Illegal Drugs

The following policy has been established in recognition of federal law and Washington State law, and out of a desire to create a living/learning environment consistent with the university goals and mission. Community members participating in PLU sponsored study away programs are expected to respect the drug laws of their host country while upholding the university policy outlined below.

The unauthorized possession, use, distribution, in any way assisting anyone to use, possess or distribute, and/or sale of the following is prohibited on campus and in the residence halls:

  • Illegal drugs (illegal drugs include, but are not limited to, those categories often known as cannabis, acids, hallucinogens, barbiturates, amphetamines, and narcotics).
    • Note that cannabis is an illegal drug as defined by Federal Law
  • Prescription medications.
  • Any other substance identified to be dangerous by PLU, in its sole discretion.
  • Drug paraphernalia.

In The Presence of Use: Students who are present when an Illegal Drug Policy is being violated are expected to remove themselves from the room/situation and are encouraged to report the violation.  Students who do not leave will be documented on an incident report and referred to the Student Conduct System.  See Residence Hall Communities Policy for further information.

Prohibited substances and/or paraphernalia will be confiscated and disposed of by university staff members and/or representatives from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office and appropriate disciplinary action initiated.

Students voluntarily seeking assistance for a drug-related problem may do so without fear of disciplinary action, and will be treated with the utmost sensitivity and confidentiality.  Such assistance may be sought through a residence hall staff member; the Residential Life Office, 253-535-7200; Health Services, 253-535-7337; Counseling Services, 253-535-7206; Campus Ministry, 253-535-7200; Campus Safety 253-535-7441; and the Office of Student Life, 253-535-7200.

Students who are documented for violating the drug policy, and who subsequently request assistance for drug-related problems, are not exempt from the review process or any sanctions that may result.

Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act

Each student will be notified of PLU’s policy on alcohol and drugs posted on the web.  The information describes health risks associated with alcohol abuse and illicit drug use, legal sanctions, disciplinary sanctions, and resources for counseling and treatment.