Drug-Free Policy

Unlawful possession, use, production, distribution, or sale of alcohol or other drugs by any faculty, staff, or student is prohibited on university property or as any part of university activities.

This policy is created to comply with the Drug-Free School and Communities Act amendments of 1989, which requires the university show it has adopted and implemented a program to prevent the illicit use of drugs and the abuse of alcohol by faculty, staff, and students, and to set forth standards that provide a community setting that is safe and productive for all faculty, staff, students and guests on our campus.

Any student, faculty, or staff member who violates the university's drug-free policy shall be subject to university disciplinary procedures. Students shall be subject to appropriate discipline through Judicial Affairs in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct

Violations of the campus drug free policy may also be referred to the appropriate federal, state, and/or local authorities for prosecution. Depending on the nature of the offense, it may be categorized as a misdemeanor or a felony and may be punished by the fine and/or imprisonment.

 Possible Health Risks Associated with Drug Use/Abuse 

Type of drug
(and generic effects)

Name of Drug

Possible Effects

Stimulants speed up action of the central nervous system.

· Amphetamines (speed, uppers, pep pills, bennies)  · Cocaine (coke, snow, crack, rock--legally classified as a narcotic)

Hallucinations may occur. Tolerance, psychological and sometimes physical dependence can develop. Continued high doses can cause death, or heart problems, and malnutrition.  Confusion, depression, and hallucinations may occur. Tolerance and physical dependence can develop. Effects are unpredictable-- convulsions, coma, and death are possible. Smoking may cause lesions in lungs.

Depressants relax the central nervous system.

· Barbiturates (barbs, good balls, downers, blues)  · Tranquilizers

Confusion, loss of coordination, etc., may occur. Tolerance and physical and psychological dependence can develop. An overdose can cause coma and/or death. Depressants taken in combinations or with alcohol are especially dangerous.

Cannabis alters mood and perception

· Marijuana (grass, pot, weed, reefer)  · Hashish (hash)  · Hashish oil (hash oil)

Confusion, loss of coordination. With large doses, hallucinations may occasionally occur. Long-term use may cause moderate tolerance and psychological dependence. Long-term use may cause damage to lung tissue.

Hallucinogens temporarily distort reality

· Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD, acid)  · Phencyclidine (PCP, angel dust) legally classified as a depressant.  · Mescaline (MDA, DMT, STP, psilocybin, "designer drugs."

Hallucinations, panic may occur. Effects may recur (flashbacks) even after use is discontinued. Possible birth defects in users--children. Depression, hallucinations, confusion, irrational behavior. Tolerance develops. An overdose may cause convulsions, coma and death. Effects are similar to those of LSD.

Narcotics lower perception of pain

· Heroin (H, scag, horse, junk, smack)  · Morphine (M, dreamer)  · Codeine  · Opium

Lethargy, apathy, loss of judgment and self-control may occur. Tolerance and physical and psychological dependence can develop. An overdose can cause convulsions and death. Risks of use include malnutrition, infection and hepatitis.

Deliriants cause mental confusion

· Aerosols  · Lighter fluid  · Paint thinner  · Amyl nitrate  · Other inhalants (Poppers)

Loss of coordination, confusion, and hallucinations may occur. An overdose can cause convulsions and death. Psychological dependence can develop. Permanent damage to lungs, brain, liver, and bone marrow can result.



Long-term, heavy drinking is linked to cancer, heart and liver damage, and other serious illnesses. Tolerance and physical and psychological dependence can develop



Long-term cigarette smoking is linked to emphysema, lung cancer, and heart disease. Physical and psychological dependence can result.

Smokeless tobacco


Long-term use of chewing tobacco or snuff is linked to oral cancer of gums, mouth, pharynx, larynx and esophagus. Physical and psychological dependence can result.

Passive Smoke


Combination of secondhand smoke exhaled by the smoker and side-stream smoke from the burning end of tobacco products accounts for an estimated 8,000 deaths due to cancer a year. More than 3,000 known toxic substances in tobacco smoke.