Duke Policies

Drugs and Drug Paraphernalia

Duke University prohibits members of its community, both individuals and groups, from manufacturing, selling, delivering, possessing, using, or being under the influence of a controlled substance without legal authorization. A controlled substance includes any drug, substance or immediate precursor covered under the North Carolina Controlled Substances Act, including but not limited to opiates, barbiturates, amphetamines, marijuana, and hallucinogens.

Duke University prohibits members of its community from breathing or inhaling any substance for the purpose of causing intoxication except pursuant to the directions of a licensed medical provider authorized by law. Prohibited substances include those specified under the North Carolina Toxic Vapors Act. Manufacturing, selling, delivering, possessing, and/or being under the influence of such inhalants for the intended purpose of causing intoxication is also prohibited.

The possession of drug paraphernalia is also prohibited under North Carolina state law and university policy. Drug paraphernalia includes all equipment, products and material of any kind that are used to facilitate, or intended or designed to facilitate, violations of the North Carolina Controlled Substances Act and/or the North Carolina Toxic Vapors Act.

In addition to disciplinary action, the conduct officer, or designee, may require a student to take a leave of absence, and return to campus may be conditional upon proof of completion of a substance abuse treatment program.


Last Updated: 08/24/2018 Policy Owner: Office of Student Conduct