Drug & Alcohol Policy

​In compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (Public Law 101-226), York University has adopted and implemented the following policy to prevent the illicit use of drugs and the abuse of alcohol by employees and students:

The unlawful possession, use, or distribution of drugs and alcohol by any York University student is prohibited both on and off campus. Possession, use, or distribution of such controlled substances, including amounts of one pound or more of marijuana, are classified as felony offenses and are punishable with imprisonment (1-50 years) and/or fines ranging from $100 to $25,000. A student convicted of a drug-related felony while enrolled at York University must report it to the Dean of Students within five working days of the conviction.

Health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and alcohol abuse include alcoholism, damage to brain cells, malnutrition, increased risk of cirrhosis, ulcers, heart disease, heart attack, and cancers of the liver, mouth, throat and stomach, degeneration of muscle and bone, blackouts and memory loss, hallucinations, poor concentration, and personality disorders.

Help for alcohol/drug problems may involve short-term intensive care or long-term counseling. Students may be guided with seeking assistance with these types of issues by contacting the offices of Dr. Randy Ervin or Student Life personnel. Local services of help include: private counselors, Blue Valley Mental Health Center, and Mary Lanning Behavioral Services.