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Substance Abuse

This issue raises questions of both a social and legal kind:

  1. Smoking (tobacco) is antisocial, and is not permitted and following recent legislation smoking is now not permitted in any public enclosed space, in College or elsewhere. Those who wish to smoke on the College site should use one of two designated open air smoking areas. This policy applies also to the use of e-cigarettes.
    In practice, alcohol consumption, to excess, produces more social damage than any other factor.  Routinely, we impose sanctions for this when it extends to the level of infringing the liberty, or well-being, of others. These sanctions can be quite severe. It is only logical, therefore, if we impose sanctions upon other forms of substance abuse.
  2. Some of the substances are distinguished by being illegal. The College cannot condone illegal activity of any sort, and is obliged to follow the law in dealing with drug abuse by members of College. However, the legal implications of drug abuse are not the only ones that concern the College. We appreciate that drug abuse may well be a symptom of a deeper personal problem, and the College is committed to offering advice and arranging counselling where this is appropriate. Recurrent use lowers motivation and threatens health, finances and future careers. We deplore the personal wastage involved. Consequently, if any student is discovered in the possession, or use, of an illegal substance, he or she can expect, as a minimum:

These actions will not exhaust the range of the College's actions.

Any proven instance of supplying an illegal substance must result in an immediate requirement to leave the College, and the University. Again this will not exhaust the range of the College's actions.