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Denver Pioneer Perspectives

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Jan. 29, 2014

To: University of Denver campus community

As you are likely aware, Amendment 64 which became law on Jan. 1, 2014, allows the sale and private consumption of recreational marijuana in Colorado for adults over the age of 21. However, in accordance with federal law, the University of Denver has long had a policy against drug use on campus and that policy does not change with Colorado's adoption of Amendment 64. DU continues to prohibit the possession, use and consumption of marijuana on University property.

There are several reasons for this policy with respect to controlled substances on campus. First and foremost, the University is committed to the health, safety and well-being of the entire campus community and to our mission to promote learning and contribute to sustainable common good. In addition, as an institution that receives substantial federal funds for financial assistance and research grants, the University of Denver must adhere to the federal Drug Free Schools and Communities Act and abide by federal laws. Marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

The University administers this policy with students and employees as follows.


We will continue to address marijuana violations as outlined in the honor code and the Guide to Residence Living. If a student has marijuana on campus, even if they have a medical prescription, they are in violation of the honor code and residence living guide and the Student Conduct and/or HRE (Housing and Residential Education) processes are followed. This can include probation or other disciplinary measures.


As covered in the University's alcohol and drug-free policy, individuals are prohibited from reporting to work under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs or improperly under the influence of controlled substances including marijuana and medical marijuana. The University may discipline employees found in violation of its alcohol or drug policies and reserves the right to conduct drug or alcohol testing of its employees.

In summary, the University of Denver is committed to a drug-free campus and workplace and prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of controlled substances by employees, students, subcontractors, consultants and visitors.


Campus resources are in place to assist anyone who has a concern about a possible violation of the policy:

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.


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