Drug Free Schools and Community Act

Every student at California State University, Fresno needs to be aware of the requirements of the Drug Free Schools and Community Act of 1989. These requirements, found in the Fresno State Pathways to a Drug Free School statement include the notification to each student of campus standards of conduct regarding the abuse of alcohol and illicit drugs, the legal and disciplinary sanctions which apply, possible health risks, educational programs, and available counseling.

Drug-Free School Policy
Students are expected to report to class on time and in appropriate mental and physical condition for studying. It is our intent and obligation to provide a drug free, healthful, safe, and secure learning environment.

The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance on the campus or while involved in university related activities off campus is absolutely prohibited and subject to sanctions noted below.

On campus use of alcohol is limited to certain approved events and locations covered by the guidelines of Fresno State's official Policy on Campus Use of Alcohol. Abuse of alcohol on campus will not be tolerated. Students needing help in dealing with such problems are encouraged to seek assistance from Health and Psychological Services.

California State University, Fresno Students must, as a condition of enrollment, abide by the terms of the Policy. Violation of the Policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including suspension or expulsion from the California State University System and referral for prosecution where laws have been broken.

The Dangers of Campus Drug Use
In spite of efforts to keep drug use at school a hidden habit, there are often VISIBLE EFFECTS ON THE USER. Campus use of the drugs specified below may result in:


  • Decreased performance & absenteeism
  • Poor judgment & coordination/tremors
  • More accidents
  • Drowsiness & mood swings
  • Lower morale & increase in conflict with others
  • Frequent "flu-like" symptoms


  • Disruption of space and distance judgment
  • Slower physical reflexes and poor coordination; dilated pupils
  • Forgetfulness & diminishing mental powers
  • Drowsiness & mood swings


  • Shortened attention span
  • Impairment of judgment & decision-making ability
  • Lack of dependability
  • Mood swings, euphoria, irritability, depression
  • Stealing to cover cost of drug
  • Runny nose & excessive sweating


  • (Heroin, pain pills, Codeine, Darvon, Vicodin, Percodan)
  • Impaired judgment & lowered efficiency
  • Drowsiness & mood swings
  • Disinterest in classroom and campus safety
  • Crime (stealing to cover cost of drug)
  • Constricted pupils, impaired reflexes


  • (PCP, LSD, MDMA (Ecstasy), Designer Drugs)
  • Loss of memory & concentration
  • Sudden bizarre changes in behavior
  • Moodiness & interpersonal conflict
  • Pupil changes, may be dilated/constricted
  • Visual and auditory hallucinations


  • (Benzedrine, Dexedrine cross tops, whites, uppers; Methamphetamines – crank, crystal)
  • Dilated pupils
  • Impaired reflexes
  • Hyperactivity, irritability, anxiety, depression
  • Increased accidents
  • Impaired judgement & decision making
  • Decreased appetite, weight loss, tremors


  • (Barbiturates; tranquilizers – Valium, Xanax; Seconal, Tuinal – reds, downers)
  • Slowed reflexes & lower productivity
  • Slowed mental processes & depression
  • Memory loss
  • Slurred speech

Penalties for Drug Use on Campus


State and Federal penalties apply to anyone convicted of the manufacture, distribution, possession or use of controlled substances.

Misdemeanor convictions for campus drug use can result in a fine and incarceration of up to a year in a county jail. Relatively few drug-related infractions may be considered misdemeanor offenses, however. Most drug use convictions are defined as felony acts.

Felony convictions for campus drug use can result in a substantial fine and a lengthy jail sentence in state prison. Convictions for manufacture, possession for sale or use of substances such as the following examples are felony offenses: amphetamines (whites, uppers), barbiturates, codeine, cocaine/crack, heroin, L.S.D., Methamphetamines (crank, crystal), marijuana, P.C.P., and Quaaludes.

The university is required by federal law to take disciplinary action up to and including suspension or expulsion for students convicted of a campus drug offense.

Federal law specifies how and when the university will withhold financial aid from students convicted of drug violations

The bottom line? The price for drug use is high…let’s keep Fresno State drug-free!!

Where to get HELP

Help is available for Fresno State Students to deal with drug problems!

FRESNO STATE students may contact Health and Psychological Services at (559) 278-2734 for confidential consultation regarding ‘substance abuse’ or other personal problems at no cost. A careful assessment of the situation will be made and alternatives will be offered which are both appropriate and affordable.

Community agencies are also available to address drug and alcohol problems. Most of the various local drug treatment programs offer no-cost assessment. They can be located in the Yellow Pages of the phone book under "Drug Abuse & Addiction Information & Treatment Centers" for those who prefer to seek help on their own.

Organizations such as Al-Anon, Alcoholics Anonymous, and Narcotics Anonymous are examples of general agencies that offer assessment/referral services for drug/alcohol problems.

Drug Free Schools Awareness workshops and seminars for students, sponsored by Fresno State’s Health and Psychological Services, are another source of information and assistance. Watch for announcement of these programs. For personal assistance, call 278-2734 or check on the Internet at http://www.fresnostate.edu/health for additional information.

"Fresno State’s Pathways to a Drug-Free School" was adopted from "Pathways to a Drug-Free Workplace" with permission from the University’s Employee Assistance and Development Program under the directorship of John B. Franz, Ph.D.