Read the University’s policy on drug use.

Our position on drugs

The University has a legal duty to provide a safe environment for all our students and staff. We take this responsibility very seriously, and we set out this guidance with your welfare in mind.

The University does not tolerate the use, possession or selling of illegal drugs on the campus, or in off-campus University-managed accommodation. All such incidents coming to our attention will be referred immediately to the police as a criminal matter, as is our legal duty. The University will also always consider whether to take its own further disciplinary action once any legal process has run its course. Likewise, the presence of controlled drugs in University-managed accommodation is in breach of our tenancy rules, and may lead to eviction.

For clarity, it is an offence to:

  • possess a controlled substance illegally
  • possess a controlled substance with intent to supply
  • supply or offer to supply a controlled drug (even if it is given free)
  • allow a home, flat or office to be used by people taking drugs.

It is important to be aware that if you were to face prosecution, not only would there be the possibility of a prison sentence, but you may face the prospect of a limiting your career path, or not being able to visit certain countries in the future.

You should notify your Academic Advisor or Student Advisor if you are taking prescribed medication which could affect your ability to work or study safely.

You should be aware that the reduction of alertness and impaired judgment associated with drug consumption can compromise both your health and safety and that of others.

You should ensure that your behaviour is appropriate while you are engaged in University activity and that you are not under the influence of illegal drugs.

If you believe that you have a drug-related problem, you should seek help as soon as possible to avoid this problem becoming worse.

Read more about the misuse of drugs and alcohol, and the support available.

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