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Drug Policy

The possession and/or use of narcotics or drugs other than those medically prescribed, properly used, properly secured, and in the original container (hereafter: Drugs) is prohibited. Drugs and Drug paraphernalia will be confiscated if found on University property.

Violations of the University Drug policy include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Consumption, possession, purchase, sale, distribution, or use of Drugs, including medically prescribed marijuana.
  • Inhaling or ingesting substances (e.g., nitrous oxide, glue, paint, etc.) that will alter a person’s mental state.
  • Disruptive conduct due in part or in whole to being under the influence of Drugs.
  • Giving Drugs to another person(s).
  • Providing a space for the consumption of Drugs.
  • Possession or use of any and all types of Drug paraphernalia including, but not limited to, scales, baggies, stems, bongs, pens, pipes, water pipes, grinders, or any items modified or adapted that can be used to consume/distribute/handle/prepare/use drugs are not permitted on University property.
  • This list is not exhaustive.

Drexel University must comply with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act. Accordingly, all drugs that are illegal under federal law, including medical marijuana, are not permitted on campus.

Sanction Guidelines for Violating the Drug Policy

The University considers the sanctions listed below to be guidelines for violations of the Conduct Code. Each incident is reviewed on an individual basis and, depending on the specifics of the incident, more or less severe sanctions may be imposed.

First Violation: $100 Fine ($1,000 for Student Organizations). Status Sanctions range from Disciplinary Probation (at least 3 terms) to Expulsion, depending on the severity of the incident. Additionally, Deferred Loss (at least 3 terms) or Loss of Housing (at least 1 term) and/or Ban from Housing sanctions may be applicable. Educational Sanctions range from Drug Education, Wellness Consultation, Counseling Referral and/or other Educational Tasks. For Student Organizations, status Sanctions range from Disciplinary Probation (at least 3 terms) to Withdrawal of Recognition from the University, depending on the severity of the incident, and Educational Tasks.

Second Violation: $200 Fine ($1,500 for Student Organizations). Status Sanctions range from Deferred Suspension (at least 4 terms) to Expulsion, depending on the severity of the incident. Additionally, Deferred Loss (at least 4 terms) or Loss of Housing (at least 4 terms) and/or Ban from Housing Sanctions may be applicable. Educational Sanctions range from Drug Education, Wellness Consultation, Counseling Referral and/or other Educational Tasks. For Student Organizations, status sanctions range from Deferred Suspension of Recognition from the University (1-5 years) to Withdrawal of Recognition, depending on the severity of the incident, and Educational Tasks.

Third Violation: Suspension (at least 1 term) to Expulsion. Suspension of Recognition from the University for Student Organizations (for at least 3-5 years) to Withdrawal of Recognition, depending on the severity of the incident.

Large quantities of drugs, social sharing, or dealing of drugs will result in more severe sanctions than listed above.