Students may not illegally use, sell, possess or distribute any state or federally controlled drug or substance on University-owned or -controlled property. The University reserves the right to take any action deemed necessary to protect the University’s interests and the safety of its students in cases involving the use, sale, possession or distribution of illegal or controlled drugs. Students are responsible for adhering to the university Drug Free Workplace & Legal Drinking Age Compliance policy. Students living on campus should consult the Guide to Student Housing for additional information about prohibited substances within the residence halls.
Students should be aware that it is unlawful to distribute prescription medication to other students for whom the medication was not prescribed. In addition to illegal drugs such as marijuana, hallucinogens, narcotics, club drugs, and medications obtained without a prescription, the following substances are prohibited on campus: MDPV or “bath salts,” Salvia, K2, and Spice.
Health Promotion & Wellness
DePaul University expects students to uphold laws prohibiting the purchase and use of illegal drugs and/or controlled substances. DePaul University also seeks to educate students about making safe, responsible decisions when it comes to substance use. The Alcohol & Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist is the point of contact for all outreach and initiatives pertaining to responsible substance use. Students who are found responsible for violating DePaul University’s Illegal Use or Possession of Controlled Substances policy may be mandated to meet with the Alcohol & Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist, and may also be asked to participate in an intervention called BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students). Other students may also request to meet with the Alcohol & Drug Prevention Specialist and/or participate in BASICS. Students who have concerns about their drug use (or someone else’s) may contact the Alcohol & Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist at any time and will not get into trouble for seeking help or information. The Alcohol & Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist can be reached at (773) 325-4550.
Students should be prepared to seek help or call 911 when a peer may be experiencing a drug overdose or alcohol poisoning. Students are expected to take action in such situations and not be a passive bystander. Here are the symptoms of alcohol poisoning, and remember that not all symptoms need to be present for alcohol poisoning to occur:
- Person is unconscious and cannot be roused;
- Person is in a stupor or exhibits confusion;
- Person is vomiting (prop unconscious persons on their sides so that they won’t choke on their own vomit);
- Skin is pale, has a blue tinge, and/or skin is unusually cold to the touch;
- Abnormally slow breathing (less than 8 breaths per minute) and/or irregular breathing (a gap of more than 10 seconds between breaths);
Drug overdoses can vary depending on the drug consumed, but here is a general list of symptoms that indicate help is needed. Remember that not all symptoms need be present for an overdose to occur:
- Abnormal pupil size;
- Agitation, aggressive, and/or violent behavior;
- Delusional or paranoid behavior;
- Difficulty breathing;
- Nausea and vomiting;
- Nonreactive pupils (pupils that do not change size when exposed to light);
- Staggering or unsteady gait;
- Sweating or extremely dry, hot skin;
- Unconsciousness or death.