Student Conduct

Drugs and Drug Paraphernalia


Because health and safety of students are of primary importance, students are encouraged not only to look out for their own health and safety but also for that of their peers. When a person’s health and/or safety is/are threatened or appear(s) to be in jeopardy, immediate action should be taken to prevent injury/illness/danger. Dial 911 (or 919-684-2444 if you are on campus) for help. Whatever the particular need/problem, it is important to respond in a responsible and timely manner.

Formal disciplinary action for a violation of the Drugs and Drug Paraphernalia policy will not be taken against students for whom medical assistance is sought, or against those who seek medical assistance for themselves or for others, provided that the student/group has not violated university policies that warrant formal disciplinary action.

A student who receives medical assistance may be required to meet with a substance abuse specialist in DuWell for education, assessment, and possible referral for treatment. The student may also be required to complete an educational assignment. Parents of such students may also be notified. A group that facilitates the acquisition of drugs may also be required to notify its advisor, provide an educational program for members, and/or change its processes for hosting events.

In the event that a student fails to meet with the specialist, chooses not to participate in the outlined expectations, or exhibits a pattern of abusive behavior with alcohol and/or other substances, the student may be subject to formal disciplinary action.

A panel of the Undergraduate Conduct Board will be informed of a student who has received “amnesty” under this provision of the Drugs and Drug Paraphernalia Policy should the student be subsequently found responsible for a violation of policy related to substance use for purposes of effective sanctioning.

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.