Drug Policy


The University prohibits the illegal use, possession, sale, distribution, manufacture, and/or growth of illegal, synthetic, or counterfeit drugs on University premises (includes property operated off the main campus), at any University sponsored event or program (including study abroad and immersion experiences) regardless of where it takes place. Association with (including the presence at) gatherings involving such use, possession, sale, distribution, manufacture or growth is also prohibited.  Possession or use of equipment, products, or materials, that are used or are reasonably anticipated to be used in the manufacture, growth, distribution, sale, or use of illegal, synthetic, or counterfeit drugs or in the misuse, sale or distribution of prescription drugs is prohibited. Examples of equipment, products, and materials include but are not limited to bongs (purchased or home-made), pipes, rolling papers, vaporizers, scales, and grinders.

The misuse of prescription and over the counter drugs is not permitted. This includes sharing a prescription with unauthorized persons, selling a whole or partial prescription to unauthorized persons, intentionally combining a prescription with other substances, possessing/using a prescription drug not prescribed to you, and intentionally exceeding the prescribed dosage of a drug.

Students found responsible through the conduct process for the sale, distribution, manufacture, and/or growth of illegal, synthetic, and/or counterfeit drugs should expect to be suspended or expelled from the university. This also applies to students found responsible for the sale and/or distribution of prescription drugs.

Members of the University community are expected to be aware of and obey federal, state, and municipal laws or ordinances regulating the use, possession, sale, distribution, manufacture, and/or growth of illegal, synthetic, or counterfeit drugs. Those who are cited for violations of law or ordinances by, federal, state or municipal authorities may also face University conduct proceedings. The University reserves the right to take disciplinary action against any student for off-campus behavior that violates this policy.

Students should be aware of the penalties for drug violations. Students who are criminally convicted of drug offenses may lose federal or state financial aid. Students who lose aid due to drug violations can contact the Financial Aid Office at 216-397-4248 to be provided with written notice describing the ways in which the student can regain eligibility.

Medical Marijuana
House Bill 523 became Ohio law in June 2016. However, the passage of this law does not lessen John Carroll University’s obligation to uphold the federal law which classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance. Federal law prohibits the use of medical marijuana in any form, including but not limited to smoking, tinctures, topicals, edibles and oils, on John Carroll University’s campus or at University-sponsored events. John Carroll University is subject to the federal Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments, a federal law which mandates campus communities be free of controlled substances, including marijuana.

Since federal law overrides state law, John Carroll University observes and adopts the federal standard. Therefore, the use, possession, manufacture, cultivation, dissemination or being under the influence of medical marijuana on University property or at University-related activities is prohibited. Possessing or distributing drug paraphernalia is also prohibited whether or not the medical marijuana or paraphernalia was used on-campus, regardless of a medical permit.