Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA)


The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 (DFSCA) requires institutions of higher education to establish programs that address unlawful possession, use, or distribution of alcohol and illicit drugs, and foster safe and drug-free learning environments which promote academic achievement.


2022 Biennial Review               2023 Annual Notice to Collin College Students and Employees


DFSCA Requirements

Biennial Review

In accordance with the DFSCA, Collin College conducts a Biennial Review of its participation to determine program effectiveness and consistency of policy enforcement and to identify and implement any changes needed to either. Each Biennial Review is conducted by the end of every even-numbered calendar year.
The most recent Biennial Review can be found here.

Annual Notice to Students and Employees

In accordance with the DFSCA, Collin College informs each student and employee annually through Collin email about the following information related to the use of alcohol and illegal drugs and abuse of any and all drugs (whether legal or illegal):
1. Standards of conduct;
2. Collin College's sanctions for a violation(s) of the alcohol and drug provisions, as defined in the Student Code of Conduct located in the current Collin College Student Handbook and Employee Standards of Conduct located in Board policy DH (LOCAL);
3. Legal sanctions under local, state, and federal laws;
4. Health risks associated with alcohol and substance use and abuse; and
5. Substance abuse counseling, treatment, and prevention programs available to Collin College students and employees.
The most recent annual notice sent to students and employees through Collin College email can be found here.

Know Now

In an effort to fulfill the requirements of the DFSCA, Collin College’s Counseling Services Office coordinates Know Now. The purpose of Know Now is to educate Collin College students about issues related to substance use and abuse, empower students to make positive choices for their futures, and encourage utilization of campus and community resources for recovery.
To learn more about Know Now and view the schedule of events, click here.