Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD)
Find resources and learn about SDSU's efforts to reduce the impact of alcohol and
other drugs on the healthy learning environment of our campus.
Post Proposition 64 FAQs for Students
A. No. SDSU, like all colleges and universities, is held to two federal laws, the
Drug-Free Schools and Community Act and the Drug-Free Workplace Act. These laws say
that in order to receive any federal funding (think work-study, financial aid, and
federal research grants), the university must prohibit all illegal drugs. Since marijuana
is still illegal under federal law, it remains an illegal substance to possess, sell
or use. SDSU must therefore continue to prohibit its use, possession or sale on campus
A. As mentioned above, SDSU is governed by the federal Drug-Free Schools and Community
Act and the Drug-Free Workplace Act (see FAQ 1). Failure to follow federal law would
cause the university to jeopardize millions of federal dollars that support students,
colleges and programs. Also, SDSU is governed by policies set by the California State
University Chancellor’s office. The CSU Chancellor has also recognized the risk of
federal funds being cut and has made clear that marijuana policies are not going to
A. Yes, it’s a problem. First, make sure you understand the new state law’s details
about who can legally sell cannabis products. Your bake sale would probably still
be illegal. Second, SDSU is governed under the Drug-Free Schools and Community Act
and the Drug-Free Workplace Act (see FAQ 1). That means all campus-sanctioned activities,
including student organization fund-raising, must remain drug-free as defined by the
federal law; federal law still includes marijuana as a banned substance.
A. The Drug-Free Schools and Community Act and the Drug-Free Workplace Act (see FAQ
1) do not distinguish medical and non-medical use. So SDSU, like all colleges and
universities, prohibits any marijuana use – regardless of medical status.
A. Well, take a look at Proposition 64’s regulation of marijuana use. You may find
that it’s still against state law to use marijuana in this manner. Further, SDSU’s
student Code of Conduct does, in some instances, apply to conduct which occurs off
campus, so it’s possible that such use would be considered a conduct violation as
A. No. First, check the rental agreement and you’ll see that marijuana is explicitly
prohibited. Second, see the discussion of the Drug-Free Schools and Community Act
and the Drug-Free Workplace Act in FAQ 1 above. Our residence halls must prohibit
all illegal drugs as defined by the federal law.
Off-campus and other resources
Learn about off-campus and other resources available to the SDSU community, including a number of drug and alcohol treatment
AOD Working Group
The group is tasked with enhancing SDSU policies, programs and initiatives designed
to reduce the prevalence and resulting harm of alcohol and other drug abuse among
members of the SDSU community. Learn more about the AOD Working Group by contacting
Alcohol and other drugs presentations
The Department of Well-being & Health Promotion offers AOD presentations to student groups. Find out how to schedule an interactive and informative presentation for your student
RADD at SDSU
The RADD California Coalition, of which SDSU is a founding partner, is a statewide
initiative to promote effective use of non-drinking designated drivers by Californians
ages 21-34. College RADD promotes safe driving on numerous campuses, including SDSU.
Learn more about RADD at SDSU.
SDSU offers two interactive programs that can help you to better understand — and
manage — your use of alcohol and other drugs.
SDSU's online Alcohol e-CHECKUP TO GO is an interactive tool that will give you personalized feedback about:
- Your drinking and risk patterns
- Your aspirations and goals
You'll also find resources for help with alcohol-related issues in and around the
SDSU's online Marijuana e-CHECKUP TO GO is an interactive tool that will give you personalized feedback about:
- Your marijuana use and risk patterns
- Your aspirations and goals
You'll also find resources for help with marijuana-related issues in and around the
DFSCA Statement in SDSU General Catalog
See the DFSCA Statement in the SDSU General Catalog. The DFSCA (Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act) statement is found in the SDSU
General Catalog (scroll to page 496).
- Health risks associated with alcohol and other drugs
- Prevention and treatment programs available on campus
- State laws and related campus policies, including violations and consequences
- Also see: DFSCA Biennial Reports