Federal Auditors Say Grand Rapids Community College Lacks Written Drug And Alcohol Prevention Policy

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Grand Rapids Community College has been cited by federal auditors for lacking a policy that address the risks of drugs and alcohol, and for failing to measure the effectiveness of its substance abuse prevention programs.

The findings, included in a U.S. Department of Education audit of GRCC’s financial aid program, say the college must revise its policies to remain in compliance with federal regulations.

Victoria Janowiak, GRCC’s executive director of operational planning, said the college implemented a drug and alcohol policy in September – after federal auditors visited the campus – but it’s unclear whether it addresses all the requirements in the federal audit.

“I believe that the policy addresses the majority of the findings,” said Janowiak, who declined to comment on why the college initially lacked such a policy. "We've always had drug and alcohol polices, but one of the things that was required under this audit was a program around prevention."

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