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Drug-Free Workplace & Campus Policy

This official policy is issued pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 and the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988.

Chaminade University of Honolulu (CUH) strives to provide students and employees a drug-free campus and work environment. Drug abuse affects all aspects of American life: it threatens the student's educational development and the workplace as well as the community. In order to promote a safe and efficient educational and work environment, this policy has been adopted.

CUH expects its employees and students to carry out their responsibilities free of intoxication by any illegal drugs or alcohol. Employees and students are not permitted to manufacture, distribute, possess, use, dispense or be under the influence of illegal drugs as prohibited by state and federal law, at university-sponsored or approved events or on university property or in buildings owned, leased, or used by the university for education, research and recreational programs or activities. The university expects lawful behavior by employees and students, during their presence on university premises and at university-sponsored events on or off campus. The university will cooperate with law enforcement agencies in enforcing statutes regarding the use of illegal drugs.

CUH also prohibits the possession, use, and distribution of medical marijuana on its campus, in any of its buildings, including its residence halls, and at any campus-sponsored event that is held on or off campus. The State of Hawaii authorized the use of medical marijuana. However, Hawaii state law does not authorize the use of medical marijuana on any school ground or in the workplace of one’s employment. The possession of marijuana, including marijuana for medical purposes, is prohibited under federal law. Any employee or student found to be possessing, using, or distributing marijuana, including medical marijuana, on university property or at any university-sponsored event, for any reason, will be subject to disciplinary action for violation of this policy prohibiting the possession, use, and distribution of illegal drugs and controlled substances.

Further, using marijuana for medical purposes is not an allowable defense for violation of university policies and/or misconduct.

Drug paraphernalia of any type is strictly prohibited on any university property, including the residence halls, or at any university-sponsored event that is on or off campus. This includes items that are altered to become paraphernalia of any type. This prohibition includes instances when paraphernalia is not used to ingest illegal substances. Students found in possession of paraphernalia will be subject to disciplinary action, which can include dismissal from the residence halls and/or the university.

Public intoxication is expressly prohibited. Use, possession, manufacturing or distribution of alcoholic beverages by any person under 21 years of age is expressly prohibited.

For a full copy of the University’s Drug-Free Workplace policy, you can access it by clicking on this link: Chaminade University  Drug Free Workplace & Campus Policy or going to the Student Consumer Information Page on the Chaminade University website.