Alcohol and Drugs

Alcoholic Beverages are not permitted on property owned or controlled by Owens Community College.

Owens Community College has established standards of conduct concerning the possession, sale, serving, and consumption of alcoholic beverages and drugs on the Owens Community College campus. These policies and rules reflect a concern for the health and safety of the campus community and apply to College faculty, students, staff, visitors and guests.

  • State of Ohio statutes declare that is unlawful for any person under 21 years of age to possess or consume alcoholic beverages. Consequently, no one under the legal drinking age may consume, distribute or possess alcohol on College properties or as part of any College activity.
  • It is unlawful to see, give, serve or permit alcoholic beverages to be served to anyone under 21 years of age. Furthermore, servers can be held civilly liable for damage caused by underage drinkers to whom they provided alcoholic beverages.
  • It is unlawful to be under the influence of use, possess, distribute, sell, offer, or agree to sell, or represent to sell narcotics, hallucinogens, dangerous drugs, or controlled substances except as where permitted by prescription or law.

Violations of these laws are dealt with both through the criminal courts and through the Office of Student Conduct. Students found liable are subject not only to criminal prosecution but to administrative sanctions including permanent expulsion from the College.

Programs and Treatment Referral

The Campus Alcohol and Drug Information Center is provided by the Department of Public Safety. Educational materials are available for students, faculty, and staff. Referrals to local programs, including counseling services and AA, ACOA, NA, and Alanon groups are provided.


In support of and in compliance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, please be advised that the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of drugs and alcohol by students on College property or as part of any institutional activity is clearly prohibited. The College will impose appropriate sanctions on students, up to and including expulsion and referral for prosecution for violation of this standard of conduct.

Off-campus Resources

  • Arrowhead Behavioral Health – (800) 547-5695
  • Behavioral Connections of Wood County: (419) 352-5387 — Wood County
  • Century Health South Campus (Findlay), 419-425-5050
  • Comprehensive Addiction Services System: (419) 241-8827 — Lucas and Wood County
  • Rescue Mental Health and Addiction Services, Contact them 24/7, 419-255-9585
  • St. Charles Hospital: (419) 696-7523 — Lucas and Wood County
  • Substance Abuse Services Inc.: (419) 243-7274, Toledo Hospital — Wood County
  • Toledo Hospital – Alcohol & Drug Treatment: (419) 291-2300 — Lucas and Wood County

Warning signs that you or a friend may be addicted to drugs or alcohol:

  • Are you/friend taking in larger amounts of alcohol or drugs over a longer period of time than intended?
  • Have you/friend had unsuccessful efforts at cutting back?
  • Do you/friend have to spend time recovering from use, or spend time seeking out activities where you can use?
  • Do you/friend crave alcohol or drugs?
  • Does your/friend’s use cause problems in your relationships?
  • Have you/friend given up activities that used to be enjoyable so that you can use alcohol or drugs?
  • Do you/friend have work or school problems or other consequences because of use?
  • Does it take more now to give you/friend the same effect it used to in lesser quantities?

If you’ve answered yes to any of the above questions, you/friend are likely experiencing addiction.

Potential Health Risks for Drug and Alcohol Use and Abuse

The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that, “Drug use can have a wide range of short- and long-term, direct and indirect effects. These effects often depend on the specific drug or drugs used, how they are taken, how much is taken, the person’s health, and other factors. Short-term effects can range from changes in appetite, wakefulness, heart rate, blood pressure, and/or mood to heart attack, stroke, psychosis, overdose, and even death. These health effects may occur after just one use. Longer-term effects can include heart or lung disease, cancer, mental illness, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and others. Long-term drug use can also lead to addiction. Drug addiction is a brain disorder. Not everyone who uses drugs will become addicted, but for some, drug use can change how certain brain circuits work. These brain changes interfere with how people experience normal pleasures in life such as food and sex, their ability to control their stress level, their decision-making, their ability to learn and remember, etc. These changes make it much more difficult for someone to stop taking the drug even when it’s having negative effects on their life and they want to quit.”

To read more about the consequences of using drugs or alcohol, please go to:


  • Come in to the Department of Public Safety (Alumni Hall) to pick up resource brochures, or
  • Visit Counseling Services (Veterans Hall) for a referral to a community provider that specializes in helping people overcome addiction, or
  • Email for an appointment or stop by Veterans Hall during our walk-in hours.

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