Tobacco, Drugs and Alcohol, Weapons Policies
College of the Mainland is a tobacco-free institution. No use of any tobacco products is permitted. Smoking is allowed inside private vehicles if they are located in an approved designated parking area. Students are also permitted to smoke if no further than 10 feet from the streets or roads around the campus grounds. Smoking in the back of pickup trucks is permitted but is confined to the bed of the truck and not on the tailgate. Violators will be subject to a citation, disciplinary sanctions or expulsion from campus.
Fines for violating the tobacco policy are:
- The first violation is $25.
- The second offense is $50.
- A third offense will result in a referral to the College president, or designee, for disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the campus.
Drug and Alcohol Policy
College of the Mainland supports a drug-free campus for students. While on school premises during any school term or off school premises at a school-sponsored activity, function or event, no student shall possess, use, transmit or attempt to possess, use or transmit or be under the influence of (legal intoxication not required), any controlled substance or dangerous drug as defined by law, alcohol or any alcoholic beverage, any abusable glue, aerosol paint, or any other volatile chemical substance for inhalation, or any other intoxicant or mood-changing, mind-altering or behavior-altering drugs.
The transmittal, sale or attempted sale of what is represented to be any of the above-listed substances is also prohibited. Students who violate this policy shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action which may include referral to drug and alcohol counseling or rehabilitation programs or student assistance programs, suspension, expulsion and referral to appropriate law enforcement officials for prosecution. A student who uses a drug authorized by a licensed physician through a prescription specifically for that student's use shall not be considered to have violated this policy.
College of the Mainland prohibits the possession or exhibition of prohibited weapons or ammunition, as defined in Section 46.01 of the Texas Penal Code, on campus or while representing College of the Mainland at off-campus student events, except Peace Officers employed by COM, and those from other agencies who come to the campus for official law enforcement purposes. Also, there are certain registered courses and activities (both on and off campus) that involve the use of firearms, ammunition or dangerous chemicals, which are authorized.
NOTE: For these authorized, registered courses the firearms used will be brought unloaded to and from campus property in a carrying case or tote bag.
It is a third degree felony for a person (including a person licensed to carry a concealed handgun) to carry, possess or exhibit a weapon on the premises of a school, an educational institution or a passenger transportation vehicle of a school or an educational institution. This policy is in compliance with Section 46.03 of the Texas Penal Code and Section 37.125 of the Texas Education Code. Violations of this policy will result in disciplinary action including reporting the violation to authorities.