Drug Policy

The illegal use of drugs on or off campus, by Gonzaga University students is prohibited. The unlawful manufacture, possession, control, sale, transfer or use of any dangerous drug, controlled substance, experimental drug, mind-altering substance, or drug paraphernalia on University premises or at University-sponsored activities is prohibited. Actions that violate local, state, or federal laws in relation to drugs are also a violation of University policy. This includes the abuse or other improper use of prescription drugs. The illegal possession, consumption, provision, or sale of narcotics or drugs, or possession of paraphernalia, may result in disciplinary sanctions from the University and/or referral to law enforcement officials.

Students should be aware that in spite of the November 2012 Washington state vote to legalize and/or decriminalize small amounts of marijuana possession or use for persons over the age of 21, Gonzaga is required to uphold, and expects its students to abide by federal laws that prohibit use, distribution, consumption, of marijuana by anyone of any age.

Students in the presence of others improperly using drugs may be held accountable for not taking appropriate action.

The University reserves the right to confiscate, retain, and dispose of/destroy any and all drug related items regardless of value or ownership.

Medical marijuana users should be aware that Gonzaga University does not permit marijuana use or possession on campus, whether or not in a residential facility, even with official medical documentation. All questions regarding the reasonable accommodation of medical conditions, including conditions treated with medical marijuana, should be directed to the Disability Access Office in the Center for Student Academic Success.

This Drug Policy is published in compliance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act.

Certain health risks are associated with the illegal use of drugs and alcohol use. Drug and alcohol use can affect a person’s physical and emotional health, social life, and employment prospects. The hazards of alcohol and drug use differ from person to person. The health risks may include interference with memory, sensation, and perception; impairment of reaction time and motor coordination; distortion of experiences and loss of self-control; death from respiratory depression; interference with the brain’s ability to take in, sort, or synthesize information; physical exhaustion; complications of intravenous injection; and fetal damage from abuse by pregnant mothers. More information about specific health risks is available in Health and Counseling Services.

Gonzaga encourages students who suspect they may have a problem associated with alcohol or other substance use to seek assistance through campus resources such as the Health and Counseling Services or the Center for Cura Personalis. The University may refer students with problems beyond its means to outside rehabilitative or counseling services. For further information about the University’s compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Regulations, the University’s drug and alcohol policies, or related matters, please contact the Student Development Office, College Hall 120 or call 509-313-4100.

Violations of the Drug Policy will be addressed pursuant to the Student Code of Conduct. Sanctions resulting from a violation of this policy may include substance use assessment; recommendations for treatment; and random drug testing in addition to sanctions set forth in the Student Code of Conduct. Any costs associated with the imposition of sanctions are the responsibility of the student.

Last Updated: 6/22/18