In the event it is necessary to close CCS because of severe weather conditions (or any other emergency), it is important that everyone is properly notified. You should also understand that it is CCS policy to keep the College open, if at all possible. Students have every expectation we will do so.
Commuting students (those not residing in College Housing) are not able to park overnight in the CCS Structures without obtaining a Non-Resident Amenities Permit. The Non-Resident Amenities Fee allows for commuting students to have access to overnight parking, laundry facilities, and spray booth access in the Art Centre Building. The fee is $200 per year and the form to complete this process is available in the Student Affairs Office.
The college campus totals 15 acres with approximately 850,000 square feet of space. The Kresge-Ford Building houses the Art Practice Department, Craft and Material Studies Department, Photography Department, Art Education Department, and Liberal Arts Department. Faculty offices, the 24 Hour Computer Lab and the Center for Tutoring and Writing are located 2nd floor of the building. The Arts and Crafts Café is located on the 1st floor of the building.
The Yamasaki Building houses Financial Aid, Academic Advising and Registration, Multicultural Affairs, Student Affairs, Ford Campus Bookstore, Business Services, Career Development, International Student Services, Human Resources, and Information Technology Services.
The Art Centre Building provides convenient, spacious student housing. It also houses the Mailroom and fitness room.
The historic ADM Building on Ferry Street houses the Admissions Office and the Executive Offices.
The Walter B. Ford II Building houses the Entertainment Arts Department, Illustration Department, and Foundation Department. In addition, there are several computer labs, classrooms, Audio Visual Center, and the Wendell A. Anderson Jr. Auditorium.
The Fritz Building houses Institutional Advancement.
The A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education houses the following departments: Advertising Design, Communication Design, Fashion Accessories Design, Interior Design, Product Design, and Transportation Design as well as Graduate Studies and Academic Affairs. In addition, this facility also houses CCS student housing, 24-hour computer lab, Color & Materials Library, Community Arts Partnership, Design Core, Pre-College and Continuing Education, Imaging Center, Information Technology Services, gallery space, a full-service cafeteria, Tim Horton’s and commuter lounge. This facility is also the location of the Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies.
Complete academic policies related to student expectations, grading guidelines, course registration, class level, and similar policies can be found in the campus Policy database. The College Catalogs can be found on the Course Catalogs page of the college website. Questions regarding academic policies and standards should be directed to the Office of Academic Affairs.
The academic programs at CCS are designed to challenge students, prepare them for careers in the visual arts and design, and provide them with opportunities to express their ideas through visual and verbal presentations. At least once each academic year, students are expected to participate in a departmental review. Students who do not attend the review at the scheduled date and time and have circumstances the are beyond their control, should immediately contact the department. Documentation regarding the circumstances may be required from the student. The department will reschedule the review at a time mutually agreeable for the department and student. Students who do not attend their scheduled review and do not make arrangements with the department to reschedule are ineligible to register for the next semester. If a student has registered, he, she, or they will be removed from the registered courses. A departmental hold will be placed on the student’s record until the matter is resolved with the department.
Upon confirmation that a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees is occurring on campus or on nearby city streets, CCS will provide notification to the campus community. Any such notification will be provided by the following methods:
The College for Creative Studies uses an electronic emergency notification system called Everbridge. This system has the capability of sending electronic emergency notices regarding severe weather, school closings and emergency situations to all students, staff, and faculty via their CCS email account and cell phone (if registered with the Alert system). CCS will automatically create accounts for all students, staff, and faculty in the Everbridge system using their campus email address and cell phone number if available in the College’s records. Students, staff, and faculty will be sent an invitation to edit their profile once created to add additional cell phone numbers or change their email address. The College encourages all community members to include a cell phone number in their profile. In the event of an emergency situation on campus, the message will include the location of the emergency and instructions on what action to take.
All students, faculty and staff are urged to provide current personal cell phone so that we can contact you as quickly as possible in the event of an actual emergency. Cell phone numbers are especially important as these devices provide the fastest and most effective way for users to receive information. Your personal cell phone number will only be used for emergency notification purposes. While your profile is automatically created, it is important that you update your profile information to keep the most current forms of contact for the alert system.
CCS’s website—when it is deemed necessary, the College will also utilize the website’s home page to inform and update community members about an emergency occurring on campus. The web alert will contain information about the nature of the emergency and the steps being taken to address the situation.
Timely Warnings Reports (Safety Alerts)
Campus Safety and/or the Dean of Students is responsible for issuing timely warnings in compliance with the Clery Act. These warnings alert students, faculty and staff to crimes that may present an ongoing threat to the campus community. CCS issues timely warnings in a manner that is timely and that withholds as confidential the names and other identifying information of victims and that will aid in the prevention of similar crimes. CCS will issue timely warnings to the campus community on crimes that are:
- Crimes required to be report reported to the U.S. Department of Education and disclosed in this annual security report
- Reported to Campus Security Authorities
- Considered by CCS to represent a threat to students and employees.
Whether or not a situation represents a threat that requires a timely warning will be decided on a case by case basis considering the facts surrounding an incident, such as the nature of the crime, the continuing threat to the campus community and the possible risk of compromising law enforcement efforts.. Timely warnings are issued to students, faculty and staff via a campus-wide email and/or the Everbridge Emergency Notification System.
Information included in a timely warning may include:
- A succinct statement of the incident.
- Possible connection to previous incidents, if applicable.
- Physical description of the suspect.
- Date and time and general location where the incident occurred.
- Other relevant crime prevention tips and information
If a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees is occurring on campus, CCS is required to follow its emergency notification procedures. If CCS follows its emergency notification procedures, it is not required also to issue a “timely warning” based on the same circumstances; however, CCS will provide adequate follow-up information to the campus community as needed.
Housing Facility Fire Systems
Both housing facility fire systems are housed in a central system monitored by the College for Creative Studies Campus Safety Office 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Art Centre Building is fully sprinkled with a fire pump and also includes fire hose risers and pull stations. There are fire extinguishers and horn/strobes in every suite, on each floor. The fire alarm system is inspected in accordance with NFPA 25 and maintained by Simplex Grinnell.
The Taubman Center’s fire system was installed in 2009 and met all Life Safety System, State, and City Codes required when installed. The fire system is fully suppressed and has a sprinkler system. This fire system also includes smoke detectors in each room, annunciators, and strobe lights. Each floor has fire extinguishers and pull stations also found in the hallway. The fire alarm and sprinkler system in inspected in accordance with NFPA 25 and maintained by Simplex Grinnell.
Residents should not hang anything from sprinkler heads or in a manner that would block the coverage of the sprinkler water flow. Nothing should be stored within 18 inches of the ceiling according to NFPA code.
Fire Safety Education
Each year at move-in, residents attend a housing orientation in which students are instructed on the fire evacuation procedures. For the students who have kitchens, they are also told that they have fire extinguishers to use if needed. Those who do not have kitchens are instructed where the extinguishers are located on the floor. They also hear an example of the alarm and are instructed to follow the evacuation procedures, call 911 and let Campus Safety know if there is an actual fire in their suites.
If a resident knows that their suite is responsible for the fire alarm, they are asked to notify the front desk of the cause and if the alarm is an active fire or a false alarm.
Fire Policy Restrictions
The following restrictions have been put in place to ensure proper precautions to reduce fire in the residence halls.
Student housing is a Smoke Free Environment. All areas, including all suites, stairwells, hallways, and elevators and 15 feet from doorways are non-smoking. Residents and guest found smoking in student housing will be subject to fines and/or judicial action.
Hookahs & Water Pipes
Hookahs and water pipes are not allowed in student housing. If they are found in your suite, they will be confiscated by Student Life Staff and not returned.
Vaporizers and Electronic Cigarettes
The use of vaporizers and electronic cigarettes is prohibited from all College buildings include the residence halls. Use of these products is restricted in the same manner as tobacco products and must be used outside more than 15 feet from doorways.
Students are not allowed to melt wax or work with melted wax in student housing.
Due to the fire hazard incense presents, it is not permitted in student housing. If incense is found in your suite it will be confiscated by Student Life Staff and not returned.
Due to the fire hazard candles present, candles are not permitted in the student housing. If candles are found in your suite they will be confiscated and disposed of by a member of the Student Life Staff in addition to having to meet with a judicial officer in regards to your offense.
Residents are advised to have surge protectors on all electrical equipment that could result in damages from a power surge. It is highly advised that surge protectors be used with stereo equipment, computers, televisions, DVD players, microwaves, etc.
Halogen lamps are not permitted in student housing. Residents are to supply their own lamps for their suite. If halogen lamps are found in suites, the lamp will be confiscated and not returned.
The placement of any material in or around facility lighting, inclusive of lights in resident rooms will be in violation of the Fire Safety Code.
Machinery that is required to run on gasoline (or any other flammable substance) is not permitted in the student housing.
Items including, but not limited to fireworks, firearms, explosives, toxic substances, highly flammable substances, knives, and other weapons are prohibited from use or storage in the residence hall. Any item that may be considered a dangerous item, and is needed for academic reasons must be used solely for its intended academic purpose, and have the prior approval of the Residence Life Coordinator to be kept or used in the building.
Motorcycles, mopeds, or other gasoline-powered vehicles are not to be stored in student housing. These vehicles can be parked in the parking garage.
Students are to keep the cooking area in their suites clean, safe, and healthy.
When the weather gets cold you can regulate the heat in your suite by opening and closing your radiators. If your radiator does not have a knob to open and close the valve or if your radiator makes a hissing noise, notify the Housing Office or an RA.
Do not store items on top of or near radiators, especially flammable or pressure contained items. The completed renovations of the ACB will eliminate all radiators from the suites and will be replaced by modern HVAC units.
Students are not allowed to use any open coiled kitchen appliances in their suites. This includes George Foreman style grills, toasters, toaster ovens, hot plates, pizza ovens or any other open coiled appliance. You may bring a microwave, mini refrigerator, coffee pot, rice cooker, and crock-pot. For further verification that a kitchen appliance is allowed, please contact the Residence Life Coordinator. Items that are not allowed and found in housing will be confiscated and not returned.
Evacuation upon the sounding of the fire alarm system is required. Failure to evacuate housing when an emergency alarm is sounding is a violation of the resident agreement and federal regulations. Residents are expected to become familiar with the evacuation procedures during their first few hours in residence. If the evacuation instruction information (found on the back of the room door) is illegible or missing, residents should contact the Residence Life Coordinator immediately for a replacement. Residents are expected to attend all housing meetings referencing safety training.
When evacuating you should:
- Yell for your suite-mates to ensure that they hear the fire alarm.
- Close your door behind you so that if the fire spreads to your floor the door will deter its speed.
- Knock on the doors to the other suites on your floor. You should not wait for your suite-mate or floor mates before you evacuate the building.
- Do not use the elevator when evacuating. Please use either sets of stairs located on each floor.
- Once you have left the ACB, you should proceed to the cafeteria and wait for further instructions from Student Affairs Staff. If you are evacuating from the Taubman Center, please go to the parking lot between Cass and Woodward for further instructions. Resident Assistants and/or Campus Safety personnel will determine when it is safe to re-enter the building.
Carelessness Related to Fire Alarms
Residents who are responsible for repeatedly showing carelessness and causing the fire alarm to sound will be charged a fine. A charge of $50 may result the second time an alarm is set off due to carelessness and/or negligence, and the third time the resident may be asked to vacate student housing.
State and local laws prohibit smoking in all parts of College buildings. City ordinance prohibits smoking within 15 feet of any building entrance.
In the interest of providing a safe and healthy environment for all staff, faculty, students and visitors, and in accordance with the Michigan Clean Indoor Act and the City of Detroit Smoking Pollution Control Ordinance, smoking is prohibited in all CCS buildings and within 15 feet of all building entrances and air intakes.
Enforcement of Policy
The success of this policy depends upon the thoughtfulness, consideration and cooperation of smokers and non-smokers. Students are encouraged to ask offending smokers to stop smoking. Any student smoking in a non-smoking area must immediately stop upon being requested to do so. Failure to do so will result in formal disciplinary action as outlined below.
Complaints regarding the smoking of faculty and staff should be made to the Department Chair, the employee’s immediate supervisor or the Director of Human Resources. Complaints regarding students smoking should be made to the Director of Student Life.
All student complaints should be made in writing to the Dean of Students. The Dean of Students will notify the student in writing that a complaint has been issued. A second offense will result in a $50 fine. A third offense will result in a $100 fine. Further violations will be subject to CCS disciplinary policies, up to and including expulsion.
Students wishing to contest the above may do so in writing to the Office of Student Affairs. Evidence of non-violation should be attached.
Updated July 2023
The College for Creative Studies is committed to providing a safe, healthy learning community for all its members. The College recognizes that the improper and excessive use of alcohol and other drugs may interfere with the College’s mission by negatively affecting the health and safety of students, faculty and staff. Due to the harm caused by excessive and illegal use of alcohol and other drugs, the College has a vested interest in establishing polices to prohibit unlawful behavior and sanctions to address policy violations by members of the CCS community.
Under the Drug-Free Workplace Act and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, the College is required to have an alcohol and other drug policy and must distribute this policy annually to all employees and students. This Policy must outline the College’s prevention, education and intervention efforts, and consequences that may be applied by both the College and external authorities for policy violations. The law also requires that individuals be notified of possible health risks associated with the use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs, and sources of assistance for problems that may arise as a result of use.
This policy applies to all faculty and staff, as well as students enrolled in credit bearing and non-credit bearing courses at CCS, including any and all programs located off site. Guests, on campus or at College events, who are violating a College policy, may be asked to leave campus/the event and their CCS host will be held responsible for their guest’s actions.
Students visiting other countries to attend academic programs are reminded that they may be subject to arrest and legal sanctions for alcohol and drug offenses under the laws and regulations of that particular country or institution in addition to the judicial process of the College.
The following terms are defined for the purposes of this policy and are important for purposes of expressing the College’s policy on a drug and alcohol-free environment:
College refers to the College for Creative Studies.
College activities include programs affiliated with the College, including study-abroad programs, and any on-campus or off-campus event or function conducted, approved, sponsored or funded, in whole or in part, by the College or any officially recognized student organization.
College premises includes all buildings and land owned, leased, or used by the College (including adjacent streets and sidewalks), and motor vehicles operated by employees, including personal motor vehicles, when used in connection with work performed for or on behalf of the College.
Controlled Substance means a controlled substance in schedules I through V of section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812), as further defined by regulations at 21 CFR 1300.11 through 1300.15.
Contract means a legal instrument reflecting a relationship between the federal government and a recipient whenever the principal purpose of the instrument is the acquisition by purchase, lease, or barter, of property or services for the direct benefit or use of the federal government; or whenever an executive agency determines in a specific instance that the use of a type of procurement contract is appropriate.
Conviction means finding of guilt (including a plea of nolo contendere) or imposition of sentence, or both, by any judicial body charged with the responsibility to determine violations of the federal or state criminal drug statutes.
Criminal drug statute means a federal or non-federal criminal statute involving the manufacture, sale, distribution, dispensation, use, or possession of any controlled substance.
Drug For the purpose of this Policy, the term “drug” includes:
- controlled substances, as defined in 21 USC 812, which cannot be legally obtained
- legally obtainable controlled substances which were not legally obtained, including:
- Prescribed drugs when prescription is no longer valid (e.g. use of medication after a course of treatment is completed);
- Prescribed drugs used contrary to the prescription;
- Prescribed drugs issued to another person.
Federal agency or agency means any United States executive department, military department, government corporation, government-controlled corporation, or any other establishment in the executive branch, or any independent regulatory agency.
Guest means a person who is not a direct member of the College community, such as a student or employee.
Host means the person who is responsible for a guest being on campus or at a College event.
Illicit drug use means the use, manufacture, sale, distribution, dispensation, or possession of illegal drugs.
Over the Counter Substances means items that are available for purchase from retailers that do not need a prescription.
Prescribed Drug means any substance prescribed for use by a licensed medical practitioner.
Student means an individual registered or enrolled for a credit or non-credit course or program offered by the College.
CCS Alcohol and Drugs Policy
All members of the CCS community also are governed by laws, regulations and ordinances established by the state and local municipalities and will be held accountable by law enforcement representatives of those entities for any illegal activity. It is the responsibility of all campus members to be aware of these laws.
Employees, students, and campus guests, regardless of age, are expected to refrain from the possession, consumption or transportation of alcoholic beverages while on any part of the campus or at College-sponsored/supported events, while driving a College vehicle or while otherwise engaged in College business. Possession of an empty container of an alcoholic beverage will be dealt with as though the individual responsible for the empty container consumed the contents.
The only exception to this Policy is that individuals of legal age may consume alcohol on College property in a manner consistent with College policy and State of Michigan law within the approved designated area of events coordinated by the President of the College. To request an exception to this Policy for events not coordinated by the President, approval must be obtained from the employee’s Vice President or Dean with final approval given by the President of the College using the Request for Approval to Serve Alcohol at a CCS Sponsored Event form (see link at the end of this paragraph). For all College related events involving alcohol, a licensed, third-party bartender must be present to serve the alcohol and the bartender must refrain from using a tip jar.
Students, CCS employees and guests are prohibited from using, possessing, transferring or selling any illegal drug, controlled substance, or related paraphernalia, including hookahs, while on any part of the campus or at College sponsored/supported events.
Any person taking prescription drugs or over-the-counter medication is personally responsible for ensuring that while taking such drugs or medications, he or she is not a safety risk to themselves and others while on College property, while driving a College or privately owned vehicle, or while otherwise engaged in College business. It is illegal to misuse prescription medication, i.e. continue to use medication when the prescription is no longer valid, use prescribed drugs contrary to the prescription, and give or sell prescribed drugs to another person. Misusing prescription drugs can result in conviction with jail time.
CCS Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Strategies
The College uses the following strategies to provide a positive influence on the campus culture regarding alcohol and
- Students, employees and campus guests, regardless of age, are expected to refrain from the possession, consumption or transportation of alcoholic beverages on campus. (see details and exceptions described in the above section)
- Alcohol and drug awareness education is provided to all new students during New Student Orientation
- Providing education and awareness activities
- All student social, extracurricular, and public service options are substance-free
- Prohibiting the marketing and promotion of alcohol and other drugs
- Developing and enforcing campus policies and enforce laws to address high-risk and illegal alcohol and other drug use
- Providing early intervention and referral for treatment
The use or abuse of alcohol and other drugs increases the risk for a number of health-related and other medical, behavioral and social problems. Below is a general description of the health risks associated with drug use.
ALCOHOL: Can cause short-term effects such as loss of concentration and judgment; slowed reflexes; disorientation leading to higher risk of accidents and problem behavior; long-term effects include risk of liver and heart damage, malnutrition, cancer and other illnesses; can be highly addictive to some persons.
AMPHETAMINES: Can cause short-term effects such as rushed, careless behavior and pushing beyond your physical capacity, leading to exhaustion; tolerance increases rapidly; long-term effects include physical and psychological dependence and withdrawal can result in depression and suicide; continued high doses can cause heart problems, infections, malnutrition and death.
CANNABIS: Can cause short-term effects such as slow reflexes; increase in forgetfulness; alters judgment of space and distance; aggravate pre-existing heart and/or mental health problems; long-term health effects include permanent damage to lungs, reproductive organs and brain function; can interfere with physical, psychological, social development of young users.
COCAINE: (crack) Can cause short-term effects such as impaired judgment; increased breathing, heart rate, heart palpitations; anxiety, restlessness, hostility, paranoia, confusion; long-term effects may include damage to respiratory and immune systems; malnutrition, seizures and loss of brain function; highly addictive.
DESIGNER DRUGS/SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS: (bath salts, K2, spice) Can cause short-term effects such as elevated heart rate, blood pressure and chest pain; hallucinations, seizures, violent behavior and paranoia; may lead to lack of appetite, vomiting and tremor; long-term use may result in kidney/liver failure, increased risk of suicide and death.
HALLUCINOGENS: (PCP, LSD, ecstasy, dextromethorphan) Can cause extreme distortions of what is seen and heard; induces sudden changes in behavior, loss of concentration and memory; increases risk of birth defects in user’s children; overdose can cause psychosis, convulsions, coma and death. Frequent and long-term use can cause permanent loss of mental function.
INHALANTS: (nitrous oxide, amyl nitrite, butyl nitrite, chlorohydrocarbons, hydrocarbons) Can cause short-term effects such as nausea, dizziness, fatigue, slurred speech, hallucinations or delusions; may lead to rapid and irregular heart rhythms, heart failure and death; long-term use may result in loss of feeling, hearing and vision; can result in permanent damage to the brain, heart, lungs, liver and kidneys.
OPIATES/NARCOTICS: (heroin, morphine, opium, codeine, oxycodone, china white) Can cause physical and psychological dependence; overdose can cause coma, convulsions, respiratory arrest and death; long-term use leads to malnutrition, infection and hepatitis; sharing needles is a leading cause of the spread of HIV and hepatitis; highly addictive, tolerance increases rapidly.
SEDATIVES: Can cause reduced reaction time and confusion; overdose can cause coma, respiratory arrest, convulsions and death; withdrawal can be dangerous; in combination with other controlled substances can quickly cause coma and death; long-term use can produce physical and psychological dependence; tolerance can increase rapidly.
TOBACCO: (cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco) Can cause diseases of the cardiovascular system, in particular smoking being a major risk factor for a myocardial infarction (heart attack), diseases of the respiratory tract such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and emphysema, and cancer, particularly lung cancer and cancers of the larynx and mouth; nicotine is highly addictive.
For an extensive list of health-related risks please visit The National Institute on Drug Abuse: http://www.drugabuse.gov/
Counseling and Treatment Programs
All students are encouraged to seek help early if they feel they have a problem with drugs and/or alcohol, and to learn how to assist others with substance abuse problems. With early assistance it is less likely that serious consequences will result from an alcohol or drug problem.
The College offers the following alcohol and drug abuse services:
Information and Referral
All students are eligible to consult with the professional staff of the Wellness Center; personal counselors and/or health care professional, regarding the availability of drug abuse assistance programs. Drug and alcohol abuse counseling and rehabilitation program referrals are made to mutual help organizations, private hospitals, public treatment programs, and private drug treatment practitioners.
Individuals are seen on a short-term basis for assistance with drug-related problems. However, it is likely that students will be referred out for alcohol and drug dependence. This service is available to students at no charge.
Alcohol and drug abuse rehabilitation and assistance programs are available through the College’s health benefit program and Ulliance (employee assistance program) with both in-patient and out-patient programs. Employees with alcohol or drug abuse problems are strongly encouraged to participate in these programs. Employees may contact the Office of Human Resources to seek counseling assistance and/or referral to an appropriate outside agency. All communications between employees and CCS or outside agencies are strictly confidential.
For friends, relatives and domestic partners who are coping with a loved one’s alcohol or drug use.
Free Rehab Centers – Detroit – https://www.freerehabcenters.org/city/mi-detroit
The use or abuse of alcohol and other drugs also increases the risks for behavioral and social problems such as negative effects on academic work performance; conflicts with co-workers, classmates, family, friends and others; conduct problems resulting in disciplinary action, including loss of employment or dismissal from an academic program; and legal problems resulting in ticketing, fines and imprisonment.
When a student is found responsible for violating the CCS Alcohol and Other Drug Policy, their case will be evaluated and an appropriate sanction will be implemented.
The sanctions described are minimum sanctions and do not limit the disciplinary power of the College in any matter involving Code of Conduct violations.
A Warning is a written notification that a particular action is not acceptable.
Disciplinary Probation is a formal written notice that a student is in poor judicial standing with the College.
Loss of College Housing Eligibility (if applicable) is the termination of a student’s admissibility to live in College housing.
Suspension is the termination of an individual’s status as a student, with the loss of all rights and privileges, for a specific time period.
Dismissal is the permanent termination of an individual’s status as a student, with the loss of all rights and privileges.
Community Service Hours is a required number of hours to be worked in unpaid College or public service within a specific period of time.
Educational Project is a project that is focused on educating the student about a particular issue.
CCS will take appropriate action, up to and including immediate termination, with employees in violation of this policy. Employees are notified that action under this policy may include requiring successful participation in an alcohol or drug rehabilitation or assistance program as a condition of continued employment.
Violations of laws and ordinances may result in misdemeanor or felony convictions accompanied by the imposition of legal sanctions, which include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Fines as determined under local, state, or federal laws;
- Imprisonment, including up to life imprisonment, for possession or trafficking in drugs such as heroin, cocaine, marijuana and prescription drugs;
- Forfeiture of personal and real property;
- Denial of federal benefits such as grants, contracts and student loans;
- Loss of driving privileges;
- Required attendance at substance abuse education or treatment programs.
A full description of federal sanctions for drug felonies can be found at: https://www.dea.gov/drug-information/drug-policy. This section is not intended as legal advice; consult with an attorney regarding your specific legal issues.
Alcohol: Under Michigan law, it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to purchase, consume or possess, or have any bodily content of alcohol. A first-time conviction may result in a fine, substance abuse education and treatment, community service and court-ordered drug screenings. There also is a provision for possible imprisonment or probation for a second or subsequent offense. Use of false identification by minors in obtaining alcohol is punishable with a fine, loss of driver’s license, probation and community service.
Individuals can be arrested and possibly convicted of Operating While Intoxicated with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level at .08 or higher, or the lesser offense of Operating While Visibly Impaired for BAC less than .08. Operating a motor vehicle with a BAC of .17 or higher may subject an individual to a charge of Operating While Intoxicated with a High BAC. All of these drunk driving charges are misdemeanors that carry potential jail time. If a student is under 21, there is a “zero tolerance” law in the state of Michigan and any blood alcohol level of .01 or higher can lead to a minor in possession (MIP) citation as well as being cited for Operating While Intoxicated, if applicable. All of these driving offenses can result in the suspension of driving privileges in the State of Michigan.
Medical Amnesty as a result of alcohol intoxication: To better ensure that minors at medical risk as a result of alcohol intoxication will receive prompt and appropriate medical attention, the State of Michigan provides for medical amnesty to remove perceived barriers to calling for or seeking help.
Michigan law continues to prohibit a minor from purchasing, consuming, or possessing, or attempting to purchase, consume, or possess, alcoholic liquor and from having any bodily alcohol content.
The medical amnesty law provides an exemption from prosecution for the following:
- A minor (under the age of 21) who, after consuming alcohol, voluntarily presents themselves to a health facility or agency for treatment or observation, including medical examination and treatment for any condition as a result of sexual assault (as defined in Michigan law).
- Any minor (under the age of 21) who accompanied an individual who, after consuming alcohol, voluntarily presented themselves to a health facility or agency for treatment or observation, including medical examination and treatment for any condition as a result of sexual assault (as defined in Michigan law).
- Any minor (under the age of 21) who initiated contact with law enforcement or emergency medical services personnel for the purpose of obtaining medical assistance in connection with a legitimate health care concern.
Medical Amnesty as a result of an overdose of any controlled substance, including a prescription drug: To better ensure that individuals at medical risk as a result of an overdose of any controlled substance, including a prescription drug, will receive prompt and appropriate medical attention, the State of Michigan provides for medical amnesty to remove perceived barriers to calling for or seeking help.
The medical amnesty law provides an exemption from prosecution for the following when the amount of the drug possessed is sufficient only for personal use:
- Any individual who voluntarily seeks medical assistance for themselves as a result of an overdose of any controlled substance, including a prescription drug.
- Any individual who accompanies or procures medical assistance for another individual as a result of an overdose of any controlled substance, including a prescription drug.
- Any individual who as a result of an overdose of any controlled substance, including a prescription drug, is presented for medical assistance by a third party.
The College for Creative Studies maintains the discretion to refer the individual for appropriate educational intervention(s).
Marijuana: On November 6, 2018, Michigan voters passed Proposal 18-1, which legalizes possession and use of limited amounts of recreational marijuana by individuals 21 years and older. Neither this new state law, nor the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, authorize the use or possession of marijuana on any property owned or managed by CCS and by CCS’ faculty, staff, or students on any CCS property or during off-campus CCS business or events.
Marijuana possession and use remains illegal under federal law and is categorized as an illicit substance under the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989. Therefore, even though the State of Michigan has legalized limited amounts of marijuana for recreational or medicinal use for some individuals, the possession, use, storage, and cultivation of marijuana remains prohibited for all faculty, staff and students under CCS policy.
Employees and students who violate CCS policy prohibiting the use or possession of illegal drugs on campus will continue to be subject to disciplinary action.
Sanctions for Illegal Use, Possession and/or Delivery of Controlled Substances
A full description of the State of Michigan sanctions for the controlled substances (Public Health Code Act 368 of 1978) can be found at: Public Health Code Act 368 of 1978 Part 74 Offenses and Penalties. This section is not intended as legal advice; consult with an attorney regarding your specific legal issues.
Employee Reporting Requirement
Under the Drug-Free Workplace Act, in addition to the other requirements of this Policy, the College requires all employees who work in any capacity under a federal grant or contract to notify his or her supervisor or department head in writing of his or her conviction for a violation of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace or on work-related activities no later than five (5) calendar days after such conviction. The supervisor or department head will notify the Office of Human Resources.
Distribution of Policy
A copy of this Policy statement will be distributed to all faculty, staff and students annually via email at the beginning of fall and winter semesters. New employees will receive this information from Human Resource when they are hired. Prospective students and employees are made aware of this policy upon their initial connection to the College.
Review of the College’s Prevention Program and Policy
Annually, the College shall review its Alcohol and Other Drug Policy and prevention strategies to determine effectiveness and to ensure that the College’s disciplinary sanctions are consistently enforced. This annual review will be conducted in May and the minutes from the review are available to students and employees upon request.
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The College for Creative Studies (CCS) takes student safety seriously and has established the following policy if a currently enrolled student is reported missing. This plan is a good faith effort to comply with the August 14, 2009 Higher Education Opportunity Act, Section 485 (j).
A student will be deemed missing when it has been established that they have been absent from the College and have been reported by an individual to be missing for a period of 24 hours or more. Reports of students missing should be directed to the Office of Student Affairs or Campus Safety. After a missing student report has been made, the College will attempt to locate the student. If the student cannot be located, the emergency contact person will be notified. In the case of residential students, this emergency contact person is the person listed on the housing application. For all other students, the emergency contact person, if provided, is listed in the College’s database system. If the student is under the age of 18 or they have failed to provide specific emergency/missing student emergency contact information, their parent or guardian will be notified. In addition, local law enforcement will be notified that the student is missing within 24 hours of the initial report. Students also have the option to declare a separate emergency contact person to be used if they are reported missing, and can do so through the Office of Student Affairs.
Anyone who suspects a student may be missing should notify Campus Safety or the Office of Student Affairs immediately.
The following information will be collected:
- Contact Information and relationship to the missing student
- Name and vital information about the student reported to be out of contact.
- The date, time, and location the missing student was last seen.
- The general routine or habits of the suspected missing student (e.g. – visiting friends who live off-campus, working in a job away from campus) including any recent changes in behavior or demeanor.
- The missing student’s cell phone number (if known).
- Once a report has been made that a student is missing, Campus Safety and the Office of Student Affairs will work together to investigate the situation.
When a student is reported missing the two offices shall:
Initiate an investigation to determine the validity of the missing person report that may include:
- Call the student’s cell phone number
- Go to the student’s room
- Talk to the student’s Resident Assistant, roommate, and floor mates to see if anyone can confirm the student’s whereabouts and/or confirm the date, time, and location the student was last seen.
- Secure a picture of the student.
- Call student at any other numbers on record.
- Send the student an email.
- Check all possible locations mentioned by reporting parties including, but not limited to: library, residence hall, fitness center, studios, classrooms, and cafeteria.
- Contact any other known friends to see if student has made contact with them. This could also include social networking sites such as facebook, twitter, or myspace.
- Contact instructors regarding recent class attendance/absences and any recent questionable behaviors.
- Determine if the student has a car and if it is currently parked in the parking structure.
- Have security investigate if the ID has been used since the student was reported missing.
- Contact student’s emergency/missing student emergency contact to see if they have been in contact with the student
- Notify the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services, the Vice President for Business and Finance and the President.
- The Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services may initiate additional action as deemed appropriate under the circumstances and in the best interest of the missing student.
- Notify the emergency contact of the missing student within 24 hours of the initial report that the student is missing.
- If the student is under the age of 18 or has failed to provide specific emergency/missing student emergency contact information, notify the student’s guardian or parent as listed in the college’s records within 24 hours of the determination that the student is missing.
- Notify the Detroit Police Department within 24 hours after determining that the student is missing.
Student Contact Information:
- Residential students are asked to provide two emergency contact names each year as part of their housing application. This information is protected by FERPA and is accessible by The Office of Student Affairs and other appropriate officials in an emergency situation.
- Students are given the opportunity to designate two emergency contacts and a missing person contact under Emergency Contact Info on WebAdvisor. This information is considered to be an element of the academic record, and is protected by FERPA.
- Students may designate a specific person to notify in a missing person investigation, by visiting the Office of Student Affairs. This information would only be used if the student is deemed to be missing.
Student Notification of this Policy:
The CCS Missing Student Policy will be:
- Posted on the College’s website
- Posted on the College’s intranet – Blackboard
- Discussed during new student orientation sessions
- Discussed during the mandatory housing meetings in the beginning of the semester.
- Included in the housing handbook.
- Included in the College’s student handbook
- Sent to all students, faculty, and staff via CCS email in September of each year.