Student Drug and Conduct Policies

Topics: Academic Integrity and Student Conduct, Student Experience, Student Affairs, Alcohol and Drug Use, Student Health and Wellness

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Research Questions

  • What student drug policies are in place at other institutions?
  • How are policies enforced?
  • How do consequences vary for different drug-related violations and offenses?


When developing and adhering to policies for student drug and alcohol use, administrators must enforce serious consequences for unsafe and illegal behavior while protecting student well-being and educating students in non-punitive ways. This report examines student drug and alcohol policies at several private universities, identifying the range of consequences for different drug-related student offenses. The report also identifies the structure of drug and alcohol policies, the intent and focus of policies, and the individuals responsible for enforcing policy violations.