Drug-Free University

President’s statement on a drug-free University

Western Michigan University prohibits the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of drugs and alcohol by faculty, staff, and students on University property or as any part of University activities. The Rules of Conduct for various employee groups and the Student Code contain such prohibitions and provide penalties for violation, up to and including discharge for employees and dismissal for students.

The unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol can result in arrests, misdemeanor or felony convictions, and long prison terms. The use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol also present major health risks, including addiction, acute and chronic illness, and death.

Alcohol and drug information referral, counseling, treatment, and rehabilitation programs are available to faculty, staff, and students through a variety of on- and off-campus resources. Some of these services and programs are without charge; others are covered by insurance or based on ability to pay. Students may obtain further information about available services by calling University Substance Abuse Services in the Sindecuse Health Center at (269) 387-3257. Employees may call the Employee Assistance Program at (269) 387-3264.

Faculty, staff and students with questions, concerns or problems related to the use of illicit drugs or the abuse of alcohol are urged to take immediate advantage of the help that is available.

All members of the University community, however, must clearly understand that they jeopardize their education, their jobs, their health, and their future if they unlawfully possess, use, or distribute drugs or alcohol at the University. Sanctions for such misconduct will be consistently enforced.