b. Statement Addressing Illegal Drugs
Federal and State drug laws as well as University policy prohibit the sale, unlawful
manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance, or of
illicit drugs, on university property or as part of any university activity, in compliance with the
Drug Free Schools and Communities Act and the Drug-Free Workplace Act. Although,
possession and use of marijuana is no longer a crime under Colorado law, for those 21 years of age,
and over, the possession and use of marijuana remains illegal under federal law. The use and/or,
possession of marijuana in any form is prohibited on campus and/or on any property owned, leased,
or operated by UCCS, including UCCS student housing.
UCCS PD enforces all federal, state and local drug laws. This prohibition applies to all students,
employees and visitors. Any employee (including student employees) whose act in violation with the above
policy also results in a criminal conviction must report the conviction in writing to the
employee's supervisor within five days. The University, in turn, is obliged by law to report
certain convictions to the federal government.
University sanctions for violation of this policy may include, but are not limited to, mandatory
participation in a rehabilitation program, or disciplinary action such as reprimand, suspension,
salary reduction, demotion, or termination of employment for employees, and for students a
warning, probation, suspension, ineligibility for financial assistance, or dismissal or expulsion
from the University.
Many of the acts which violate this policy also violate criminal law and must be referred for
prosecution. In such cases, law enforcement authorities may administer a separate penalty
such as a fine or imprisonment.
In addition to the legal and financial consequences associated with the abuse of drugs and
alcohol, the physical and psychological effects of such abuse can have a devastating effect
upon the ability to perform physical and intellectual skills required of a student or employee. It
can also impair the ability to develop and maintain the interpersonal skills and the working
relationships essential to an effective working and learning environment.