The possession, use, or distribution of illegal drugs or other controlled substances is a violation of the law. The College has chosen to take a strong stand against the use of controlled substances because of the significant risks that students assume when deciding to use them. Many of these substances are physically or psychologically addicting; the composition of “street’’ drugs can never be determined by the user and is often dangerous; strictly enforced laws and policies can lead to serious consequences for even the experimenter or occasional user. For example, jail sentences may be imposed, fines may be levied, and one’s status with the College, as well as future employment opportunities, may be jeopardized. The negative personal consequences that can happen to a student far outweigh any brief exhilaration or escape. The College strongly believes that any use of controlled substances is antithetical to the growth and development of students and contrary to the mission of Whitman College.
The College recognizes that substance use and abuse can cause serious problems for students and will intervene when appropriate. Current information and personal assistance is available from the Health Center. Personal counseling and referral to community resources are available in the Counseling Center and the Health Center, 11 Merriam St., (509) 527-5281.
Regulations Concerning Drugs
It is a violation of college policy to use, possess, or distribute any illegal drug or controlled substance including marijuana. Any student choosing to violate this policy, or the laws of the State of Washington, should be prepared to accept the consequences of their decision. The College reserves the right to pursue legal and/or its own judicial action should students violate the law or this policy. Whitman College may apply disciplinary procedures to students who abuse drugs or substances that are not illegal but may cause harm. Some drugs and substances, although not illegal, may also cause harm and are dangerous to use. The College may apply disciplinary procedures to students who abuse these substances.
Marijuana, while legal in small amounts for those 21 and over in the State of Washington (in private spaces), will not be allowed, in any form, on campus.