • Neglecting other activities that are important because of the use of substances
  • Preoccupation with substances-the substance takes up more time, energy and focus
  • Continued use despite negative consequences