Purpose:

The health and well-being of students are critical components of the overall health of Carle Illinois College of Medicine (Carle Illinois) community. Consequently, Carle Illinois seeks to maintain an environment that is free of the illegal use of alcohol and other drugs and in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.

Policy:

No one under the age of 21 may possess, sell, or consume alcoholic beverages on any property under the control of the University of Illinois. Persons of legal drinking age—21 years or older—may possess or consume alcoholic beverages only in areas or at functions specifically designated or approved for such.

Cannabis Recommendation:

Regardless of state law and due to receiving federal funding, University policy prohibits the production, distribution, possession and use of cannabis on university property or during university sponsored activities.

It is still a federal crime to possess or use even small amounts of cannabis.

Medical students should be cognizant of how health care facilities will be handling positive cannabis/tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) results on drug screening. For medical students training or shadowing in health care facilities, many already require drug screening, including THC, as a prerequisite for participation in a clerkship or clinical elective. Medical students are required to complete several clinical experiences in order to graduate and positive THC tests may prohibit students from completing these experiences due to health care facility policies and patient safety measures. Thus, medical students may face negative consequences for a positive THC screen, including the inability to complete a degree.

Processes/Procedures/Guidelines:

The unlawful or unauthorized possession, use, distribution, dispensation, sale, or manufacture of controlled substances or alcohol is prohibited on University property or as part of any University activity, at any affiliated clinical site, and anywhere Carle Illinois is represented. Students or employees who violate this policy may be disciplined in accordance with University policies, statutes, rules, and regulations up to and including dismissal and referral for prosecution. The University may contact the parents of students under the age of 21 for violations of the student drugs and alcohol policy.

The University seeks to inform all students about drugs and their effects. To this end, it is the policy on this campus to provide educational programs and counseling to drug users and those affected by the drug use of others, to discourage illicit drug use, to eliminate dealing in or providing of illegal drugs, and to uphold the law in these matters. Various agencies on campus can provide help. These include the Counseling Center, Student Services Building, 610 East John Street, Champaign, IL 61820, (217) 333-3704, and the Health Education Department, Drug and Alcohol Educator, McKinley Health Center, 1109 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana IL 61801, (217) 333-2816.

More information is available in Article 1, Part 3 of the University’s Student Code.