Drugs and Controlled Substances

In keeping with the University’s focus on ministering to the whole person, the University of Portland will not tolerate the possession or use of such substances. More specifically, the possession, use, sale, distribution, or manufacture of marijuana (regardless of whether the student possesses a prescription for medical use), synthetic substances, or other drugs illegal under federal, state, or local law is strictly prohibited. The unauthorized possession, use, and/or distribution of prescription drugs is prohibited. Students are also prohibited from displaying or possessing drug paraphernalia. Any violation of this policy may result in serious consequences under the University student conduct process, including but not limited to suspension or dismissal.

Though Oregon’s Measure 91 went into effect on July 1, 2015, the University has not changed its position on marijuana. Our drug policy clearly states that the use of illegal substances and the misuse of legal substances are strictly prohibited. Additionally, marijuana is still illegal under federal law. Regardless of its status in the State of Oregon, or whether or not an individual possesses a prescription for medical use, marijuana is banned from our community. The University of Portland continues to prohibit all possession of marijuana and use of marijuana by students, both on and off campus.

The University of Portland takes a strong stance against drugs because we care deeply about our students and community members. The University values the personal wellness, health, academic success, growth, and development of the individuals within our community. The University of Portland does not believe that the use of marijuana or other drugs promotes the success of our community members. The University of Portland, through the Health and Counseling Center, can connect students to resources related to drug abuse and addiction.