Marijuana: DU sends students drug-policy e-mail before Amendment 64 becomes law
University of Denver drug-policy e-mail:
Dec. 4, 2012University of Denver honor code; the first reference to marijuana is on the bottom of page five.
The University of Denver is committed to the health, safety and well-being of the entire community. As an institution, DU has implemented policies and procedures to ensure that our campus community prevents the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by all students and employees on school premises as part of DU activities. This is required by the regulations of the Drug-Free Schools and Campus Act as well as relevant state and federal laws.
Standards of Conduct:
As required by the above regulation, the following notice provides the DU community with pertinent information to ensure compliance as well as keep the campus community safe.
DU has established standards of conduct ("The Honor Code") that specifically addresses the unlawful possession, use and distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students. All students are obliged to be familiar with the code: http://www.du.edu/studentlife/studentconduct/honor_code_2012-2013.pdf.
Additionally, students should be familiar with the specific student conduct policies as they relate to Alcohol Misuse (Item #2) and Drug Misuse (Item #3). http://www.du.edu/studentlife/studentconduct/policies.html
Lastly, graduate students should be aware of their graduate unit's professional standards in addition to the University's standards.
Members of the University community should be aware that there are significant legal sanctions associated with the misuse of drugs and alcohol. Federal statutes related to illicit drug use are summarized here:
Colorado statutes address the use of underage drinking and substance use here:
Unlawful Possession -- C.R.S. 18-18-403.5
Unlawful Use -- C.R.S. 18-18-404
The misuse of drugs and alcohol may result in significant health risks and impact the long-term health of individuals. A good summary of health impact may be reviewed here:
The University of Denver provides on-campus resources for the assessment and short-term treatment for individuals who have drug or alcohol problems.
For students, the Health and Counseling Center has licensed mental health professionals and an addiction counselor who can provide evaluation, short-term treatment, and/or referral for substance abuse treatment. More information can be found here: http://www.du.edu/duhealth/counseling/drug_alcohol.html.
The metropolitan Denver community has a variety of drug and alcohol treatment programs. A summary of resources is located here: http://www.theagapecenter.com/Treatment-Centers/Colorado.htm and here: http://local.soberrecovery.com/Alcohol_Treatment_Centers_Denver_CO-r1298608-Denver_CO.html.
Student Conduct maintains a list of possible outcomes for students found responsible for violating the Honor Code and/or Student Conduct Policy as it relates to substance misuse. Be advised that these disciplinary sanctions may be in addition to any legal or criminal consequences that may result from the violation of federal, state or local laws. A description of possible disciplinary outcomes/interventions for substance abuse violations is located here: http://www.du.edu/studentlife/studentconduct/interventions.html
Graduate students need to adhere to the professional standards set by the graduate unit. Violations of the standards may result in disciplinary action, including possible termination.
We hope that you will take the time to review the important information above, to familiarize yourself with the policies, the consequences of violations, and the resources available to provide assistance should you need it.
Patricia S. Helton, Ph.D., Associate Provost for Student Life
Barbara J. Wilcots, Ph.D., Associate Provost for Graduate Studies
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