CSU Drug, Marijuana, Alcohol and Tobacco Policies
CSU’s alcohol and drug policy applies to all members of the university community, including staff, faculty, students, affiliates, volunteers, and visitors. A brief summary of this policy follows. The full policy is available at http://policylibrary.colostate.edu/policy.aspx?id=738.
The university prohibits the following on any university owned or controlled property, or at university activities:
- Illegally manufacturing, distributing, dispensing, possessing or using illicit drugs, including marijuana and its derivatives
- Possessing a medical marijuana permit does not allow for the possession, use or storage of marijuana anywhere on university property, including in residence halls and university apartments
- Possessing, selling or using drug paraphernalia
- Anyone younger than 21 possessing or drinking alcohol on campus property
- Intentionally or knowingly selling or furnishing alcohol to anyone younger than 21, or anyone obviously inebriated
- Possessing or consuming alcohol or drugs, or being impaired by alcohol or drugs while:
- In a university laboratory, mechanical shop, or other place where the risks of injury are higher than under normal circumstances
- Driving a university vehicle or machinery
- Performing university job duties
- Volunteering for the university
- Interacting with children while working or volunteering at the university or at a university sponsored event
- Students and employees may not use alcohol, controlled substances or illicit drugs so as to adversely affect academic or job performance, endanger the physical well-being of themselves or others, or in a way that leads to property damage or serious misconduct.
- CSU does permit the lawful use of alcohol at events and in connection with activities on CSU property, with permission from the university Office of Risk Management and Insurance. For more information, see the policy at http://policylibrary.colostate.edu/policy.aspx?id=738.
Violating University, State or Federal Drug and Alcohol Policy or Law
All CSU students are required to comply with the Student Conduct Code, https://resolutioncenter.colostate.edu/student-conduct-code/, which sets behavior expectations for students, including expectations regarding drug and alcohol use.
The Student Conduct Code prohibits student use, possession, manufacturing, and distribution of illegal drugs. This includes:
- Prescription drugs used in a manner other than as prescribed
- Marijuana and its derivatives, in any form
- Narcotics, methamphetamine, cocaine, opiates, LSD, mushrooms, heroin, designer drugs such as Ecstasy and GHB, and other controlled substances
- Drug paraphernalia including but not limited to equipment, products, and materials used to cultivate, manufacture, distribute, or use illegal drugs
The Student Conduct Code applies to student behaviors on and off campus.
If a student is found to have violated drug or alcohol conduct expectations, the student may be subject to discipline under the Student Conduct Code, as well as criminal prosecution under federal and state laws.
CSU, through its University Housing Office, Office of Student Conduct Services and CSU Police Department, vigorously enforces state underage drinking laws, local, state and federal drug laws, and the Student Conduct Code.
Protecting yourself from those who abuse prescription medication
Prescription drugs are widely available and are as dangerous as street drugs.
Pain pills, or opioids, such as Vicodin, OxyContin, and Percocet, are among prescription drugs that are often abused. These are also highly addictive, and especially lethal when mixed with alcohol.
Selling, sharing or using any prescription drugs without a prescription is illegal and can result in jail time and large fines.
If you are prescribed medication, you may find that some people would like you to share or sell it. They do not hesitate to ask, may offer to buy or trade for other drugs, or even go so far as to steal your medications.
Medications are your own business – keep your medical information, including and prescription medication information, private
- Keep medication in a safe spot that only you can access
- Explain that you do not want to be responsible for someone else’s adverse reactions to your medications
- Politely explain that you do not have enough to share
- If you must, say that you stopped taking the prescription medication or come up with another explanation that works for you
- Ration your supply of prescription medications by keeping excess supply at home or with nearby relatives who will safeguard your supply. It is often possible to request more frequent prescriptions from campus health care providers or from family physicians, particularly if you have a concern about solicitation
Information adapted from Facts on Tap
The university may properly intervene when employee use of alcohol or drugs affects job performance and conduct.
Employees covered by this policy may not report to work or be at work while impaired by alcohol or drugs, even those lawfully prescribed, as determined under a reasonable suspicion standard. Employees who violate the university’s policies concerning illicit drugs face discipline outlined in university policies and procedures.
Employees may also be subject to criminal prosecution under federal and state laws for drug-related criminal offenses.
Each employee must notify the university’s Human Resources executive director in writing no later than five days after being convicted for any criminal alcohol or drug statute violation. A conviction is a finding of guilt (including a plea of no contest or nolo contendere) or imposition of sentence, or both, by any judicial body charged with the responsibility to determine violations of the criminal drug statutes. The university must take disciplinary action within 30 days after receipt of any notice; disciplinary sanctions include action up to and including termination, in accordance with university policies and procedures.
Colorado Immunity from Arrest and Prosecution Law
Colorado law protects people from criminal prosecution for certain drug and alcohol violations if they call for help in an alcohol- or drug-related emergency, including marijuana (C.R.S. §18-1-711). The caller will be immune from criminal prosecution if they comply with the following:
- The caller must provide their name to police or emergency medical services
- The caller must remain on scene until help arrives
- The caller must cooperate with police and emergency medical services
- Immunity also extends to the person in need of medical attention if that person complies with these same requirements
CSU Responsible Action Exemption Policy for Students
Students or organizations, both on and off campus, who seek medical attention for themselves or on behalf of another student related to the use of drugs or alcohol will not be charged with violations of the Student Conduct Code related to that incident.
- The student seeking exemption for the emergency must comply with the recommendations of the Student Conduct Services hearing officer. These may include an assessment related to drug or alcohol use and treatment recommendations, among others.
- Failure to complete an assessment may result in charges against the student filed with Student Conduct Services.
- The parents or guardians of students may be notified by the university if a student involved in the situation is younger than 21 and was transported to the hospital for medical attention.
More information on the policy https://resolutioncenter.colostate.edu/sc-procedures/.
Marijuana Use and Possession on Campus
The use and possession of marijuana is prohibited on all property owned or controlled by the university and during all activities sponsored by the university, wherever located. The potential health and behavioral impacts of marijuana do not fit with CSU’s mission as an academic institution and a safe, fast‐ paced, high‐functioning work environment. Federal agencies continue to enforce federal law against those who facilitate the illegal use of marijuana, despite state law.
Colorado constitution amendment 64 legalizes certain activities related to marijuana under Colorado law, yet amendment 64 specifically authorizes the university – as a school and an employer – to prohibit the possession and use of marijuana. In addition, although amendment 64 passed in Colorado, marijuana remains illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act, which prohibits marijuana possession and use. This federal law applies to recreational and medical uses of marijuana. It is not a defense that the person holds a medical marijuana card.
Students and employees who violate this policy are subject to university discipline.
The use of marijuana in the workplace is also restricted by federal laws such as the federal Drug-Free Workplace Act and the federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act. These federal laws require the university to prohibit the use of marijuana on campus.
The Colorado State University Police Department, along with Student Conduct Services, enforces the campus-wide prohibition of marijuana.
CSU strives to maintain a safe workplace. Employees who are under the influence of marijuana, just like with alcohol, create serious safety risks when operating machinery or working with potentially hazardous materials or substances in the workplace.
While performing their job duties:
- CSU employees are prohibited from consulting or assisting with the cultivation, sale, distribution, or use of marijuana
- Any employee who provides such assistance shall be acting outside the scope of his or her employment and assumes personal liability for such action
- CSU is not required to accommodate an employee’s medical or recreational use of marijuana
- Illegal drug use is a bar to acquisition or renewal of a federal security clearance
CSU Employee Drug, Alcohol Treatment and Educational Programs
State of Colorado policy is that treatment may be more appropriate for alcoholics and intoxicated individuals than criminal prosecution. Employees should be afforded a continuum of treatment to help them lead normal lives as productive members of society [C.R.S. §27-81-101(1)].
The state supports the following kinds of treatment facilities and services [C.R.S. §27-81-101(2)]:
- Screening centers for alcoholics
- Medical detoxification
- Intensive treatment
- Halfway-house care
- Outpatient rehabilitative therapy, orientation, education, and in-service training
- Patient transportation
To find a mental health or substance abuse treatment facility in your area, visit this list https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov.
More information on health effects, usage trends, and marijuana regulation:
- National Institute on Drug Abuse www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/marijuana
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration www.samhsa.gov
- CSU Health Network Marijuana Resources http://health.colostate.edu/
- Colorado Department of Health and Environment marijuana information www.responsibilitygrowshere.com
Student Drug and Alcohol Treatment and Educational Programs
New students younger than 23 must complete an online alcohol awareness program. This is an interactive, online program designed to inform students about how alcohol affects the body, mind, perception, and behaviors. The research-based course offers accurate information in a non-judgmental tone, while providing personalized feedback that encourages students to consider their own drinking decisions and those of their peers.
The CSU Health Network is a student service that provides a full range of medical, mental health, and health education and prevention services to optimize student health and the health of the campus community. All students registered for six or more credit hours pay the university health fee and counseling fee and are eligible to use the CSU Health Network.
Students do not need to be enrolled in the CSU Student Health Insurance Plan to access services. The CSU Student Health Insurance Plan provides additional benefits. Any student enrolled in fewer than six credits can elect to pay these fees for access.
DAY Programs (Drugs, Alcohol and You) are specialty counseling service offered through the Health Network. DAY serves students who are concerned about their substance use or are required to complete an assessment or engage in treatment by the university’s disciplinary system.
DAY offers five specialized programs:
- Live Safe is a three-hour education and discussion group for students who want to learn more about substance use or those who have had a conduct violation.
- BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students) involves an online assessment of your substance use history and patterns. Individualized feedback is provided during an initial appointment and one follow-up meeting with a counselor. Students may initiate the screen themselves or are referred by the conduct office.
- Taking Steps provides weekly group support for students making changes in their use of drugs and alcohol. This program is open to those voluntarily seeking help and those mandated to treatment by the conduct system.
- Open to Change is an eight-week program for students who both voluntarily complete the program or are mandated by the university to complete the program. Students achieve eight consecutive weeks of abstinence with individual and group counseling.
- Back on TRAC is an abstinence-based, drug court program for students with serious alcohol or drug violations who are mandated to complete the program or would otherwise be dismissed from the university.
In addition to these programs, individual counseling is available for students who want to examine and alter their substance use. DAY works with students whose goals range from reducing the negative impact of substance use to abstinence. Counselors use a nonjudgmental and empathic approach to support students in achieving their goals.
More information about alcohol and drugs educational programs and individual assistance is available through the CSU Health Network, (970) 491-7121, www.health.colostate.edu.