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Any suspicion of illegal drug use in residence halls, apartments or suites will be immediately reported to Rutgers University Police. Use or possession of illegal drugs may result in arrest, immediate relocation, loss of housing without refund, and mandatory assignment to substance counseling. Distribution of drugs will result in arrest and can result in permanent expulsion from the University.

In addition to the violations listed in the Rutgers University Policy 10.2.11-Student Code of Conduct, the following are considered violations of the Drug Policy within the residence halls:

  • Selling, transferring, or exchanging something in return for narcotics, prescription medications, or illegal substances on University property or between members of the University community.
  • Possessing or using medical marijuana on Rutgers University campus.
  • Sharing medical marijuana with individuals who do not have a medical marijuana prescription.
  • Unlawfully possessing or using drugs, narcotics, controlled substances, counterfeit controlled substances, or paraphernalia.
  • Misusing or misappropriating any prescription, over-the-counter medication, or legal substance.
  • Possessing or intending to use drug paraphernalia to plant, propagate, cultivate, grow, harvest, manufacture, compound, convert, produce, process, prepare, test, analyze, pack, repack, store, contain, conceal, ingest, inhale, or otherwise introduce into the human body a controlled dangerous substance.
  • Possession with intent to use a hypodermic syringe, hypodermic needle or any other instrument adapted for the use of a controlled dangerous substance. Additionally, to sell, furnish or give to any person such syringe, needle or instrument.
    • A person is authorized to possess and use a hypodermic needle or hypodermic syringe if the person obtains the hypodermic syringe or hypodermic needle by a valid prescription issued by a licensed physician, dentist or veterinarian and uses it for its authorized purpose.
    • All hypodermic needles and/or syringes must be destroyed appropriately.
      • A hypodermic needle is destroyed if the needle is broken from the hub or mangled.
      • A syringe is destroyed if the nipple of the barrel is broken from the barrel, or the plunger and barrel are melted.
      • Alternatively, a hypodermic needle or syringe is destroyed if it is discarded as a single unit, without recapping, into a rigid container and the container is destroyed by grinding or crushing in a compactor, or by burning in an incinerator approved by the Department of Environmental Protection, or by another method approved by the Department of Health.


Rutgers University students may be held accountable through the University judicial conduct process as well as the local New Brunswick/Piscataway criminal justice system. The University judicial process may be carried out before, simultaneously with, or following any related civil or criminal proceedings. If civil or criminal charges are dropped, or if the student is found not guilty via the criminal justice process, University discipline decisions and/or sanctions will not be subject to alteration or amendment.