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Illegal Drugs Policy

To comply with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 (DFSCA) and subsequent amendments, students and employees of Clarion University are informed that strictly enforced policies are in place which prohibit the possession, use or distribution of any illicit drugs, including alcohol, on Clarion University property or as part of any Clarion University - sponsored activity unless event-specific permission is given for of-age students to consume alcohol moderately. Students and employees are also subject to all applicable legal sanctions under local, state and federal law for any offenses involving illicit drugs on Clarion University property or at Clarion University-sponsored activities. Free, confidential counseling for alcohol and other drug abuse issues is available to students and employees through the Clarion University Counseling Services, Health Services, and the employee assistance program. Other resources may include assessment, individual counseling, educational programs, materials, and referral and case management through community agencies, all of which might include a fee. 


Clarion University's illegal drug policy addresses the sale, manufacture, distribution, possession and use of illegal drugs on or off Clarion University property or at Clarion University-sponsored events or programs in accordance with federal, state and local laws. 

In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Judicial Affairs reserves the right to notify the parents/guardians of students under 21 years of age, and the parents/guardians of dependent students, regardless of age, of any incident in which the student is found responsible for violating the Clarion University drug policy. 

Examples of violations include:

  • Misuse of over-the-counter drugs
  • Misuse or sharing of prescription drugs
  • Possessing, using, being under the influence of, distributing or manufacturing any form of illegal drug
  • Possessing paraphernalia (i.e., rolling papers, pipes, bongs, etc.) for intended or implied use of any form of illegal drug
  • Possessing paraphernalia that contains or appears to contain illegal drug residue
  • Purchasing or passing illegal drugs from one person to another
  • Using mail services to purchase, pass, or distribute illegal drugs

A partial list of Clarion University drug policy violations and their subsequent sanctions can be found in the Clarion University Community Standards document, starting on page 8. 

This policy provides flexibility for Clarion University in addressing drug-related offenses which occur on- or off-campus. Moreover, it permits Clarion University to address its fundamental mission of holistic education and the development of human potential. While recognizing that there is a need to address violations related to the use or possession of controlled substances, Clarion University must address the education and well-being of all its students and employees. In addition to Clarion University-imposed sanctions, students and employees are subject to all legal sanctions under federal, state and local law for any offenses involving illegal drugs on Clarion University property or at Clarion University activities. 

For additional information and resources related to drugs please visit This website is updated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and provides information about prevention programs on college campuses and surrounding communities. It also includes data, news updates, drug scheduling and penalties, publications, research, national and statewide conferences and events, state and local prevention contacts, and resources available from DEA's federal partners. The website also includes a "Help a Friend" resource to educate and prepare those who plan to talk to their friends or loved ones about drug use concerns.


Clarion University has a Safe Harbor rule for students. Clarion University believes that students who have a drug and/or addiction problem deserve help. If any Clarion University student brings their own use, addiction or dependency to the attention of Clarion University officials outside the threat of drug tests or imposition of the conduct process and seeks assistance, a conduct complaint will not be pursued. A written action plan may be used to track cooperation with the Safe Harbor program by the student. Failure to follow the action plan will nullify the Safe Harbor protection and the campus conduct process will be initiated. 


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Last Updated 8/8/22