Western Governors University (WGU) is committed to maintaining a drug-free, healthy, and safe working and learning environment. While WGU recognizes that students generally participate in their educational activities in private settings, it discourages students from drug and alcohol abuse, misuse, and the possession or manufacture of illicit substances. Behaviors arising from such actions which violate the Code of Student Conduct may result in disciplinary sanctions. Further, students participating in WGU sponsored gatherings, events, or field experiences are expressly forbidden from the Illegal use, possession or distribution of alcohol or any controlled substance.
Violations of this policy will be referred for adjudication under the Code of Student Conduct and may result in suspension or disciplinary expulsion.
Due to the nature of the university, WGU uses a third-party provider for students who are in need of services. Students experiencing issues related to drug or alcohol abuse are encouraged to access:
WGU WellConnect for Students
This service includes self-serve modules on a variety of topics including drug addiction, binge drinking, and alcohol abuse.
Although initial drug use might be voluntary, drug abuse has been shown to alter gene expression and brain circuitry, which in turn affects human behavior. Once addiction develops, these brain changes interfere with an individual’s ability to make voluntary decisions, leading to compulsive drug craving, seeking, and use.
The impact of addiction can be far reaching. Cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and lung disease can all be affected by drug abuse. Some of these effects occur when drugs are used at high doses or after prolonged use, however, some may occur after just one use.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (www.drugabuse.gov) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (www.niaaa.nih.gov), health effects of specific substances are as follows:
In addition to university sanctions, the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol may result in legal sanctions according to local, state, and federal law. Please see the following resources for more information:
The Alcohol Policy Information System is an NIAAA-sponsored website that provides detailed information on alcohol-related public policies at both state and federal levels.
DEA.gov Federal Trafficking Penalties. The DEA.gov website lists substances and their associated penalties.
Article Number: 20458, 2908