Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Plan

Students at Madison College can be at risk from harm from over use of alcohol or other drugs. This page summarizes the health risks associated with alcohol or drug abuse, resources, college policies, legal consequences, and sanctions for violations.

The college enforces local, state, and federal laws prohibiting possession, use, sale, of illegal substances and has internal policies that can lead to expulsion from school or termination for college employment. Please review the information presented here.

The AODA prevention program at Madison Area Technical College consists of online resources for self-assessment use, for seeking treatment referrals, and for AODA prevention information. The program also consists of a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor who is available to any student for assessment, brief treatment and referral. This person coordinates education and collaborative efforts among instructors and other staff to promote moderation and abstinence among students and to intervene as needed.

Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Biennial Review Process
As part of the DFSCA compliance, Madison College reviews the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program every other year to assess effectiveness and implement new strategies for improved impact on abuse prevention.


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eCHECKUP to go for Alcohol

eCHECKUP to go for Marijuana

Mental Health Questionnaires: http://screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/madisontech

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Health Risks

The main idea is that there are significant risks with abuse of substances and there are always healthier ways to meet the needs that lead to drug use. View the potential risks of commonly abused drugs in the Drugs of Abuse DEA resource guide or the National Institute on Drug Abuse's Commonly Abused Drug Charts.

AODA Resources

On Campus

Madison College Counseling Services provides access to a Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor for alcohol and other drug abuse assessments and can assist in referral to local treatment centers. (The college cannot provide legally mandated AODA assessments). Call (608) 246-6076 for an appointment.

Students can get personalized feedback about their alcohol and marijuana use confidentially online.

Students can also screen for mental health concerns at https://madisoncollege.edu/counseling

There are peer support groups that happen on campus as well for people in recovery. Call 608 246 6076 for more information.

Off Campus

There are several resources in and around Madison as well as online.


Connections Counseling

Meriter NewStart

Journey Mental Health Center

Treatment Search Engines such as SAMHSA and Addiction Center

College Policies

Student Rights and Responsibilities

#9: Students are responsible to refrain from the unauthorized or illegal use, possession, or distribution of controlled substances, associated paraphernalia and/or alcohol on property owned or leased by Madison College or at a Madison College-sponsored activity. This includes presence under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Regulation #509

Madison Area Technical College (the District) is committed to upholding all local, state, and federal laws concerning the use and abuse of controlled substances and the abuse of alcohol and will support the campus community’s efforts to reduce or eliminate violations of such laws and the abuse of alcohol. MATC will also comply with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988.

Drug and Alcohol Regulation #421

Employees have the right to work in a safe and drug-free environment and to work with persons free from the effects of drugs and alcohol. The college is, therefore, committed to maintaining a safe workplace free from the effects of alcohol and illegal drugs. Accordingly, the college has promulgated this Drug & Alcohol policy.

Alcohol on Campus Regulation #211

Generally, Madison Area Technical College (“Madison College”) does not allow the use of alcohol or other intoxicants on college facilities. Students, employees, and visitors are prohibited from bringing alcohol or other intoxicants on campus or to college functions or events.

Madison College allows for limited, responsible use of alcohol on college facilities only under the following exceptions: 1) alcohol is used for instructional purposes, including use in the preparation and cooking of foods in the culinary arts program or for use in law enforcement training; and 2) alcohol is being served for special events where Madison College has granted a Special Event Permit to serve beer and/or wine on college district facilities. A written request must be submitted to the Vice President for Administration to be considered for obtaining a Special Event Permit.

Facility Use Guidelines

Addendum 5 – Alcohol Policy

Federal and State Drug Laws

Federal Drug Laws

Possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs is prohibited by federal law. Strict penalties are provided for drug convictions, including mandatory prison terms for many offenses. Penalties increase significantly where use of the illicit drugs results in death or serious bodily injury. The following information, although not complete, is an overview of federal penalties for first convictions.

Distribution or manufacturing in or near schools and colleges (21 U.S. Code § 860)

Penalties for simple possession (21 U.S. Code § 844)

Denial of Federal benefits to drug traffickers and possessors (21 U.S. Code § 862)

State Laws

Wisconsin sanctions applicable to the unlawful use, possession, or distribution of illicit drugs or alcohol include, but are not limited to:

Marijuana | 1st offense (misdemeanor) | maximum penalty of 6 months in jail/$1,000 fine

Marijuana | 2nd offense (felony) | maximum penalty of 3 1/2 years in jail/$10,000 fine

Cocaine | 1st offense (misdemeanor) | maximum penalty of 1 year in jail/$5,000 fine

Cocaine | 2nd offense (felony) | maximum penalty of 3 1/2 years in jail/$10,000 fine

Methamphetamine | 1st offense (misdemeanor) | maximum penalty of 1 year in jail/$5,000 fine

Methamphetamine | 2nd offense (felony) | maximum penalty of 3 1/2 years in jail/$10,000 fine

LSD (Acid) | 1st offense (misdemeanor) | maximum penalty of 1 year in jail/$5,000 fine

LSD (Acid) | 2nd offense (felony) | maximum penalty of 3 1/2 years in jail/$10,000 fine

Heroin | any offense (felony) | maximum penalty of 3 1/2 years in jail/$10,000 fine

Wisconsin Drug Charge Penalties – Conditional Discharge

If this is your first offense, you may be eligible for conditional discharge under Wisconsin law. This means that before a judgment is entered you will have the opportunity to serve a term of probation. If the probationary term is completed successfully, you will be discharged from the court and the drug charges dismissed. Your probation will likely include random drug testing/urinalysis, meetings with a probation officer, possible curfews, employment requirements, drug/alcohol evaluation or addiction treatment programs, and other terms determined by the court and your supervising officer.

Drug Possession – Sentence Enhancements

There are certain situations that may enhance or increase your sentence. Things like your criminal history and the location in which you were caught in possession are all details that will affect your potential sentence. For instance, if you are charged with possession and you were on state, county or city property at the time of the offense, you will face an additional community service requirement of 100 hours.

College Disciplinary Sanctions

Students are subject to disciplinary sanctions for violations of the Alcohol and Drug Policies of the college. The Dean of Students office handles these violations and will attempt to address them with a focus on education, treatment and recovery, but may also resort to other sanctions including expulsion for repeated violations of the code of conduct. A range of potential sanctions based on the severity and chronicity of the violation:

  • Fair Warning
  • Behavioral Requirements
  • Restitution
  • Educational Program Requirements
  • Community/College Service Requirements
  • Disciplinary Probation
  • Loss of Privileges
  • Probated Suspension
  • Confiscation of Prohibited Property
  • Eligibility Restriction Suspension more than one (1) year
  • Expulsion