On Campus Expectations

UMass Amherst is committed to maintaining the health and safety of everyone in our campus community. Although Massachusetts voters have approved a ballot measure permitting the possession and recreational use of marijuana, federal laws prohibit the use, possession and/or cultivation of marijuana at educational institutions. The use, possession, or cultivation of marijuana in any form is therefore not allowed in any university housing, on any other university property, or at university sponsored off-campus events.
 

 Code of Student Conduct

Drugs and Alcohol. Although Massachusetts law permits the use of medical marijuana, federal laws prohibit the use, possession, and/or cultivation of marijuana at educational institutions. Federal laws also require any institution of higher education which receives federal funding to have policies prohibiting the possession and use of marijuana on campus. The use, possession, or cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes is therefore not allowed in any University housing or on any other University property. The University will continue to enforce its current policies regarding controlled substances, and any student who violates University policy prohibiting the use or possession of illegal drugs on campus, may be subject to disciplinary action. 
  • V.B..4.d. Controlled Substances – Unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, use or sale of or the attempted manufacture, distribution, dispensing or sale of controlled substances identified in Federal or State law or regulation or being unable to exercise care for one’s own safety because one is under the influence of controlled substances. This provision shall not apply to circumstances in which the person under the influence was given a controlled substance without her or his knowledge.
    • NOTE: ​
      • The use, possession, or growing of marijuana is not allowed on the UMass Amherst campus, on any other university property, or at university sponsored off campus events.
      • Using marijuana at UMass Amherst is a violation of the Code of Student Conduct. University officials will continue to enforce the campus-wide policies as they relate to marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia.
  • V.B..4.e. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia as identified in Federal or State law or regulation; this includes objects used or primarily intended for use or designed for use in ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise introducing marijuana, cocaine, hashish or hashish oil into the human body, including but not limited to pipes, water pipes, bongs, roach clips, and vials. Determination of whether an item is drug paraphernalia will be made by considering all relevant facts, including but not limited to, the proximity of the item to controlled substances. 
    • NOTE: ​
      • Possession of marijuana paraphernalia is not allowed on the UMass Amherst campus, on any other university property, or at university sponsored off campus events.
  • V.B.4.f. Possession of Hypodermic Instrument(s): The unauthorized possession of a hypodermic syringe, hypodermic needle, or any instrument adapted for the administration of controlled substances by injection.
 

 Residential Life Community Standards

CS-3: Smoking 
The University of Massachusetts Amherst adopted the UMass Amherst Policy for a Tobacco- Free Campus. The use of smoking and tobacco products is not permitted in or around any building, including residence halls and campus grounds. Please see the UMass Tobacco-Free Policy for more information. 
  • For purposes of this policy, “smoking” includes, but is not limited to inhaling, exhaling, burning, vaporizing, carrying, or possessing any lighted tobacco product, including cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, marijuana, hookah-smoked products, and any other lit tobacco products. 
  • While marijuana is not a tobacco product, marijuana smoking and possession in the residence halls is not permitted. For information regarding marijuana use and possession see the Code of Student Conduct. 
  • For purposes of this policy, “tobacco use” includes, but is not limited to, the personal use of any tobacco product, which shall include smoking as defined above, as well as the use of an electronic cigarette or any other device intended to simulate smoking. Additionally, the use of smokeless tobacco including: chewing tobacco; smokeless pouches; any other form of loose-leaf, smokeless tobacco is not permitted. This policy applies to all faculty, staff, students, and visitors.

 

 Minutes Matter: UMass Amherst Medical Amnesty Policy

UMass Amherst seeks to be a caring community committed to maintaining the health and safety of everyone. Severe intoxication or serious injuries after alcohol or drug consumption are potentially life-threatening emergencies. Although you may be reluctant to report these situations, obtaining medical help is imperative. If you seek help for someone under the influence of alcohol or drugs who needs medical attention, neither you nor that person will be charged with a Code of Student Conduct or Residence Hall Community Standards violation. If that person is a UMass student, they will be required to attend BASICS and pay the associated fee.

Always call 911 for help if someone:
  • Passes out and cannot be awakened.
  • Vomits while passed out.
  • Stops breathing.
  • Has a seizure.
Parameters:
  • Action by the police or other law enforcement personnel is not covered under this policy.
  • This policy does not preclude student conduct actions regarding other violations.
  • Serious or repeated incidents will prompt a higher degree of health concern and response and may trigger a review under the Student Conduct process.
 

 University Alcohol and Drug Policy

Marijuana Although Massachusetts law permits the use of medical marijuana, federal laws prohibit the use, possession and/or cultivation of marijuana at educational institutions. The use, possession, or cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes is therefore not allowed in any University housing or on any other University property. The University will continue to enforce its current policies regarding controlled substances. Any student who violates University policy prohibiting the use or possession of illegal drugs on campus may be subject to disciplinary action.