The use, abuse, possession, sale, distribution, manufacture, or transfer of narcotics, illegal drugs as defined by state or federal law, or any controlled substance is prohibited at all times, except as expressly permitted by law. Controlled substances include, but are not limited to, marijuana, hash oil, hashish, inhalants, and abuse of over-the-counter drugs and prescription drugs, and/or the use of over-the-counter drugs or prescription drugs, or any other immediate precursor to be used to manufacture any other illegal drug, including without limitation, methamphetamine, except as expressly permitted by law.

Possession or manufacture of drug paraphernalia which is to be used for any one of the following purposes:

  1. to introduce into a person's body a drug, marijuana or any controlled substance,
  2. to test the strength, effectiveness or purity of a drug, marijuana or any controlled substance, or
  3. enhances, or is perceived to enhance, the physiological effect of a drug, marijuana or any controlled substance, is also a violation of this policy.

Violation of this policy, on or off campus, will result in disciplinary action by the University. Those found responsible may face sanctions up to and including consideration of suspension or expulsion, depending on prior disciplinary record and severity of the violation.

Students who reside in University housing facilities, may be subject to immediate contract termination if found responsible for any violation of this policy.

Student need to be aware that any student convicted of a state or federal drug violation that occurred while enrolled and while receiving federal financial aid may be declared ineligible for future federal student aid for up to a year. Individuals convicted of both possession and selling may face a longer period of ineligibility.

The University will notify parents/guardians of students under 21 years of age when a student is found responsible for (1) a violation of the drug policy, (2) a second violation of the alcohol policy, and (3) on the first violation of the alcohol policy when one or more of the following occurs:

  • the student demonstrates a reckless disregard for his or her personal safety or the safety of others;
  • medical attention to any person, including the student, is required as a result of the student's alcohol related behavior;
  • there is property damage;
  • the student operates a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol;
  • the incident involves another serious violation;
  • the student's alcohol-related behavior negatively impacts the learning environment.

Good Neighbor Exception - Students are always encouraged and expected to call for emergency assistance as needed, even at the risk of disciplinary action for their own conduct. When another person is in need of critical care or when a situation otherwise warrants emergency response, call 911 immediately. The Good Neighbor Exception provides University officials the opportunity to waive University conduct action regarding drug or alcohol policy violations if a student risked revealing their own violation in order to seek medical or other emergency assistance for another person. The Good Neighbor Exception typically applies only to students committing minor offenses. Whether to apply the Good Neighbor exception shall be the judgment of the designated University official. The University exercising this exception does not preclude criminal prosecution by a law enforcement agency.