Student Life

Community Standards

Drug Policy

DRUG POLICY (interim)

Saint Joseph’s University encourages and sustains an academic environment conducive to learning and promotes the health, safety, and welfare of all members of its community. In accordance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 and as a Catholic, Jesuit institution, this policy reinforces the University’s commitment to maintaining an environment that is dedicated to the physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological development of all persons.

To reflect its commitment to drug awareness, the University calls upon key individuals and departments to educate the University community on the dangers of drug use and to enforce policies on drug use:

-The Assistant Director of Student Outreach & Support coordinates alcohol and drug education and programming as well as annual Alcohol and Drug Awareness events, and assists students with issues concerning drug usage.

-Members of the Division of Student Life and The Office of Public Safety and Security assist in implementing and enforcing the policy.

-The Advisory Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Student Health assists the Vice President for Student Life/Associate Provost by making recommendations concerning policy.

The use, possession, or distribution of illegal narcotics or other controlled substances except as expressly permitted by federal, state and/or local law, as well as the misuse of prescription drugs is prohibited and shall be referred to the Community Standards process. Drug paraphernalia may indicate illegal drug use, and possession may result in disciplinary action. 

Examples of drug violations include, but are not limited to:

1. illegal or improper use, possession, cultivation, distribution, manufacture, or sale of any drug(s), including prescribed medications;
2. illegal or improper use of solvents, aerosols, or propellants;
3. administration or employment of drugs or intoxicants causing another person to become impaired without his or her knowledge.

Students are expected to immediately report conduct or activity which poses a danger to the community or its members. For example, all students are expected to seek appropriate assistance for themselves or others in situations where help is needed to ensure proper care of a person who is significantly intoxicated or under the influence of drugs. Students should not hesitate to seek help because of fear of disciplinary action.

In most circumstances, the help seeker and the student in need will not be charged with a policy violation under the University Community Standards system. Although students may be required to meet with a University official regarding the incident, Saint Joseph’s University will support and encourage this behavior by treating it as a health and safety matter, not as a disciplinary incident. In rare circumstances, such as cases of repeated, flagrant, or serious violations of the Community Standards (e.g., bodily harm, sexual violence, physical or verbal abuse or harassment, distribution of drugs, hazing, theft) or violations that caused the harm to another person requiring emergency response, a student’s behavior may be considered more than a health and safety matter. 

What should I do if I am witness to a drug violation?
When a student knowingly is in the presence of a drug violation, the University expects him or her to do one or more of the following: notify University staff, ask the individual(s) in violation to stop, or remove himself or herself from the situation immediately. All students should recognize that their presence during a violation may subject them to disciplinary action.