Substance Abuse

Niagara University shares public concern about irresponsible drinking and the socially unacceptable behavior that may result from alcohol abuse. The university’s policy pertains to all members of the campus community and visitors.

The possession, sale, use or distribution of any type of controlled substance, illicit or “bootleg drug” is considered a serious violation of the university’s disciplinary rules. Additionally, the possession, sale, use or distribution of any drug-related paraphernalia is considered a violation. The prohibition against controlled substances does not apply to those medications prescribed for the user by a physician when used according to directions.

The following definitions are intended to aid students in understanding this policy:

Sale: Selling, exchanging, giving or disposing of a controlled substance to another or offering the same.

Use: The direct application of the substance whether by injection, inhalation or ingestion either by the user or by another person administering the substance which is not pursuant to a lawful prescription or the items thereof.

Illicit or “Bootleg”: Any substance which is not prescribed by a physician or which cannot be bought over the counter.

Noncompliance with institutional policy regarding controlled substances can jeopardize a student’s continuing attendance at the university. The sale of any controlled substance, including marijuana, will result in expulsion. Any involvement with controlled substances subjects students to very serious disciplinary actions.

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