Student Handbook

Arcadia University Alcohol and Other Drug Policy

Revised September 14, 2020

Arcadia University follows the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The alcohol and drug policy are consistent with Pennsylvania State Law. The consumption, distribution, or service of alcohol must be in compliance with the Pennsylvania liquor and crime codes, which defines the lawful consumption and service of alcohol and prescribed sanctions for violations. The consumption, distribution, or service of alcoholic beverages must also comply with University regulations and policies. Arcadia University:

  • Permits the responsible and low-risk consumption of alcohol by students who are 21 years old or older
  • Does not permit individuals under 21 to consume alcohol
  • Prohibits simulated drinking games regardless of whether or not alcohol is used

For students that reside in University housing, additional alcohol policies apply. These relevant policies can be found in the Resident and Commuter Life Policies.

The possession and/or use of narcotics or drugs other than those medically prescribed, properly used, properly secured, and in the original container (hereafter: Drugs) is prohibited. Drugs and drug paraphernalia will be confiscated if found on University property. Arcadia University:

  • Does not permit the use of illegal drugs*
  • Prohibits inhaling or ingesting substances (e.g., nitrous oxide, glue, paint, etc.) that will alter a person’s mental state
  • Possession or use of any and all types of Drug paraphernalia including, but not limited to, scales, baggies, stems, bongs, pens, pipes, water pipes, grinders, or any items modified or adapted that can be used to consume/distribute/handle/prepare/use drugs are not permitted on University property
  • Prohibits the use of medical marijuana (THC) on University property or at University-sponsored events

THC is classified as a Schedule I drug according to the Controlled Substances Act. Thus, the use, possession, cultivation, or sale of THC in any form (vaping, eating, smoking, and so on) violates federal policy. Federal grants are subject to university compliance with the Drug-Free Communities and Schools Act, and the Drug-Free Workplace Act. The university is also subject to the Controlled Substances Act. This prohibits the university from allowing any form of THC use on campus.

The university will accommodate legally recognized Pennsylvania medical marijuana users residing in university housing with a release from housing and if desired, dining. Specifically, students who obtain a medical marijuana registration card from the Pennsylvania Department of Health pursuant to the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program may submit a letter including evidence of the same to the Dean of Student Affairs Office requesting to be released from their university housing and dining contract. In such situations, students will be released from their contracts with no financial penalty. Any payments made to the university for dining services or housing facilities will be returned to the student in proportion to the remainder of their time on a university meal plan or in university housing. Students with medical marijuana registration cards from states other than Pennsylvania may also submit such requests but may be asked to provide additional information.

* As applied throughout this document, “illegal drugs” are controlled substances as defined by federal, state, and local laws. Only those drugs which are properly prescribed, in the original container, for the person prescribed, and used in the manner prescribed are permitted.