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Drug Policy

The possession and/or use of narcotics or drugs, other than those medically prescribed, properly used, and in the original container is prohibited.

Providing a space for the consumption of narcotics or drugs is prohibited. The distribution and/or sale of narcotics or drugs is prohibited. Off-campus possession, use, distribution, or sale of narcotics or drugs is inconsistent with the University's policies and goals, and is therefore prohibited.

The University reserves the right to invoke the University Conduct process to the extent that off-campus drug use leads to behavior that in the University's sole judgment is destructive, abusive, or detrimental to the University's interests. Any and all types of drug paraphernalia including, but not limited to, bongs, pipes, water pipes, or any items modified or adapted so that they can be used to consume or use drugs, are not permitted on University property.

Drugs and drug paraphernalia will be confiscated when found on University property.

Sanction Guidelines for Violating the Drug Policy

The University considers the sanctions listed below to be guidelines, and a starting point, when adjudicating drug policy violations. Each incident is reviewed on an individual basis. Depending on the specifics of the incident, more or less severe sanctions may be imposed.  The primary response for use or possession of drugs will be separation from the University.

First Violation: Suspension/Deferred Suspension, Loss of Housing/Deferred Loss of Housing, Ban from University Housing, Counseling Evaluation, Disciplinary Probation, Community Service, and Parental Notification; possibility of Expulsion.

University Employees

Except as specifically authorized, the consumption or distribution of alcohol by employees while on University property or on University business is prohibited as is being under the influence of alcohol during work. This policy is intended to be consistent with applicable employment policies and the Drug Free Workplace Policy. Such policies may contain additional rules concerning alcohol and drug use.

Criminal Sanctions

As part of its educational function, Drexel University wants students, staff, and faculty to be informed about the possible consequences of their actions and the risks they run under state and federal law regarding alcohol and drug abuse. The unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol is punished by harsh sanctions under the laws of the United States Government and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.