Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act

The U.S. Department of Education has issued regulations implementing the provisions of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989. These regulations require that the University distribute the following information annually to you in writing concerning the possession, use, or distribution of alcohol and illicit drugs at the University. The University's policies on substance abuse and alcoholic beverages are outlined below and in more detail in Section 8 of the UArts Student Handbook. The Student Handbook also includes information on University sanctions for violation of these policies, criminal sanctions for the illegal possession or distribution of drugs and alcohol, health risks of drugs and alcohol, and on places to get help concerning the illicit use and abuse of alcohol and drugs. Please read all of this vitally important material carefully. The University will review its alcohol and other drugs programs annually for effectiveness and consistency of application and, where necessary, make appropriate changes.

Standards of Conduct
The following behaviors are specifically prohibited in the University of the Arts community, regardless of whether the infraction occurs on or off campus property. Students, whether residential or commuter, may not use, possess, manufacture, distribute, dispense or sell controlled substances of any kind, including illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia, on University premises or in University-owned vehicles.

Additionally, students may not:

  • Be under the influence of an unauthorized substance or illegal drug on University premises or in University owned vehicles.
  • Be in possession, including internal possession, of an unauthorized substance or illegal drug on University premises or in University-owned vehicles.
  • Use alcohol or other controlled substances or drugs to the extent that it adversely affects the performance of the employee or student.
  • Use alcohol or other controlled substances to the extent that the safety to self or others on the campus is jeopardized.

Student Conduct and Community Standards
The Office of Student Affairs and the Dean of Students is responsible for enforcing the University's Student Code of Conduct, as found in the Student Handbook, and ensuring that violations of this policy are addressed in a fair and consistent manner. Students are encouraged to read the UArts Student Handbook and become familiar with the policies, procedures and protections that are afforded to all students.

Treatment and Support
In addition to the substance abuse education required of all new students, the University of the Arts also provides free and confidential health and counseling services and assessments to all students. For those substances abuse issues that are beyond the care that can be provided on-site, the UArts Health and Counseling centers will make referrals to appropriate treatment centers.  Both the Health and Counseling Centers are located on the 3rd floor of Gershman Hall at 401 S. Broad St.