Rutgers University, like many other schools, has a strict substance use policy. Marijuana use specifically is a serious offense, as it is an illegal substance in the state of New Jersey. If you are caught violating the substance use policy while residing in a university residence hall, the consequences can be severe. Even medicinal marijuana is illegal in residence halls.

It’s important to know the policies of your university so you can be sure to follow school rules and not jeopardize your education. Here’s a brief summary of Rutgers offenses and sanctions for marijuana use in residence halls.

Examples of use

The following list is considered “drug use” at Rutgers. If you are caught doing any of the following you could be prosecuted for illegal drug use:

  • Selling or exchanging marijuana
  • Possessing and/or using medical marijuana
  • Possessing paraphernalia including but not limited to rolling papers, bongs and/or pipes
  • Intending to plant, grow or harvest marijuana

Getting caught

You can be reported to the university police on any suspicion of using illegal drugs. If you were found to be using illegal drugs such as marijuana, a few different actions may be taken, including:

  • Arrest
  • Relocation from your residence
  • Loss of housing — without refund
  • Mandatory substance counseling

Distributing or selling illegal drugs in a residence hall will mean immediate arrest. Additionally, you could be permanently expelled from school.

University discipline policies

Campus drug crimes can be prosecuted by the university as well as the local police. These proceedings can then be carried out before, after or concurrently with each other. Even if your charges are dropped by the local police, you can still be charged and disciplined by the university.

You could also be subject to paying a fine for university drug charges. There are different policies and fines for each offense, with increasing severity.

Substance use and abuse in college is a serious matter and could threaten your future, so you should make sure you know the rules and sanctions.